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About Belfast

Belfast is a long way from the town littered with bullet holes that you saw on the news during 'The Troubles'. It's now thought of as a great place for a lively city break, or else home of the new Titanic Museum. These days the best places to stay in Belfast are a mix of hip haunts and glorious old traditional spots.

The shimmering and angular Titanic Belfast museum doesn't just occupy a prime piece of docklands real estate on the site of the shipyard where the Titanic was built. It's also surrounded by its own quarter - the Titanic Quarter, a large scale regeneration of the docks and Belfast's incredible maritime landmarks. They've cleverly retained the huge cranes, Samson and Goliath, which were used in the construction of many great ships, and added several floating museums, including HMS Caroline.

Beyond the Titanic are the relics of 'The Troubles', the white, pillared, neoclassical facade of Stormont, the Ulster Museum and Crumlin Road Gaol, which offer a fascinating reminder of this city's violent past.

But these days there's more of a gentle melding of Irish and British culture, which makes for a unique city, totally unlike London or Dublin. Belfast's many years as a no-go zone means its relatively unspoilt and undiscovered.

One of the best ways to discover Belfast is on one of the city's now famous Black Taxi Tours, where an experienced driver, usually one who worked through 'The Troubles' will show you their city, complete with personal details. Another very personal tour is the Belfast Mural Tours.

But Belfast isn't just about history and grand Victorian architecture, modern Belfast is home to a number of impressive art galleries and plenty of buzzing bars.

Where To Stay - which neighbourhood?

  • City Centre - A stay in the centre of town is ideal for those wanting Belfast's top spots right at their fingertips.
  • The Cathedral quarter, whilst still very centrally located, is a bit more artsy and cultural.
  • If you're on a bit of a budget but still fancy a fun time then consider Queen's quarter, named after Belfast's most prominent university.

What not to miss:

  • Visit the Titanic Belfast museum, an impressive tribute to the famed boat.
  • For a reminder of the city's history make a stop at the fascinating Ulster Museum or Crumlin Road Gaol.
  • Take a stroll through Cave Hill Country Park and enjoy the fabulous city views.
  • Visit the bustling St George's Market, one of the city's oldest attractions (there has been a Friday market here since 1604), to sample local fresh produce and pick up some local crafts or antiques.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Belfast are perfect bases for making the most of this fascinating city.

Best places to stay in Belfast

In the city centre

  • Ten Square in South Belfast is a fashionable boutique hotel in a Grade I listed building. Central and hip, it has comfortable rooms and a popular steakhouse and bar and is within walking distance of many of Belfast's main attractions.
  • The Europa Hotel boasts smart rooms, a brasserie serving up delectable cuisine and a piano bar which specialises in high teas. Overall, a lovely stay.

For the Cathedral Quarter

  • Formerly a 19th century bank, the Merchant Hotel is an eclectic and rather opulent conversion, harking back to the Paris of Napoleon possibly. Think silks, rich velvets and gold and chintz wallpapers.
  • The Bullitt is a designer property, boasting a central location and featuring contemporary and quirky interiors with plenty of artwork adorning the walls.

For the Queen's Quarter

  • The Crescent Town House has just 17 elegant Georgian rooms, behind a charming 19th century facade. Plenty of regal reds and greens and antique furniture. It's great value.
  • The award-winning Tara Lodge offers chic contemporary accommodation and hearty breakfasts - making it an ideal spot for a city break.

Outside town

  • If you want the best of the city, but a bit more peace and quiet, then try Rayanne House, a traditional property in leafy Holywood. Here you'll find smart rooms and fab food, plus you're not far from the beach.
  • Culloden Estate and Spa is a luxurious hotel and spa overlooking Belfast Lough. Surrounded by peace, you're just a short journey from the centre of town. You'll be spoiled by the service and luxurious facilities.
  • Three-room Peartree Hill is a quiet B&B offering spoiling countryside views and charming accommodation.
  • The Victorian Maryville House is a smart stay located just a short distance outside the city centre. A good spot for a romantic getaway.

