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Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

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Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

We have just returned from a very pleasant city break in Belfast.

Arrived at Belfast City Airport at 09.45 and took the Airport Bus Service No. 600 into the city centre. We bought off peak day tickets, £2.90, only 90p more than a single journey. We stayed 3 nights at the Jury's Inn on Great Victoria Street, very good value B & B. The receptionist let us check into our room at 10.20 a.m. on the day of arrival. Room and breakfast of a good standard.

We then explored the city centre, around the City Hall area. After lunch we took a bus to Stormont and enjoyed a walk through the grounds and inside the main hall area (no charge). There is a small cafe / gift shop inside which serves hot drinks at very reasonable prices. That evening we ate at The Crown Liquor Saloon which was very close to our hotel. It is worth a visit, either for a meal or just a drink as it is the only pub owned by the National Trust.

Day Two: We took a full day coach tour to the Giants Causeway with Allen's tours, and we were collected from our hotel at 9.45 a.m. Although there were only 18 on the tour, we had the use of a full size coach. Ian was our guide, and was very informative and friendly. We made several short photo stops and longer ones at the Carrick Rope Bridge, The Giants Causeway and Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Although we usually travel independently, it would not have been possible to make this trip by public transport, and enjoyed the trip very much.

Day Three: This morning we walked to The Queen's Quarter, about 20 minutes from the hotel. We looked round the University, The Botanical Gardens and the Ulster Museum, which were all free and next door to each other, We then walked round the Cathedral and Titanic Quarters and at 3.00 p.m. took the City Hall tour. These are free and run at 11, 00, 2.00 and 3.00 p.m. It is not possible to pre-book but it is advisable to arrive slightly early and sign the list at the main desk. The tour was very interesting, taking in the Council Chamber, The Robing Room, The Banqueting Hall and The Great Hall. Photography is permitted, After an early evening meal we had time to look round the shops as Thursday is late night shopping.

Day Four: This morning we purchased an off peak day bus ticket (as in Day 1) for £2.90 We visited The Falls Road and Shankhill Road districts and viewed many of the wall murals along the Peace Walls. We also visited the former Bogside area which has now been transformed into the Bog Meadows Nature Reserve,

Finally, we had time to enjoy a meal before collecting our luggage from the hotel and returning to the airport for our 18.30 flight home.

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1. Re: Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

Thank you so much for the trip report! We don't get them very often and it's great to get some feedback about what people got up to, what they enjoyed and also what was maybe less successful. Glad you had a lovely trip!

Just out of curiosity, where did you dine whilst in Belfast other than The Crown, and did you enjoy your meals?

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2. Re: Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

Thanks for your comments and for making the suggestion to us earlier to take the Giants Causeway Tour. We had planned to visit Derry as well, but we found so many interesting things to do in Belfast that we didn't have time, but we can do that when we return!

We enjoyed our meals in Belfast but other than the Crown, we ate at 'chain' restaurants, so no fine dining, I'm afraid. We had dinner at The Bridge House, Lloyd's / Wetherspoons bar near The Movie House, and on the other evening we ate at Pizza Express almost next door. Both places were good and of the standard one would expect to find at their other locations. On the final day we ate at Bishops Fish and Chip Restaurant near to Queens University as we had noticed it the previous day when we walked past. It was very good also.

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3. Re: Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

thanks for posting your interesting trip details here - we are planning a trip to Belfast soon and this is really helpful, It's given me plenty of ideas!. Would it be worth hiring a car for Giants Causeway or do you think the full day coach trip was OK and gave you enough time there?

thanks again

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4. Re: Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

Hi Angela,

Glad the trip report was useful to you. We usually hire a car, or use public transport but for The Giants Causeway I think the organised coach trip was ideal. We only paid £16 on-line each for the trip and it was a full day from 9.30 - 6.15 p.m. At the Giants Causeway itself, the coach stopped from 2.30 - .4.00 p.m. which we thought was plenty of time to walk down amongst the rocks. A shuttle bus is available (£1) to take you from the car park to the rocks but it only takes about 15 minutes to walk. The Carrick Rope Bridge stop was 1 hour 10 minutes and this allowed plenty of time to walk along the path to the rope bridge, cross it and return with time to spare for a coffee in the National Trust cafe//shop. Other stops were only 10-15 minutes for photo opportunities but it worked well and everyone returned to the coach on time so there were no delays. Hope this helps. Enjoy your visit.

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5. Re: Trip Report Belfast 10-13 Jan 2012

Thanks for the report - Lydia. Sounds like you had a good trip:) I have posted a link to it in our trip report section (at the top of the forum page) as it contains some very useful info.

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