How to spend 24 hours in Belfast on a budget

Head to The Bridge House for a tasty breakfast at possibly the cheapest restaurant in Belfast. This is a convenient starting point as it’s on your way to your first attraction. Just a 15-minute walk down the road you will come to The Ulster Museum. Here you can find history and art from all 4 corners of the globe. Inside you will discover an Egyptian mummy and come face to face with a dinosaur. Located right behind the Ulster museum you will find Belfast Botanic Gardens. This is a quiet and relaxing garden containing an impressive plant collection & exotic tree species. Nowadays it also hosts festivals & concerts so be sure to check if there is one on before you arrive in Belfast.

Heading back into the city center you will come across the City Hall which is an amazing piece of architecture, be sure to stop, take a few pictures, and roam around the garden. If you are lucky enough to visit in late November and December you will find the Belfast Christmas Market here. Continuing on up through Donegall Street turn right when you see Victoria Square and explore the many excellent shops that are on offer. When you’re finished shopping, climb up to The Dome, and you will capture stunning 360-degree views across Belfast.

After walking eastwards for 5 minutes you will find yourself at St. George’s Market set in a charming Victorian building that is home to excellent handmade goods, art, antiques, clothes, and delicious food stalls with a vibrant atmosphere. We recommend having your lunch here at one of the many street food stalls available. Now no trip to Belfast would be complete without a visit to the Titanic Quarter, which is around a 20-minute walk away. Walk the Slipways behind Titanic Belfast & discover where Titanic and her sister Olympic first slid into the water, now it’s a public plaza where crowds gather for big concerts like Belsonic. You should also walk along the Titanic Walkway and visiting The Great Light that is 7-meters tall and weighs 10 tonnes.

As you’re already located in the Titanic Quarter head over to The Odyssey which is packed with restaurants, bars, a cinema & bowling all under one roof. It’s also home to the Belfast SSE Arena where major concerts are held along with ice hockey matches that you should definitely check out while you’re here.

Crossing back over the river you can either walk 20-25 minutes or take bus number 49 that stops a two-minute walk from the Cathedral Quarter and is also where the Albert Memorial Clock is located. Party through the night at The Dirty Onion then rest your head at Ramada by Wyndham because it’s an excellent budget hotel and only a short walk away after a night out.

The Bridge house: £3-6. Ulster museum: Free. Belfast botanic garden: Free. Belfast city hall: Free. Victoria square: Free. The Dome: Free. St Georges market: Free entry, lunch £3-5. Titanic quarter: Free. Slipways: Free. Titanic walkway: Free. Great light: Free. The Odyssey: Free, Dinner £8-12. Belfast SSE Arena: Free. Cathedral quarter: Free. Albert memorial clock: Free. The dirty onion: £4.20 (pint of cider). Ramada by Wyndham: £25 – £40pp per night.


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