Belfast Video Channel


Belfast has it all for culture vultures and savvy shoppers, history hunters and music lovers.  Belfast is a special place. It is a unique combination of location and people. As a city it is situated on one of the world’s great deep water natural harbours, long known to be a safe port in a storm and surrounded by protective hills that are both wild and accessible and still it is no more than twenty minutes from the city centre to the foothills. The people of Belfast are a unique and special combination of wit and social charm and they love nothing more than ‘the craic’, the Irish term for fun and laughter; but the subtle difference with the term ‘craic’ is that it has no parameters and no time frame; in Belfast the ‘craic’ is endless! Belfast is therefore the perfect destination for business and leisure. So perhaps you are looking for the standard template meeting or perhaps you are seeking the unique and unusual? Well you have chosen the correct destination. Whether you stay in a medieval castle, a Irish thatched cottage or a hip new hotel, we will provide you with memories for years to come; you may fly in for the weekend or it could be the start of a tour round Ireland, Belfast ensures a fabulous start to the trip!Belfast is a City of rich 19th century architecture, impressive historic buildings, great shopping, wonderful cuisine, traditional pubs, buzzing nightlife and a part of the Titanic story. Buses and trains run from Dublin to Belfast and there are flights from Cork and Galway. Belfast is under two hours from Dublin by car.

  • Festivals 2011 in Belfast Festivals 2011 in Belfast

    There is an old adage in travel lore: get to know, before you go. So what does Belfast have to offer in terms of Festivals & Events in 2011? 


    Belfast has a range of Festivals throughout the year with live music festivals, MTV Awards, cyclying and much much more ... 


    Initially just a hamlet with a crossing on a river mouth, with a fertile hinterland it didn’t take marauders and pirates long to realise that here was a deep lough and safe haven from the north Atlantic storms where repairs could be made. From these small beginnings the industrious locals developed a boat building trade and the rest is our history.


    Take that step with us, the first step that leads to a thousand journeys; welcome to Belfast with!



    Clandeboye Festival - 29 August - 3 September 2011

    A variety of classical performances from Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland, guest artists & introducing resident artist Sophie Cashell.


    Hillsborough Oyster Festival - 1 - 4 September 2011

    The four day event is crammed with fun events, including live music, the International Oyster Eating competition, Soap Box Derby & much more.     


    On Your Bike - Sunday 4 September 2011

    Brought to you by QFT & Belfast Film Festival, get on your bike for a family friendly event including a range of cycling themed screenings, performances, stalls, tours etc.           


    Taste N.I Food & Drink Festival - 10 - 11 September 2011

    Northern Ireland’s biggest and best FREE consumer food and drink event, Tesco’s Taste Northern Ireland, returns to Belfast’s Custom House Square this year on 10th and 11th September.       


    Big Busking Bonanza - 10 September 2011

    Ballyclare will host the Big Busking Bonanza, featuring some great music!           


    Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival - 16 September 2011

    The Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival is the gateway for new, independent and undiscovered filmmakers taking place annually in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


    Autumn Fair - 17 - 18 September 2011

    Come along to the Autumn Fair in Botanic Gardens for a weekend of vibrant and colourful fun with plenty for the family to see and do.          


    20th Anniversary Celebrations - 19 - 25 September 2011

    Take part in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich's 20th Anniversary celebrations with a variety of special events to suit all the family. The week begins with the official opening of the new extension.               


    Arthur's Day - 22 September 2011

    Pay tribute to the remarkable legacy of Arthur Guinness, with a variety of performances from acclaimed International & Irish acts.   


    Culture Night - 23 September 2011

    Culture Night returns for the third year running, celebrating local culture with music, theatre, dance, exhibitions & more.


    MTV 2011 MTV European Music Awards - 6 November 2011

    The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) will be the biggest showbiz event Northern Ireland will ever have witnessed. 


    Christmas Lights Christmas Lights Switch-On - 19 November 2011

    Merry Christmas! This event is a fun filled outdoor gathering for the public. Special quests, games and live music! Not to be missed!





