5 good reasons to go
To see / do
Culture and history
A castle perched up high
Clinging to the side of Cave Hill, Belfast Castle has been carefully renovated. Built in the 19th century, it was one Queen Victoria’s favourites. Its typical Irish style and breathtaking views make it Belfast’s must-see site. Not to be missed under any circumstances, especially as entrance is free.
Titanic, a shipwreck’s tale
Belfast is where the infamous ship Titanic was built. In commemoration of the 1912 tragedy, The Titanic Experience tells the tale of how the ship was designed, of its journey and its demise. The outside of the majestic building brings together a mixture of the Titanic’s notable features: its hull, the water on which it sailed and the iceberg that caused it to sink. A simply fascinating experience.
Belfast is going green
28 hectares of nature await you at the Botanic Belfast Garden. This huge park encompasses plants from all over the world, with species from all continents being planted here since 1828, and two greenhouses which are home to rare and sometimes surprising plants. The botanical garden is a peaceful place filled with roses and begonias.
Drinks at the Crown Bar
This is a must-do when in Belfast. Even those who don't drink beer will enjoy this pub from another era. The Crown Bar is adorned with splendid woodwork and stained glass windows. Craft beers are served here, as are traditional Irish dishes.
Traditional meal at Holohans Pantry
The Irish way of life also includes good food, Holohans Pantry won’t contradict you on that point. This Belfast restaurant serves traditional, fresh cuisine: fried calamari and boxty (stuffed potato pancakes) are house specials. This address should be kept preciously along with your plane ticket during your trip to Ireland!
The best fish and chips
Fish and chips can of course be eaten all over the United Kingdom. However, Belfast serves the very best ones. That alone deserves booking a flight from Bordeaux. Fresh fish is coated in beer batter or bread crumbs, then fried. It is served with chips. Perfect for a meal on the go.
Irish stew, the perfect local dish
Lamb is a common ingredient in Irish and Belfast cuisine, used in various dishes. Irish stew is a lamb stew with potatoes, a few vegetables and herbs. It is traditionally served with a beer, but some add it directly to the dish.
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