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For so long, Dublin was the most popular urban playground of the island of Ireland. But now, Belfast has caught up, and is ripe for discovery. Its dramatic history can literally be read in certain streets, with guided tours of the political murals very popular with first-time visitors, but there’s also culture and nightlife to experience here. From acclaimed restaurants led by trailblazing chefs, to the lively bars of the Cathedral Quarter, Northern Ireland’s capital has become a place to kick back and have fun, while anyone interested in the fate of the Titanic will be fascinated by the world’s biggest exhibition dedicated to the ship – located just moments away from many Belfast holiday rentals.
Belfast is one of the most exciting city break destinations in the UK, so why not make the most of it with your very own, private accommodation. Unlike hotels, holiday rentals in Belfast offer much more living space for lower overall prices, so you can look forward to relaxing and making yourself at home. There’s also the blissful privacy to relish, and the option to cook your own food in a proper kitchen – which means you won’t have to constantly eat out all the time. And, with the food stalls of St George’s Market being a must-visit when in the city, you can bring back plenty of delicious ingredients to feast on at home.
One of the major attractions near Belfast holiday rentals is Titanic Belfast. A vast, multi-layered experience set within a gleaming, jutting, strikingly contemporary building, it allows you to visit the actual shipyard where the doomed liner was built, and has interactive exhibits detailing every aspect of the much-mythologised voyage. You’ll even get to see artefacts from the ship, including the actual menu from the last-ever lunch served to first class passengers. Elsewhere in the city, you can go for a tranquil walk through the Botanic Gardens, stopping off at the Palm House – a Victorian glasshouse filled with aromatic, tropical plants. And if you’re curious about the corridors of power, you can make a pilgrimage to the Stormont Parliament Buildings, and see the Great Hall and historic Senate Chamber.
There are plenty of buses available in Belfast, though the truth is you can easily navigate the city centre on foot. You might also want to consider going on one of the famous black taxi tours, which will take you to the many iconic political murals, both Catholic and Protestant, that stand as colourful testimony to the turbulent past. The experienced drivers, who lived through the Troubles, will tell you fascinating stories as they take you around. And, if you’re keen to see more of Northern Ireland while you’re here, including the ornate natural formations of the Giant’s Causeway, hiring a car can make that happen.