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Lonely Planet Pocket Belfast & the Causeway Coast

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Feb 1, 2020


Lonely Planet: The world's number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet's Pocket Belfast & the Causeway Coast is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore the coastline's clifftop paths, fishing villages and beaches; journey back in time at the incredible Titanic Belfast; and browse the historic St George's Market. All with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Belfast and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Belfast & the Causeway Coast:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Cathedral Quarter, CIty Centre, Queen's Quarter, Titanic Quarter, the Causeway Coast and more.

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Belfast & the Causeway Coast is our colourful, easy to use and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, and is packed with the best sights and experiences for a short trip or weekend away.

Want more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Ireland for an in-depth guide to the country.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

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  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Feb 1, 2020

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Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Belfast & the Causeway Coast

Top Sights


Drinking & Nightlife


Tours & Activities

For Kids



Museums & Galleries

Four Perfect Days

Need to Know

Belfast Neighbourhoods

Causeway Coast Map

Explore Belfast

City Centre

Crumlin Road Gaol

West Belfast Murals

Cathedral Quarter

Queen’s Quarter

Titanic Quarter

Causeway Coast

Worth a Trip

Ulster Folk & Transport Museums

The Gobbins

Derry (Londonderry)

Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Before You Go

Arriving in Belfast

Getting Around

Essential Information

Behind the Scenes

Our Writer

Welcome to Belfast & the Causeway Coast

A former industrial powerhouse with a troubled past, Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation into a hip party town. The shipyards where the Titanic was constructed now form part of the regenerated Titanic Quarter. At its centre is Titanic Belfast, a multimedia museum that has become the city’s number-one tourist draw. The Causeway Coast takes its name from the spectacular rock formation the Giant’s Causeway, one of Ireland’s most impressive and atmospheric landscape features.

Titanic Belfast | J Orr/Alamy Stock Photo © architect: Eric Kuhne.

Belfast & The Causeway Coast

Top Sights

Giant’s Causeway

Dramatic coastline of hexagonal columns.

Claudio Fornaciari/EyeEm/Getty Images ©

Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Titanic Belfast

The story of the ‘unsinkable’ ship.

VanderWolf Images/Shutterstock © Architect: Eric Kuhne

Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Rope bridge over the Atlantic.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Derry (Londonderry)

Ancient walls and modern murals.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

The Gobbins

Coastal path hugging the cliffs.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

City Hall

Belfast’s architectural centrepiece.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Ulster Museum

Ulster’s top collection of artefacts.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Botanic Gardens

Impressive greenhouses in gorgeous gardens.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

St George’s Market

Historic food and crafts market.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast’s notorious Victorian prison.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Ulster Folk & Transport Museums

Historic houses and steam locomotives.

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Belfast & The Causeway Coast Top Sights

Dunluce Castle

Clifftop castle with spectacular views.

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From fine dining to market grazing, it’s easy to eat well in Belfast. The city is surrounded by lush farming country and located just a few kilometres from bustling fishing ports; this bounty of locally sourced meat, seafood and fresh produce is whipped into a spectacular array of dishes in the kitchens of restaurants across the city.


In recent years, Belfast’s restaurant scene has been totally transformed by a wave of new restaurants, including Michelin-starred establishments. Most fine-dining restaurants offer tasting menus, usually with optional wine pairings; be sure to book several weeks in advance for weekend tables.

But eating well in Belfast doesn’t have to mean blowing the budget. Some of the city’s tastiest food can be found in a number of good-value burger joints, ramen bars and casual bistros, where fresh, locally sourced ingredients are treated with as much thought and care as they are in much fancier places.

Antrim’s coastal towns have become go-to places for exceptional food. On the Causeway Coast you’ll find excellent seafood, such as Atlantic lobster, crab and salmon, as well as local artisan cheeses, breads and oils and organic meats.

Best Cheap Eats

Curated Kitchen Weekly menus inspired by classic cookbooks.

John Long’s Traditional fish and chips in Belfast.

Morton’s Fish & Chips Harbourside fish and chips, served fresh off the boat.

Best Midrange

Yügo Small and large plates for tasting and sharing.

Holohan’s at the Barge Romantic setting aboard a barge.

Ocho Tapas Spanish tapas on the Causeway Coast.

Best Fine Dining

Saphyre Spectacular setting inside a church.

Muddlers Club Contemporary styling and seasonal plates.

Eipic Michelin-starred food in a formal setting.

Mourne Seafood Bar Seafood-specialist restaurant, which has its own shellfish beds and cookery school.

