Cheap Flights to Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Area : 44.4km² (115 sq mi)
- Area Code : (00 44 28) 90
- Currency : British Pound Sterling
- Population City : 532,928 (2014)
- Official Languages : English and Gaeilge (Irish)
- Time Zone : UTC/GMT+1
- Airport : Belfast International Airport (BFS)
‘BFS’ is located close to the town of Antrim, about 18 miles from Belfast city centre taking around 30 to 40 minutes to the city centre by road. Alternatively there is ‘George Best Belfast City Airport’ (BHD) just three miles from the city centre. To get from ‘BFS’ to the city passengers can travel by bus, coach, taxi or hire a vehicle. Regular buses and coaches are located in front of the terminal building and also provide transport to areas further afield. The airport’s official taxi operator is ‘The International Airport Taxi Company’ that has vehicles available 24/7 and is located outside the airport Exit foyer. Most car rentals are based in the arrivals hall and comprise ‘Hertz’, ‘Budget’, ‘Europcar’ and ‘Enterprise/National/Alamo’.
Travellers can fly with the following airlines to Belfast, with one plus stops:
- Air France, KLM (via Paris, Amsterdam) 17h 0m+
- FlyBE (via Edinburgh) 17h 15m+
- South African, British (via Johannesburg, London) 17h 40m+
- Aer Lingus (via London) 18h 0m+
- Qatar Airways (via Doha) 21h 25m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 21h 55m+
Other airlines touching down at ‘BFS’ include:
- Virgin Atlantic
Reasons to Visit Destination Belfast, Northern Ireland:
- Belfast is a city packed with history, culture, fabulous food, lush parks, great shopping opportunities and wonderfully friendly locals. It’s Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city that received city status in 1888 and was the hub of tobacco processing, rope-making, Irish linen and ship building. Occupied since the Bronze Age, remnants of Iron Age hill forts are still seen in surrounding hills. Early in the 20th century ‘Harland and Wolff’ was the world’s most productive shipyard that built the ‘RMS Titanic’. The city today is the heart of industry, higher education, business, law, the arts and is Northern Ireland’s economic engine.
- Belfast is known for its Celtic and Christian monuments, Norman castles, scenic beauty of mountains and glacial valleys, the city affords a plethora of attractions including museums. With over 40 public lush parks take time out in one of the city’s most popular, the ‘Botanic Gardens’ in ‘Queen’s Quarter’. Built in the 1830s the park is home to the ‘Botanic Gardens Palm House’, one the earliest samples of a curvilinear and cast iron glasshouse. Additional attractions within the park include rose gardens, a humid jungle glen built in 1889, the ‘Tropical Ravine’ and it hosts public events comprising pop concerts and live operate broadcasts. To the south of the city is the ‘Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park’ that attracts thousands of visitors with its ‘International Rose Garden’ with ‘Rose Week’ in July featuring over 20,000 blooms. Meander through 128 acres of woodlands, meadows and gardens that contain a ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’ memorial garden, a walled and Japanese garden and the ‘Golden Crown Fountain’.
- The city has a great range of hostels ranging in price from dirt cheap to luxurious, depending on needs and budget. ‘Paddys Palace Hostel’ provides dorms and private rooms while ‘Arnies Backpackers’ is a cosy 2-Star establishment. For hotel accommodation there’s plenty of choose from comfortable budget hotels to establishments like the 4-Star ‘Radisson Blu’ or the ‘Hilton’. For a unique experience stay at ‘Belfast Castle’ or the 17th century ‘Ballygally Castle Hotel’. There’s a good range of B&Bs varying in price and for outdoor enthusiasts, ‘Dondonald Touring Caravan Park’ in Belfast and in Antrim, the ‘Six Mile Water Caravan Park’.
- The city affords plenty of bars, be it for drinks, pub-grub, live music or a relaxed historic family owned pub and for night owls there’s no shortage of great nightclubs. There are fine dining restaurants and excellent budget eateries such as ‘Boojum’, ‘The Cuban Sandwich Factory’, ‘Bollywood Spices’ and hidden behind a car park at 39 Athol Street is ‘John Long’s’.
When to Visit Destination Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Generally the warmest months are June, July, August and September while the wettest are January, June, July, August and October. The best time to visit is between May and October where temperatures are around 12°C by early evening. July affords highs of 19°C with lows of 13°C and 137mm of rain.
Places to Visit Destination Belfast, Northern Ireland:
- One of the most renowned landmarks in Belfast is the beautiful ‘Albert Memorial Clock’ located in Queen’s Square. With a statue of Prince Albert, it was completed in 1869 in honour of him.
