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I’ve not even gone to Hawaii and I’m already looking forward to and planning my next trip. Over the early Mayday Bank Holiday me and my other half are going to Belfast to explore the city together. I’ve been to Belfast once but it was a very quick flying visit during a trip to see Bring Me The Horizon so I didn’t see any of the city itself. I’ve been looking around to try and get some idea’s of what to do while we’re there without planning too much, I’m trying to be spontaneous more! Here are some of the things I really want to do:
Game of Thrones Tour
I am kind of cheating with this one as we’ve actually already booked this. On the Sunday of our trip we’re heading out for about 9 hours’ on a Game of Thrones Winterfell tour to show us some of the places where the series was filmed including Winterfell itself, the Tower House used as Robb’s camp in the Riverlands, the Abbey where Robb and Catelyn hear the news from Kings Landing and the Tollymore Forest Park which is a backdrop to a lot of scenes. I’m pretty excited for the tour as it’s something I know both me and my other half will really enjoy.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
I love doing hop on hop off bus tours’ as I think they’re a great way to see a city properly and to get a good feel for what’s around, especially when you’re only somewhere for a short period of time and may not otherwise get the chance to walk around and explore everywhere. I think this might be a good option for as soon as we arrive as we’ll have quite a few hours to kill between arriving and being able to check into our hotel and this means we can sit down and relax while still seeing the city.
Having seen the photos of the outside of the City Hall it looks absolutely stunning and unusually entry to the hall is absolutely free as are the walking guided tours around, although you can opt to pay for an audio tour. I love exploring beautiful buildings and hearing about the history behind them and I regret not visiting more of them on city breaks I’ve done before so this is near the top of my list.
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I can’t go to Belfast and not head to the Titanic Experience which is the world’s largest Titanic experience exploring the story of the cruise ship. I’m going to hold my hands up and say I’ve never seen the movie the whole way through so this is something I need to change before I go. The RMS Titanic started life in Belfast before it set sail from the shipyards to Southampton before heading on it’s fateful maiden voyage in 1912. While the working shipyard no longer exists the Titanic Belfast sits in its place with interactive exhibitions which tell the story of the building of the ship and it’s fate out in the Atlantic. It was named as one of the best tourist attractions in the world so I’m intrigued to explore it.
Eat at Cast and Crew
Of course, I’ve done as much research on places to eat as I have things to do and Cast and Crew seems like the perfect place to go as it’s so close to the Titanic Visitors Centre so it’s not out of the way. The small place is all about food and taste and having scoured their menu I can’t decide whether to plump for a full breakfast with pancakes or for a massive burger lunch.
Acton and Sons
Another foodie entry and this time it comes from a restaurant called Acton and Sons which I have seen quite a few people recommend. The restaurant may not have the biggest menu but there’s plenty of things on there I’d love to try and on either the day we arrive or after our Game of Thrones tour I know we’re going to want a nice meal so this would be a great option. Plus importantly their desert menu looks incredible, so many sundae’s and chocolate things.