Sail with us to Belfast, a vibrant city offering the visitor a myriad of things to do. Or travel beyond Belfast to all that Northern Ireland has to offer; from exploring Giant’s Causeway, to the adrenalin-filled North West 200 Race Week, to playing on historic golf courses. Belfast offers the perfect combination between town and country, from the bustling city centre bursting with history and heritage, to Cave Hill Country Park, which boasts spectacular panoramic views over the city, to the many shopping opportunities.
Northern Ireland plays host to many iconic scenes in the hit series Game of Thrones. Visit the Dark Hedges (the King’s Road onscreen), a magnificent avenue of trees that has become one of the most photographed places in Northern Ireland. Or visit one of the most iconic locations of Downhill Beach (Dragonstone), an 11km stretch of coastline and a temple on the cliff.
One of the most iconic vessels of the 20th century, and a major part of Belfast maritime history, is the Titanic. No trip here would be complete without a visit to the Titanic exhibition.
And if you are wanting some fresh air, the countryside is right on Belfast’s doorstep including Cave Hill Country Park, with its spectacular panoramic views, and Belfast Zoo.
Experience the natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway, home to artist’s inspiration and scientist’s speculation. Take a trip and explore the unique 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of a volcanic eruption. You can book in a tour guide and take it at your own pace.
Northern Ireland has an amazing selection of art galleries and museums, and as there’s a full calendar of special exhibitions and festivals, there’s always something going on.
The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s is a must for it’s beautiful venerable buildings and modern art collections. Armagh County Museum in Ireland’s ecclesiastical capital is also worth a visit for both its historic and current collection, whilst the Ormeau Baths Gallery is Northern Ireland’s foremost exhibition space for contemporary art.
For those who are Whiskey fans, take a trip to the oldest working distillery in Ireland, Bushmills Distillery. Enjoy a tour around the distillery and learn how your whiskey is made, whilst enjoying a taster too.
The city seems to have music venues on every corner playing every type of music from jazz, traditional, rock, urban and more. To see the big established acts there’s the Odyssey Arena and classical-lovers can enjoy a full line up of Ulster Orchestra concerts and performances from visiting artists from around the world.
Study some of music’s origins at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum or dance to it at any of the city’s many clubs.
Northern Ireland is undoubtedly one of Europe’s premier angling destinations whatever type of fishing you’re into; coarse, game or sea fishing.
Walkers can explore the many seaside trail and mountain treks across some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. And golfers can play on courses that are part of those areas esteemed golf history that extends for over a century, when Royal Belfast became the first club on the island in 1881.
If you are a motorcycling enthusiast, experience the adrenaline-filled Vauxhall International North West 200 Race Week in May, Ireland’s biggest outdoor sporting event. The track runs between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. Or take a trip to the famous Ulster Grand Prix in Dundrod in August.
Victoria Square is Belfast’s newest shopping retreat featuring all of the big high street names. Shop no matter what the weather in this stylish, multi street level complex covered by a glass dome.
Bring your car on board and pack everything you need to explore this diverse city and its surrounding countryside. Perhaps take the whole family over and take advantage of our Kids Go Free Summer Special offer. Relax on board and enjoy the convenience of driving off the ferry when you arrive to start exploring at your leisure.
Why not make the most of your holiday and drive onto Dublin, giving you the opportunity to enjoy both of these must-visit cities, then pack up the car and return via our Dublin port.