  • Food and drink in Belfast Food & Drink Festivals

    Eating out is one of the great pleasures in life; exciting and unusual food cooked by someone else. Its also one of the joys of travel; a new city, new restaurants and stimulating dishes. For a city the size of Belfast the choice of places to eat is surprising, ranging from fine dining, Michelin star to Italian, Asian, Spanish, Seafood, diners, Gastro Pubs, Fast Food, Cafes, Bistros, Brasseries, Coffee Shops and some of the best Fish & Chips in these islands.


    One of the finest restaurants in the city is Deane's Restaurant & Bar, superb food beautifully cooked or perhaps you want something with great food and incredible atmosphere? Then Belfast Castle’s Cellar Restaurant is your choice. Looking for something different? Zen Japanese Restaurant is a beautiful stunning modern restaurant with great food or perhaps La Boca Restaurant, named after the vibrant, Bohemian dockside district of Buenos Aires is as Argentinean as the tango. If your taste buds say Italian then try the Villa Italia Restaurant in the Queen’s Quarter.


    However, there are food festivals to enjoy so why not take part in the following events held within the city. 



    Belfast Bred Walking Tour - Every Friday and Saturday from 24 June 2011 to 3 September 2011


    A wonderful tour that will transform your perception of Belfast" - Sheila Dillon, Good Food Programme


    This mouth-watering dramatic tour includes free samples at each location


    ·         Gourmet delights at the century-old Sawers Deli, established 1897

    ·         Northern Ireland’s celebrated seafood at the Mourne Seafood Bar

    ·         Superb artisan beers at the atmospheric John Hewitt Public House

    ·         Delicious Irish cheeses in Cathedral Quarter institution Nick’s Warehouse

    ·         Sizzling Hot Rock Steaks at the 300 year old McHugh’s Bar


    Finish up at St. George’s Market, one of the finest food markets in the UK and Ireland. 



    Christmas Continental Market – December 2011

    The grand return of the ever so popular Christmas market! Food, drink, culture, and style. What more could you ask for?


  • Museums and Galleries Things to See and Do


    Once called the ‘Athens of the North’, history envelopes Belfast; it has so done since ancient times. It is a city of innovation and adventure where nothing has ever been impossible. It is inevitable then that the achievements of an industrious people and a great city should demand fitting showplaces in which their accomplishments are put on view to inspire subsequent generations and visitors from abroad. An hour or an afternoon spent immersing yourself in this rich tapestry of work is to take yourself into the mind of invention, resourcefulness, ingenuity and talent.




    Belfast Exposed - The Exchange Place, 23 Donegal Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF


    Belfast Print Workshop Gallery - 30-42 Waring Street, Belfast, Antrim


    Catalyst Arts - 5 College Court Belfast, County Antrim BT1 6BS


    Engine Room Gallery - 414 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AB


    Dickon Hall Ltd (Crescent Arts Centre) - 2 University Road, Belfast, Antrim BT7 1NH


    Flax Art Studios - 44-46 Corporation Street, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 3DE


    Gerard Dillon Gallery - 216 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AH


    Golden Thread Gallery - 84-94 Great Patrick, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 2LU


    Naughton Gallery at Queen's - Lanyon Building, Queen's University, Belfast, BT7 1NN


    Ormeau Baths Gallery - 18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim


    Paragon Studios - 18 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GP


    Phoenix Gallery - Grand Opera House, Great Victoria St. Belfast BT2 7HR





    Ulster Museum - Botanic Avenue, Belfast


    Old Museum Arts Centre - 7 College Square North, Belfast


    Northern Ireland War Memorial - 21 Talbot Street, Belfast, County Antrim


    Royal Ulster Rifles Museum - 5 Waring Street, Belfast, County Antrim 


    Crumlin Road Gaol - Crumlin Rd, Belfast


    The People's Museum - Glencairn Road, Belfast, County Antrim


    Northern Ireland Museums Council - 6 Crescent Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim



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