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Was planning a weekend in Belfast at the end of the month. Would you still go?

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Meglet Thu 10-Jan-13 07:48:34

My sister was in Belfast for New Year (her boyfriends family is from over there so she wasn't just based in the centre) and she said it was fine. The violence was in just a few very specific areas.

midnightisaplace Thu 10-Jan-13 07:40:06

I work in belfast so travel in every day. I have not seen any trouble at all. Restaurants etc are carrying on as usual, though perhaps a lttle emptier as the bad publicity is putting people off. Trouble is confined to East Belfast really which is not an area you are likely to venture into as a tourist anyway.
I have been looking at the coverage in A couple of the International papers lastely and it is really annoying that such a small band of people are able to completly destroy 15 years of effort put in to change peoples perceptions of Northern Ireland.

charlearose Thu 10-Jan-13 00:04:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LittleMissSnowShine Wed 09-Jan-13 22:41:29

Ps angelinterceptor love your name, 1977 was such an album!!

LittleMissSnowShine Wed 09-Jan-13 22:40:21

My DH works in hospitality side of things in Belfast and they've just had a big group of Americans cancel a group booking that would have brought in £5k - i love Belfast and i've lived here pretty much my whole life but doubt i'd plan to come on a city break til protests die down a bit - city hall has been a real focal point and it's right in the middle of town. It's a bloody shame tho cos this is a really nice place to visit and believe it or not people here are really friendly!!

angelinterceptor Wed 09-Jan-13 16:20:22

I'm guessing there will be good rates at the hotels, as they are trying to convince people to come to Belfast - I am sure there are plently of visitors pulling out.

I'm in Belfast every day as my DC go to school there - but agree with posters above, its fairly easy to avoid the protests, and anyway they are listed in advance so you know when they are on.

AgentProvocateur Wed 09-Jan-13 16:15:17

Er, that was a night in a "posh" hotel. blush

AgentProvocateur Wed 09-Jan-13 16:14:41

I'm not coming now because DH found out yesterday that he's at a meeting overseas that weekend. sad I'd found excellent rates at the Hilton and the Fitzwilliam, and was really looking forward to a night in a pish hotel. We'll come later in the year though, definitely.

GeeinItLaldy Wed 09-Jan-13 15:04:02

Things really aren't as bad as portrayed in the media. The violence has been more less exclusively at a known flashpoint in the East if the city which can easily be avoided. I live near that area and haven't see any of it first hand because I've no need to venture that way.

Shops and restaurants are carrying on as normal so everything should be open. Where are you planning to stay?

LittleMissSnowShine Wed 09-Jan-13 14:53:29

In case anyone else lurking on here thinking about a trip, here's a list of upcoming protests this week - as long as you're not staying near any of these areas, though, you'll be absolutely fine

Stokes Tue 08-Jan-13 19:03:01

Not shallow at all! No point shelling out for a holiday if it's going to be bad. Town seems pretty much normal atm except maybe a little just before/after a protest. Hopefully you'll be fine.

AgentProvocateur Tue 08-Jan-13 18:59:42

Thanks so much. I'm used to sectarianism (unfortunately) coming from Glasgow, and I know I'm being terribly shallow, but I wanted to make sure restaurants would be operating normally. blush

Stokes Tue 08-Jan-13 18:53:38

I'm in Belfast. It's mostly been fine in the main tourist areas, I live in the city centre. Keep an eye on twitter and facebook so that you can avoid any protests (which have more or less all been peaceful in the city centre and are all now heavily policed) at City Hall etc but really, if you're a couple of streets away from a peaceful protest the only reason you'd be aware of it would be the increased police presence.

The atmosphere in town has been largely fine, if anything there's a sense of mass eye-rolling when there is a protest on that means the town is full of police landrovers but that's it really. There hasn't been any trouble in the city centre at night time for quite some time I don't think.

I would come personally, just keep an eye on things (facebook & twitter definitely your best bets), but unless you're planning on visiting East Belfast I wouldn't be too stressed. IME life has continued more or less as normal.

AgentProvocateur Tue 08-Jan-13 15:14:44


AgentProvocateur Tue 08-Jan-13 14:12:38

As the title says, really. Wanted to see Titanic Museum and visit the city. It's easy to get cheap flights from here (Glasgow) but the weekend of the 19th Jan is the only one in months where we're all free.

I'm not worried about my personal safety - more about the atmosphere in the city, and whether restaurants and bars will close early.

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