A historic city
With two airports to choose from – Belfast City and Belfast International – there’s no shortage of ways of getting to this fabulously historic city whose rebirth and regeneration has given it a whole new lease of life. Shaped by its industrial past (it’s where Titanic was built, after all) it’s now stepping out from the shadows as a confident and dynamic 21st century city.
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 9°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 851.8mm a year
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|Belfast City Airport||BHD||4.7 miles|
Put heavy industry behind you and seek out the Palm House in the Botanic Gardens; 168 years young and still going strong.
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See Belfast’s only Michelin-starred chef in action at the eponymous Restaurant Michael Dean on Howard Street, for local cuisine and service with all the trimmings.
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The cultural renaissance in Belfast has spawned a huge interest in local food and drink – which sees its peak in the annual Food and Drink festival in September. Enough reason to come, eat, drink and be merry.
Orientate yourself towards the Europa Hotel and look out for Robinson’s Bar which has traditional live music on offer every day.
For bargains aplenty, head to St George’s indoor market on May Street near the central station – it’s the largest covered market in Northern Ireland.
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