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A Weekend Away in ... Belfast

A Weekend Away in ... Belfast

3 January 2017 | Nicole Kell

Searching for the perfect weekend away? Head over to the emerald isle! With great bars, live music and sensational sightseeing, Belfast is the perfect place for a weekend away!

Saturday Morning
One of the best ways to get to know Belfast is by a Hop-On Hop-Off excursion with City Sight Seeing Tours. This open-top double-decker bus travels through all of the city’s most iconic sights including the Falls Road murals, Stormont, the Botanic Gardens, City Hall as well as the Albert Clock and many more.  With on-board commentary and the chance to jump on and off at 20 different locations, it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the city’s culture.
 
Saturday Lunch
If you enjoy seafood, we recommend a taste of the fresh local delicacies served at the Mourne Seafood bar. Chow down on some seafood chowder, bite into Beer battered fish & chips (with mushy peas), or nosh on some Oysters Au Natural served with mignonette dressing, tabasco and lemon. If fish isn’t your first choice, don’t worry: there’s plenty of other options to tantalize your taste buds including Chargrilled Irish ribeye, grilled veg and homemade chips. With incredible reviews and delightful décor, this restaurant should be top of your lunchtime list.
 
Stormont, Belfast.
Stormont. Image Credit: Robert Young.
 
Saturday Afternoon
Home of the Titanic, the spot where the ill-fated ship was built is now a major attraction for those who visit the city. With countless movies based on the Titanic you may feel like an expert already. There’s always more to a story, however, than what the tales tell. Explore the complete history of the Titanic, from the linen mills to the last hours, at the Titanic Belfast museum. With 9 interactive galleries and even a riveting ride, this is certainly the perfect way to explore Belfast’s History, no matter your age!
 
Saturday Diner
Voted a must visit in Northern Ireland, Stix and Stones is the tasty treat recommended by all the city’s locals. This unique restaurant offers the ultimate dining experience as guests can gaze at their steak while it’s cooked on hot stones at their seat. Not only does this provide fantastic entertainment, but since you’re the one cooking it every bite is exactly how you want it.
 
Titanic Museum, Belfast
Titanic Belfast. Image Credit: Nico Kaiser.
 
Saturday Evening
Branded one of the oldest bars in Belfast, McHugh’s gives you a traditional taste of Northern Irish culture. With a friendly atmosphere and live music every week, this pub is a great way to spend your Saturday evening. If you ask nicely you might even get to pose for pictures as you pour your own pint of Guinness or Belfast Black.
 
Sunday Morning
Ok, so we’ve cheated a little. Whilst the Giants Causeway is not technically in Belfast it’s one of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland (and only a short bus ride from the city). This incredible natural wonder is home to the legendary myth of Fionn mac Cumhaill (pronounced Finn MacCool), the Irish Giant who is believed to have created the Causeway during a battle with rival giant, Scotland’s Benandonner. For those keen to learn more about the legend or those interested in the more geological reasons behind the hexagon shaped stones, we recommend a trip to the Visitor Centre and a guided tour around the grounds. Whilst it may be a little pricey (unless you’re a National Trust member), it’s the best way to learn all the details you may miss out on otherwise – like Fionn’s beloved pet and pipes!
 
Giants Causeway, Dublin.
Giants Causeway. Image Credit: Old Ireland.
 
Sunday Lunch
For those Game of Throne fans (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), we recommend the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy. This tasty restaurant is one of the locations where the popular TV series was filmed. With a GOT map inside and a hand carved door made out of fallen trees from the dark hedges (another GOT location), this is definitely a must visit for all Thornies.
 
Sunday Afternoon
Whilst you’re in Ballintoy, we recommend a trip to Carrick-a-Rede bridge. The rope bridge was first erected over 350 years ago to enable fishermen easy access to the island without the reliance of a boat. Since then it has been a trendy tourist attraction and a National Trust highlight. With some of the most beautiful views of the Northern Coast, this is a perfect ending to your weekend away.
 
Fullerton Arms wood carving, Game of Thrones.
Nicole Kell. Image Credit: Fullerton Arms.

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