Introducing Belfast

Belfast is a city that’s looking to the future. Once home to a bustling industrial port – and long-scarred by the Troubles – it now celebrates its traditions as much as its reinvention. Find colourful street art next to Victorian pubs, enjoy wild walks on the Causeway Coast, and sit back with a pint of Guinness while listening to some of the best live music in Northern Ireland.


Things To Do

This is where the Titanic was built and set sail on her doomed maiden voyage – and you could spend all day (and evening) exploring the immersive Titanic Quarter. You might want to spare some time for the Ulster Museum, which has exhibits on everything from the Spanish Armada to the Troubles. If it’s a sunny day, take in the splendour of the historic City Hall before having a picnic on the lawns – though the Botanical Gardens are a good spot for this, too.

You can’t miss Belfast’s vibrant street art – nor its famous political murals and ‘peace walls,’ which portray the region’s deep sectarian divisions. Learn more about this part of the city’s identity on a walking or private black cab tour with a local guide, then head to the lively Cathedral Quarter to rest weary legs. This is the perfect spot to take in the city’s live music, which ranges from traditional bands to up-and-coming artists. 

Belfast is a gateway to dramatic landscapes, ideal for walking, hiking or just blowing away the cobwebs. For a taste of the region’s mythical past, take a day trip to the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. Game of Thrones fans won’t want to miss seeing the locations where the Seven Kingdoms were brought to life. While nearer to the city is Cave Hill Country Park, perfect for family walks and far-reaching views. 


Top Tip from SLH

Wander down to St. George’s Market at the weekend for artisanal crafts, fresh food and live music.