Whether you’re looking for a short city break or you’re using the city as the best possible base for a longer exploration of Ireland’s beautiful north, fly to Belfast and you’ll definitely fall for its charms. It’s a vibrant city with an energy that can’t really be described but rather must be experienced. Experience it in the Mahogany snugs of the Crown Liquor Saloon, the wild and mysterious beauty of the Giant’s Causeway, or a tour of the famous and very atmospheric Crumlin Road Gaol.
Book cheap flights to Belfast to discover a city with heart, history and a whole lot to see and do.
When to book cheap flights to Belfast
Belfast is definitely an anytime destination – the island of Ireland is not renowned for its blistering sunshine, so to book your flights to Belfast hoping for guaranteed good weather is not wise. Of course the days are longer and warmer, and the chance of sunshine greater, from May to September – so if you wanted to spend a lot of time outdoors exploring the beauty of Northern Ireland then this is a safer bet.
That said, in the UK and Ireland it’s wise to remember the phrase ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. Even in summer there’s always a chance of rain, so don’t let the weather put you off autumn or winter – just pack for the time of year. Some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful sights, like the Dark Hedges or the Giant’s Causeway, look even more beautiful shrouded in a mysterious winter fog.
What to see in Belfast:
Fly to Belfast for a city break full of music, history, art, culture and cuisine. It’s a wonderful and interesting city, and one that – after a difficult past - has really emerged as a vibrant, cosmopolitan and forward-looking place.
Belfast is a joy to explore, and it has some absolute must-see attractions for you to tick off your list. Of course one of the most famous of these is the Titanic museum, a wonderfully interactive museum where you can find out all about ship building in Belfast and the building of the Titanic in particular.
Experience 9000 years of Irish culture and history with a visit to the Ulster Museum. Grab something from one of the fab food stalls in the St. George’s Market. Go and see the Peace Walls, and Belfast’s famous murals – these are an important part of the history of the city, and if you get the right tour guide, you can really learn an awful lot about how Belfast became the city it is today. Crumlin Road Gaol is another place to visit for a wonderful insight into the history of some of Belfast’s most renowned inhabitants.
If you have time, hire a car or join a day tour, but get out of the city and go to see the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, the Dark Hedges, and maybe even stop for a wee tour and a tipple in the Bushmills distillery.
Belfast is not a big city, so you can easily get around to all the sights, but choose a Belfast hotel that is quite central so that you won’t have far to travel. You can book your hotel on Ryanair Rooms when booking your Belfast cheap flights.
Getting around in Belfast:
Walking is a great option for getting around in Belfast, but there is a very good public bus service in the city too, and taxis are easy to hail or pre-book. City bikes are available too, with over 30 docks and pick-up points in the city. If you want to explore outside the city, it can be worth hiring a car, particularly if you don’t want to have to join a tour group.
What to Eat in Belfast:
Belfast has really made a name for itself as a city for foodies over recent years, and there are plenty of places in the city where you can try out the inventiveness and skill of Belfast’s chefs. Whether you want a fine dining experience in one of the city’s two Michelin starred restaurants, or you want to do a taste-tour of the great little food stalls in St. George’s Market, you’re sure to find something to suit your palette!