Cheap Flights to Belfast
Situated on the Eastern Coast of Northern Ireland, Belfast, with its intriguing yet troubled history, has grown to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.K.. Occupied since the Bronze Age, the city is perhaps better known for its more recent history and the years of sectarian conflict, known as The Troubles, and occupation by British Troops. Peace in the region has, for the most part, prevailed since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Today, the city boasts a myriad of attractions for visitors, many of which are free of charge. Visit the famous murals daubed on the walls of the Shankhill and Falls Road -- a depiction of the region's violent, separatist past and the years of ongoing conflict between Republican and Unionist factions. The Titanic Museum, on the other hand, has become a firm favourite with tourists. This outstanding monument bears testament to the city's maritime heritage and is also built on the former site of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard where the Titanic was built. The 12th of July is a very important event for the Orange Order, who parade the streets and build giant bonfires to celebrate King William's victory at the Battle of the Boyne.
Things to do
Belfast is flanked by glorious scenery, fine restaurants and a selection of pristine beaches. Whatever your interests, Belfast will have the right event, and visitors are never at a loss for interesting things to see and do.
Situated on the coast, the Beaches in and around Belfast are numerous. Helen's Bay, a popular beach with the locals, is situated in Bangor, less than ten miles from the city. This pristine beach has won numerous awards for cleanliness and safe, clear waters.
Visit the Mourne Seafood Bar, situated in Molly's Yard. This outstanding restaurant, as its name suggests, serves an impressively fresh menu of locally caught seafood and fish. Mogul, serving Indian Cuisine, is also situated in Molly's Yard. After feasting on some culinary delights, enjoy some live music and Guinness at Kelly's Cellars, the oldest pub in Belfast -- it's situated between the two restaurants.
Stroll the city's Botanic Gardens. With a sprawling 28 acres, the garden's are home to thousands of varieties of flora and the attraction is free of charge for visitors.
Calendar of Events
Live Irish music festivals and a plethora of events celebrating Belfast's heritage occur each year and draw thousands of festival goers and visitors.
12th July Parades, On the 12th July each year, the Orange Order (the loyalist and Protestant element of the city) march through the streets wearing full regalia. The night before, known as the eleventh night, huge bonfires are lit in the Protestant sections of the city.
The Féile. Every August and spanning ten days, the Féile features artists and entertainers from around Ireland. Festival goers will be treated to live Irish music, workshops, films and theatre.
The Autumn Fair. Held in September, the Botanic Gardens is the venue for the Autumn Fair, where visitors are entertained with live music, stalls offering delicious food, jewellery and crafts.