Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Look no further. Niamh Burns of the Conference Committee and city resident has compiled the following short guide.
See you in Belfast!
Titanic Walking Tour (www.titanicwalk.com)
According to its website the Titanic Walking Tour has recently been voted no.1 tourist attraction on tripadvisor. The walk is not onerous, covering 1 mile over flat ground and time commitment is limited to 2 hours. The itinerary includes the Titanic Quarter, the Drawing Offices and the Slipway.
South Belfast's Lisburn Road is the city’s home for designer boutiques, art galleries, fabulous home accessories and exquisite shoes, jewels and lingerie. Bespoke baby gifts, sumptuous chocolates and relaxing day spas are all there for the taking. The road is easily walkable and with an array of cafes, bars and restaurants your shopping trip will be enhanced by fine food and cocktails. And who knows it might be a fine enough day sip that cappuccino or margarita alfresco and soak up the atmosphere!
A short stroll from the Europa is St Georges Market with over 250 stalls. Refurbished extensively in 1997 it is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest variety markets. Shoppers can enjoy the range of fine foods and crafts whilst sampling fine coffee served up with live jazz, flamenco or local Irish music. On Sunday, it operates as an antiques market and on a Friday it opens at 6.00 am so delegates can fit it in before the Conference starts!
Billed as the “only authentic jazz bar in Belfast” Bert’s Bar is a luxury within the ultimate luxury of the Merchant Hotel. Although situated in Belfast’s vibrant cathedral quarter you could be forgiven for thinking you were in an intimate New York jazz bar. Heralded for it famous cocktails and dynamite G & T’s why not visit and tap your feet to the daily live jazz.
A quirky way to see key Belfast landmarks such as the Lagan Lookout and Weir, the Waterfront Hall, the Lagan Reach, St. George's Market, St. Anne's Cathedral, the Old Cathedral Quarter the Belfast City Hall and the famous Harland & Wolff Cranes is by way of the “Duckling” – The tour takes one hour and conveniently leaves from the City Centre at frequent intervals. Don’t forget to pack your waterproofs…..!