Clayton Hotel, Belfast
48 hours with the Clayton Hotel, Belfast.
When your getaways are rare, make every second count. The 4* Clayton Hotel is ideal for making the most of a 48-hour Belfast break. It's only two hours’ drive north of Dublin and sits within easy walking distance of almost every attraction.
Start by getting a list of must-sees from the Belfast Welcome Centre just a few minutes’ walk from your hotel. Start your Belfast City break with a foodie experience like no other, take this opportunity to experience the wonderful aromas and gourmet delights on offer at St.George’s Market. Browse the tempting food stalls at your own pace, or alternatively take a food tour ‘off the eaten track’ and walk off those delightful bites.
Hop on a metro city bus to Titanic Quarter and visit the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction; Titanic Belfast, a must-see visitor experience – immerse yourself maritime style and the explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began.
After a busy day, take this opportunity to relax and rejuvenate at the Club Vitae and enjoy all of the fantastic leisure and spa facilities on offer. A spot of retail therapy before you head out for the evening is sure to put an autumn spring in your step! The city offers an unrivalled shopping experience; – For something special a must-visit is Victoria Square Belfast with over 60 stores, including House of Fraser and top brand names, it really is shopping heaven! Afterwards take the elevator up to the glass dome for a 360° amazing panoramic view of Belfast.
No Belfast city break would be complete without visiting the cobbled streets of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter. These formerly-industrial cobbled streets are now the much-loved cultural heart of the city. First stop is Belfast Cathedral Church of Saint Anne, a Romanesque building built over a period of 80 years and the focal point of this quarter – uncover its impressive history and take a self-guided tour around its beautiful surroundings (last audio tour at 16:45).
Enjoy a meal at Hadskis, an eclectic dining room with a great kitchen counter and an ever changing menu of daily specials alongside some classic European dishes. Or dine among the crisp white linens of Deane’s Eipic. This eatery glitters with awards, with a coveted Michelin star and the title of Best Restaurant in Ulster from the FOOD & WINE Awards 2016.
Immerse yourself in the modern arts or take in a show at The Mac.
If you are a night owl then the evening has only just begun as you walk through the streets in the historic ‘half bap’ area and enter its alleyways into the unknown!
Enjoy the craic at traditional music sessions at the Duke of York, and much-loved watering holes like Bert’s Jazz Bar at the AA 5 Red Star Merchant Hotel. Or visit the famous Game of Thrones® Door at The Dark Horse.
Start the day off with an energy boosting vitality breakfast at the Clayton before lacing up your hiking boots with an energetic hike up the Belfast Hills – Divis Mountain. Providing a tranquil contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life, only minutes from the city centre, you can choose from a range of hikes with breath-taking views overlooking the city. Stop off at the Divis Coffee Barn for a well-earned rest and warm cup of hot chocolate before setting off on your next adventure.
Visit Crumlin Road Gaol for a 5* visitor attraction experience. One of Belfast's most historic buildings dating back to the nineteenth century you can explore first-hand the building's colourful past and gain a unique and memorable insight of the daily lives and routines of both prisoners and prison officers. The tours of the hanging cell and courthouse tunnels make it a must-see for history buffs.
Pop into the Cathedral Quarter’s Muddlers Club for a fresh tasty lunch, only established in 2015, winner of Best Restaurant at the Ulster Tatler Awards 2016. Choose from the very best of home-grown produce handpicked by head the chef himself and enjoy a theatre like open kitchen as you watch your chosen meal transformed into a mouth-watering yet simple dish.
Discover Belfast’s leafy Queen’s Quarter; a treasure trove of shops, cafés, glorious gardens and visitor attractions. Dive into the discovery zones of art, history and science at the Ulster Museum and see a world that captivates the curious, history buffs and arts lovers alike. Don’t miss the Game of Thrones® Tapestry immortalised into a giant, Bayeux style tapestry, exceeding 77 metres. This epic tapestry brings to life the infamous events, locations and story of the most popular television series of all time.
Visit the Lyric Theatre, named the region’s Most Welcoming Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015 and 2016. Learn about its magnificent history with a behind-the-scenes-tour and stop off the café bar to admire the beautiful views of the city.
Stop in for a pint and some hearty classic pub food at Crown Liquor Saloon only five minutes from your hotel. A traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales, both priceless and ageless, a gem of Victoriana and one of its kind!
For an evening of eclectic fusion of the cultural arts, Belfast International Arts Festival the city’s longest-running international arts festival runs citywide throughout October.