About Belfast

Our great city blossomed from very humble beginnings… It started out as a small hamlet with fertile land along the mouth of the Lagan. Soon, marauders and pirates realised our lough was deep and our shores were safe from the north Atlantic storms. The perfect haven for repairing sea ravaged ships. From these early stages the industrious locals developed a boat building trade. And the rest is our history.

So what’s Belfast like today? Well, it’s packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping… you might even spot a ship or two. You’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Have a look around and learn more about the city we’re so proud of.

Belfast named in top 5 of the UKs best city break destinations

Trip Advisor's Traveller's Choice Awards (2014)

Belfast named as one of the top 21 places to go to 2012

Fodor's (2012)

Chief editor Pierre Josse said “I’ve always been very fond of Northern Ireland and have found the people there as friendly as any I’ve ever met."

Le Guide du Routard (2012)

Once lumped with Beirut, Baghdad and Bosnia as one of the four 'B's' for travellers to avoid, Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation.

Lonely Planet (2012)

Get here early and enjoy it before the rest of the world arrives

Lonely Planet (2012)

Belfast named one of its Best of the World Must-See Places for 2012, describing the city as "a capital that is redefining itself in the eyes of the world".

National Geographic Traveler (Nov 2012)

Belfast, UK’s Best Value City

Tripadvisor's Cost Comparison Index (July 2011)

Belfast ranked in the Top 10 UK nightlife destinations

Tripadvisor Reviews (Jan-Sept 2011)

Smallest city ever to host MTV EMA and only the 4th UK city to host the MTV European Music Awards

MTV (2011)