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Belfast - Moving On

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An October 2005 trip to Belfast by fizzytom

Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter Photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland More Photos
Quote: Let me persuade you that Belfast has come a long way since "the Troubles" and is one of Britain's most stylish and fascinating cities with something for everyone. A place not to be missed!

Belfast Urban Adventures

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Attraction | "The Real Belfast with Urban Adventures "

The Big Fish, Belfast Photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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If you want to really get to know a place you need to do two things. The first is to see it through the eyes of a local, the other is to put on a pair of comfortable shoes and hit the pavements. I first visited Belfast about six years ago; my second visit was in May 2011 and in the interim the city seems to have gone tourism crazy. Spend two minutes around the City Hall and you’ll be approached by at least half a dozen touts offering coach tours: it’s hard to believe that there could be enough visitors to fill them. But really, what do you see from a tour bus? The outside of buildings as you whiz round the one-way system. And maybe not even that if you’re sitting on the wrong side of the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 15, 2011

Belfast Urban Adventures

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Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter

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Hotel | "No First Night Nerves at this Premier"

Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter Photo, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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My heart sank as we turned onto Belfast's Waring Street and saw a group of 'hens' standing in the doorway of the city's Premier Inn (Cathedral Quarter). I suppose I should have expected it since we'd booked for a Friday night, the beginning of a long weekend, but the reality doesn't hit you until you see a bunch of cackling women in identical neon pink t-shirts (each one bearing an obscene message and the name of the hen whose apparent specialty that is), swigging alcopops throw a straw at nine in the morning. I suspected the place might be pretty noisy in sixteen hours time. Belfast's party area is quite spread out, there's no main bar and nightclub area so the only way you can really avo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2011

Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter
2-6 Waring Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
0871 527 8070

Belfast - Moving On

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Take a taxi ride around the city to see the places in the news during the nineteen-seventies when the Troubles tore Northern Ireland apart. It is a fascinating but touching way to see the situation from an insider's point of view. Celebrity chef Paul Rankin has re-opened Roscoffs - a sensational restaurant which uses superb local produce in delicious dishes. Take advantage of their special offers which make it very affordable even if you are on a budget. Continuing the foodie theme, don't miss Guiness and oysters at the Crown - great food and a wonderful Victorian era pub which has remained just as it was originally. Quick Tips: While the centre may seem like the place to be, do venture a lit...Read More

Travelodge Belfast Central

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Hotel | "Travelodge"

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We picked Travelodge because there was an offer on with rooms for just £5 a night. I can say that we found a decent hotel in a useful location. We booked on-line - a simple and speedy process. The hotel is near the Europa bus station and the Crown Pub. It is close to City Hall - handy for most of the city's bus services. Brunswick Street is open to traffic but is quiet. One drawback, though, is that at the back the hotel, there is a pub opposite staying open until the early hours. When the door opened you could hear loud music. If you are a light sleeper, earplugs should help. Check-in is 3pm but we arrived on an early flight. The receptionist let us leave our bags and suggested that we might be ab...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Travelodge Belfast Central
15 Brunswick Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 7GE
44-870-191-1687

Archana

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From outside it looked appealing; a menu was posted outside. The blinds were pulled almost completely down but you could see a little bit of the interior. It had nice wooden floors, small but attractively dressed tables - much more in the current style of modern Indian restaurants rather than the traditional flocked wallpaper decor.We decided to skip starters and pick a side dish to share alongside our main course choices. The first choice was the okra dish but there was no okra. We then tried for the aubergine dish and were met with the same response. We decided to have starters instead. CM plumped for the green chilli pakora and I opted for the chicken pakora. His dish consisted of d...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 4, 2007

Archana
53 Dublin Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland
02890 323713

Opium

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Opium is one of the coolest bars in Belfast; first it's not easy to find, we stumbled on it by chance so you may need an street map. Second, it's so small that you might not get in. But it's not just that it's hard to get into that makes it cool. The interior really is something special. It may take a moment or two to get used to the darkness. There is some lighting but it's dim. Even during the day, bamboo blinds are drawn to keep prying eyes out. The walls are black and deep dark red. On the rear wall is a fantastic image of a Chinese woman from the nineteenth century - a black and white blown up newspaper photograph which fills the wall. A bar runs along three quarters of one wall and opposite a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 4, 2006

Opium
3 Skipper Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland BTI 2DZ
+44 (0)28 9023 2448