2015-01-212015-01-21 Campervan Hire Belfast, a Northern Ireland adventure
Campervan Hire Belfast, a Northern Ireland adventure
Belfast is a city moving with the times. Shunned by visitors as the scene of conflict during the troubles, today it has reinvented itself with a glorious new shopping district, proudly restored historic buildings and the cutting-edge Titanic experience. It is now Ireland’s second most visited city. Hit the road around Belfast with a camper from Motorhome Republic and get to see it all, at your own pace.
From Belfast, you can easily travel through Ireland with cities like Dublin and Limerick only a few hours away. Alternatively, you can take a ferry to either Scotland or England. From there, the rest of the UK is waiting for you!
Camper Rental in Belfast with Motorhome Republic
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A Northern Ireland Road Trip: Beyond Belfast
Beginning at Belfast is the Causeway and Coast Route, recognised as one of the world’s great road journeys. It runs 120 miles to Lough Foyle, passing the impressive landmark of Giant’s Causeway, through villages, interspersed with castles, churches and forts. You should allow a minimum of five days to get the most out of this fabled route.
Where to Stay in Belfast
Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park is just five miles north of Belfast on the Causeway Coastal Route, with good access to bus routes and train stations.The ideal spot to park your Belfast campervan rental.
Food, drink and nightlife in Belfast
One of Belfast’s premier eateries is Deane’s Restaurant. It has many celebrity fans – former 007 Roger Moore once ate lunch and dinner there three days in a row. While its European menu, with dishes such as slow-cooked shin of Irish Beef, sounds expensive, you can call in for a one-course set menu lunch for just 10 pounds.
Molly’s Yard is set in a restored Victorian stables and courtyard. It is run by the owners of Belfast’s pioneering real ale company Hilden and contains Belfast’s only microbrewery. It serves gorgeous food with local ingredients; feast on Finnebrogue Venison, followed by a crumble made of Armagh apples.
Check what’s on at the Odyssey Arena while you are visiting. This is another innovation in the Titanic Quarter, and this 10,000 seat venue has brought big name music artists to Belfast. It is also home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team.
Things to See and Do in Belfast
The Titanic Quarter is one of the world’s largest waterfront regeneration projects, bringing vibrancy to a long neglected part of the city. This new neighbourhood in Belfast is home to the Titanic Visitor Experience: six floors of interactive exhibits tracing the story of the Titanic, from its conception and construction in the early 1900s in a Belfast shipyard, to its launch and ill-fated maiden voyage. On Sundays, stop in for afternoon tea in the Titanic Suite, complete with a grand replica staircase and food served on White Star Line china.
Victoria Square is a swish shopping centre, anchored by the House of Fraser department store. It is set over four levels, including covered, pedestrianised streets, and topped with a glass dome. Tours to the top of the dome are available, and reward visitors with panoramic views over the city’s rooftops all the way to the River Lagan.
Fans of TV show Game of Thrones will not need to be told that the series is filmed in Belfast, at Titanic Studios. Many of the locations are either in the city or easily accessible within a day’s travel.
Take time to reflect on Belfast’s troubled history, by visiting Falls Road in the west. Unionist Shankill and Nationalist Falls Roads are divided only by a peace-line, and show how these communities had to exist in such close proximity. Striking murals commemorate the struggle.
Driving Tips for Northern Ireland
Save yourself a hassle if crossing borders in your camper into Northern Ireland. Ham, eggs, sausages… in fact, many meat products are subject to import restrictions. Stock up on local produce once you are in Northern Ireland.