For an apartment or holiday home

  • If you've decided that a self-catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, we recommend you visit our online booking partner, Booking.com, where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to George Best Belfast City Airport, just two miles from Belfast's city centre, or by train travel to Great Victoria Street Station which is located in the heart of the city. Ferries arrive in Belfast from several ports in Scotland and England.
  • Belfast is a year-round destination, with each season offering its own charm. However, for the best chance at warm, dry days, plan your trip in the summer months (May-August).
  • If you want to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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Best Hotels in Belfast

  • Crescent Town House Belfast 17 rooms from £62

    Local exploring  -  Many of Belfast's sites are within walking distance
    City Style  -  Classic hotel in the heart of town
    Local markets  -  The Friday Variety Market
    Great walks  -  Botanic Gardens

    Excellent city centre choice at a reasonable price. Elegant interiors behind a 19th century traditional facade. Georgian rooms with mahogany canopy beds as well as modern, simple rooms. Excellent food at the bar and restaurant and a small hotel cafe. Great value and good location. See More

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  • House Belfast Belfast BT7 1JL 31 rooms from £69

    Local exploring  -  Located on vibrant Botanic Avenue, Belfast's main attractions and great nightlife are all within walking distance of this hotel
    City Style  -  With its stylish interiors and central location, this hotel makes a contemporary, chic Belfast hotel
    Romantic Break  -  The comfortable hotel beds and cosy restaurant score highly with couples
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the classical City Hall, located in nearby Donegall Square; guided tours of the historic building are available
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    This chic hotel is located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Interiors feature upholstered furniture, quirky artwork and cosy wood-panelling, while the stylish guestrooms boast feature wallpaper and plush soft linens. Don't miss the great food and cocktail menu in the restaurant; a lively city stay. See More

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  • Tara Lodge Belfast 34 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  A central location, with parking, makes for easy city exploring.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the impressive St. Anne's Cathedral.
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    An award winning property offering value rooms in the centre of Belfast. Elegantly styled throughout - expect light wooden furniture, enormous windows, soft hues and contemporary bathrooms. Exceptionally hearty breakfasts are offered - including whiskey infused porridge. A charming stay. See More

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  • Ten Square Belfast 22 rooms from £95

    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of town close to City hall and walking distance to most major attractions
    Restaurant  -  Steakhouse restaurant

    Fashionable boutique hotel in a Grade 1 listed building, located in central Belfast. Comfortable rooms and excellent steakhouse and bar mean that this is the perfect place for relaxation after a busy day of business or pleasure in the Northern Irish capital. A hip spot in the centre of the city. See More

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  • The Flint Belfast 55 rooms from £97

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of the city with plenty of good eateries, shops, theatres and attractions nearby
    City Style  -  Swish modern suites offering fast wifi, chic design, and well-thought out extras — a stylish city crashpad
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Cave Hill for the walking trails, Belfast Zoo, and Belfast Castle
    Local markets  -  Visit St George's Market to sample local produce
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    A stylish boutique all-suite hotel located in the heart of Belfast. Beautifully designed rooms boast wonderfully comfortable beds, parquet flooring, dark blue hues, modern furniture, and small kitchens. With the best of the city on the doorstep, this is ideal for independent travellers. See More

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  • Maryville House Belfast 6 rooms from £98

    Local markets  -  Browse the local produce at St. George's Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Take one of Belfast's famous Black Cab tours.
    Great walks  -  Go for a walk in nearby Musgrave Park.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.

    Set in a lovely Victorian townhouse, Maryville House is a delightful B&B a short way from the centre of Belfast. Featuring classy rooms and an excellent restaurant, it's a great base from which to explore Northern Ireland's capital. See More

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  • Malmaison Belfast Belfast 64 rooms from £104

    Groups  -  The two-bedroom suite with a purple pool table, semi-circular sofa and giant television is a good choice for groups of friends
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the city centre in the heart of the historic Cathedral Quarter
    Restaurant  -  The Chez Mal restaurant has an extensive à la carte menu
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Former warehouse turned stylish boutique in the heart of Belfast. The rooms' design is contemporary and bold with statement wallpaper, large windows, and modern bathrooms. Two-bedroom suites (one with a poole table) are great for friends. With a lively bar and restaurant, this is a hip city pad. See More

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  • Rayanne House Belfast (Holywood) 11 rooms from £120

    Great walks  -  Picturesque St Patrick's Trail is just a 45 minute drive away. The Mountains of Mourne have routes available for all abilities.
    Short break  -  With regular flights to Belfast and located just 2 miles from the airport this property is a perfect quick weekend getaway.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic Carrickfergus Castle is worth a visit.
    Restaurant  -  Rayanne House is well known for its fine dining
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    A traditional property located in a leafy corner of Holywood yet within easy reach of Belfast city centre. Rooms are decorated in a classic style with antique pieces, rich colours, fabrics and vibrant wallpapers. There is a manicured garden and terrace. Enjoy the famous, first class 'Titanic' menu! See More

