Bank Holiday Shenanigans In Belfast

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Last weekend saw another bank holiday weekend which meant just one thing, I trip away. Working a normal Monday- Friday job I’ve learned how to maximize weekends and bank holidays for trips so me and my boyfriend decided to choose Belfast for this trip. We chose this particular city as we knew we wanted to do the Game of Thrones tour, but more on that later.

We had a pretty early flight on Saturday from Luton to Belfast International Airport, arriving around 830am. After a 20-minute taxi ride to the city centre we dropped our bags off at our hotel for the weekend and headed into the city to explore. Thankfully we had chosen a hotel which was right in the city centre, only about 5-minutes from the main shopping centre which was great. We opted to do the hop-on, hop-off bus on Saturday morning picking up the first bus at 10 am, this meant things weren’t too busy and we had the chance to get a good overview of Belfast without needing to walk too much as we had been up for hours at this point. The 90-minute round trip was really good and our live commentator was really informative and really funny which meant the trip went in a flash.

After we had done the whole trip we stopped for a quick lunch and then headed up the top floor of the Victoria Shopping Centre which has a glass dome viewing area to see out over the city. There’s barely any skyscrapers or tall buildings in Belfast, in fact, that largest building is 29 floors high and this rises above most things. The views were really nice over the city and thankfully we had lovely weather for it. We were starting to flag a little bit by the early afternoon so we pottered around a few shops before heading back to our hotel, the Malmaison to check in properly.

I have to say this is probably one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in, we chose the deluxe king room which is far nicer than anything I’d usually stay in, but a bit of luxury is always nice. I won’t talk too much about the hotel as I am going to do a separate post, but safe to say I’ll definitely be looking into their Edinburgh and Aberdeen hotels for my next trip away. We enjoyed a nice lazy afternoon including napping and TV watching because if you can’t relax on a bank holiday weekend you aren’t doing it right. For Saturday evening we had booked to go to a small restaurant called Acton and Sons and I am so glad we did as it’s up there in the top meals I’ve ever had, and probably the nicest meal me and my other half have had together. We had the full blown three courses including the most tender and perfectly cooked fillet steak and an amazing passion fruit daiquiri. If you’re heading to Belfast and want a nice meal then do head here as you won’t be disappointed.

Sunday started off early as we had an 8.45am pick up to head out on the Game of Thrones tour. One of the great things about going with the official tour providers is that all the guides are or have been extras on the show so they can give a bit more insight into what goes on and explain things you wouldn’t find on another tour or something self-guided. Expect a full blog post on this as there’s a lot to talk about but it was great to see some of the real sets and we even met two of the real direwolves from the show. I totally wanted to take one home with me.

As we’d done a lot of walking and exploring during the day and didn’t get back to the Belfast City Centre until 630pm we decided to just get a room service dinner that evening. It was lovely having a fancy silver tray service coming up to the room with yummy burgers. A great end to a great day.

Our final day was bank holiday Monday where we had a bit a lazy day including some shopping in the city centre and of course a visit to the Titanic Experience. I haven’t properly seen the movie (and have no desire to) but finding out more about the construction, the maiden voyage and it’s demise was fascinating especially the images of the wreckage. It’s such an errie thought knowing this happened only just over 100 years’ ago but also that the wreckage still exists at the bottom of the ocean. As late afternoon rolled in we requested an Uber and took our ride back to the airport for our short flight home.

The weekend was the perfect mixture of exploration and seeing a new city, but also relaxing and enjoying the bank holiday.

What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend?
May 3, 2017
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  • I’ve never been to Belfast but I’d love to go! I really want to visit the Titanic Experience. I was at Traverse this weekend! xo

  • I haven’t been to Belfast and there is so much to see there!! 🙂

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you had a good time. I’ve never been to Belfast

  • I would love to visit Belfast, it looks like you both had a great time. I would love to visit the Titanic Experience x

  • Wow that hotel looks incredible! Looks more like a palace than a hotel!
    I’ve never been to Ireland/Northern Ireland but I’m really hoping to in the next few years!

  • You really do know how to maximize bank holiday weekends! Your trip to Belfast sounds like such a lovely time. I would love to see both the Titanic experience and the Game of Thrones tour x

  • everinmay

    oh wow this sounds amazing, I am really into the bus tours in cities actually, I’d love to see the Titanic experience too, great post 🙂 xx

  • Madeeha

    Such a cool place to visit. Loved the architecture

  • Alison Rost

    Three day weekends are truly the best! I’d love to see the Titanic Experience. Every time I read or see something about it .. I get goosebumps

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    It sounds much more exciting than my bank holiday. I have always wanted to go to Belfast, and it’s not far from Manchester either.

  • It sounds like you had a great trip I’d love to head to Belfast x

  • Leah Shafik

    Yes! Me and the wife are trying to make the most of our bank holidays too. I have only been to Belfast for work…never for play! x

  • Becca Talbot

    I love Belfast – I went out with a guy who lived just outside in Ballynahinch, it was so beautiful x

  • This looks like fun. I have been to Belfast for a wedding but we didn’t really get to explore the city itself.

  • Angela Milnes

    Looks like you had an awesome trip there it looms so much fun

  • francesca

    Awwwh isn’t it such a beautiful place to be!! I love the photos you got and I also love room service!!

  • I’ve never been to Belfast before but seems like you had a great time. Need to add to my travel list

  • The Mum Diaries

    Belfast sounds like a great city. I would love to visit one day. Can’t wait to hear about the Games of Throne tour!

  • I would love to go to Belfast. Not only does it have amazing street art but it also has a game of thrones tour? I mean what more could you want? x

  • Glory

    Games of Thorne, I’m in! Belfast looks like the type of destination I would totaly explore. Loving the street art.

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    I am a little jealous you did the Game of Thrones tour. My husband and I love that show! He has read the books, I haven’t. I may have to. lol. Belfast looks beautiful!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Acton and Sons must have been good if i was one of your favourites ever I do love steak. My hubby would have loved the game of thrones tour and I’d love to see the wolves.

  • Meenal Ranka

    Game of thrones <3. I have never been to Belfast but it does sound beautiful.

  • ireland is so on my wishlist for this year, its just so pretty will def make sure to spend a few days in belfast!

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