Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital was known as a major commercial and industrial centre throughout its modern history. Thriving as a merchant town, the docks were the heart of the city, importing and exporting goods from around the world. Home to Harland & Wolff, once one of the world’s largest shipyards and the birthplace of the RMS Titanic it is now the location of Titanic Belfast, one of the world’s leading tourist attractions.
Home to giants of literature such as C.S Lewis and sporting legend George Best, Belfast is a city steeped in a variety of history. This is evident at every turn in the city with its historical buildings and artist murals. Northern Ireland is also home to a host of leading scientists including Belfast-born William Thomson – Lord Kelvin – who helped lay the foundation of modern physics and who developed the Kelvin scale for measurement of temperature. Prof Frank Pantridge studied medicine at Queen's University, Belfast and is best remembered as the cardiologist who, with his colleague, Dr John Geddes, introduced the modern system of CPR for the early treatment of cardiac arrest. By 1957 Pantridge realised that many deaths resulted from ventricular fibrillation and went on to invent the portable cardiac defibrillator and the introduction of the world’s first mobile coronary care unit.
Belfast has seen significant expansion throughout the years and has a booming tourism industry offering attractions like no other. Home to the Game of Thrones® experiences, Titanic Belfast and multiple tourist hotspots, there is always something to do in the city.
With convenient links to the UK mainland and Europe, Belfast has welcomed many global companies who have taken up residence in the regenerated dock area and beyond. With an ever-changing cityscape and exciting nightlife, it is clear to see why Belfast is one of the most visited cities in the UK.
The city centre boasts a variety of dining experiences, offering foods from across the world. Enjoy authentic local cuisine and try something a little different at our famous markets or book into one of the many award-winning restaurants. From Michelin star to authentic street food, Belfast has something to delight all appetites.
Belfast truly comes alive at night. The bustling cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter offer a selection of bars and live music to entertain every taste, each bar is steeped in history making the Quarter a wonder to explore.
Enjoy cocktails in one of the cities many rooftop bars, overlooking Belfast's spectacular city views or settle down in front of an open fire with a pint of Guinness in a more traditional setting to escape a truly bustling night life.
Belfast boasts a range of hotels, from the lavish 5 star to a quick overnight stay; there is accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of the hotels are based within the city centre and a short 10 minute walk from ICC Belfast.
ICC (International Convention Centre) Belfast is a 7,000m2 purpose-built conference facility in the heart of Belfast - the Lonely Planet Top Place to Visit in 2018. ICC Belfast's spaces and facilities are world-class, it’s ideally located at the heart of one of Europe’s most accessible, vibrant and flourishing cities and the compact nature of Belfast makes for a city-wide conference experience like no other.
Expand your wings!
Visit some more of Northern Ireland
Going to Ireland is not complete without a trip up north to Northern Ireland.
This part of the Emerald Isle is magical, and it offers tons of amazing things to do for such a small area
1. Visit Northern Ireland’s most famous icon, Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antrim.
The Giant’s Causeway is proof that Mother Nature provides the most dramatic tourist attractions.
2. Visit Northern Ireland’s most famous castle, Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim.
Dunluce Castle is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the North Antrim coast, and was the headquarters of the MacDonnell Clan.
3. Mussenden Temple, Co. Derry.
Mussenden Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Derry.
4. See the amazing Glens of Antrim, Co. Antrim.
The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It comprises nine glens (valleys), that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim. The main towns and villages in the Glens are Ballycastle, Cushendun, Cushendall, Waterfoot, Carnlough and Glenarm.
5. Cross the most famous bridge in Northern Ireland, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Co. Antrim.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Co. Antrim. It is a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. It spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below