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1. Posted by angel88 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

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Dear All,
Please help us with a few good tips for our Ireland trip. Especially for Belfast (Pubs, restaurants, seightseing, clubs) Dublin (the same) and the south (nice places to stay).

Thank you!:)
Stefanie

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

Kinsale in Co Cork is great!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Belfast is much smaller than Dublin, but it has some great spots. My favourite restaurant is The Nothern Whig, although it's a bit pricy. You can find tons of great little places along Botanic Avenue, though. Beware: they eat french fries with EVERYTHING. As for clubs, there's a place called the Limelight with great music and a packed dance floor, and another called Auntie Annie's where you can just sit and talk (or, on occassion, scream over the noise). Again, walk up and down Botanic Avenue and take your pick.

In Belfast itself, the Ulster Museum is a great spot to spend a day, and you can walk up to Cave Hill and also visit Belfast zoo. Take a day trip to the Mourne Mountains (esp. Silent Valley), and definitely head up the Antrim Coast to Giant's Causeway. It's a bit of a trip (3 hours by bus/train) but it's breathtaking. If you're going after April (?), the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge should be open, too. Bushmill's distillery is also not far from there.

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Oh you have me on my soap box now!! I live & work in Belfast and have been around Ireland quite a bit (so if you need other info feel free to send me a msg!)

BELFAST

Italian - Speranza - Shaftesbury Square - no reservations - reasonably priced
Thai - Suwanna - Great Victoria St - booking isnt always needed
Fusion - Cayanne - Great Victoria St - booking required - more expensive
Indian - Ginger Root - Great Victoria St - booking not always needed
Italian - Cafe Milano - Lisburn Rd

Bars

Apartment - food and bar - quite trendy - Donegal Square
Bar Bacca - bar - off Bedford St - attached Club La Lea
Crown Bar - most famous in Belfast - Great Victoria St - national trust pub - most tourist end up here!
Irene & Nans - bar & food off Bedford St

You want to check out areas Dublin Road, Great Victoria St, Shaftesbury Square, Lisburn Road, Stranmillis Road - great places for restaurants & bars.

Dublin - ate in great Thai there in Dec - Siam Thai - l think its Andrew St. Also lots of places in Temple Bar area to eat and drink - although be aware the prices can be hiked as it is a known tourist hotspot.

I def would agree with the other posting - Kinsale which is quite close to Cork - is fantastic a great foodie paradise especially if you like Seafood!

I hope you find this useful - if you need any more info get into!

Purdy

5. Posted by angel88 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Dear All,

Thank you so much for all your information...it really helps us to plan our trip better.

Purdy:
Thank you for these good tips. the only bad thing is that we are just for one day in belfast (4.3.06) we will leave belfast in the morning of 5.march!!!!So what we do have to see absolutly??I am very interested in the history of northern ireland too, are there any historical spots we do have to visit??
Regards,
Stefanie ;)

6. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Do you already have a place to stay?
I stayed at the avelon house/ hostel and liked that very much..

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting purdy

Apartment - food and bar - quite trendy - Donegal Square

Oooo - they make a fabulous chilli martini. Best drink I've ever had!

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Oh lve spent many a fab night in the Apartment - havent been in ages tho rumour has it that the crowd has got quite rough. The do amazing chilli & sour cream HUGE potatoe wedges!

Purdy