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.
Figure out what to pack for your weekend in Belfast with our brief climate guide…
Just like much of the British Isles, the weather in Belfast is mild, with a narrow range of temperatures. Locals say that if you get three warm and sunny days in a row you’ve got yourself a Belfast summer. Average highs between June and September are 20C, with a low of 7C in January. You could visit in August and enjoy a hot afternoon with blue skies one day, and dawn-till-dusk clouds and rain the next – so pack for any weather when you book Belfast breaks.
City breaks in Belfast are exciting at any time, but these annual events add an extra dose of Northern Irish charm…
Orangefest; July: The culture and customs of Ulster are put on display in summer, when marching bands parade to the distinctive sound of the huge Lambeg drum. There is much to see and do when you take short breaks to Belfast during this time.
Rose Week; July: Music and entertainment take place surrounded by the blooming roses of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. A summer programme of events runs from June to September, with Rose Week itself falling in mid-July.
August Féile: A highlight of the year-long Féile an Phobail programme of events in West Belfast – a nationalist area – the August Féile sees a lively parade, dancing, children’s entertainment, comedy and music. Some big-name events require booking in advance, so check what’s on ahead of your weekend in Belfast.
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 nautical sights and sounds, 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 freshly caught seafood supper.