Located in the province of Ulster, Belfast, or Béal Feirste as it is known in Gaelic, is the largest city in Northern Ireland and also its capital. It is a city with plenty of character; a modern metropolis offering all the amenities you would expect of a country’s capital. Visitors will find ample opportunities for sightseeing as well as a plethora of venues in the city for enjoying a night out, whether it is a quiet affair in a restaurant or a wild night at one of the many clubs on hand. Belfast has a good tourist infrastructure and sees a large number of visitors throughout the year and particularly in the summer season.
The city offers plenty for those who like to spend a portion of their holiday sightseeing. There are a number of places of historical and cultural interest worth visiting, such as Belfast Castle and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, while those who like a drop of Guinness can take one of the city’s pub tours. Open-top buses provide general tours of Belfast, taking in the most popular sights and are a good way to get a feeling for the city.
There are a number of places located within a reasonable driving distance of Belfast that are worth visiting for the day. Drive for just a few hours and you can reach the spectacular Giants Causeway, hailed as one of the world’s most amazing natural sights. Alternatively, the beautiful beaches along the Causeway Coast are well worth a visit and a good way to while away a lazy day when the weather is fine.
If you like to get physically active during your holiday then your best bet is to head out of the city towards some of the beautiful surrounding countryside, where there are good opportunities for participating in outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing. Those who enjoy fishing will also find plenty of quiet spots to sit down and cast their lines.