Belfast has seen a meteoric rise in its popularity as a premier tourist destination, as it moves on from a troubled past to being one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe. As with much of Ireland, Belfast’s nightlife is some of the best available anywhere in the world and a diverse selection of bars and nightspots means the town is an exciting place to be when the sun goes down. Coupled with its huge amount of restaurants and cultural attractions, Befast is quickly becoming the place to visit.
Aside from driving Ireland’s tourist industry, Belfast is also emerging as a leader for creative industries and fintech, with globally recognised brands such as Citi, Allstate and Mercer operating bases near the centre. As such, there is an increasing amount of business travellers visiting the city throughout the year—a trend which is likely to continue as Ireland in general becomes a more desirable place for businesses to base their HQs.
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Belfast is a fantastically diverse city, with its central metropolis offering everything the intrepid visitor could ask for. However, it is still a large urban area and some areas are definitely better than others. It is therefore recommended that you book through a provider who can offer advice on the best location for your trip. Serviced apartments in Belfast, centrally located, can provide a great way of enjoying the city from a comfortable base - almost a home-from-home. The Squa.re present a range of such properties, from private studios to luxury apartments. Each has been chosen according to our exacting criteria, to offer our customers the best in conveniences, contemporary decor and sought after locations. Each property has private, secure access and has the added benefit of full kitchen facilities.
Belfast has become renowned as a cultural mecca, with increasing investment being made in some of its most popular areas, however the region is also home to some outstanding natural wonders—the most famous of which is indubitably the iconic Giant’s Causeway. Tours of the Antrim coast are easy to arrange from the city centre and usually also include the striking ruins of Dunluce castle. For those seeking something in the city itself, the renowned Titanic museum opened its doors on the 100th anniversary of the famous liner’s sinking and offers visitors the chance to see artefacts and exhibits dedicated to her.
There’s also the stunning Botanical Garden - featuring tropical species and an elegant domed conservatory, it is another hugely popular attraction.
As the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast inevitably features some fantastic retail opportunities. Victoria Square shopping centre has over 50 popular high street outlets, whilst Castle Court hosts around 70. Both offer a broad range of retailers including fashion retailers, jewellery stores and plenty of eateries and cafes. For something a little more unique, St George’s market at the vibrant weekend market, active Friday to Sunday for fruit, flowers, fish, fashion and crafts.
Getting around Belfast couldn't be easier, with an extensive public transport network that operates around the clock, courtesy of Translink— the integrated public transport operator of Metro, Ulsterbus and NI Railways in Northern Ireland. Buses in the city run every 10 minutes at peak times, making them an extremely easy way to get around town and surrounding. There is also a regular service to and from the airport, as well as to the Antrim coastal attractions. 2018 is also due to see the introduction of the Glide rapid transport system, which makes getting around in Belfast even more straightforward—not to mention fast.
Belfast Visitor Pass offers fantastic value across the major transport services, as not only does it offer discount across multiple journeys, but can also offer concessions for tours and tourist attractions.
The main railway station offers access to the rest of Ireland.