In my last blog I reported that flights to most European destinations during the half term week at the end of October are now very expensive, and families looking for a last minute holiday are likely to be disappointed. One city which is an exception to the rule in terms of flight prices from the rest of the UK is Belfast, and when you look at what this city has to offer it becomes clear that it is a great destination for families.
The Titanic Belfast Centre opened in April 2012 will surely provide an enjoyable day’s entertainment for children and adults alike. The Titanic museum is situated near the spot where the ship was built and recreates life on board as well as showing how the ship was built and launched. Ten galleries over six floors tell the story of Titanic’s conception, construction, launch, tragic maiden voyage, and rediscovery at the bottom of the Atlantic. The Titanic Belfast Centre has a restaurant and a café as well as a souvenir shop. Children of all ages will find something to suit the size of their pocket!
Families will easily be able to spend a whole day visiting Belfast Castle and the Cave Hill Visitor Centre. Cave Hill offers some superb views over Belfast Lough and the city. Cave Hill, so named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including BelfastCastle.
Its most famous feature, known locally as Napoleon’s Nose, is believed to have been the inspiration for Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels.
Whilst staying in Belfast, many families will want to take a trip outside the city to The Giant’s Causeway. This is a magnificent geological formation on the North East coast of CountyAntrim steeped in myth and legend.. The Causeway proper is a mass of basalt columns packed tightly together. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Visitors can walk along the basalt columns which are at the edge of the sea. Families will enjoy the recently opened Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience and have fun exploring the science, myth and legends that surround the Giant’s Causeway.
The weather in October is very likely to be variable, and a great place to visit on a wet day is the MAC – the Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast’s brand new arts venue in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Here you can enjoy the best in music, theatre, dance and art all under one roof.