Belfast – unbeatable destination for women travelling alone
Why Is Northern Ireland one of the best places to travel solo female in 2019? Below are the answers as to why Belfast ranks so high up in my list.
- Belfast is reasonably priced. For a solo traveler, you do need to be budget conscious. Northern Ireland is on the pound, so the exchange isn’t always the best, but in general, it’s less expensive than other UK cities.
- So many day tours available! If you are traveling as a solo female, making connections throughout your travels enriches the whole journey experience. Joining a day tour is the easiest way to have a chat and make new friends on the way. You will have several choices from Belfast.
- It’s safe. For a solo female traveling this is the most important factor in booking a trip. If you don’t feel comfortable walking around alone, then what’s the point? I felt protected and welcomed in Belfast.
More Reasons to Travel to Belfast
I fell in love with Belfast on the first day. Like some of the European cities, it’s very walkable and easy to navigate. I took the train up from Dublin and walked from the station right into the center of the city. My main objective for visiting the north was to go on a Game of Thrones tour, which was a highlight for sure. More on the tour later.
Sightseeing Highlights in Belfast
Belfast has an impressive city hall that sits in the center of the city. Aesthetically, you can see the difference between Irish cities, and see the UK influence on its architecture. On the first day in Belfast, I jumped on a Hop-On, Hop Off tour through the city. This was a great way to get an overview of all the neighborhoods. It takes you to the most popular places, such as the Titanic Museum, which is a MUST SEE.
On this tour, you will also go by the loyalist and peace wall murals. These walls pay tribute to the troubles of Northern Ireland. Belfast reveals its deep history full of divisions and disagreement. I suggest you research this subject on your own before visiting to get an understanding of history. You will also find out about some cultural traits in Northern Ireland.
Another top attraction and a stop on the bus tour is Crumlin Road Gaol Prison, closed as a prison in 1996, but open to the public. They offer a variety of tours such as daily guided, historic evening, paranormal, and ghost walk. If you have the time, it’s worth a visit.
The UK’s largest indoor food market, St. George’s Market, is a great place to hit, especially for lunch. Check the website for opening times. More attractions worthy of a stop by are, Belfast Castle, Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast Zoo, Botanical Gardens.
Top Places to Stay in Belfast for Solo Female:
Best Boutique Hotels Belfast:
- Ten Square Hotel I stayed at this lovely hotel that is located in the very center of Belfast! Very stylish, clean, and modern rooms. The hotel has free wifi, and a nice restaurant/bar located on the first floor.
- Bullitt Hotel When I return to Belfast, I am staying at the hip and trendy Bullitt hotel. They have 3 room choices, something for every budget. Dinky Room, Comfy Room, and Roomy Room. Have a look at the website for more details.
- Malmaison Hotel This centrally located hotel offers a modern and contemporary style, and high classic comfort. Modern bar and restaurant serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Ultimate Luxury Hotels Belfast:
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Champagne wishes and caviar dreams can be fulfilled while staying at this luxurious hotel. Don’t forget to book in for afternoon tea for true British Experience.
- Titanic Hotel Belfast If you are obsessed with the Titanic, you will be enchanted by this high-end hotel! Decorated in theme, this hotel is located on-site with the famous museum.
- The Merchant Hotel This hotel is the crown jewel in Belfast. It’s a historic palace-like building, transformed into a world-class hotel making it the most desirable place to stay. No other hotel can compete with the rooftop pool and views.
Best of Where to Eat in Belfast:
Outstanding Options for Breakfast & Lunch
- Town Sq is the solution to breakfast and lunch while visiting Belfast. This place offers quality and creativity in its menu.
- French Village is a cute and comfy spot to enjoy a nice breakfast or lunch. Located a bit south of the city center in the University area.
- Harlem Cafe This place has a lively and fresh interior, offering breakfast and weekend brunch! Located centrally near a live music venue, Ulster Hall.
Top Places for Dinner & Drinks for Solo Female
- Made In Belfast is a great choice for dinner! I ate there a few times, enjoying the fish dishes. Creative cocktails and indulgent desserts! Located in the center of the city.
- Ox – one of the best meals I’ve had was at Ox, a Michelin starred restaurant in downtown Belfast. They have a prefix for lunch and dinner, as well as an Irish Drink Menu.
- Ginger Bistro located in the city center. This bistro has been awarded as one of the finest restaurants in Belfast! They have al carte, prefix and vegetarian menu.
- The Dirty Onion When you are in the mood for a casual, end of the tour day, great food…go to the Dirty Onion. This place is great for drinks and fancy bar food fare. Indoor/outdoor seating, live music, and fantastic beer selections.
OX– Pre-Fix Menu
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones and come on, who isn’t??? You must get yourself signed up for the Game of Thrones tour! There are SEVERAL companies to choose from when booking this tour. My advice is to research out exactly what you are looking for and get tickets ahead of time. I used On The Go Tours for my journey through major film locations and the history of the land. The guide will unveil detailed information on the scenes filmed, as well as props for photography.
The tour also brings you to the famous Carrick-A-Rede-Rope Bridge and Giant’s Causeway. During your tour, a lunch stop is planned, which will be at your expense. The tour was one of my favorite memories of all my travels. It is such a captivating experience, that I recommend you take the tour regardless of whether you are a fan of the show or not.
I had the pleasure to stay in a little village a couple of times. It is located around the north from Belfast, and about 20 mins by car. There is a train service, but if you plan on doing more of Northern Ireland, I would suggest getting a car. A visit to Carrickfergus wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the castle! For information and opening times, please visit the website Here.
Solo Female Day Trip to Bushmills
The Northern Ireland landscape is completely breathtaking and truly magical! If you appreciate whiskey, Bushmills distillery is a must drop by location! The Bushmills Inn has all the charm and character you could ever ask for. Located right in the center of the town, and they have a wonderful restaurant on-site. Be sure to visit the distillery for details, click here.
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