Exploring the Historic City
If you enjoy learning about history, have an interest in the story of the Titanic, follow Game of Thrones, or just like amazing vacations packed full of exciting things to do, now is the perfect time for you to start planning an unbeatable April vacation. To spice up your spring, look to the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland! Belfast is a city packed full of prominent history, art, and some stunning scenery. With great food and fun outdoor adventures sprinkled in the mix, you’ll have the trip of your life. Start planning your vacation for the spring month of April, where you visit will be made even better by mild weather, sunny days, and smaller tourist crowds.
Belfast City Hall with people lounging in the park
One of the first things that makes Belfast so unique is its location in Northern Ireland. The official separation of the physical island of Ireland occurred in the 1920s and is still a dispute to this day. One of the more recent political agreements, the 1998 Belfast Agreement, stating among other things, that the reunification of the island will only occur by popular vote. The events leading up to and occurring after the separation are a huge piece of history and. You can find more education in places like the majestic Ulster Museum in Belfast.
The Ulster museum is free to enter, with exhibits ranging from contemporary art to the history of evolution and Ireland. There are even some exhibitions where you can dress up in period clothing! You’ll have a blast in this engaging museum. Visiting in April is the perfect time of year to see the Ulster Museum as it sits in the middle of a large botanical garden. It boasts extensive greenhouses and a large rose garden. When better to visit a botanical garden than the heart of spring?
A greenhouse in the botanic gardens outside the Ulster Museum
Exploring the City
A second thing that makes Belfast a truly unique city is the urban art frequently found throughout the city. The murals and monuments represent the rich Irish history that floods the city. It can be found in all shapes and sizes on almost every street. You’ll be able to see into the heart of Northern Ireland just strolling through town. I recommend doing it on your way to some delicious seafood! You can dive into the art further by participating in free self-guided walking tours, or regular guided tours that explain the murals and monuments along with their meaning and history. Many of the murals have political influence, or represent the specific neighborhood that they’re located in. Walking around and viewing the magnificent art is truly and intimate way to learn about the culture and history if Northern Ireland.
Overlooking the Belfast skyline at night
Remembering the Titanic
Another great museum to see is the Titanic Visitor Center. If you’ve heard the story of the Titanic. You’ll be excited to learn that the ship has roots in the city of Belfast. The HMS Titanic is actually from Belfast, and was built in the shipyard that is still found at the Belfast docks. If you’ve ever wondered about the ship’s origins, journey, or (spoiler alert) if two people could fit on that door, you’ll have a blast at the Titanic visitor center. You will learn about the history, journey and structure of the ship, and have plenty of fellow Titanic enthusiasts to discuss the movie and infamous door ending with.
After wandering through the visitor center, you can also explore the shipyard and see huge cranes that are used to build the massive ships. The shipyard is also still home to the SS Nomadic. A vessel built by the same company that commissioned the Titanic. It is the last of ship of those origins in the whole world.
The Titanic Museum in front of the Belfast Dockyards
Don’t forget the local food
Learning about history and culture can really work up an appetite while you’re exploring a new place. It’s a very good thing that Belfast has a plethora of delicious food options. One of the first things you’ll want to do when you touch down on Irish soil is to take a peek at some of the local restaurants and make reservations. Since Belfast is a fairly small town and everyone loves to eat out and enjoy the fresh food, making reservations is a good idea. If you like seafood, you’re going to be vacationing in the right spot as many restaurants in Belfast have some of the freshest ‘catch-of-the-day’s you’ll ever find.
A fishmonger at St. George’s Market with the fresh catch of the day
If you don’t feel like venturing out to a restaurant for some fresh food, head over to St. George’s Market on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to sample local food, goods, and even music. The large market has been around since the late 1800s and is the perfect place to spend a weekend morning. You’ll be able to grab some fresh pastries before strolling through to shop for souvenirs, watch the local entertainment, or even purchase some fresh fish and produce if you happen to have a kitchen at your lodging!
Outside the City
Although you could spend an entire vacation within the city limits of Belfast, there is lots of beautiful land outside the city that is worth at least a day of exploration. And during the lovely month of April, a trip outside is a good idea! If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll be especially interested as some of the show’s most iconic spots like the Dark Hedges and the Cave of Melisandre are actually located in Northern Ireland! From Belfast, it’s very easy to book a tour to see places such as the Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which often stop at the famous GOT road and cave along the way.
The Causeway is an amazing natural rock formation that is said to have been created by two warring and very tricky giants. The rope bridge is a nearby sight, stretching between the mainland and an island. Walking across the short rope bridge is a bit of an adrenaline rush. But is accompanied by some amazing views of the Irish coast. Visiting these sights will be perfect in the month of April. As large tourist crowds can quickly get out of hand in the summer months. The lesser crowds of April will ensure you’re able to see and enjoy the famous destinations.
Giant’s Causeway, the stunning hexagonal basalt rock formation
Hop over the pond!
Well there you have it! Belfast is the perfect April vacation spot. For those looking to dive into a new culture, and visit some of the world’s most beautiful spots! For Game of Thrones and Titanic fans, there’s the additional perk of being able to learn more about the origins of each. In the place where both have very deep roots. All the while having one of the best vacations April can offer!
Looking for more great April destinations? Well I got you covered.
If you enjoy reading about inspiring travel destination subscribe to my free newsletter to receive monthly wanderlust.