*I know it’s only November! *
I was born & bred in Belfast & it feels like my home city just gets better & better!
Belfast really is ‘a wee city for everyone‘-especially at Christmastime!
10 things to do in Belfast this Christmas
1. Climb to Victoria Square Dome for an alternative view of Belfast. You’ll see the H&W cranes (Samson & Goliath), Titanic Quarter & beyond. And of course the huge Christmas tree on the ground floor
2. Visit the Christmas Market with stalls from all over Europe. Have a peek at the magnificent Christmas tree in the front hall of City Hall. And go down the helter-skelter. Have a coffee on the second floor of Cafe Parisien for a bird’s eye view of it all.
For the best hot chocolate (IMO) in Belfast pop into Cocouture– in a basement just beside City Hall.
3. See the Albert Clock-Belfast’s competition with the leaning tower of Pisa.
4. Walk through cobbled streets to Cathedral quarter past Commercial Court (with umbrella lights) to St. Anne’s Cathedral. If it’s opened see the point of the needle spire inside. Visit the MAC ‘cultural hub’ at St Anne’s Square. And don’t walk by Established Coffee without going in! The National Grande is another good spot. It started off as a husband crèche for us (when the shopping got too much!) Visit their Winter Garden.
5. Shop in indy shops like Belfast’s oldest deli Sawer’s or buy hand-crafted goods at Studio Souk. Look at the diamonds in Queen’s Arcade in the heart of Belfast. As well as the chain stores on Royal Avenue. Primark is much loved in Belfast- especially after the listed Bank Buildings were burned. Visit Sostrene Green for Scandi Christmas ideas
6. Visit St George’s Market open on Friday to Sunday. It’s been voted as the best large indoor market in the U.K. this year. It’s over a hundred & twenty years old -my great granny went every Friday to buy a fresh chicken! Great atmosphere & craic. And brilliant Norn Iron gifts
9. Have lunch in one of Belfast’s great hotels:
Call in to the uber-cool Bullitt Hotel
Experience glamour & grandeur at the Grand Central in the Linen Quarter- the newest addition to the Hastings Hotel group.
Splash out at the decadent Merchant Hotel
‘For Belfast’s long been a byword for hospitality –
the slice of barm brack, lemon curd, the drop scones at high tea’
(Belfast Hymn-Paul Muldoon)
10. Last but not least visit Titanic Quarter. Belfast is most famous for the ship that sank!
Visit Titanic slipways & the award winning Visitors Centre. I love the quirky Dock cafe
with Titanic memorabilia, artwork & an honesty box! You can visit the boats SS Nomadic (the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world) & HMS Caroline (an award winning floating museum of maritime history)
*If you’ve got time to spare visit the suburbs:
For a traditional Christmas visit Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra
Or go glamping at Go Hydro Carryduff (we haven’t been but it’s on the list!)
This Christmas, make it Belfast !
☘️Keep on exploring!
coinnigh ort ag iniúchadh☘️