« Belfast is a city which, while not forgetting its past, is living comfortably with its present and looking forward to its future » - James Nesbitt
It’s safe to say that nowhere else in Europe has had a glow-up quite like Belfast over the last 50 years. There’s a reason why Belfast was voted the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet. This city once riddled with political fighting and open warfare is now a fantastic mishmash of urban life and beautiful scenery. No visitor leaves Belfast without going to the Titanic Museum, where you can see how the ill-fated ship was built as well as some of the artefacts that have been retrieved since it sank. Belfast also has a thriving arts scene, and every year in May the Cathedral Quarter brings music, art, poetry and street theatre to the neighbourhood. There aren’t many people who love a drink more than the Northern Irish, so make sure you go to some of the city’s bustling pubs to try the local craft beer. And of course, the Giant’s Causeway which is only an hour’s drive away from the city is a must-visit. Although legend has it that this incredible natural wonder was built by an Irish giant who was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant, it’s probably more likely that it was caused by an ancient volcanic eruption. Whichever you believe, you’ll be able to walk through some of the scenes where Game of Thrones was filmed.