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Belfast City Northern Ireland

Many different people from different countries have asked me if it is really safe to visit Belfast.

Belfast has changed in ways unimaginable in the last ten years. It has gone from being a city torn by problems and conflicts to a vibrant and changing city. The city is now rich in hotels, bars and restaurants and any visitor is guaranteed a warm welcome. These, along with Belfast’s rich history, make the city an ideal place to visit. There is something here for everyone to see and do.

There are literally over a hundred hotels in Belfast to suit all budgets. Prices range from as little as £39 for a room up to the best five star hotels, so again there is something for everyone. For dining there are small well priced cafes to Michelin starred restaurants and all tastes are catered for including French, Italian, Chinese, Indian and traditional Irish restaurants.

During the day there are many attractions to see and they include:

  1. The Ulster Museum (free admission)
  2. queen’s college
  3. Botanical Gardens
  4. Titanic Quarter
  5. Cathedral Quarter
  6. crown bar
  7. Belfast City Hall
  8. Linen Hall Library
  9. St. Anne’s Cathedral
  10. The odyssey

These are just some of the attractions and there are many tours too including the Titanic Tour, Belfast’s main city tour which includes a view of Belfast’s famous murals and troubled areas, ghost tours, tours of The Lagan, pub crawls and many, many more.

When visiting Belfast, it doesn’t take long to begin to understand the history of its troubled past, and I know you will find warm and welcoming people. I have no doubt that you may have seen the bad side of Belfast on the news stations over the years. If that’s all you’ve seen, I can clearly understand why anyone would be afraid to come visit our town. It has changed now and thankfully it has changed for the better. Today it is safe to walk around Belfast and then head out in the evening to eat and have a few drinks.

I have met many people from England, Scotland, Europe and Canada and they have been amazed when they come here and see what Belfast is really like. They couldn’t believe how small the town was and most importantly how friendly the people were. You won’t be able to sit in a Belfast bar without striking up a conversation about something. That’s how we are! We love to see people visit our city and we like to talk!

It seems that the Troubles, as they were known, are now behind them. It took us many years to put that past behind us, but once it happened, Belfast changed rapidly. He is now alive and the city has gone through a massive regeneration. Many of the city’s old historical sites have been renovated, the River Lagan has been completely cleaned up and is now a joy and there is now a great buzz in the city. Cafes, big box stores, new malls have developed and grown in the last ten years and now there is a complete city experience.

The city is surrounded by mountains and sits on Belfast Lough, which then stretches out to the Irish Sea. In two hours you can be in Dublin and in less than an hour you can be at the Giant’s Causeway, so Belfast is a great place to base yourself on holiday. Public transport is good and Belfast is served by two airports and a ferry port providing easy access to Scotland, England and Wales.

The currency used in Belfast is the pound sterling. In Dublin it is the euro, so you will need to exchange some money when you visit the Republic of Ireland. A typical lunch in Belfast will cost you around £4-7 depending on what you need. A cup of coffee is around £1.25 and tea is slightly cheaper. A dinner with a bottle of wine is around £40-50, but it depends on what you want. A pint of Guinness is around £3.50 and will be some of the best you’ve ever had. I know from all the practice I have!

There are some excellent golf courses with average green fees of around £30. Courses like Royal Portrush and Royal Belfast will of course be more expensive, around £100 a round.

You can also do river and sea fishing, surfing, hiking, horse riding and there are fabulous beaches. However, I cannot guarantee the weather as it rains a lot. The best times for the weather are usually from May to September, but even then it rains a lot. That’s why we have an old Belfast saying: “It doesn’t rain in pubs.”

Other places to visit that are an hour away by car or by train or bus are:

  1. Marble Arch Caves
  2. The famous city walls of Derry
  3. Carrick-A-Rede Suspension Bridge
  4. Giant’s Causeway
  5. Green Glens of Antrim
  6. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
  7. american folk park
  8. Ferry Port Aquarium
  9. Armagh Planetarium
  10. Bushmill Distillery

You’ll never be stuck for something to do and your schedule can be as relaxed or as busy as you think it to be. I trust this article has given you a good idea of ​​Belfast as it is today and not as it has been portrayed in the news for many years.

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