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Irene Clunie, Short Break Specialist

"I can assure you that if you’re into culture, eating out, sporting weekends or just some good old fun, then make Belfast your next city break. Belfast is easily accessible from the rest of the UK, but it usually gets missed. I found the best way to see the city was the Hop On Hop Off Bus which stops at the famous sights. I recommend finishing the day off in a classic Irish bar for a Guinness (or two) with the locals."

Northern Ireland & Belfast at a glance

In recent years, Northern Ireland has reshaped itself into one of the world’s must-visit destinations, easily accessible from the UK mainland and packed with unforgettable things to see and do.

It starts with the vibrancy and energy of its capital city Belfast, host to the Titanic Visitor Experience as well as no end of exceptional museums, galleries plus world class shopping, bars and restaurants.

Then further afield, there’s the chance to explore the country’s wild, rugged coastlines and rural landscapes, home to charming villages and towns and world-renowned attractions including the Giant’s Causeway, the Marble Arch Caves and the Gobbins Cliff Path.

There’s a tradition here of a warm welcome backed up by fantastic food and drink. Northern Ireland’s restaurant scene is thriving thanks to an abundance of fresh local produce from field, stream and sea.

Northern Ireland is perfect for visiting more than one area in the same trip. From Belfast to Derry the Causeway Coastal Route is a must with its dramatic scenery and atmospheric heritage. If you’re a Games of Thrones fan a lot of these iconic locations will be familiar; filming of seasons one to eight took place in around 25 locations around Northern Ireland.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Rich history and fascinating traditions
  • Spectacular landscapes 
  • Ancient castles, historic sites and stunning architecture
  • World-renowned local produce 
  • Belfast - a city of buzzing culture and the birthplace of the world's most famous ship

Get your tailor-made itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Northern Ireland and Belfast designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel, including flights, ferry and car hire
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your exact requirements
  • Experiences such as The Titanic Experience and Enniskillen Taste Experience

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 1,775,000
Languages English
Currency Pounds Sterling
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

The Ulster Museum in Belfast is well worth a visit. Afterwards you can pop next door to the Botanic Gardens with its iconic glasshouse.

Distance from airports
Belfast International 29 km
Railway stations
Belfast Central

Things to do in Northern Ireland & Belfast

  • Titanic Experience: Visit the world’s largest state-of-the-art visitor experience situated in the heart of the city next to the iconic ship’s birthplace.
  • Belfast City Hall: Learn about Belfast’s past and present on a free tour of this Victorian gem.
  • Giant's Causeway: Just over an hour’s drive, this UNESCO natural heritage site is breathtaking!
  • Ulster Folk Museum and Transport Museum: Celebrating the rural, cultural and industrial heritage of Ulster.

Tours and Excursions

Titanic Belfast

As the world’s largest Titanic exhibition, the Titanic Visitor Experience documents everything about the ship, from her construction in Belfast to her fateful voyage and legacy. Learn about the history of the city, browse interactive displays, watch audiovisual presentations and experience the Shipyard Ride. Your ticket includes entrance to the Ocean Exploration Centre and SS Nomadic, the original tender ship to the Titanic.

Game of Thrones & Giant's Causeway

Travel the scenic Causeway Coastal Route and visit key Northern Irish filming locations from the award-winning television series, including Ballycastle, Cushenden and Dark Hedges road. Admire the stunning scenery surrounding Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and finish the day with a visit to the iconic and spectacular Giant’s Causeway.

Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Belfast’s nautical heritage as you cruise along the River Lagan and through the Titanic Quarter. Pass the drawing offices of Harland and Wolff, Belfast’s famous ship builders, and the magnificent Custom’s House. Glide through the Titanic slipways, and learn about Belfast’s crucial naval role during the world wars as you pass by the HMS Caroline.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.