Belfast - City Card
Budget: Apartment, 2 Donegall Square West (028
9050 9777) A popular and trendy bar/restaurant right in the city centre that
is popular with all ages at all times. Located on the first floor, the main
seating area offers great views of the City Hall and shopping streets below.
Mid-range: Porcelain, Ten Square Hotel, 10 Donegall
Square (028 9024 1001) Stunning first floor restaurant of the beautiful Ten
Square Boutique hotel. The dining room is modern, stylish and very contemporary.
European and Asian dishes combine.
Luxury: Deane's Brasserie & Restaurant,
34-40 Howard Street (028 9056 0000) One of Northern Ireland's best restaurants
run by celebrity chef Michael Deane. Experience fine dining at its best in
the upstairs restaurant where the opulent surroundings perfectly compliment
the indulgent cooking. Downstairs in the brasserie the atmosphere is more
relaxed with lower prices.
Budget: The Crown Liquor Saloon, Great Victoria
Street (028 9023 9123) - Northern Ireland's best know pub, owned
by the National Trust.
Mid-range: The Chelsea Bar & Grill, 346 Lisburn
Road (028 9068 7177) A quiet chilled-out venue, offering a cross between a
wine bar and a local pub.
Luxury: Bar Bacca, 48 Franklin Street (028 9023
0200) This award winning bar has fast become a Belfast favourite, claiming
it "embodies quality and comfort in a unique an sumptuous space."
Things to See & Do
Belfast's compact city centre means it is easy to explore on foot and
the City Hall on Donegall Square is the best place to use as a starting point.
The River Lagan flows through the city centre and the surrounding hills remind
you that the countryside is very close.
Belfast is a city of sights and sounds: its many attractions include the
Albert Memorial Clock tower, Queen's University, Ulster Museum and the
Botanical gardens. Why not visit the excellent Transport Museum in Cultra?
Or the W5 - a state of the art interactive science centre!
Not far from where the Titanic first launched is The Odyssey - a huge
entertainment complex. It's also the largest entertainment venue in
Ireland for sports and music concerts. The city is famous for it's festivals
and music scene, from folk and traditional Irish to jazz, blues and rock.
Belfast's Castlecourt shopping centre has over 60 local and international
retail outlets. For smaller boutiques head to Spires Mall, which offers designer
labels, independent shops and the ultimate in luxury goods.
Catch the St George's market held every Friday and Saturday with its
food, crafts and antiques. For local artist's studios, visit Conway
Mill where there is an exhibition to trace the history of linen manufacture.
Beyond the City
The city is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful surrounding villages
and countryside of Northern Ireland. Experience the famous Giant's Causeway,
award winning beaches and the magical Mourne Mountains or take a boat trip
on the Lagan Weir. Head to Cave Hills County Park, this 750 acre park sprawls
all the way down to Belfast Lough - on a clear day you can even see Scotland.
Cost of Living
33cl bottle of beer - £0.99
One-litre bottle of mineral water - £0.35
36-exposure colour film - £4
City-centre bus ticket - £0.60
Adult football ticket - £10-16
Three-course meal with wine/beer - From £15
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