Belfast City Guide

We’re just back from a brilliant two days in Belfast. Don’t ask me why, but for some reason in my 26 years, I never made it to Northern Ireland. I have so much more to see, but Belfast was a great place to start.

Where to Stay

We stayed in the absolutely stunning Fitzwilliam Hotel. It’s 5* and just the dream. From start to finish, our experience with them was nothing short of incredible. The staff are so friendly, they literally can’t do enough for you. We stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suite, the view was fab. The hotel is situated on a junction so you can take in the whole city through the full length windows. The bed was almost too comfy, I nearly didn’t get out of it- I genuinely could have happily stayed for a week! We enjoyed a full Fitzwilliam breakfast the following morning and I couldn’t recommend adding that to your package more. They have lots of offers on their website so make sure to check them out. I would also recommend going directly to the hotel reservations team to get the best rate possible for you, they’re really friendly and up front about the best deals that they have.

Have a read through the reviews online too if you are still on the fence, it’s held in such a high regard and is known for being one of the best hotels in Belfast.

They also have great offers on for Christmas already so make sure to check them out.

Belfast Travel Guide

Belfast Travel Guide

Where to Eat

We hit three spots over the course of the two days and the only issue I had was that I wanted to stay longer to try more places. I’ve listed all of the recommendations below that came in via Instagram, so if you sent me one- THANK YOU!

James Street South – we had lunch here on our first day. It’s right around the corner from the Fitzwilliam so it was really handy. The food was absolutely delicious. I went for the steak sandwich & Conor went for the burger. Both were fab.

Mourne Seafood – I would highly recommend booking this place in advance, we could only get a table for 9pm on a Monday night! The seafood linguine was probably the nicest version of that dish I have ever had. The staff are so friendly and I would go back over and over to be honest!

Cafe Parisien – this place is opposite City Hall and we just stopped in for a quick bite before hitting the road. We got Croque Monsieurs on brioche bread and it was so fresh. It’s also a very pretty little spot.

Holohans at the Barge came in really highly recommended to us and is number 1 on Trip Advisor, so I was gutted when we got there and had missed last orders. I was also so hangry so I genuinely could have either cried or screamed at the time, haha! It’s an excuse to come back though for sure.

Belfast Travel Guide

Other restaurant recommendations that came in, in no particular order were:

  • Coppi
  • Maggie Mays
  • Made in Belfast
  • Deanes
  • Home
  • Chubby Cherub
  • Stix and Stones
  • Howard Street
  • Flame
  • Villa Italia
  • Tony & Jens
  • Harlem Cafe
  • Ginger Bistro
  • General Merchants
  • Zen
  • House
  • Town Square
  • French Village
  • Yugo
  • Grand Central Hotel
  • Buba
  • McCrackens
  • Washington Bar
  • Ginger Bistro
  • La Tacqueria
  • Edo
  • Muddler’s Club
  • Hadskis
  • Cabaret Supper Club
  • Bo Tree
  • Bootleggers

Where to Drink

  • Dirty Onion
  • Harp Bar
  • Duke of York
  • Thirsty Goat
  • Miel & Moi
  • The Perch
  • Muriels Gin Bar
  • Tipsy Bird
  • Babel Rooftop
  • The Merchant
  • Henry’s
  • Spaniard Pub
  • Established Coffee
  • 5A Coffee
  • The National
  • Bullit Rooftop
  • Broken Shaker

What to Do

The Black Taxi Tour is an absolute must. I was so astounded by how much hardship and suffering was endured in Belfast through The Troubles. I felt almost embarrassed to not know more and be more familiar with what we were learning about. The Black Taxi Tour is a private tour & brings you in and around the areas that were affected most during The Troubles. You learn about the history from an unbiased standpoint, see the murals dedicated to the war heroes on each side of the conflict, and you’ll see the Peace Wall that divides the Protestants and Catholics, still to this day. There is so much more that you will see, but that’s it in a nutshell. The Fitzwilliam organised our driver, Brian, for us and he was brilliant. It’s £35 for 1.5-2 hours and it’s worth every penny. You can contact him directly either. Email: or call 07762133600.

The Titanic Exhibition is another must. We’ve all seen the movie a thousand times, so going and actually learning about the history behind it all was fascinating. It felt really familiar and is a self guided exhibition so you can do it at your own pace which is lovely. It was quite busy when we went but it was still lovely and well worth it. I think it was about £18 per adult.

Victoria Square for shopping is fab, they have a huge variety of fab high street stores.

Wander through City Hall – the building itself is so stunning- very photo friendly!

The Botanical Gardens are supposed to be fab, but probably an activity saved for the summer. If you find yourself in Belfast around Christmas time, the Christmas Markets are supposed to be incredible. I’m very tempted to go back up again for them!

Belfast Travel Guide

Good to Know

The people in Belfast are so friendly. Despite the history, it is an incredibly safe place to visit- one of the safest in Europe actually! That’s probably a very obvious point for people to know if you’re from there, but it was a question I was asking myself when I learned about the incidents that took place in my lifetime and in my parent’s. It’s a really quick journey from Dublin, just less than two hours. So you have no excuse to not make a day-trip or a weekend out of your visit.

Anyway, I hope that you really enjoyed this post. I felt as though I only got to see a snippet of this wonderful city, so I will definitely be back. It’s less than 2 hours from Dublin, so there is no excuse not to!

Niamh xx

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Belfast Travel Guide

1 Comment

  1. Audrey
    October 31, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Loved this post! 🙂 Visiting Belfast this weekend so this has given me lots of ideas.

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