How about a 2 night weekend for 2 in Northern Ireland’s capital city this Spring for under £160 including flights, transfers, hotel and activities? Read on!
Welcome to Fly Away Fridays. Every week I pick a random weekend and find the cheapest flights/destination and work out some Save, Spend and Splurge options for you to explore that city.
Flights, transfers, hotels and an activity will be included each week and all prices will be correct as of the day it’s published (bear in mind with cheap flights they can go up or down in price quite rapidly). All costs will also be based on 1 adult and 1 (6 year old) child as that’s how I roll but I’ll include the prices so you can quickly work out how much it will cost if you’re a couple/bigger family etc.
I won’t be including the cost of travel to the airport/airport parking as obviously everyone lives in different places and has different transport options. I also won’t be including the price of food so make sure you add these into your calculations based on your family or group.
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th March 2019.
FLIGHTS: COST £51.86 1 x adult and 1 x child return inc hand luggage and reserved seats
Manchester to Belfast with Ryanair
Friday Outbound: Dept – 4.25pm Arrive 5.30pm
Sunday Inbound: Dept 3:25pm Arrive 4.30pm
If you have the whole of Friday off work and fancy an earlier start there’s also a flight at 8.15am from Manchester that’s the same cost.
While a lot of the flights I find are one off bargains these fares are available for almost every weekend throughout late winter/early spring so even if you can’t travel on these particular dates it’s worth checking out the route for another weekend.
TRANSFERS: COST £16.50 return. (Adult £11.00/Child £5.50)
Belfast City Airport is around 30 minutes drive away from the central bus station with Translink.
STAY: £90 (2 people for 2 nights).
Belfast is not the place for a super cheap hotel so if you’re looking for a bargain when it comes to resting your head you may want to look elsewhere. Most B&B’s and homestays are around the £100 – £150 mark for a 2 night weekend stay and the chain hotels (Ibis/Radissons etc) between £150 – £250.
SAVE: £90 There are a fair few guest houses to be found on places like booking.com for £80 – £90 or if you love an AirBnB like me there are some great options for around the same price (rising to about £110 with cleaning fee)
SPEND: £160 There are quite a lot of mid-range options out there on the hotel booking sites but one that did catch my eye in that price range is the Brookhill Apartments. It’s got a 9.7 rating on booking.com and is a maisonette with a separate bedroom/lounge and diner, always a great option when travelling with kids.
- SPLURGE: £252. If you want a relaxing break in opulent surroundings you need to head to the Europa Hotel. It’s famous for being the most bombed hotel in Europe (admittedly probably not the best title to have earned) but don’t let that put you off. From pop stars to politicians they’ve all stayed here (I even managed to spot a few celebs during my visit) and I can understand why. I stayed in one of their executive rooms (£342) and the bed was the biggest I have ever seen (and I own a super king myself), the slippers and gowns fluffy, the food delicious and I love their gimmick of having a rubber duck in every room.
It’s their little extras, such as the welcome tray of chocolates in your room to the whisky at breakfast that really put this hotel above the rest and worth a bit of a splurge if you can afford it.
ACTIVITIES: Free (Save Option)
There’s a lot to do in Belfast from walks around the docks to day trips to the famous Giant’s Causeway so take a look around for what floats your boat but here are a few of my top options.
Head to the Ulster Museum where entry is free for a few hours of entertainment for the kids. From Dinosaurs to Mummys (the Egyptian kind not Yummy ones) there’s plenty to see and do.
SPEND: £15 – £30
Sticking with the museum theme there are lots of great museums for all ages and all interests in Belfast such as
- Titanic Museum. See where the ill-fated unsinkable ship was built and discover all about it, a must do while in the city. £18.50 adult/£8 child.
- Belfast Gaol. The jail turned museum hosts daily guided tours. £9 adult/ £6.50 child.
- Ulster Transport Museum. If your mini adventurer is anything like mine, a day of looking at planes, trains and automobiles is just up their street so this may just be the perfect spot. Adults £9/Children £5.50.
Or if animals are your thing make it a trip to the zoo for a very reasonable £19.50 for 1 adult and 1 childs ticket.
Whether you’re a rugby fan or not a trip to Kingspan to watch Ulster Rugby play will definitely be a memorable occasion. You’ll no doubt meet some characters in the locals, experience a fantastic atmosphere and who knows you may even find a new favourite sport. Seated tickets in the family stand cost £29 for adults and £15 for children.
TOTAL – 1 x Adult and 1 x (6 year old) Child
What would you recommend doing while in Belfast, let us know in the comments!