Promotion: Rediscover bustling Belfast this spring
Published 08/03/2010 | 12:30
Belfast is a city bursting with energy. The birthplace of the Titanic has reinvented itself so successfully that it’s now a major tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Make it a must-see of yours this spring.
Start off at the Belfast Welcome Centre where you can discover the growing list of tours and attractions available.
The world’s most famous ship, Titanic, still mesmerises and it’s fascinating to get a glimpse of Belfast’s maritime history.
As the redevelopment of the exciting Titanic Quarter continues apace, there are three types of tours that will unravel the Belfast links to Titanic, so choose between a personalized luxury bus tour, grass-roots walking tour including the Edwardian Thompson Pumphouse or go afloat aboard the Titanic Boat Tours.
After that, visit one of the oldest parts of the city, the Cathedral Quarter with its intimate charm and artistic temperament, and home to the magnificent St. Anne’s Cathedral.
In the springtime Botanic Gardens and the Victorian Palm House are also worth a visit – and the newly refurbished Ulster Museum is an absolute must on any itinerary.
If all that walking has given you a thirst, you’re in luck. Some landmark buildings also give way to great watering holes, like the Crown Liquor Saloon. Others have been transformed into opulent hotels such as Belfast’s five-star Merchant Hotel.
While you’re in the area, make sure you check out the city’s centrepiece, the City Hall. Or see Belfast like you’ve never seen it before – from the 60-metre tall Belfast Wheel.
Sleepy Sundays aren’t so sleepy in Belfast. Take a behind the scenes tour of the Grand Opera House, visit Belfast Castle, find a bargain at the Black Market in the Black Box, wax lyrical on Belfast’s music tour from the Ulster Hall or visit St Peter’s Cathedral for their tour every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Or if you want to get back to nature, take to the Belfast Hills and explore Cave Hill Country Park. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the city below.
For shoppers, the choice is endless – big name stores include IKEA, as well as boutique designers, innovative arts & crafts and rejuvenated markets; catch the cookery demos and live jazz at St. George’s Market every Saturday morning.
Fashionistas should try South Belfast’s Lisburn Road and Victoria Square Centre in the heart of the city.
While for High Street bargains, head for the main shopping area which runs from Donegall Place to Castle Court, Royal Avenue.
After you’ve indulged in a little retail therapy, enjoy the very best seasonal dishes at one of Belfast’s many atmospheric restaurants. Then take in a show at the glorious Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall or Waterfront Hall.
See the latest acts at the Odyssey Arena, voted 7th best venue in the world, or simply unwind at a traditional pub with live music and plenty of craic.
Whatever you choose to do in Belfast, you can be sure of countless ways to relax, rejuvenate, refresh this spring.