Ireland is a place I had always been meaning to go to, but whenever holidays came around I ended up plumping for somewhere I presumed would be a little warmer. Therefore I was extremely excited to actually be going to Belfast for my first taste of world renowned Irish charm and hospitality (which after this trip will definitely not be my last…!)
We were greeted off the plane by balmy temperatures which raised our spirits even higher as we set off around Belfast on a black cab tour! In the safe hands of our extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide we were educated on the extremely sensitive political situation, whilst also introduced to the growth and beauty of Belfast and how far it has come in recent years. The Belfast black cab tour was great for a first timer such as myself as it gave a great overview into the cultural, historical and social aspects of Belfast and as the tour was given by a local, an authentic insight into the evolution of Belfast.
Our tour left us at the extremely impressive Titanic Belfast, an imposing modern structure, looming large against the dramatic docklands backdrop. Having seen the movie Titanic, I obviously already considered myself an expert….just shows how wrong you can be.
On the interactive ride through the construction of the Titanic
This building is crammed with information at every turn, from interactive games and installations, a ride through the inner workings of the ship, to full blown recreations of the various classes of cabins and rooms which would have been available on the ship.
Modern Architecture at Titanic Belfast
Set over multiple floors, you could spend days in here. I would probably recommend making 2 visits if you have time due to the sheer volume of information available. (There is a café should you become overwhelmed/need a piece of cake to refuel!)
The Europa Hotel, Belfast
With our mental hunger satiated it was time to move on to our stomachs. We were able to indulge in a fabulous lunch at The Europa Hotel, situated in the heart of Belfast, this is the place to stay for convenience and luxury when visiting for work or pleasure. Due to its prime location, The Europa Hotel is a short distance from many of Belfast’s top visitor attractions including the Ulster Museum, Grand Opera House, City Hall and of course Titanic Belfast. In addition to the friendly staff and beautiful surrounds, we were absolutely spoilt for choice with the amazing menu, however everyone agreed that Guiness and ‘Causeway Chips’ were a must…..as you can see, we weren’t disappointed….
Hastings Hotels hastingshotels.com (0289047 1066) offers nightly rates at The Europa Hotel from £55 per person( based on two sharing) on a b&b basis.