Just spent the weekend in Belfast and even this morning at work colleagues said same as those who knew where we were going....
"Belfast !, why did you go there ?".
My reply was & will remain:
'Dont judge a book by its cover',
because we can't recommend it highly enough we loved it.
Dirt cheap flights, 35 minute flight (it can take me that long to get to work some days !) and the people are superb.
Loved the vibrant city centre, some great old bars loved the Titanic and also the MAC (great Andy Warhol exhibition on) but best of all was the sightseeing tour.
Some great sights & information about the City and it history & people but to see & learn about the Falls & Shankhill Roads areas was fascinating a must do by anyone who visits Belfast.
Locals so friendly & helpful anytime we looked slight confused deciding which way to turn someone offered help & suggestions.
Already planning a return to see Crumlin Gaol, Giants Causeway etc etc.
All in all while there may still be problems/issues, but Belfast people are rightly proud of what they are & what they have they are great people.
Looking forward to our return.