Belfast’s biggest claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of the RMS Titanic. You can go behind the scenes of this ill-fated ship at the Titanic Experience by the docks. Stick the green-domed City Hall on your to-see list too, along with the fantastical sculptures at CS Lewis Square, and a stroll around the Botanic Gardens.
Under the Victorian arches of St George’s Market, a mixed bag of traders put Belfast’s fine food on the map. Elsewhere, the city’s love of cuisine continues through a mix of Michelin-starred restaurants, on-the-go street eats and foodie festivals. Drinks-wise, you’ll get a taste of the past when you stop at the Crown Liquor Saloon for a pint of Guinness, Victorian-style.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the amount of out-of-the-city adventures. Just an hour north of Belfast is Giant’s Causeway, one of Northern Ireland’s top-visited attractions. This UNESCO-protected cluster of coastal rocks is shrouded in legend, and definitely worth a day trip. It’s also been a setting in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, along with the eerie Dark Hedges and Cushendun Caves nearby.