Thursday 19 October 2017

Never been to Northern Ireland on holiday?

If you’ve never been to Northern Ireland for a short break, you could be in with a chance to win an unforgettable getaway in Belfast.

We’re looking for a couple who have never experienced Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. To be in with a chance to win this fantastic Belfast experience, simply enter your details below and explain to us why you deserve to win this 5-star break in this fabulous city.

Isn’t it time you experienced Northern Ireland for yourself?

Despite being the closest of neighbours and having far more in common than we realise, the fact remains many from the Republic of Ireland just don’t realise what a fantastic holiday destination Northern Ireland is.

Northern Ireland is just up the road with Belfast less than two hours from Dublin. It’s so near to us and yet it’s often way down the list when we’re looking Irish holiday destinations.

Tourism Northern Ireland have partnered with Independent.ie to give one lucky couple the chance to discover Belfast for themselves on a wonderful weekend packed with the very best the city has to offer.

Day One

Our winners will depart for Belfast on Friday 24th of February on board the Enterprise from Dublin Connolly, travelling on First Plus tickets to Belfast, where they will be picked up at Central Station and brought to the 5-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, their home for the next two nights.

The afternoon’s entertainment will commence with a tour of the 5-Star Titanic Experience. Titanic Belfast is an iconic six-floor building featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries which explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the city and people which made her.  It is the world’s largest Titanic exhibition and was recently named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.

The couple will also get to visit the SS Nomadic, located beside Titanic Belfast, the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. The ship has been restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock. Come on board and experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history.

With Sterling at such attractive rates at the moment, shopping is a must. Explore the wonderful retail opportunities in Belfast and discover a great selection of high street stores, family owned businesses, designer boutiques, markets and the incredible Victoria Square and Castle Court shopping centres - all within minutes of each other. Top tip: Take the lift to the top floor of Victoria Square and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city and beyond!

Cap your first evening in Belfast off with a world class dining experience with dinner in the Fitzwilliam Hotel. Then take in one of Belfast’s oldest and best known landmarks The Crown Liquor Saloon.  Now owned by the National Trust, the pub, which dates back to 1826, has been restored to its full Victorian splendour. The Crown features original gas lamps, cosy snugs, a beautifully carved wooden bar and a unique scrolled plasterwork ceiling. It’s the perfect place for a nightcap after a romantic evening in Belfast!

Day Two

On Saturday morning,  our prize winners will rise to a city alive with gastronomic possibilities. Start with the 5-Star "Belfast Food Tour" with Caroline Wilson. Explore Belfast city centre on foot and enjoy a number of stops to sample some local Northern Irish products.

The tour will take in the city’s famous St George’s Market where you can check out the wares of local craftspeople and sample some Northern Irish delicacies like the Belfast bap.

Then you can get a real slice of gritty Belfast history with a tour of the 5-Star Crumlin Road Gaol. The Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. It has now, after extensive renovations, re-opened for public tours.

You’re in for a real treat afterwards as discovernorthernireland.com have booked you dinner in OX. OX is the hottest restaurant in the city- one of two Michelin star restaurants in Northern Ireland. It offers relaxed dining overlooking the River Lagan and within walking distance of the Belfast Waterfront, St George’s Market and SSE Arena.

After dinner, you can hit Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, the city’s vibrant, bohemian quarter that is the heart of the Belfast’s nightlife scene. Why not drop in for a drink to the Spaniard, considered to be the city’s most romantic pub? If you are after something a bit more hip, check out The Dirty Onion.

Rise at your leisure the next morning and hop on board the Enterprise back to Dublin, arriving nice and early on the Sunday, full of happy memories and a new perspective on Belfast and Northern Ireland.

It may be your first holiday across the border but after seeing some of what Northern Ireland has to offer, it certainly won’t be your last!

Sponsored by: Discover Northern Ireland

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