A turbulent history has forged a fascinating vibe in this city. After suffering years of troubles Belfast has emerged as a cultural hotspot, offering a variety of places of interest both historical and contemporary.

The recent success of the Titanic Belfast marking the 100 year anniversary of the ship and its fatal voyage, brought an abundance of tourism to the city and visitors will keep coming if the other sites are anything to go by.

Epitomising modern Belfast, the Radisson Blu Hotel is a stylish venue located in Belfast’s urban centre. There are 120 rooms in this large hotel which is within walking distance from all the amenities of the city centre.

Guests looking for a luxurious residence will be completely satisfied with the Fitzwilliam Hotel. Mixing the traditional and the modern, each room is stylishly designed and comfortable. The hotel offers a master class in cocktail making for those looking to improve their skills.

A great self-catering option is the Victoria Apartments, situated on a quiet tree-lined avenue in Windsor Park. Each apartment is fitted with a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a spacious living room with a TV and DVD player.

A trip to Belfast can certainly be done on the cheap if you choose to go for the budget accommodation option. Vagabonds Hostel is a 15 minute walk away from the city centre and is next to Queens University, the Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum. It is clean and safe and has been hailed by travellers as a place they would definitely go back to.

For a really stylish stay, check in at the Crescent Townhouse Hotel. Hiding away in the city’s university quarter, this boutique hotel is near some of Belfast’s trendiest bars and clubs.

Anyone who questions Belfast’s reputation as a contemporary and cosmopolitan hotspot should eat out at Cayenne. A real culinary experience can be found at this restaurant, whose proprietors are Paul and Jeanne Rankin.

For some truly Northern Irish grub, head to the Green Room. Working with local farmers to source the freshest ingredients, this restaurant changes its menu according to what’s in season.

South Belfast’s Birdcage Restaurant is a sure go-to for chicken lovers. This restaurant is great for a party who want to dig in and share a delicious selection of chicken and sauces.

Belfast is a city enriched by its café culture, and one great little place to try is Clements. The café, which says that “Coffee is our religion,” also serve a delicious selection of sandwiches, soups, paninis scones and cakes.

Erected in 1865 to commemorate Prince Albert, the gothic style Albert Clock features a statue of Queen Victoria’s husband and is Belfast’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Adults and children alike will love Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory. All sweets and chocolates are made by hand from 100 year old recipes. All visitors must be sure to try the Raspberry Ruffles and the Belfast Fudge.

If there is one establishment that does justice to the iconic ship, then the Belfast Titanic comes pretty close. Presenting an exhibition which extends across 9 galleries, the Belfast Titanic traces the story of the vessel from the inception of the idea, through its construction and all the way to its end. It is an absolutely fascinating experience which visitors would be foolish to miss out on.

Located in Donegall Square in the heart of the city centre, Belfast City Hall, which first opened its doors on 1 August 1906 offers free public tours of this landmark establishment.

Belfast doesn’t have a hot season, and so is a popular holiday destination year round. Prices thus tend to be highest at weekends, so for a cheaper holiday, book to go during the week.

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