Why Belfast? We were asked that question numerous times in the run up to this quick getaway. We didn’t really have an answer other than we were browsing through the EasyJet sale and, well why not!?
Now if we were to be asked why would we go back, we’d certainly have a lot more to say for ourselves. We had a magnificent two days and although we learnt a lot about its history in our time there, we also learnt that there’s a lot more to it than that as well.
What we Did…
As soon as landed in Belfast at 8am on a below freezing Sunday morning, we made tracks to get out of it. After picking up the Food & Baker mobile (Volkswagen Jetta) we started our day long journey around the amazingly picturesque Northern Ireland coast, following the driving tour guides that you’ll find many of with a quick search of the Causeway Coast.
With our stop being at Carrickfergus Castle and moving on to The Gobbins and Portmuck Harbour, we must have lost ourselves in time by either soaking in the scenery or frantically finding a petrol station as our rear right tyre pressure plummeted. We got it fixed eventually.
With sunset o clock looming, we just about made it to The Dark Hedges which will look more than familiar to any GoT fans, but missed out on the final destinations of the Carrick-a-Rede Rooe Bridge and Giants Causeway. We were gutted but gives us all the more reason to return to this wonderful part of the UK.
Following the coastal road it should take you around 2 hours but with so many places to stop at along the way, it really is a full day trip that you need the summer months to take full advantage of. With sunset upon us, we began the hour long motorway route back to Belfast.
Belfast day two was spent in the city and as always, there’s no better way to quickly learn about a new place than with a free walking tour. Going with the official Belfast Free Walking Tour, we started at City Hall and ended near to Titanic Quarter that we explored more of in our own time afterwards.
What we Ate…
After that drive back into Belfast, we hit up a place that we’d heard recommended again and again. Not only is the Dirty Onion bar part of the oldest building in Belfast, but upstairs is home to Yardbird, which is like a God Tier Nando’s. Sharing a whole chicken and massive portions of sweet potato fries, coleslaw and an IPA each for just £25, we rounded the night off downstairs with a pint of Guinness… obviously.
Day two began at Oh Donuts and Coffee, which does exactly what it says on the tin in glorious style. A D+C combo for just £5 probably isn’t what most locals do, but we saved the cultural cuisine for lunch time. Our walking tour guide heavily recommended the Kitchen Bar for one of the best Irish Stew’s in Belfast, and despite having made previous plans, they were duly ditched and we headed for the stew instead. It was stupendous… I actually just thought of that myself 🙂
Our final meal of the quick trip was at Bootleggers. It got pretty messy and unhealthy but we really didn’t care. The steak tacos, nachos and wings fulfilled every craving.
Where we Stayed…
Out of only around 50 hotels in the city (incredibly there was only 3 in 2000), it wasn’t hard to whittle it down to something groovy and within budget. That would be the perfect way to sum up the Bullitt Hotel, which was ultra modern, chic and the perfect pad for city dwellers.
You can choose between their dinky, comfy and roomy rooms, all of which are fully equipped with everything you’d expect from a much dearer hotel. Our dinky room cost just £70 for the night and was right within walking distance of everything we wanted to see and do in Belfast.
Ever been to Belfast? Got any attraction, restaurant or hotel tips? Let us know down in the comment section….