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What to do / where to stay in Belfast?

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TigerRag · 10/05/2022 17:54

Bearing in mind I don't drive. I'll be flying into Belfast City airport.

I enjoy things like museums and bus tours. I know there's the titanic exhibition there.

Thank you

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hopeishere · 10/05/2022 18:06

Budget? Hilton, Fitzwilliam, Grand Centrall all good.
Most things are walking distance in the City Centre. How long are you there for?

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Muchtoomuchtodo · 10/05/2022 23:17

We stayed in the Clayton hotel which was a short taxi ride for the city airport and an easy walk to the city centre,

The red bus tours are good, a great way of understanding the history of the city and the gaol was really interesting. I wanted to hop off at Stormont but my friends weren’t keen

There are some great bus trips up to Giant’s Causeway and the coast up that way is stunning.

Titanic museum is worth a visit.

How long are you staying?

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TheAbbotOfUnreason · 10/05/2022 23:34

Lots to do!

It’s a short taxi ride into town from the city airport, and the city is relatively easy to get around.

The Titanic museum is excellent, I was prepared to be underwhelmed and I loved it. Informative, surprising and fun.

The Ulster Museum is also great - amazing reimagining within an old building and a wide range of exhibits.

The Crumlin Road Gaol was closed when we were there, but I’d like to see it.

St George’s Market is worth a wander around. Walk up Cave Hill. Black cab tour around the Troubles. A drink in one of the booths in the Crown Bar.





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dylanthedragon · 10/05/2022 23:40

The premier inn at the Cathedral Quarter is great if you are on a budget. There's lots of bars and restaurants nearby.

Black Cab Tours are good. As is the Titanic Museum and Crumlin Road Gaol - although the way the past execution are discussed is not for the fainthearted.

Belfast is a great city just to be in and absorb the atmosphere. Have a drink in the Crown, wander around Avoca, weekend breakfast in St George's Market. Watch some live music in the pubs round Hill Street. There's a dome with fantastic views at the top of Victoria Square shopping centre.

If you're feeling adventurous, catch a bus along Newtonards Road to Stormont. Maybe stop to eat in Ballyhackamore on the way back into town.

If you've got more than a couple of days, a trip up to the North Coast is definitely worth it.

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FirstFallopians · 10/05/2022 23:45

Are you bringing kids, or adults only?

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TigerRag · 11/05/2022 07:16

Thank you.

It'll be adults only and I'll be staying for 5 days.

I don't have a hotel budget as such - don't want to spend a huge amount. But didn't want to say I've only got a certain amount and not find anything within budget. Happy with Premier Inn / Travelodge type hotels.

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EBearhug · 11/05/2022 07:50

I stayed in the University Quarter, which was fine. It's easy to get around to the Titanic Experienc. I did a bus tour, too, and the Ulster Museum, Crumlin Road Gaol, City Hall. I enjoyed a trip out to the Ulster Folk Museum,but you want fine weather for that. I agree it's worth getting a trip up the coast to the Giants Causeway. The coast is stunning. There's loads to do.

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mdh2020 · 11/05/2022 07:53

Definitely the Titanic Museum. We booked a guided tour in a black cab and were shown the main sites in The Troubles, the murals and had the history of Northern Ireland explained. It was well worth doing. We also booked a coach tour to the coast to see the Giant’s Causeway.

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SomewhereEast · 11/05/2022 18:51

I used to travel up to Belfast for work a lot and have a soft spot for the area around Queen's Uni (very leafy suburbs, but also handy for city centre & home to Botanic Gardens / Ulster Museum).

I did have a really horrible experience in the city centre Travelodge once (attempted sexual assault in adjoining room - I called police & luckily situation was dealt with). It might have been a one off but even after all these years I'd still avoid it like the plague.

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Moon22 · 11/05/2022 19:02

Pretty much everywhere is walkable in Belfast, if you're staying in the city centre. Loads of options for hotels, depending on your budget. Cheaper if you go a little out of town. Queens University Area is nice and easily walkable to town centre. If you're main 'touristy thing,' is going to be titanic, there are a couple of hotels beside it, but also walking distance from town.
Public transport is diabolical and miles behind other cities. You can get a bus from the airport into town though, which is convenient enough.

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Aboutcoffee · 11/05/2022 19:07

Stayed in the Maldron last year. Have stayed in a few now and they are fine. But if it was adult only I would stay in Grand Central .

I was a bit disappointed in the Fitzwilliam when i stayed there before.

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dylanthedragon · 11/05/2022 19:30

I'm not sure how you would get there without a car but if you like an open air museum, the Ulster American Folk Park is interesting.

I lived in Belfast for a few years and love Northern Ireland. Its really easy to get around and there's so many places to explore.

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EBearhug · 12/05/2022 08:12

Public transport is diabolical and miles behind other cities.

I didn't find that. I used a train and buses without much problem.

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Azure · 14/05/2022 06:29

The new Game of Thrones studio tour is meant to be excellent. Outside of Belfast but you can add on transportation with the tickets.

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