With it’s gorgeous lochs and rolling green hills, Scotland has always held a reputation for being a popular travel destination. However, the small capital of Scotland hadn’t always maintained that same reputation until more recently.
With more and more cruise liners porting nearby, local residents of Belfast are starting to see a much larger influx of foreign tourists. The small town of only about 300,000 inhabitants aren’t used to such a large amount of visitors as they were a fairly rare sight in the past few decades.
Locals have noticed a few changes in Belfast since the tourism scene was revamped to order to encourage and accommodate the increase in visitors. One of these major changes has been in the food scene. There has been a new focus and emphasis on quality cuisine that has enough variety and luxury for enticing foreign tourists. In fact, Belfast has recently seen the opening of two restaurants, OX and Deanes Restaurant, that are both Michelin-starred.
The city of Belfast is colloquially called the city of seven quarters for its each unique divisions. For those tourists looking for the most active scene, the Cathedral Corner features several bars, clubs and tasteful restaurants. The Titanic Quarter, as it is appropriately named, saw the construction of the infamous cruise liner bearing the same name. While ship manufacturing has decreased in the recent years, this area is still a beautiful reminder of the city’s rich history.
While the United Kingdom has earned a reputation for being fairly expensive for travel, visitors will be happy to know that Belfast is very affordable in contrast. With rents being almost a third lower than fellow Scottish cities and over half lower than those in London, this affordability may add another boost to Belfast’s growing tourist scene.