OX Riverside dining at a Michelin-starred establishment.


Best Vegetarian & Vegan

Jumon Entirely vegetarian – and mostly vegan – Asian dishes.

Home Good selection of vegan and vegetarian food.

Ursa Minor Vegetarian and vegan breakfasts and lunches.

Best for Burgers

Tribal Burger Beef, chicken and vegan burgers, craft beer and boozy cocktails.

Pablos Creative toppings for good-quality burgers.

Barking Dog Serves a signature burger made with tender beef shin.

Worth a Trip

It’s worth searching out Bia Rebel (h11am-9pm Mon & Wed-Sat, noon-9pm Sun), an understated noodle bar that fuses Japanese ramen with locally sourced Irish ingredients. It takes 36 hours to create a bowl of Belfast Shoyu Ramen: fresh, handmade noodles in a deep broth with pork shoulder and an egg poached in tea. It’s on Ormeau Rd, 2.5km south of the city centre (take bus 7A or 7B from Howard St).

Drinking & Nightlife

Belfast’s nightlife is one of its biggest drawcards. In the city centre, traditional pubs are interspersed with sleek bars. The bars and clubs of the Queen’s Quarter are especially popular with students. At weekends the party spills out into the street in the Cathedral Quarter, where most bars have live music.


Traditional Pubs

Belfast’s traditional pubs are friendly places where you can often catch traditional music sessions. They tend to attract a mixed crowd of people of different ages and backgrounds, from office workers to students to regulars who have been drinking there for years.

Many traditional pubs stock a good range of local craft beers. There are plenty of pubs in and around the city centre.

Best Traditional Pubs

Duke of York History-packed pub that’s like a living museum.

John Hewitt Authentic pub with no gimmicks.

Kelly’s Cellars A long-standing local meeting place for banter and beer.

Best for Cocktails

Love & Death Inc This speakeasy-style bar has a low-key vibe.

Babel Rooftop Bar Views across Belfast and well-mixed drinks.

Drawing Office Two Elegant hotel bar in the room where the Titanic was drawn.

Muriel’s Gin bar with retro decor.

Best Clubs

National On Friday and Saturday nights DJs spin the tunes at club Sixty6, with several bars and a dance floor spread out over four floors.

Limelight Good for lovers of rock, indie and metal.

Lavery’s On Friday nights the upper floors are cleared to make way for dancing.

Filthy Quarter Its club the Gypsy Lounge has a caravan DJ booth.

Botanic Inn Wednesday night at the Bot is Belfast’s most established student night.

Best for Live Music

Sunflower Different musicians on every night of the week.

Duke of York Regular gigs in the pub where Snow Patrol started out.

Kelly’s Cellars Trad sessions several times a week.

O’Connor’s Ballycastle’s best pub for music, with trad Thursday nights year-round.

Best for Sports

Botanic Inn Watch live sports on jumbo HD screens.

Lavery’s Popular place to watch football.

Garrick Bar This bar screens all the major games.

Local Tipples

Jawbox Gin ( Belfast’s own classic dry gin.

Suki Tea ( This local company’s range of loose-leaf teas includes their signature Belfast Brew. Look for the stall at St George’s Market.

Old Bushmills Distillery Famous whiskey distillery on the Causeway Coast.

Northbound Brewery ( Craft beers brewed in Derry and sold across the north coast.


Belfast’s compact city centre is full of high-street stores as well as a number of independent shops selling top-quality local arts and crafts and specialist food and drink. In the south of the city, Lisburn Rd has high-end boutiques and homewares stores. St George’s Market is a great place to browse for art, souvenirs and vintage goods.


Lisburn Rd

Belfast’s chicest shopping district is the Lisburn Rd in South Belfast’s wealthy, tree-lined suburbs. From Eglantine Ave to Balmoral Ave it’s lined with red-brick and mock-Tudor facades housing fashion boutiques, interior-design studios, art galleries, antique shops and delicatessens.

Art & Design

The work of talented local designer makers can be found in several excellent city-centre stores. Space Craft is a shop and gallery managed by Craft NI, an organisation that supports and promotes Northern Ireland’s craft industry. At Ulster University, Unique Artshop sells pieces by students, alumni and other local designer makers; it’s also possible to commission work. St George’s Market is another place to shop for original arts and crafts.

Best Art & Design

Studio Souk Original local art and quirky design.

Space Craft High-quality work by talented local designer makers.

Unique Artshop Pieces by students and alumni of Ulster University.

St George’s Market Craft stalls selling prints and artisan goods.

Designerie Bushmills store selling

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