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Northern Ireland’s capital is a hip and lively destination where you can explore top-grade attractions, dine on memorable meals from its thriving restaurants, sip pints in some of the finest pubs in the UK, and even take a day trip to Giant’s Causeway.
Belfast’s troubled past can’t, and shouldn’t, be forgotten, and you can learn more about its politics during a tour of its mural-dotted Peace Walls, which divide the Protestant and Catholic neighbourhoods. Another place for a poignant history lesson is inside Belfast’s star attraction, Titanic Belfast, which has a striking, gleaming exterior.
But this isn’t a city stuck in the past and you’ll be spoilt for choice with innovative places to eat on a Belfast city break. For delicious food on the go, head to St George’s Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings to try seafood, soda bread and sweet treats. Sit-down options elsewhere include everything from fine-dining and intimate bistros to lip-smacking fish and chips.
After dinner, decide on your tempo. The Cathedral Quarter is a trendy spot for a night out, with many of the city’s top places to drink on or near Hill Street. Sink a couple of pints of Guinness on a pub crawl, sip good-looking concoctions in a cool cocktail bar or tap your toes to live music. If you still have energy, you’ll find plenty of clubs to dance in too.
The Cathedral Quarter is also packed with cultural attractions. Admire its street art and visit the Metropolitan Arts Centre for eclectic exhibitions, theatre performances and family events. St Anne’s Cathedral is also here with a gorgeous 150,000-piece mosaic of The Creation. At the riverbank, meanwhile, you’ll spot modern artworks such as Big Fish, a 10m-long (32 feet) ceramic-tiled sculpture of a salmon.
With an infectious atmosphere and an ever-growing range of places to eat, drink and be merry, Belfast makes the ultimate city break. Here's ten of the best things to do while you're there.Read moreabout 10 of the best things to do in Belfast
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