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Belfast is the UK city you’re missing out on – it’s affordable, safe and near some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful coastal attractions. The city itself, though, offers a fantastic range of things to do and see – from Titanic Belfast to Cave Hill. Check out our favourites below.
There are many historic pubs and bars dotted around Belfast, but it would be fair to say that with its yellow, gold and pink frontage, the Crown Liquor Saloon is the most striking. It is also one of the oldest, having been built in the 1880s, and the interior features preserved wood-carved booths and gas-lamp lighting.
A 20-minute bus ride south of the city centre rewards you with one of the largest parks in Belfast, as well as perhaps the most beautiful. Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park features various gardens, including a rose garden with 40,000 roses, and it’s right next to a golf club.
A slightly longer journey (45 minutes by bus or 20 by car), Streamvale Farm is worth the trip to the eastern edge of Belfast. It’s one of the largest dairy farms in the area, and during the summer months, it is completely open to visit, so you can see the process in action and meet all the animals. You might even get to see a sheepdog at work.
Head up past the Titanic dock house for a little slice of secluded nature. Otherwise referred to as the RSBP Window on Wildlife, this place is a small nature reserve that is home to over 100 different species of birds, including wigeons and teals. There’s a watch shelter, and guided walks are available at certain times of the year.
Additional reporting by Callum Davies