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Kimberly Thomson, City Break Specialist

"I can assure you that if you’re into culture, eating out, sporting weekends or just some good old fun, then make Belfast your next city break. Belfast is easily accessible from the rest of the UK, but it usually gets missed. I found the best way to see the city was the Hop On Hop Off Bus which stops at the famous sights. I recommend finishing the day off in a classic Irish bar for a Guinness (or two) with the locals."

Belfast at a glance

Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation in recent years. The city's skyline is constantly being shaped by redevelopment to create a polished city centre that is ever changing. Known for its shipbuilding industry, the city’s shipyards have evolved into popular tourist destinations with the historic Titanic quarter and Victorian Square shopping centre setting the tone for new and improved attractions.

Blossoming during the industrial age, Belfast claimed one of the largest shipbuilding industries in the world during the 19th century. In the 1920’s Belfast became the capital of Northern Ireland and survived the turbulent unrest of the Troubles to emerge as a tested city, keen to reinvent itself anew.

Today, Belfast has increasingly become a sought out destination, perfect for a UK weekend short break. With a lovely collection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, an impressive museum dedicated to the famous Titanic and a dynamic waterfront infused with shopping, modern art, live music and a great bar scene, there’s never been a more exciting time to visit this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Art and culture
  • Weekend short break

Getting around

The Translink Metro service provides bus service in and around Belfast. There are also a number of rail stations within the city.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Belfast designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Belfast hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 1,775,000
Languages English
Currency Pounds Sterling
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

The Ulster Museum is well worth a visit. Afterwards you can pop next door to the Botanic Gardens with its iconic glasshouse.

Distance from airports
Belfast International 29 km
Railway stations
Belfast Central

Things to do in Belfast

  • Titanic Experience: Visit the world’s largest state-of-the-art visitor experience situated in the heart of the city next to the iconic ship’s birthplace.
  • Belfast City Hall: Learn about Belfast’s past and present on a free tour of this Victorian gem.
  • Giant's Causeway: Just over an hour’s drive, this UNESCO natural heritage site is breathtaking!
  • Ulster Folk Museum and Transport Museum: Celebrating the rural, cultural and industrial heritage of Ulster.