Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and it continues to be one of the premier cities in the UK to visit for both foreigners and people from other parts of the United Kingdom. Just in case you have not experienced the nightlife and the excellent cuisines the city has to offer yet, here are five fun and useful things to know before you head on over.
Belfast is One of the Most Inexpensive Cities in the UK
Belfast is one of those few places in the world where quality doesn’t always cost a fortune. There is just nothing that feels cheap in the city and yet, it is one of the most cost-effective places in the whole of UK. This applies to everything from accommodation and food expenses to travelling costs in this beautiful and historic city.
There are Game of Thrones Tours!
It is no secret that a huge part of the most popular TV show of recent times was shot mostly in or near the city of Belfast and Northern Ireland in general. Therefore, if you are a fan of the show, you will be delighted to know that there are actual Game of Thrones tours in the city for fans, often conducted by ex-members of the show’s original crew.
There are Better Options to Stay at than Traditional Hotels
Dream Apartments provide a unique service in Belfast for both short-term and long-term visitors that combine the luxuries of a classy hotel, with the comfort and space of a furnished apartment. The idea behind the serviced apartments is to provide guests with a top quality hotel service while they feel at home in a luxurious domestic apartment, located in prime locations all over Belfast.
The View from Black Mountain Cannot be Missed
There is just so much to see and do in Belfast that you have to sacrifice a few things in favour of others if you are going there for a short visit. However, you cannot skip the view from Black Mountain because it’s just too gorgeous for that. The same also applies to Cave Hill (which hosts the famous Belfast Zoo) though, so make sure that you visit at least one of the two – and preferably both.
The Local Accent is Hard to Understand if You are Not a Local
The Northern Irish accent is not always easy to understand for outsiders, but if you are talking to a local in Belfast, get ready to hear English in the same accent but delivered at a much faster pace. Some of the common phrases might prove difficult to decipher as well, for example, “fancy a poke?” translates to “would you like some ice cream on a cone?” It might be a little awkward at first to hear English and not understand it, but you will get the hang of it in a few days!
It doesn’t really matter whether you love the nightlife and the awesome food, or you just want to experience undisturbed nature on your hikes; Belfast is a city that has something for everybody.