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Belfast

Country
Ireland
State
Ulster
City
Belfast
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Two airports provide air access to the city of Belfast; which one you land at depends on where you originated from. Belfast City Airport (BHD) is the smaller of the two and the closest to the city centre, but it serves a smaller number of destinations than the bigger Belfast International Airport (BFS), which is situated 30kms away. Both airports can be reached easily by car, train or bus and both have efficient facilities with good passenger services and amenities.

By Rail

Belfast is linked by rail to major destinations across Northern Ireland, with services commencing from or terminating at either Central or Great Victoria Street stations. From mainland Britain, it’s possible to buy a single ticket, which includes a rail journey to Holyhead, Stranraer or Liverpool, followed by a ferry crossing then a rail journey onto Belfast. Services between Northern Ireland and destinations in the Republic of Ireland are also readily available.

By Bus

Bus services running from major Northern Ireland cities connect with Belfast’s Europa Bus Station or Laganside Bus Station, depending on what part of the city you are travelling to. The western part of the city is served by the Europa Bus Station, while the eastern area is served by the Laganside Bus Station. From mainland Britain, it’s possible to buy a bus ticket that includes a ferry crossing and an onward bus connection to Belfast. You can also access Belfast from some EU cities via a combination of bus and ferry; all-in-one tickets are available.

Key places to visit
Belfast Castle, Belfast Botanic Gardens, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Waterfront Hall


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Places to Visit

Belfast Castle

Located on the slopes of Cave Hill, Belfast Castle is an imposing structure that was constructed during the 1870s for the third Marquess of Donegall. Built in an architectural style with Scottish baronial influence, the castle is set amid beautiful lush green gardens and contains a heritage centre as well as two restaurants. Views over the city from the castle’s highest vantage points are excellent and just one reason why visitors come to see this popular historical sight.

Belfast Botanic Gardens

Belfast Botanic Gardens are situated adjacent to the Ulster Museum and Queen's University of Belfast and are an ideal place for an afternoon visit for those who appreciate the beauty of nature. Comprising a tropical ravine, a Victorian Palm house, stunning rose gardens, well-tended lawns and flowerbeds, and a variety of species of trees; the gardens are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Situated in Cultra, some six miles east of the city of Belfast, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular attractions, having once been awarded the title of Irish Museum of the Year. Comprising the two separate but adjoining folk and transport museums, the combined facility is committed to illustrating the way Northern Ireland’s citizens once lived and how they continue to do so. In an outdoor section of the Folk Museum, visitors will find various buildings from around the country that have been collected and faithfully reconstructed. The Transport Museum, meanwhile, features an impressive collection of railway-related memorabilia.

Waterfront Hall

Belfast's striking Waterfront Hall is a major arts and entertainment venues, hosting countless exciting events, concerts and sporting competitions. The Waterfront Hall is also an important business centre, used for many corporate meetings and conferences.

Right Time to Visit

April - October

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