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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

There’s a palpable atmosphere of seduction from the moment you walk into the Fitzwilliam, with huddled conversations taking place by the warmth of the lobby fire, or by flickering candlelight in the cocktail bar. This is a place where people dress up for a pre-dinner gimlet, before heading out to soak up the Belfast nightlife.

While some hotels in the Cathedral Quarter can feel cramped, this 113-room hotel is refreshingly spacious, with killer views of the city skyline from the higher floors and the restaurant, where you’ll have a great vantage point of the turquoise dome of City Hall, right around the corner.

This area doesn’t have the raucous charm of the Cathedral Quarter, but you still have some of the city’s best bars and restaurants on your doorstep, and some fantastic independent boutiques just a 2-minute stroll around the corner on Wellington Street.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Belfast’s Street Art

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.9 miles]

Discover Belfast’s vibrant and fascinating street art, and the stories behind them, on tours led by local artists.

Best for ages: 8+ | £15 | 1 hour

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Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[1.5 miles]

Belfast’s imposing former prison offers a haunting peek into the city’s tumultuous history, from famous inmates to infamous riots.   

Best for ages: 13+ | £12

Titanic Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[2.1 miles]

Standing where the Titanic was built, this moving, interactive exhibition tells the story of the giant cruiser’s construction and sinking.

Best for ages: 4+ | £20

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Street view of the colourful Crown Bar decorated in full colour

Crown Bar

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.1 miles]

A Victorian ‘Gin Palace’, restored to its original glory by the National Trust and now a Belfast landmark. The elaborate interiors feature colourful mosaics, stained-glass windows, decorative ceilings, and snugs lit by gas lamps.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Side view of the city hall during the day

Belfast City Hall

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.3 miles]

Take a free tour of Belfast’s baroque City Hall, dating back to 1906, with impressive interiors to match the elegant, Edwardian frontage.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Duke of York Pub

Duke of York Pub

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

One of the oldest pubs in Belfast, the Duke of York is a traditional boozer found down a cobbled alleyway, with well-worn seats, antique memorabilia and an old printing press in the corner. On sunny days, people take their drinks out to the flower-lined courtyard.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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St George’s Market

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.8 miles]

This historic Victorian market is filled with local crafts, the best Belfast produce and a jostling gaggle of local food-lovers.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)

Northern Ireland’s capital makes for a surprisingly arty city break, with convivial and cosy pubs, elegant architecture and cutting-edge cuisine.

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