The perfect weekend destination is far enough to feel like an escape, but close enough for a quick getaway. With a flight time from London of 1hour 10 minutes and from Edinburgh of just 50 minutes, Belfast provides a destination that is both conveniently accessible and bursting with Irish charm. Being the largest city in Northern Ireland, Belfast is home to a wealth of culture, attractions and character meaning its weekend breaks can come in many different forms…
A Romantic Break for 2
With its eclectic array of fine dining, bistros, wine bars and gastro pubs, Belfast certainly isn’t short of a cosy ‘table for two’. By night, its food and drink offerings provide endless options for romantic date nights within vibrant atmospheres. Boasting plenty of intimate boutique hotels such as the Malmaison Belfast, couples can pick the perfect hotel to compliment their romantic weekend away.
An Educational Family Trip
Many attractions such as Titanic Belfast and Belfast Zoo are equally as fun as they are educational and are perfect for a family break. Since opening in March 2012 Titanic Belfast has become the ‘must see’ attraction with a state-of-the-art interactive exhibition that brings the story of the famous ship to life. Its iconic purpose built building was inspired by the ships hull and makes for a fantastic photo opportunity. The kids will love the virtual journey to the bottom of the sea to visit The Titanic’s resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic.
A Girly Weekend Away
If your break is set to be a male free zone, be sure to make the most of Belfast’s fantastic shopping. Peruse the designer boutiques, wander through the historic St Georges Market and shop til you drop at the incredible Victoria Square Shopping Centre. With all these retail hubs located within minutes of each other in the cities shopping district, Belfast is a shopaholic’s haven. For a perfect night out, Belfast’s Odyssey Arena often hosts concerts and events from many international superstars.
A Culture Vulture Adventure
Belfast is home to an eclectic range of festivals and exhibitions that are packed full of culture and fun. The 14th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival kicks off in May 2013 with a riot of live music, comedy, spoken word, visual arts and a host of other quirky treats. With nearby Londonderry being crowned the 2013 UK City of Culture, there’s never been a better time to visit Northern Ireland.
Whatever break you’re planning, Belfast has it all. So bag yourself a cheap flight and some gorgeous accommodation and plan yourself an Irish escape.