All those things you think you know about Belfast? Forget them. The city is fantastic to visit. Rarely will you get a friendlier welcome. Throw in a fascinating recent history and great sport, and you have yourself a cracker.
For us, we'd choose a trip to Belfast over a visit to Dublin every time. It is the Glasgow to Scotland's Edinburgh. It is more affordable, it's a nicer city & it is more welcoming than the tourism honey pot south of the Border.
Served by two airports & a ferry terminal, the city is well connected & should feature on your shortlist should Ireland win the straw-poll for next years tour.
With the green hills, rivers, lakes, mountains and spectacular coastline, Ulster is the perfect setting for outward bound activities which contrasts well to the lively, cosmopolitan city of Belfast.
Ulster itself is a Rugby hotbed, with numerous clubs and schools treating the game like a religion. Indeed, a night at Ravenhill, or The Kingspan to give it it's horrific commercial pseudonym, is up there with any rugby spectating experience around.
1. Watch Ulster in action in the Guinness PRO 12
2. Visit the Interactive Titanic Experience
3. Black Cab City tours of Belfast
4. Outdoor activities at Escarmouche activity centre
5. A visit to the famous Giants Causeway & the nearby Bushmills Whiskey Distillery
Travelling by coach from England to Belfast isn't as daunting as it sounds. Stenaline run ferry crossings between Cairnryan in Scotland to Belfast and also Holyhead - Dublin. So coach transfers either side of your ferry crossing make Belfast very accessible.
Travelling via ferry opens up Belfast as a destination to many, as crossings from Stenaline can travelling directly to Belfast from Cairnryan in Scotland. Also teams from the South of England can cross between Holyhead or Liverpool to Dublin and take a coach transfer to Belfast.
Belfast International Airport provides the perfect opportunity for teams from a far to tour to Ireland. Long hauls can go via a pit stop at either Heathrow or Edinburgh. Alternatively, you can fly to Dublin and it is a short coach transfer up to Belfast.
A central and stylish accommodation, the Park Inn by Radisson Belfast suits the needs of both business and holiday guests. This sophisticated hotel is perfectly located for exploring all that Northern Ireland’s capital city has to offer. Close to George Best Belfast City Airport as well as Belfast International Airport, the Park Inn is convenient for incoming travellers. With bus and train stations a short walk away
The start of the Easter Holidays - The Ulster Men take on Cardiff Blues at the Kingspan Stadium which promises to be a physical encounter as two giants of the Guinness Pro 12 clash.
The Women's Rugby World Cup Semi Finals day will be held at the Kingspan Stadium in Ulster on the 22nd August 2017.
Finals day for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 will take place at the Kingspan Stadium on the 26th August 2017.