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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2016
Belfast 1 night stopover  (7 Answers)

My husband and I have a stopover for a night in Belfast at the beginning of May.
Arriving in Belfast at 9pm leaving at 11am.

1) What good area should we stay in to be able to walk around at night and be able to feel the city/have a good drink?
2) What can we visit? (I've seen the Titanic museum is pretty popular but they're not opened that late...)
3) Should we rent a car or would public transportation be more convenient?
4) Do US citizens need a special Visa?

Thanks :)



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2015
accomodations  (2 Answers)

any inexpensive places to stay


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 05, 2015
Giant Causeway  (9 Answers)

Hi All, I am visiting Belfast on a Cruise Ship and would like to go to Giant Causeway under my own steam rather than an excursion. I have about 6 hours. Is this doable and if so advice please.Tia.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2015
Belfast day tour  (2 Answers)

Has anyone taken the hop on hop off belfast tour. I have an option of either walking the destinations/taking a metro bus day card/hop on hop off. Which one do you think is a better choice? Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2014
Murals in Belfast City  (4 Answers)

I would like to visit Belfast for the first time this year to see the murals that adorn the city.

Is there any kind V.T. member who would show me round for one day only.

Many thanks.

Raykey.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2014
Car parking  (3 Answers)

is on street parking in Belfast free on a sunday


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2014
Coffee in Central Belfast?  (1 Answer)

Any recommendations for high quality coffee shops (non chain) in the central city area? Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2012
antrim coast road by public transport  (5 Answers)

hello
I want to travel from Belfast via the Antrim coast road to Portrush in March 2013; can anybody tell me how to do this by public transport (bus or train) and where to find the right information on the internet?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2012
University of Ulster/ Belfast  (3 Answers)

Hello there!

I was just wondering anyone's thoughts on the University of Ulster and Belfast as a place to study abroad. I've seen many posts on visiting, but wondered if people had different opinions when it comes to staying there and to be even more specific, studying at the University of Ulster.

Any and all opinions/advice is welcome!

-Haley


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2012
Half day trip options from Belfast  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone. I'm in the process of organising a trip to Northern Ireland in February that should give me three full days to sightsee. I've allocated one and a half days to Belfast, one day to Coleraine and the Giants Causeway (weather permitting) which leaves me with an extra half day to plan. I'm looking for somewhere not too far from Belfast, easily accessible by public transport, where I can visit some places of interest eg. castles, ruins, museums or areas of natural beauty. I am considering Carrickfergus, there seems to be a nice castle and museum there. Hs anyone been to Carrickfergus? Is it worthwhile visiting? Or does anyone have any better suggestions on how to spend my time? Thanks in advance.
Steve.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2011
The sights  (14 Answers)

Thanks to all of you who replied to my previous question. Since I'll be staying in Belfast for 2 full days the last week of Feb/first week of March, I know I won't have enough time to see everything, so what would you recommend that I see while I'm there? I know very little of the city so any tips are more than welcome!

Thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2011
How safe is it?  (8 Answers)

Hello!

Are there any parts of town a female solo traveler should avoid, both in terms of sight-seeing and staying at hotels?

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2011
Liverpool to Belfast by Ferry passport control  (11 Answers)

Anyone know about taken a Ferry from liverpool to Belfast is any passport control or just check the ID by ferry staff only?
Where to checking-in with car in ferry port?DO i need get out the car to do the check-in?
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2010
Belfast Thai  (1 Answer)

In Belfast on business. Any suggestions for a good Thai restaurant?
Thanks, Chris.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 20, 2010
Dining in Belfast  (2 Answers)

Hi folks, I posted a question a while back about restaurants in Belfast and I got some good responses. Unfortunately, when I tried to book many advised that they would have their Christmas menu on and were booked for the night of Sat, Dec 4th. Ten Square incl. So, we're back to square 1. Anyone know any decent Chinese Restaurants in Belfast City Centre that won't break the bank? Cheers and thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2010
Real Ale, Belfast  (3 Answers)

As in an earlier post, I mentioned we're visiting 3 - 5th December. One of our group is a real ale lover and I'm trying to work out if there are any pubs/inns in Belfast city centre where he might sup and enjoy! I know there are some on the outskirts of the city, but any right in the heart of Belfast?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 28, 2010
Restaurants in December  (4 Answers)

