Few cities could claim to have undergone a transformation quite so spectacular as Belfast’s. The capital of Northern Ireland remains characterised by old shipyards and elegant Victorian houses, but its world-class museums, modern art galleries and cosy restaurants have given the city a new lease of life.
Points of interest include Titanic Belfast, an award-winning and state-of-the-art museum that tells the story of the world’s most famous ship, and the Botanic Gardens, which houses tropical plants and birds inside its birdcage-like glass dome. Make your way through music-filled ‘trad bars’, take a free tour of Belfast City Hall, or shop for fresh food and local art at St. George’s Market – the oldest and most popular market in the city.
But the appeal of Belfast doesn’t rest solely in its centre. The city is also a great base for visiting various filming locations from 'Game of Thrones'. Immerse yourself in the world of the hit TV series, with guided visits to ‘Winterfell Castle’, ‘the Haunted Forest’ and the ‘Iron Islands' on the country’s craggy northern coastline.
At night, head to the city’s Cathedral Quarter for the trendiest bars in town, and to experience the city's characteristic warm welcome.