• Belfast is an Ever-Popular City Break Destination

    by  • May 11, 2017 • Belfast, City Breaks, Culture Breaks, Nature, Sport

    There are a number of special events taking place in the city this year which will interest many visitors.


    If you’re visiting Belfast in June don’t miss the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival which takes place from 16th to 18th June at Queen’s Quay and the Titanic Quarter.  Over the three days visitors can enjoy visiting all of the ships, Titanic-based activities, live music, arts and crafts, live street theatre displays and a host of tasty food stalls.

    If you enjoy music you should make a point of heading to one of Belfast’s many delightful parks during your stay to sample “Music in the Parks”  –  every weekend from May to September a whole variety of music groups and bands will be playing music in many of the city’s parks including the Botanic Gardens and Ormeau Park.  Make your way to the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park in south Belfast between 17th and 23rd July and you can enjoy the Rose Week celebrations at the City of Belfast International Rose Garden.  A programme of musical events from flute bands and accordion bands to harp music will take place throughout the week.

    ©Titanic BelfastFor those interested in sport,  Belfast will play host to the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, with the semi-finals and finals taking place in the city from 22 – 26 August.  12 teams will compete in 30 matches to determine the world champions of women’s rugby.  12 teams will compete across 30 matches to determine the world champions of women’s rugby. The 18 pool games will be played at University College Dublin, with the 12 play-off matches taking place at Queen’s University Sport and Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. The finals will take place at the Kingspan Stadium on 26th August.

    Of course, during your stay in Belfast you’re almost certainly going to want to visit Titanic Belfast.    The Titanic museum is situated near the spot where the ship was built and recreates life on board as well as showing how the ship was built and launched. Ten galleries over six floors tell the story of Titanic’s conception, construction, launch, tragic maiden voyage and rediscovery at the bottom of the Atlantic.  The Titanic Belfast Centre has a restaurant and a café as well as a souvenir shop.

    Many of Cities Direct’s  Belfast breaks also include a day trip outside the city to The Giant’s Causeway.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a magnificent, mysterious geological formation on the North East coast of County Antrim steeped in myth and legend.  Visitors can walk along the basalt columns which are at the edge of the sea.  The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Information Centre, built from the same basalt rock as the Causeway,  helps visitors to explore the science, myth and legends that surround the Giant’s Causeway.

    Giants Causeway, Belfast.


    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.