Culture vultures: Head over to the Titanic Quarter (the city’s old docklands and shipyards) to see the famous Titanic Belfast for yourself. You won’t want to miss Crumlin Road Gaol either, a magnificent Victorian prison that’s been converted but still keeps some unique features.
Night owls: Whether you want a quiet night in the Golden Mile, or you want all-night entertainment at the Odyssey Arena complex, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.
Explorers: Using Belfast as your base, you can explore the rugged coastline of Norther Ireland. Within easy reach of the city, the Causeway Coastal Route begins, which will show you the way to the amazing Giant’s Causeway.
Currency: British Pound (£)
Local time: Same as GMT/UK time
Fly to: Belfast Airport
Flight time from UK: 1 hour 30 minutes from London
Tourist information: Further Belfast tourist information can be found at www.visitbelfast.com
Visa & health: Before Belfast city breaks, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Best time to visit: During summer, when the days are longer and the weather’s warmer
Summers are mild and sunny in Belfast, with average highs of around 15°C. July’s the hottest month of the year, and you can enjoy the most sunshine hours during June. January is the coldest month of the year, when the average temperature can drop as low as 4°C. If you’re booking Belfast city breaks for October, don’t forget your raincoat and brolly; this is the wettest month of the year.
On foot: Belfast is compact enough to explore on foot, and you’ll find all the main sights within easy walking distance, dotted around the city centre. Having a wander around is the best way to get your bearings.
Metro city bus network: If you’re planning on taking buses a few times during your stay, it’s worth picking up a Smartlink Travel Card. It costs £1, but you’ll get discounted tickets for every ride, so it’s well worth it.
Belfast Bikes: Why not do as the locals do and hop on a public bike? You’ll find around 30 docking stations throughout the city centre, where you can pick up and drop off your ride.
Belfast Maritime Festival: Held every May, this is a celebration of the city’s rich maritime past. You’ll have the chance to hop on board magnificent tall ships and naval vessel down on the docks, and there’ll be plenty of food and live entertainment, too.
Belfast Film Festival: This cultural event takes place during the month of April, and you can expect to find premieres, screenings and all kinds of cinematic events take place all over the city. This is a celebration of the best of world cinema.
NI Science Festival: This festival takes place in February, and it’s dedicated to the wonders of science, technology, maths, and engineering. You’ll find a whole host of fascinating events and talks taking place over the city, and lots of activities for the kids to get involved in.