Information & Facts
Belfast's climate is temperate, with plenty of rainfall,
particularly between August and January. Temperatures in summer
average around 64°F (18°C) and in winter, 43°F (6°C); there are
seldom extremes. There is some snow and sleet in winter, but due to
Belfast's coastal location, it only averages two to three days a
Although a relatively car-dependent city, most of the city
centre of Belfast is reserved for pedestrians and is fairly
compact; visitors can tour it on foot in about one hour. Belfast
Metro is the local bus service, and its Smartlink cards and Metro
Day Tickets offer visitors good value, depending on the length of
stay. The Metro includes a nightlink service, although connections
between different suburbs can be poor. Taxis have colour-coded
plates to enable visitors to recognize legitimate services, while
London-style Black Taxis offer a less expensive alternative.
Open-top bus tours, boat tours, and bicycle hire are also
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Belfast is a great place for travellers to enjoy sightseeing as
they layout of the city and its public transport make it easy for
visitors to get from the centre of Belfast to the surrounding
suburbs within 20 minutes, even during rush-hour.
Take a trip to City Hall to admire the turn of the century
British architecture or enjoy a tour, or simply view the memorial
to the victims of the ill-fated Titanic (which was built in
Belfast) and a statue of Queen Victoria. Head to Cathedral Quarter
where the beautiful St Anne's Cathedral provides a wonderful
backdrop for the small shops, boutiques, galleries and eateries
lining the streets around it, and take in the magnificent
architecture in the area which is marketed s Belfast's 'cultural'
For a more relaxing day of sightseeing, visit the Botanic
Gardens with a book and a packed lunch, head to the Falls Road or
Shankill to see some of the world's finest political murals, animal
lovers should visit the Belfast Zoo to meet the famous prairie dogs
that run free around the zoo's grounds and the Barbary lions, and
opera lovers will be thrilled at the opportunity to visit the Grand
Opera House for a tour or a performance.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).