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Book a flight to Belfast with Qatar Airways and you’ll experience a city that has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the most popular must-see holiday destinations in the world. While Belfast is very much a 21st Century city, its past is very evident in its architecture. Amongst the modern office buildings and contemporary facilities you’ll find fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, such as the Ulster Bank building and the Grand Opera House.
Belfast was built around its cottage industries and is still divided into quarters, each with their own distinct character.
Take a trip to Belfast and you’ll find yourself in a city full of surprises. While most people have heard of the ill-fated Titanic, few realise that it was conceived and built in Belfast. The Titanic Belfast is the world’s biggest Titanic tourist experience and definitely one for the list. Here, you won’t just learn about the ship itself, but also about the passengers who were carried on its first and final voyage.
The Giant’s Causeway is shrouded in myth and legend. A massive geometric formation, it has been awarded World Heritage status from UNESCO and is a must-see attraction. The Visitor Centre allows you to explore the Causeway at your own pace, giving you the opportunity to really soak up this magnificent site.
Those with even a passing interest in history should pay a visit to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, which may well be one of the highlights of your trip to Belfast. Internationally acclaimed as one of the best museums of its kind, you’ll learn how the locals lived over 100 years ago. However, this isn’t just a ‘stand and stare’ museum; you can get the chance to take part in a number of long-forgotten practices such as shearing the sheep, making butter and even taste some authentic food from an ancient farmhouse kitchen.
Soaking up some of the local arts scene can be a great way to get to grips with the culture. The Lyric Theatre plays host to visiting companies from across the UK and produces new and classic Irish plays. However, if you prefer your art to be more static, Belfast is fast becoming one of the top cultural centres in the UK and there are plenty of art galleries to enjoy, including the Eakin, the Mullan and the Belfast galleries.
For those travelling to Belfast with children, a visit to Belfast Zoo ought to be somewhere near the top of the list. Set in 150 acres, it’s home to over 1,000 animals including bears, elephant and lions. Alternatively, to take in the city’s splendour from the water, hunt down the Belfast Barge and enjoy a coffee whilst soaking up the view of the River Lagan.
Good food is an integral part of Irish culture and your trip to Belfast will see you sampling some of the best food to be found in Ireland. The city is quickly becoming something of a hotspot for gastronomes and you’ll find everything from fine-dining restaurants to fish and chip shops. However, if you want a true taste of the Emerald Isle, look out for restaurants that serve traditional food such as Irish stew and mashed potatoes with spring onions and butter, known as ‘champ’.
Most of the established dishes started out as peasant food and feature lamb and root vegetables. However, given Belfast’s proximity to the sea, there are a lot of fish dishes on offer, such as potted herrings and smoked eel. You’ll also find a variety of rustic breads, such as soda farls and potato bread.
Shopping could almost be considered a national pastime in Ireland and Belfast definitely steps up to the mark. The shops here are eclectic, with high-end designer stores rubbing shoulders with chic boutiques and street markets.
You’ll find plenty of family-run businesses selling unique and home-made goods. For the best shopping, head on over to the Cathedral Quarter, where you are minutes away from finding whatever you’re looking for.
When you book a flight to Belfast with Qatar Airways you will travel on a Qatar Airways operated flight to London Heathrow and connect to Belfast with our partner airlines.
Flights to Belfast land at Belfast International Airport, which is about 11 miles north of the city.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Belfast please check the visa and passport requirements.
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