Belfast: Gateway to Northern Ireland!
The capital of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Ireland. It is the largest city in Northern Ireland and the second largest on the island of Ireland. A major port city famous for Harland and Wolff which built the RMS Titanic. The city suffered greatly during the troubles and in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the world’s most dangerous cities but is now considered to be one of the safest within the United Kingdom.
Make the most of a long weekend in Belfast and complete as much of this carefully chosen list as possible. Then provide the evidence through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by tagging @travelmedals and then purchase the Belfast themed Travel Challenge medal. Good luck!
The Belfast City Break challenge has been split into 6 sections below. Each section has goals within it and each goal attributed a number of points. The challenge is to reach 100 points during your trip.
Feel free to Instagram, Facebook or Tweet your trip around Belfast tagging @travelmedals and count your points!
(5 points) Explore the Cathedral Quarter and go for a drink.
(5 points) Have a Bushmills Whisky.
(6 points) Get recommendations for the best Donut shop and treat yourself! You can tag the person who provided the recommendation as well as @travelmedals.
(10 points) get some recommendations for the best Irish Stew in the city and go there!
(10 points) Speak with the locals and have an Ulster Fry at the most recommended place.
(5 points) Walk through Botanic Park.
(5 points) Walk around and get a photo at Queens University.
(10 points) Visit City Hall for a free tour.
(15 points) Go on a Black Taxi tour to discover Belfast’s history. Find more information in the links below.
(20 points) Take a day trip to the North Coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway or do a Game of Thrones tour.
(8 points) Walk along the river lagan and get a photo with the “BIG FISH”. The free walking tour below will achieve this objective.
(8 points) Visit St George’s Market on a weekend morning.
(8 points) Visit Ulster Museum.
(10 points) Explore HMS Caroline in the heart of the Titanic Quarter.
(10 points) Visit Crumlin Road Prison.
(15 points) A visit to the Titanic Exhibition.
(10 points) Play a round of golf.
(12 points) Go for a run. There are Park Run events around the city 9.30am every Saturday morning.
(15 points) Go to a Belfast Giants Ice Hockey game.
(15 points) Conquer Cavehill for great views of the city.
(5 points) Ask a local for their favourite bar and go there for a drink.
(5 points) Buy a drink for a local and get a selfie with them.
(10 points) Join an activity via Meetup.com and meet some locals, make sure to take a photo!
(15 points) Random activity of your choice not listed above.
To make the most of your break in Belfast, we’ve prepared the below links and details which should allow you to complete the challenge and organise your trip.
- Book a Black Taxi tour in Belfast. A second option for booking Black Taxi Tours in Belfast.
- Free City Hall tours Monday to Sunday.
- Free walking tour around Belfast. Good to complete on your first day.
- TravelMedals list of Belfast Donuts!
- Meetup.com which can be used to meet some locals for socialising during your time in Belfast.
- HMS Caroline visit details.
- Website of the Titanic Exhibition. Tickets can be booked online here.
- Visit Belfast for Tourist Information.
Discover Ireland’s 10 Top things to do in Belfast
For a brief taster of whats available in Belfast, watch the following video produced by Discover Ireland which details the top things to do on your visit to Belfast.
If your trip is longer than a weekend, why not investigate the Coastal Causeway Route Road Trip challenge, a 130 mile coastal drive up to Northern Ireland’s second biggest city Derry/Londonderry for double the TravelMedals Bling!