Cobbled streets, historic pubs, superb restaurants and stylish boutique hotels; just a few reasons why you should visit Belfast. The city is perfect for a weekend break for those in need of a mix of culture, adventure and fun. With superb shopping, fantastic eateries, and some of the best nightlife hotspots in the whole of Northern Ireland, visitors will definitely not be struggling for things to do. So, if you are spending the weekend in Belfast, keep reading. Here is a list of ideas for an unforgettable weekend.
The Titanic building is a must see on any trip to Belfast and has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. The Titanic Experience tells the story of RMS Titanic, from conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.
Game of Thrones Location Tour
Experience the Game of Thrones fantasy experience on a self-drive tour around the world of George R. R. Martin. You will not only be able to immerse yourself into the drama of the series, but you’ll also enjoy a front row seat at a number of locations that are steeped in myth and legend. The day tour will introduce you to seven of the Game of Thrones kingdoms, and you’ll be able to take photos of yourself in the well-known filming locations. This is a must for any fan of the hit HBO series.
St. Anne’s Cathedral
The impressive building was completed and consecrated in 1903. This Church of Ireland cathedral is an integral part of the community in the city centre hosting church services, many musical and artistic events and our own Black Santa throughout the year. The Cathedral is a sacred space and is open for worship and services outside of visiting hours. Anyone can come in freely at any time of the day for a quiet place to pray.
Belfast is home to quite a few excellent golf courses, making it, and one of the best cities in the UK to visit for a golfing break. Step in the footsteps of golfing greats such as Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, and Rory McIlroy, as you tee off on a beautiful 18 hole course, just a short drive from the city centre. Whether you want to play one of the city’s parkland courses, or travel a little bit further to a links course, you have plenty of options available to you.
Victoria Square is Belfast’s number one shopping destination, and is open from 9am-6pm on a Saturday, giving you plenty of time to explore the centre. Shoppers will be spoilt for choice, as there are shops and restaurants spread over four levels in this amazing building with a dazzling glass dome that is also a viewing gallery where you can look across the Belfast rooftops. All of the main high street shops and brands can be found here, and you’ll also find a variety of restaurants. An Odeon Cinema is also housed within the building for those who want to take a break from the shops.
Located in North Belfast, on the slopes of Cave Hill, are the . Home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species including giant anteaters, Sumatran tigers, and the Californian sea lions, and a range of exhibits are also on offer all year round. This is one of Belfast’s top tourist attractions, and regularly sees more than 300,000 visitors walk through its doors every year.
Finally, you can finish your Saturday in Belfast by hitting the town for a few drinks. Belfast’s nightlife is legendary! Whether you want to enjoy some live music, dance in one of the city’s nightclubs, or just enjoy a few glasses of wine in one of the swanky bars, you’ll find plenty of options available to you. The Cathedral Quarter, and The Queen’s Quarter are home to the largest variety of bars, but you’ll find plenty of great hotspots all over the city centre.
Relax & Unwind
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With rooms you can really relax in, Tara lodge is truly Belfast’s hidden gem. Contact us today on +44(0)28 9059 0900 or book online at www.taralodge.com. We look forward to welcoming you.
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