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Belfast for romantics

Be inspired by legendary lovers, share oysters and escape to where you can be together alone, in and around Belfast

There’s something exciting about exploring a city, hand in hand, and Belfast has just the setting you need. Drop into the happy atmosphere in the great cafés and restaurants of the Cathedral Quarter when you want to have fun, then head out to the hills or the coast when you want time for yourselves

Titanic Quarter

Titanic Quarter

In the former dockyards, in what is now called the Titanic Quarter, the vast space that is Titanic Belfast offers up a fascinating, interactive insight into the building, history, fate and legacy of the world’s most famous ocean liner, built in Belfast over 100 years ago.

Wander the Slipways and Plaza together then take a look at the artefacts that offer a glimpse of the true story that inspired James Cameron’s romantic blockbuster movie. You can even stop off and treat yourselves to afternoon tea in the Titanic Suite – recreated with all the opulence of the original ship’s interior.

Titanic Belfast
1 Olympic Way
Queen’s Rd
Titanic Quarter
BT3 9EP
www.titanicbelfast.com

Stix and Stones

Stix and Stones

Even young lovers have to eat sometimes, and there are restaurants opening in Belfast all the time offering inspired new dining experiences.

One of the most recent celebrated successes has been Stix and Stones, a temple to steak cooked to perfection – by you! The large, modern restaurant offers a laidback and friendly welcome, but the attention to detail in the quality of the food is anything but relaxed. Whether you decide to order ‘on the stone’ (where you select a dry-aged Irish steak and cook it to your own taste at your table) or you choose one of the excellent seafood and vegetarian dishes ‘off the stone’, you won’t be disappointed. Perfect for a special meal.

Stix and Stones
44-46 Upper Queen St
BT1 6FD
www.stixandstonesbelfast.co.uk

Causeway Coastal Route

Causeway Coastal Route

If you’re really seeking time à deux, get outta town. With stunning road trip routes, boat tours and incredible clifftop paths, the coast north of Belfast is world famous for its raw beauty and ideal for swoonsome moments huddled together. Head out for a day trip to explore the great outdoors – follow The Gobbins Cliff Path, with bridges, caves and tunnels along the way, or stop off at the romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle or for lunch at the four-star Bushmills Inn. If it’s getting late, their hotel rooms have fabulous four-poster beds…

Causeway Coastal Route
Beginning in Belfast and ending in Derry~Londonderry, hugging the coastline and dipping inland to rural glens and villages for 195 miles.

www.ireland.com/a-giant-journey

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Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens

For classic rose garden romance, the Botanic Gardens is a favourite place for a spot of inner-city greenery. Take a turn around the elegant Palm House and imagine you’re the hero and heroine of a Victorian novel. Close to Queen’s University and the boho cafés of the surrounding area, the Botanic Gardens is also a popular spot for concerts and picnics in warmer months. If stepping back in time is your thing, Belfast Castle is a gem to visit all year round, too, whether it’s snow-covered at Christmas or basking in spring sunlight.

Botanic Gardens
College Park
Botanic Avenue
BT7 1LP
www.belfastcity.gov.uk

The Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel

From afternoon tea to five-star dining in the Great Room Restaurant, the old Merchant Hotel is a fabulous place for losing a couple of lovely hours by daytime, or for a special supper. The Champagne Lounge is open on Friday and Saturday evenings to get your night off to a sparkling start, and the Cocktail Lounge serves food too, if you want to stay put and see what the bartender can mix up for you. Looking for a more energetic way to toast the night-time? Get yourselves dressed for dancing and head to Limelight for gigs by upcoming and established bands, daring cabaret acts and some of the city’s best club DJs.

The Merchant Hotel
16 Skipper St
BT1 2DZ

www.themerchanthotel.com

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