Plan a Unique Staycation in Belfast This Summer

Friday, 03 July 2020
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After several months of lockdown, who doesn't feel like traveling this summer? If you are eager to take a holiday, you are in luck, because the government has lifted many of the restrictions regarding tourism. However, with international travel currently limited, it’s time to turn your next holiday into a fun and safe staycation.

Lots of our habits have changed this year and data suggest that the type of holidays people take have changed as well. National staycations have become the preferred choice for most travellers, and there’s no question why. And when our country has so much to offer, this can be turned into a blessing in disguise; an opportunity to discover Belfast with a new look.

Titanic Time

Travellers seek unique experiences and Titanic Hotel Belfast is an experience in itself. There is no place like it in the world. A hotel. A museum. A privileged witness to Belfast's maritime heritage and the city’s development into the cultural hub it is today. So, why not start by visiting, precisely, Titanic Hotel Belfast?

The hotel is located in the former headquarters of Harland & Wolff. The Drawing Offices date from the 1880s and over the following 100 years played an important part in the design of many of the world’s most famous ocean liners. The Drawing Offices and other key heritage rooms are open to the public, providing an opportunity to view the artefacts, restoration works and interior decoration. Please do not hesitate to request the Art & Heritage Trail map to our Front Desk team.

Titanic Hotel Belfast is right at the heart of the Titanic Quarter. Get out the front door and walk the slipways, the same ones were Titanic and Olympic were built and launched, and explore a life size plan of Titanic’s upper deck. The positions of the liner’s lifeboats, funnels and benches are placed exactly as they would have been on board the deck of Titanic. The outline of the sister ships illuminates at night and are the perfect space to reflect.

Not far from here you can visit the last remaining White Star Line vessel in the world, SS Nomadic. Restored to her original 1911 glory and back home in Belfast, a visit to SS Nomadic & Hamilton Dock combines the authentic heritage and atmosphere of this historic ship with the intriguing stories of her passengers and the ups and downs of her dramatic career. SS Nomadic will open to the public on 1st August.

Titanic Belfast is a must for the whole family. Visit the multi-award winning visitor attraction, extending over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. Titanic Belfast will re-open on 1st August.

(Re)Discover Belfast

If you are feeling cultured and want to enjoy the summer sunshine, the Street Art Walking Tour is right for you. Street art has flourished in Belfast like nowhere else and the tour, devised by local artists, is the perfect way to learn more about the city’s history through the local art scene. Every Sunday from 19th July, 12 pm – 2 pm.

Another very popular option is Belfast Famous Black Cab Tours. Their experienced drivers will guide you and your family throughout Greater Belfast’s historical sites. Explore the Political Murals, the City hall, Crumlim Road Jail and Courthouse and much more!

If you have time, make sure to visit the wonderful Botanical Gardens, an important part of Belfast's Victorian heritage (please note the Tropical Ravine and Palm House remain closed) and take the opportunity to visit Queen’s University. Then, you can return to the hotel walking along the river (insert heart emoji).

But Belfast is not just walking… it is also eating! Belfast is quickly building a reputation and has become a foodie destination in no time. Enjoy an unforgettable meal at our award winning Wolff Grill restaurant, recently named Hotel Restaurant of the Year by the Irish Hotel Awards.

To reassure our guests that their safety and wellbeing is our utmost priority we have created a programme of measures that we have named ‘A New Clean’, in line with the government’s guidelines. The new programme will focus on cleanliness that will be visible to guests throughout their stay. We fully understand that flexibility is currently a top priority for our guests. Therefore, all our rates offer free cancellation. It could not be otherwise.

No matter what your interest is – maritime heritage, history, food or culture – Belfast has it all. Enjoy a staycation at Titanic Hotel Belfast this summer and (re)discover wonderful corners of our city!