Belfast City Break Guide for Backpackers

Belfast City Hall

Belfast is one of the most friendliest and welcoming cities in Europe. Always up for a party and bound together by a commonality of friendship and a genuine love of visitors. The Northern Irish capital is thoroughly entertaining city to explore on holiday.

The humour and warmth of its people along with its cultural heritage make Belfast a superb place to explore as a backpacker. Cheap hostels in Belfast can be found here and the city is conveniently only a few hours by train from Dublin.

Shankhill Road
Northern Ireland’s largest city suffered from decades of sectarian violence from the late 1960s and the legacy of the civil war still echo throughout Belfast today.

The city has undergone a remarkable transformation since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which went on to provide the basis of a political agreement for power sharing between the Protestant and Catholic communities.

Titanic Belfast

Since then Belfast has experienced a cultural renaissance and now makes a fantastic destination to go on holiday. Ireland’s second largest city is a former industrial powerhouse and is famous throughout the world for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, the iconic ocean liner built by Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyards.

Belfast is home to the world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction. Titanic Belfast is located in the heart of the city and takes you through nine galleries, which reveal the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s to her tragic end in the the north Atlantic Ocean.

Titanic Sinking

Belfast’s industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture, which is best portrayed at the Ulster Museum, Linen Hall Library and the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Northern Ireland is a rich and diverse country and offers backpackers a remarkable range of activities to see and do on holiday.

If you want to see Belfast as a local then a black cab tour is highly recommend. Offering award-winning political and cultural insights into the city’s sectarian divide, it’s a fascinating way to learn more about the political turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s

The political murals of the Falls Road and the Shankill tell their own graphic story of “The Troubles”. See the infamous ‘Peaceline’, a wall built to keep nationalists and loyalists apart and in the process divided the communities.

Belfast has stories that no other cities could possibly share.

Cathedral Quarter Belfast

Back in the tourist city centre, the Cathedral Quarter is the oldest part of Belfast and is the focal point of Northern Ireland’s entertainment and arts scene. The historic square has a vibrant mix of bars and international restaurants, art galleries and makes for a great night out after a long day sightseeing.

Crown Liquor Belfast

Belfast’s most famous pub, The Crown Liqour Saloon, is owned by the National Trust and is considered to be one of the finest examples of a high Georgian public house in existence. Dating back to 1826 it represents one of Belfast’s most stylish pre-Victorian buildings.

Giant's Causeway

Within a couple of hours of Belfast, backpackers can travel up to the Giant’s Causeway, go fishing in Fermanagh or visit traditional Irish villages on the coast. The city provides an excellent setting for any backpacking tour of Ireland and is one of the most welcoming places to visit in northern Europe.

Belfast is a city born again and has some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet on holiday. Come look round for yourself and book your next holiday in the birthplace of the RMS Titanic.

Where to stay in Belfast

Arnie's Backpackers Belfast

  • Arnie’s Backpackers is a super clean, Wi-Fi friendly hostel providing  budget accommodation in a personal and safe environment for all travellers arriving in Belfast. Rooms are available from €20.67.