- The striking ‘Carrickfergus Castle’, built in 1177 was besieged on a regular basis by the Irish, Scots, English and French with battles up to WWII. It’s a great outing for children with special events and just down the road, a wonderful ‘Marine Gardens Adventure’ play area suitable for all ages.
- Nestled on the slopes of ‘Cavehill Country Park’, ‘Belfast Castle’ opened in 1870 by the Normans and besides its history affords marvellous views over Belfast Lough. Take a walking trail that leads to a number of caves and an ancient fort and stop for lunch or dinner at the ‘Cellar Restaurant’. Located on the north-eastern slope of Cavehill is ‘Belfast Zoological Gardens’ that opened in 1934. With over 1,200 animals, the zoo welcomes 300,000 plus visitors each year.
- ‘Stormont Castle’s’ building began in the 1830s in Barionial style and was home to the descendants of the Rev. John Cleland. It became vacant in 1921 after which it was secured for the building of the new parliament buildings.
- Initially a small tin church, ‘Clonard Monastery’ was built by ‘Catholic ‘Redemptorists’. A monastery was opened on the site in 1890 and in 1911 the tin church was replaced with the ‘Church of the Holy Redeemer’.
- Visible from miles around the 1857 turreted ‘Scarbo Tower’ is a noteworthy landmark at a height of 125 feet and standing 540 feet above sea level. The area affords fabulous views and it’s ideal for walking.
- The 1929 ‘Ulster Museum’ has 9,000 years of Irish history, culture and other interesting displays while ‘HM Prison Crumlin Road’ that opened in 1845 is the only remaining Victorian era prison in Northern Ireland, finally closing on 31st March 1996. Additional museums include the ‘Titanic Belfast’, the ‘SS Nomadic’, the ‘HMS Caroline’, ‘Northern Ireland War Memorial’, the ‘Ulster Folk and Transport Museum’, the ‘Irish Republican History Museum’, the ‘Royal Ulster Rifles Museum’ and still more.
- ‘Mount Stewart’ is a 19th century house with one of the most unique gardens that was voted in the top ten gardens around the globe.
- Located in the heart of ‘Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter’ is the splendid ‘St Anne’s Cathedral’, consecrated in 1904 with an interior of sculptures and extraordinary mosaics, with one said to comprise over 150,000 pieces.
- Take in a show at the 1895 ‘Grand Opera House’, designed by Frank Matcham, one of the most creative architects of that time.
- ‘Ulster Bank’ built in 1860 is located in Waring Street while ‘Northern Bank’ built in 1769 is close by in Donegall Street.
- For over 150 years ‘Ulster Hall’ that opened in 1862 has been a primary venue for a variety of events that include concerts, classical recitals and craft fairs.
- ‘Belfast City Hall’ serves as the civic centre for ‘Belfast City Council’. The building is truly impressive with architectural styles of Baroque Revival and Edwardian Baroque.
Being compact visitors can easily get around Belfast by walking or taking a cab and for exploring further afield there’s the country’s integrated rail and bus public transport system.
Bus & Rail:
Northern Ireland’s public transport system ‘Translink’ comprises the Metro, Ulsterbus and NI Railways and provides a comprehensive network of rail and bus services throughout Northern Ireland including cross-border routes. To ensure you experience a thoroughly enjoyable holiday go to www.translink.co.uk and see an excellent range of options available for your excursions.
Belfast Visitor Pass Destination Belfast, Northern Ireland:
bSave money by buying a ‘Belfast Visitor Pass’ that affords unlimited travel on ‘Metro’ buses, ‘NI Railways’ and the ‘Ulsterbus’ services within the ‘Belfast Visitor Pass Zone’. Passes can be purchased for 1, 2 or 3 days and include special offers plus discounts to top attractions, tours, shops, restaurants and cafes. Go to www.visitbelfast.com where you’ll find all the information you need.
Located throughout the city are over 30 docking stations for hiring bikes. Visitors can register as casual users or annual subscribers. Check out www.belfastbikes.co.uk for more information.
‘Value Cabs’ have a fleet of more than 600 vehicles that afford a professional taxi service including executive vehicles with debit and credit card facilities available in every vehicle. For more information go to www.valuecabs.co.uk
Cars can be rented from ‘Europcar’, ‘FonaCAB’, ‘Rhino’, ‘Enterprise’ and others but for visitors wanting that special vehicle, ‘Dream Drive Ireland Ltd’ rents vehicles that include ‘Pilgrim Cobra’ replicas, ‘Morgan 4/4s’ and ‘VW T2 Hippie’ vans. For more email them at [email protected]. Travellers that want camping holidays can hire campervans and motorhomes from ‘Bunk Campers’, ‘Causeway Campers’ and others.