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Last updated: 27 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

Towering above the city’s streets, Belfast’s ultra-modern Grand Central hotel oozes Manhattan chic whilst keeping a reassuringly Irish informal vibe.

The 300 bedrooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows that give incredible views over the rooftops and out towards the distant Mourne Mountains.

For a martini with a difference, head up to the top floor Observatory bar, which the tallest cocktail lounge in Ireland.

Location-wise, you’re in the Linen Quarter, so all of the city’s sights are just a short saunter away – one of Belfast’s best pubs, the Crown Liquor Saloon, is right around the corner, and St George’s Market is just a few minutes’ walk.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
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)[0.8 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)[1.7 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 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)[0.2 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)[0.2 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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St George’s Market

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 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

Inside the Duke of York bar in Belfast

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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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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