We've just booked our annual visit to the Christmas Fair in Belfast. However, this year, we're bringing friends with us. Whilst we're ok to eat on the go in the evenings, they'd prefer to sit and enjoy. Last year we had real problems getting into any half decent restaurants the first weekend in December. This year, we'll be there 3 - 5th December and wonder if anyone has any recommendations. We're looking for something that'll cover all tastes e.g. chicken wings to steak, maybe lasagne to curry!! I figure we'll be book tables for both nights this time around. We're staying in the city centre. Re price -we're looking mid range, not top end! Really appreciate any suggestions.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2009
Just moved to Armagh  (2 Answers)

Working in the Armagh area. 29 year old American female. Planning on taking a trip into Belfast. Any cool things to see or do, places to shop, churches, restaurants, etc.---that aren't too "touristy?" Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2009
Day trip  (2 Answers)

We were planning a day trip from Dublin in Novenmber - but I recently read that there was some problem with the rail tracks north of Dublin.
I was looking for advice from the VT fraternity on the following:
- Is a day enough to get the main sights in Belfast?
- Would it be better to take the bus or train from Dublin?
- Once in Belfast, would we need any bus/transport pass/tickets, or could we walk to most of the sights?
- Would it be OK to walk Falls/Shankill, or is cab the recommended mode?

Appreciate any inputs!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2009
Parking in/around the City Centre..  (3 Answers)

Hi,

What are the chances of finding parking on a Saturday around:
1. Victoria Street Station
2. Belfast Europa Bus Centre
3. any other more appropriate place recommended please??

Is it advisable to drive around the city, especially around the docks, etc. How bad will the traffic be?

Many thanks

Darshan


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2009
fish restaurants  (5 Answers)

I'm looking for a good fish (in sense of seafood - not fish & chips) restaurant in Belfast.

I spotted 2 in the city guide (Mourne Seafood Bar & Tedford's) but neither seem to be open on a Monday evening, and that's when I'll be there!

Any ideas anyone?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2009
Accommodation in Belfast  (2 Answers)

Hi, Hoping someone can help me out on this - I'm travelling to Belfast for the day soon.
I am looking for a cheap accommodation in the University area for long time.
Internet connection is essential.

Any help appreciated!
Best Wishes,

Peter


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2009
What good toy shops are in Belfast City Centre?  (2 Answers)

Hi i was wondering if there are any good educational toy shops in Belfast?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2009
renting a car/republic of Ireland  (3 Answers)

If I want to rent a car in Dublin my credit cards automatic insurance does not cover it, but if in the UK it will. Does anyone know if I can take a car rented in Belfast into the republic of Ireland?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2009
usual question where to stay  (2 Answers)

hi folks
planning a trip to belfast and looking for some guidance on where to stay in city that will be near to nightlife.
also interested in good pubs with live music
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2008
Currency Exchange/Parking  (2 Answers)

Driving to Belfast from Dublin. I have two questions:

1) Where do I convert Euro to pounds? Should I just find the nearest bank?

2) Going to start at the Crown Bar and walk downtown. Where should I park my car?

Thanks,
Paul.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2008
The Troubles in Belfast  (2 Answers)

Hello everybody,

I have been studying The Troubles in Belfast and as I will be staying in Belfast next week I would like to take a walk to see the separation barriers, murals and gates.

I am not interested in any kind of tourist tour, all I am looking for is the best walk from my hotel (Springfield Road) maybe for one or two hours.

I thought about going from Springfield Road to Falls Road and from there to
Short Strands. Would this be the best walk in order to see most of the barriers, gates and murals?

Thank you so much for your advice !

midnightfever


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2008
Happy Hour in Belfast  (2 Answers)

Hi everybody,

I will be in Belfast next Wednesday night and I am looking for a good pub which is not overprized, maybe with a happy hour.
Something traditional with many locals would be great.

I will arrive to Belfast quite late (10 pm) and I am staying at the
Farset International (Springfield Road).

It does not matter if the place is not too close to the hotel as I am thinking about going out for a drink straight from the City Airport.

Thank you for your advice!

midnightfever


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2008
salsa classes  (4 Answers)

Any regular salsa classes/nights for beginners/intermediates on the go in Belfast at the moment?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2008
Cricket in Belfast  (2 Answers)

Will be in Belfast this weekend and I see that Ireland are playing Leicestershire at Stormont on Sunday so though I might go and see the game. I don’t want to buy a ticket in advance in case the weather is bad or I decide I want to do something else. Does anyone know if the ground gets full for Ireland games or if tickets are likely to be available on the gate.

Thanks
Clive



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