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  • The Bullitt Belfast 43 rooms from £120

    City Style  -  The Bullitt enjoys a fantastically central location
    Local exploring  -  Be sure to see all that the city has to offer!
    Sights nearby  -  Head over to Odyssey Arena sport and entertainment complex or visit the historic St Peter's Cathedral
    Great walks  -  Wander aimlessly through the city and get a feel for its atmosphere
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    The Bullitt is situated in the heart of Belfast, the ideal spot for a city break. This designer property features contemporary and quirky interiors with plenty of artwork adorning the walls. Their funky rooms feature king-sized beds and satellite TVs. Breakfast on-the-go offered daily. A great stay. See More

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  • Titanic Hotel Belfast Belfast (Titanic Quarter) 119 rooms from £95

    Historic  -  The hotel is set in the original Harland & Wolff Headquarters where the Titanic and other famed vessels were designed
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located to access many of the city's main attractions by foot
    Restaurant  -  Refined award-winning cuisine is served in The Wolff Grill
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    Set in the converted offices of Harland & Wolff (Titanic's designers) this hotel offers both history and contemporary luxuries. Sleek rooms are fresh and modern with Egyptian cotton sheets and grey hues. A fine dining restaurant is award-winning and the bar serves good cocktails. A chic city base. See More

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  • Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast 146 rooms from £128

    City Style  -  A sleek base that works equally well for romantic weekends away, tourists or business travellers
    Local exploring  -  Fantastic location for seeing the sites; everything of interest is around the corner
    Restaurant  -  With its sleek Japanese-inspired decor & contemporary Irish menu, the restaurant is considered one of the best in the city
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall, Belfast City Hall & St George's Market
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    Chic yet funky boutique-style hotel with fantastic city-centre location. Eclectic decor ranges from contemporary glam rooms to sexy lounge bar & stylish minimalist restaurant. Top suites are sensational & there's a real emphasis on service. The best choice in town for those after affordable luxury. See More

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  • Benedicts Hotel Belfast 32 rooms from £130

    Close to nightlife  -  Enjoy live music on-site until 1am 7 days a week. Shaftsbury Square's many bars make this a popular spot for nights on the town
    Bar  -  Benedicts Bar is the place to be. Enjoy live music or local DJs every night of the week. Bottomless Brunch is very popular
    Value chic  -  Very good option for those who want to be close to the action without spending a fortune
    Short break  -  Great base for exploring all that Belfast has to offer on foot
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    Locally-owned independent hotel close to the very centre of Belfast. An expansive bar & restaurant are the heart of the property; with interiors salvaged from local churches, this popular late-night spot has a dramatic gothic feel. Swanky rooms with fun decor are super comfy. Great-value city hotel. See More

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  • Culloden Estate and Spa Belfast (Holywood) 105 rooms from £135

    Restaurant  -  The Mitre is one Northern Ireland's top eateries.
    Views  -  Fine views over the gardens and Belfast Lough
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
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    Luxury hotel and spa overlooking Belfast Lough. Opulent interiors, great food and five star service. Ideal for a short spoiling break to Northern Ireland if you don't want to be in the heart of Belfast, and great for business travellers. See More

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  • Europa Hotel Belfast 272 rooms from £150

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located just a short walk from the city centre.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the glorious Belfast Botanical Gardens.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A historic hotel located in the heart of the city. Smart rooms are spacious and elegantly styled with soft hues, sink-into beds and contemporary bathrooms. The Causerie Bistro serves exemplary dishes and there's also the Piano Bar for high-teas or prosecco filled evenings. See More

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  • Merchant Hotel Belfast 62 rooms from £350

    Foodies  -  Berts Jazz Bar serves delicious dishes, fine cocktails accompanied by live music
    City Style  -  Historic accommodation in the heart of Belfast
    Spa breaks  -  One of they city's most renowned spas
    Sights nearby  -  UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

    Stunning transformation of a former 19th century bank. Eclectic contemporary rooms evoke a romantic Napoleon III-style Paris - luscious velvets and silks, rich wool carpets, gold and red chintz wallpapers, and statement artwork. Superb bar, spa and gym plus a live jazz bar. Divine. See More

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