Best of Belfast

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Belfast
The capital of Northern Ireland is a former industrial powerhouse that’s been transformed into an epicenter of arts and culture. There’s much to discover here, from deep dives into history at the renowned Titanic Belfast to immersing yourself in all things food-related at St George’s, the largest market in Ireland. Belfast’s many attractions include beautifully landscaped botanical gardens, the history-filled Ulster Museum and plenty of eye-catching architecture - like the 19th-century Crown Liquor Saloon, best enjoyed while nursing a pint in the stained glass and mahogany interior. Belfast also has fascinating neighborhoods to explore.

The Titanic was built in Belfast, and you can learn all about the world’s most famous ocean liner inside a multimedia museum set in the former shipyards. The key is to go early or late in the day to beat the crowds. Belfast is also deeply connected to “the Troubles.” You can learn about the darker side of Belfast on a Black Cab tour that takes you along the back lanes of the city, where guides give you a firsthand account of what it was like to live through that time. For a dose of nature, you can go for walks amid grasslands and heathland bog on Divis and the Black Mountain, which have sweeping views over Belfast and the rolling moorlands beyond.
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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Map of Hike the Antrim Coast: Ballycastle to Belfast - 7 Days
Hike the Antrim Coast: Ballycastle to Belfast - 7 Days

On this tour, you'll experience some of Ireland's most beautiful hikes. Welcome to the Antrim Coast, complete with dramatic coastlines, windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery, and quiet beaches. Start with a walk through the dense Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve before heading to Ballycastle for a hike around Murlough and Fair Head, where you'll gaze down at breathtaking cliffs and relax on beaches. Head out to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Giant's Causeway, then end your trip in the historic city of Belfast.

Northern Ireland's Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Map of Antrim Coast and Glens Hike - 5 Days
Antrim Coast and Glens Hike - 5 Days

Spend five days exploring Northern Ireland's beautiful north coast. Featuring the Glens of Antrim, the Giant's Causeway, historic castles, attractive beaches, and a Bushmill's distillery where you can taste local whiskey—and even take home a bottle with your name on it.

The beautiful beaches of Achill Island, County Mayo
Map of Northern Ireland & Dublin Road Trip - 7 Days
Northern Ireland & Dublin Road Trip - 7 Days

Discover the scenic highlights of Northern Ireland on this well-rounded road trip. Starting in the ancient streets of Dublin, you'll set off by car to tour wild coastlines and charming towns at your own pace. Explore historic Belfast, cross famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, and wander through the medieval city of Londonderry before driving back to the capital city, where the trip ends.

The Giant's Causeway
Map of Exploring Dublin and the Northern Coastline - 10 Days
Exploring Dublin and the Northern Coastline - 10 Days

On this unique exploration of the northern coastline, you will learn the history of conflict in Northern Ireland, visit castles and historical sites, spend the night on an island with a bird sanctuary, and walk some of the most pristine landscapes, wild coastlines, and beautiful beaches in the world. You'll also spend some time sightseeing in Dublin on a private walking tour of the city.

Brightly painted houses in the seaside town of Cobh
Map of Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Galway & Belfast - 14 Days
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Galway & Belfast - 14 Days

Get ready to immerse yourself in Irish culture, history, and landscapes with this two-week, self-drive adventure. Starting in Dublin, you'll head south to explore highlights like the Rock of Cashel, the Ring of Kerry, and Killarney National Park. Continue up the wild west coast to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and make a quick detour to the windswept Aran Islands. Revel in the culture and traditional music of Doolin, Westport, and Galway before crossing into Northern Ireland, where you'll discover the otherworldly geology of the Giant's Causeway and end your journey in the bustling streets of Belfast.

Winding roads through Connemara National Park.
Map of North Ireland Road Trip: Belfast, Donegal & Galway - 8 Days
North Ireland Road Trip: Belfast, Donegal & Galway - 8 Days

Discover the scenic highlights of Ireland's north on this varied 8-day self-drive trip. Starting in the ancient streets of Dublin, you'll set off by car to tour wild coastlines and charming towns at your own pace. Explore Belfast and tick the Giant's Causeway off your bucket list in Northern Ireland before crossing into Ireland to hike in the majestic Connemara National Park, discover the atmospheric music town of Westport, and end your adventure in the vibrant cultural capital of Galway. 

The Giant's Causeway
Map of Northern Ireland Road Trip - 8 Days
Northern Ireland Road Trip - 8 Days

Independent travelers will experience the magic of Northern Ireland on their own terms with this self-guided road trip itinerary. Start with an informal walking tour of Dublin, then pick up your rental car and begin your adventure. You'll experience the vibrant culture of Galway, go hiking in Connemara and Glenveagh National Parks, tick the Giant’s Causeway off your bucket list, explore Belfast, and see more charming corners of the Emerald Isle.

Hiking at Slieve League in Donegal
Map of Northern Ireland Self-Drive Adventure - 10 Days
Northern Ireland Self-Drive Adventure - 10 Days

Looking for a trip to Ireland that mixes culture and history with outdoor adventure? This ten-day road trip has it all. Kick off the trip in Dublin, where you'll sightsee and taste locally brewed beer, then move onto colorful Galway before visiting one of the Aran Islands. You'll hike in Connemara National Park and visit 19th-century Glenveagh Castle, finishing up the trip with a trip to Giants Causeway and a final day and night in bustling Belfast.

The beautiful beaches of Achill Island, County Mayo.
Map of North Ireland Road Trip: Belfast, Donegal, Westport & Galway - 10 Days
North Ireland Road Trip: Belfast, Donegal, Westport & Galway - 10 Days

This relaxed 10-day trip takes you on a scenic self-drive tour of Ireland's north. Pick up your car in Dublin and head to Northern Ireland to spend two days exploring Belfast and the Giant's Causeway. Cross into Ireland to journey through the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, and Galway, where you'll stand atop the majestic Slieve League cliffs, hike up Connemara National Park's rugged mountains, and drive sections of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. Spend your evenings in charming and atmospheric towns like the music hub of Westport, the picturesque harbor of Portstewart, and the bustling bayside of Donegal.

Cliffs of Moher
Map of Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Killarney, Doolin, Westport, & More - 14 Days
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Killarney, Doolin, Westport, & More - 14 Days

This ultimate self-driving tour of Ireland is filled with adventures in historic towns and along scenic coastlines. Start in Dublin before exploring the villages of Laragh, the medieval Rock of Cashel in Cork, and the hiking trails in Kinsale. Then, tour Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, and Inch Beach off the Dingle Peninsula. The final leg of the road trip takes you to the must-see Cliffs of Moher, bohemian Galway, and two historic national parks before a final night in Derry.

Other popular travel destinations in Ireland
Dublin · County Kerry · Killarney · Killarney National Park · Galway · Dingle Peninsula · Dingle Town · County Cork · Northern Ireland · Kenmare · Cork · Doolin · Donegal · Westport · Letterkenny · Tralee · Ballycastle · Laragh · Limerick · Kinsale · Aran Islands · Sligo · Birr · Waterford · donegal town · Clifden, Co Galway · Kilkenny · Portmagee