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As Belfast re-opens, the heart of the city is beating louder than ever before. From international cuisine worth queuing for to buskers’ folk music filling the streets, the energy of the city refuses to lie dormant. It’s rare for a UK capital city to enjoy the sense of community that Belfast does and we’re confident you’ll feel welcome here from the moment you arrive.

The safest region in the UK*

The people of Belfast are renowned for their warm smiles, love of food, music and culture, and for their ability to laugh, no matter the circumstance (the locals call it ‘the craic’).

These traits have endured throughout the COVID-19 pandemic - cook-at-home delicacies were delivered from the city’s array of amazing restaurants, indie cinemas and galleries brought the arts to our armchairs and we united to support the most vulnerable members of our society.

Easy to get around

One of the reasons Belfast feels so homely is because you can walk everywhere. You don’t need to navigate an urban jungle of tubes or taxis to get around – a bonus when socially distancing measures are commonplace across the UK. You can get from the leafy campus area, known as the Queen’s Quarter, to the city centre in less than thirty minutes on foot. And as the safest region in the UK (*UK Crime Surveys 2018/19), you’ll feel comfortable doing just that.

Green open spaces

As the least populated country in the UK, we have plenty of space for everyone. Take the sprawling Botanic Gardens, a city park that backs onto the campus, or further afield, the stunning coastlines and countryside made famous in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Student in Botanic gardens

Support settling in

We want you to feel safe, welcome and happy, and will do everything we can to support you as you transition to life in Belfast, so you can get on with creating a lifetime of memories.

Check out our guide to Belfast

Welcoming visitors to Belfast 

"Visit Belfast and our tourism and hospitality partners are working hard to ensure that the city is ready to welcome visitors back. Belfast is resilient, innovative and creative… and we’re gearing up to offer the warm welcome and incredible experiences we’re known for in a responsible, safe and sensitive way. "
Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive, Visit Belfast

Belfast City Hall and grounds

Experience Belfast