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Compare the best Belfast city breaks

Belfast city breaks resonate with a lively mix of Irish culture, from stately limestone cathedrals to a bustling seaport and friendly dark-panelled pubs. It's a city that is proud of its heritage and history, and has been re-inventing its image with the redevelopment of the harbour and the Titanic Quarter.

Why go?

Belfast makes a superb city break. Easy to get around, lots to see and do, and with a unique character that will charm you...

To the north of the city centre, you'll see the towering limestone spires of the Cathedral Quarter. To the south, an eclectic mix of cafés and bars share the University Quarter, home to Belfast's liveliest nightlife.

In between, the Golden Mile is packed with Irish linen shops and fresh seafood restaurants. In the middle of the city, a stern-faced Queen Victoria statue marks the entrance to Belfast's copper-domed City Hall.

The new Titanic museum complex is well worth a visit, with interactive displays and even a theme park style ride as part of the interest in this ground-breaking exhibit. You'll learn the full story of Titanic, from its inception to its demise and re-discovery on the ocean floor, as well as lots of Belfast cultural history.

A trip to Stormont will give you the chance to visit the seat of the Northern Irish Government and superb parkland.

Getting into Belfast from Belfast International and City Airports is easy on the Translink Airbus, taking 30 minutes from Belfast International Airport to central Belfast and just 15 from the city airport.

Getting around on weekend breaks in Belfast is also easy, with a range of hop on hop off buses, plus the city's bus network covering nearly every corner of Belfast. On foot is also a great way to see most of the city's attractions which lie within an easy walk of one another - and travelling by foot allows an impulse stop at a cosy-looking pub.

What to do?

Read our round-up of great ideas for things to do when taking a Belfast city break...

Shopping: Shop till you drop at the Victorian shopping arcades on Donegall Place. Pick up silver Celtic crosses and finely woven Irish table linens. And why not grab a bottle of Bushmills whiskey while you're at it?

Nightlife: You can't go on short breaks to Belfast without visiting an old-school Irish pub. It's hard to beat the ornate Crown Liquor Saloon, a local institution full of gorgeous woodwork, mosaic tiles and stained glass, where the locals are chatty and the Guinness flows freely.

Families: Head to Belfast Harbour for a glimpse of maritime Belfast. The bustling port is awash with the sights and sounds of sea transport, and you can visit the spot where the Titanic began her famous voyage.

Active types: Shimmy into a wetsuit and battle the breezes by windsurfing in the Irish Sea at Ballyholme Beach. Not your thing? The mile-long stretch also draws kayakers and swimmers.

Romance: Lose yourselves in the narrow, cobbled streets of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter before ducking into a cosy restaurant for a dinner of freshly caught seafood.