The capital of Northern Ireland is the beautiful city of Belfast. It is the biggest city in Northern Island and the second biggest city in entire Ireland. Located on the eastern coast of Northern Ireland this charming city is encircled and an array of hills including the famous Cavehill.
The temperate climate of Belfast makes it a perfect tourist destination. The city has two airports which helps in transportation. The George Best Belfast City Airport is near to the Belfast Lough and the Belfast International Airport is near the Lough Neagh.
The major places of interest are the southern portion of Belfast along Botanic Avenue and University Road around the Queen’s University. The quaint locale of Botanic Avenue is filled with cafes, restaurants and shops. On the Lisburn Road beyond the University, there are bars, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs.
The major attractions here are Queen’s University and Queen’s Film Theatre which is the venue for annual Belfast Film Festival. The Botanical Gardens is a very popular tourist destination where the Palm House offers rare sight of carnivorous plants. The Tropical Ravine beside the Palm House offers a sight of tropical flora and fauna. The Ulster Museum has a rare collection of art while the Lyric Theatre is the only theatre that does full time producing in Northern Ireland. In the north of the city there is Belfast Zoo and Belfast Castle while in the east there is Stormont Parliament Buildings and the Ulster Fort and Transport Museum.
There are several hostels providing accommodation in Belfast. The Arnies Backpackers is situated in the area of Queen’s University. This is a small, cozy hostel that offers free tea, coffee on arrival. This hostel also has a small garden. The Belfast International Hostel, situated on Donegall Road provides a tour of the Belfast city. The Ark Hostel is situated in Belfast’s famous University area and provides single, twin double and dormitory accommodation in various ranges. It is at a stone’s throw distance from the Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Concert Halls and also pubs, cafes and clubs. This hostel also provides internet and laundry facilities and charges 10. 90 pound per person per night.
Located on Springfield road, The Farset International guarantees world class accommodation at the most affordable price. The serenity of the locale of Farset International provides the visitors a slice of serenity far from the city life. It offers a scintillating sight of this charming city. This hostel provides twenty four hours parking facilities for cars and coaches along with self catering kitchen and laundry facilities. It charges twenty pounds per person sharing and thirty pounds per single supplement.
Belfast also has some classy hotels with world class facilities. Situated on Dunmurry/ Suffolk junction of the M1 Motorway in the rural south Belfast, the Balmoral Hotel is the ideal accommodation for the purpose of business and leisure. It has easy access to Belfast City centre, the King’s Hall Conference and Exhibition Centre. The hotel is within the reach of city and international airports. This hotel is an ideal combination of modern amenities with traditional hospitality.
The hotel has forty two classy en suite bedrooms. The Beechlawn House hotel offers excellent modern amenities like forty two en-suite bedrooms, the cozy Beechers Bistro, Bar and Restaurant, Conference Suites, Function Rooms, a Multi Media Suite and complimentary Wireless Internet access ‘Wi Fi’ for all people residing in the hotel. This hotel is just ten minutes from Belfast and Lisburn city centres. Other hotels in Belfast include the Clarion hotel which is a three star Mediterranean style hotel, the Camfort Hotel Antrim, Best Western Wellington Park Hotel and many more.
Guest houses are also available in plenty. Located in Windsor Avenue, Ash-Rowan Town House provides luxury accommodation along with amenities like a choice of nine gourmet breakfasts which includes homemade bread and preserves. Avenue House is another guest house on Eglantine Avenue with services like private parking, wireless internet facility and bedrooms en suite with television. Keef Halla Country House, Malone Guest House and Camera House are other guest houses.
Voted as the fourth best city in United Kingdom, Belfast is a perfect destination. Along with beautiful locales, visitors can also experience some good food and places to shop which will complete the visit.