Destination guide

Ideal holiday lettings near Belfast

Belfast serves as the capital of Northern Ireland and is located on the banks of the River Lagan. Belfast, which functioned as a port city for centuries and remains a popular port for commercial and industrial purposes, is a great place to visit to learn more about Northern Ireland’s culture and political history. Whether you’re travelling solo or with the family, you can explore this peaceful and thriving city near lovely local holiday lettings.


Visit historic sites near your Belfast holiday cottage

Belfast has many exciting historic attractions ready to be explored. Located on the side of Cave Hill, the Scottish Baronial-style Belfast Castle offers a great panoramic view of Belfast at certain spots. At the Crumlin Road Gaol, a Victorian-era jail, you can learn about the various prisoners held here and their attempted escapes. The HMS Caroline fought at the Battle of Jutland in World War I and now acts as a floating museum with exhibits on naval warfare. You’ll admire the majestic Albert Memorial Clock, built as a tribute to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. The tower distinguishes itself with its slight tilt to the left. No matter where your villa rental is located, you can find out much about Belfast’s rich history nearby.


Activities and attractions in Belfast

Do you want to discover things to do in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Belfast has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • CitiGolf (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Metropolitan Arts Centre (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • W5 Interactive Discovery Centre (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Odyssey Complex (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Belvoir Park Golf Club (2.6 mi / 4.2 km)
  • Balmoral Golf Club (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Belfast

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Belfast is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Belfast Botanic Gardens (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Dover Street Millennium Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Boucher Road Playing Fields (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Lagan Valley Regional Park (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Cave Hill Country Park (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Carnanmore Park (4 mi / 6.5 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Belfast

Fly into Belfast (BHD-George Best Belfast City), the closest airport, located 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Belfast (BFS-Belfast Intl.), which is 12.2 mi (19.7 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, the main station serving the city is Belfast Central Station.

How to get around

How to navigate around your Belfast holiday home

If you want to travel from your holiday cottage to popular destinations, you should know the best ways to get around Belfast. The majority of residents self-drive around the area. If you prefer not to get a car hire, you can use black taxis, which are normally shared, or private hire taxis. For public transport around Belfast and nearby suburbs, you can use Translink Metro buses or trains. If you want to travel farther out to towns like Carrickfergus, Lisburn and Bangor, you can take the Belfast Suburban Rail system.

Food & drink 

Enjoy Belfast’s tasty delicacies and drinks

You’ll find mouthwatering meals wherever you eat in Belfast. For breakfast, try the Ulster fry, which includes fried eggs, sausage, bacon, fried soda or potato bread and occasionally tomatoes and mushrooms. Another well-known dish is Irish stew, which consists of mutton, potatoes and onion. Seafood, such as smoked salmon and fried eel, remain popular in Northern Ireland. If you visit the pubs in Belfast, drink local favourites, including Guinness beer and Bushmills whiskey. If you want to cook a meal to eat at your holiday rental, you can purchase fresh seafood, meats and locally grown produce at St. George’s Market on the weekends.

Family friendly

Fun places near your Belfast holiday rental for the family

When you visit Belfast, you’ll notice family-friendly attractions close to your holiday letting. The Belfast Zoo houses numerous animals such as gorillas, Gentoo penguins, and Asian elephants, and your kids will love to feed the pigs and Shetland ponies. Your family can enjoy more animal fun at the Streamvale Open Farm where you can feed lambs and goats, watch cows being milked and pet the rabbits and border collies. If your children like technology and building things, explore W5, a science museum where they can climb a unique multi-storey steel sculpture and children under the age of eight can build race cars. If your children like ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series, they may enjoy visiting C.S. Lewis Square where they can see sculptures of the books’ characters.

How many holiday rentals are available around Belfast?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 328 holiday lettings around Belfast. From 152 flats & apartments to 122 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Belfast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Belfast. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Belfast City Centre: 180 holiday homes
  • Cathedral Quarter: 61 holiday homes
  • Belfast City Hall: 363 holiday homes
  • Linen Hall Library: 363 holiday homes
  • Belfast Botanic Gardens: 359 holiday homes offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Belfast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Belfast?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Belfast with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Newtownards: 327 holiday lettings
  • Newcastle: 66 holiday lettings
  • Newry: 93 holiday lettings
  • Ballymena: 91 holiday lettings
  • Bangor: 290 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Belfast? offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Belfast. From travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Belfast City Hall: 363 holiday rentals
  • Linen Hall Library: 363 holiday rentals
  • Belfast Botanic Gardens: 359 holiday rentals
  • Titanic Belfast: 363 holiday rentals
  • SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter): 362 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Belfast listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.