Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, is a vibrant hub for culture, delicious dining and amazing experiences. No matter if you're looking for - from a romantic holiday to a family holiday to a city break, Belfast is just perfect: in fact here are a few vacation suggestions to get you in the mood when you're staying in our of our Irish holiday cottages!
Whether your group is just some friends getting together or perhaps even a stag or hen do, Belfast has heaps of activities and you'll never be short of holiday ideas! Try the world-famous Titanic Exhibition in Belfast's trendy Titanic Quarters for starter; or head to one of Belfast's many comedy clubs, you can find a show pretty much every day of the week and laughing until your belly aches is the perfect way to enjoy this brilliant city.
Belfast isn't just a city for grown-ups. There's plenty of family-friendly fun here for everyone that's sure to use up all your energy - it won't just be the kids falling asleep early after these exciting Belfast holiday ideas.
Vertigo is the premiere activity centre in Northern Ireland and is conveniently situated in Belfast. Home to an indoor sky-diving centre, trampoline hall, high ropes course and an indoor ski centre, come rain or shine you'll want to spend the whole day here experiencing all that this adrenaline-inducing place has to offer. The activities here will help build your children's confidence and will help create the kind of memories that will get you wanting to return again and again.
It's not all indoor entertainment, there's the Belfast Zoological Gardens for example, home to 140 different species; Exploris Aquarium, home to 'Nemo', 'Dory', a crocodile and a tropical jungle exhibit; and Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre, home to Ireland's largest collection of native and exotic water-birds.
For fans of Game of Thrones then a trip to Belfast is a great way to make the story come to life! A brilliant Belfast holiday idea is to start and end your day in the city and explore the world of Game of Thrones in the mesmerising wild spaces of Northern Ireland on a full day trip which includes the must-see Giant's Causeway. While traveling you'll find out behind-the-scenes facts and gossip about the show and relax and enjoy the view while your guide takes care of everything else. Make sure to bring your cameras to capture the perfect shots of you in some of the iconic filming locations.
Cave Hill walk, on a summers evening enjoy the walk up this stunning hill in the heart of Cave Hill Country Park. From here you can enjoy panoramic views across Belfast from vantage points on the hillside. Bring a blanket and some snacks and stay a while, enjoy the space and the time away from it all.
Tours are a great way to experience the beautiful Antrim Coast. Enjoy having the stress of travel logistics completely taken away while you sit back and enjoy the scenery. Plug your headphones in and enjoy the ride or chat to some of your fellow tourists.
Fancy something a bit more active such as bouldering? Boulder World is Northern Ireland's largest indoor climbing venue offering a vast array of climbing at a grade that suits you. From beginner to pro, Boulder World will not disappoint and with flexible 10am-10pm opening hours you can chalk your hands up and get climbing at a time that suits you, no early morning rushes – bliss.
Belfast is home to some incredible experiences and is a brilliant base from which to explore all that Northern Ireland offers, from epic coasts to rolling green hills to beautiful villages, not to mention the unique architecture of the capital's city centre. See you soon!