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Belfast In Your Pocket

Belfast In Your Pocket

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Essential city guide to the capital of Northern Ireland. Packed with information on the city, its history, sights, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Published locally and written by locals it comes out every two months. You can read it for free here, however.

Loads more great Belfast information can be found at www.inyourpocket.com.
Essential city guide to the capital of Northern Ireland. Packed with information on the city, its history, sights, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Published locally and written by locals it comes out every two months. You can read it for free here, however.

Loads more great Belfast information can be found at www.inyourpocket.com.

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N°44
belfast.inyourpocket.com
Hotels Restaurants Cafés Nihtlife Sihtseein Events Maps
BELFAST 
October - November 2012
 Whiskey a o-o
Drink in the city’s best emporiums
Friht Nihts
Get spooked with Belfast’sHallowe’en scene
Bankok Belles
The Lady Boys are back in town -amd we’re giving away tickets
NORTHERNIRELANdHIgHLIgHTS& HIddEN gEMS
Including
COMPLIMENTARY COPY 
 
3
Contents
October - November 2012
belfast.inyourpocket.com
Arriving & Basics
5
NI Railways & Metro Bus Map
8-10
Culture & Events 
11
Hallowe’en in Belfast 
14
Christmas in Belfast 
16
Sport & Leisure
18
History 
20
Belfast’s Quarters 
21
Contents
Titanic in Belfast 
22
Where to stay
25
Restaurants & Cafés
29
Nightlife
37
What to see 
42
Museums, parks and public art 
West Belfast & Shankill
 
49
Falls and Walls
NI Highlights & Hidden Gems 
51
Derry/Londonderry 
54
Shopping
58
Maps & Street Index
 
Northern Ireland
61
City Centre
64-65
 Greater Belfast 
66
Street Index
66
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
 
October - November 2012
belfast.inyourpocket.com
5
Arriving & BAsics
4
Foreword
Belfast
In Your Pocketbelfast.inyourpocket.com
It’s come over all golden as we welcome autumn’s glossy glow. Now’s the perfect time to head indoors and experiencesome of the city’s finest emporiums. And by that we meanatmospheric inns, hip hostelries and beautiful bars allstocked with the best of beers, ales and whiskies. Flickering  fires, traditional Irish music and achingly cool crowdscomplete the tourist-friendly scene. Flick to Nightlife (p.4)and find your own fave drinking den.Meanwhile, it’s the annual return of The Lady Boys of Bangkok who’ll be pitching their extremely glamorous tent at Custom House Square for two weeks in November. Expect a flurry of fabulous outfits, sleek song and dance routinesand lots of laughs. Find out more - and bag yourself a pair of tickets - on p.12.Before the grand dames arrival, prepare for some shocking sights and glittering lights as Hallowe’en events take over town. It’s candy apples ahoy on p.14. Then, whisper it, withthe imminent arrival of Mr. S Claus, start embracing the festive season with the switching on of the city’s ChristmasLights and arrival of City Hall’s ever popular ChristmasMarket. Jingle those bells on p.16.Belfast and NI Sightseeing highlights (from p.42 and p.51),including the opening of Crumlin Road Gaol (p.42) and acertain ship called Titanic (p.22), complete your autumnalextravaganza.Since it opened just over ayear ago, The Hudson Bar has fast become one of Belfast’scoolest hostelries. Its arrival at the heart of the old SmithfieldQuarter is spearheading a renaissance in the areawell ahead of the relocationof the University of Ulster and its thirsty students in2018.
Cover story
 
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
EditorialManaging Editor
Heidi McAlpin (+44) (0)7980 267233heidi.mcalpin@inyourpocket.com
Layout & Design
Vaida GudynaiteFor competitions and all the latest Belfast and NI tourism news...Find us onand/BELFASTIYP @BELFASTIYP 
Copyright notice
Text copyright Belfast In Your Pocket 2000-2012. Maps copyright NorthernIreland Tourist Board and Visit West Belfast. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any  form, except brief extracts for the purposeof review, without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner.The brand name In Your Pocket is usedunder license from UAB In Your Pocket (Bernardinu 9-4, Vilnius, Lithuania tel.(+370-5) 212 29 76).
Editor’s note
The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. We welcome all readers’comments and suggestions. We havemade every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going topress and assume no responsibility for changes and errors.
Belfast In Your Pocket
belfast@inyourpocket.comwww.inyourpocket.comISSN 1747-0021 © Belfast In Your Pocket Published six times per year.Next issue December 2012 - January 2013 
Published by 
In Your Pocket Ltd.
For all enquiries and commentscontact 
belfast@inyourpocket.com
It was 20 years ago this year that the first 
InYour Pocket
hit the streets of 
Vilnius
, Lithuania.Since then, we have grown to become the largest publisher of locally produced city guides in Europe.We now cover more than
75
cities across thecontinent (with
Ghent
, Belgium, the latest city tobe
pocketed 
) and the number of 
In Your Pocket
guides published each year is approaching anamazing 
five million
.Always an innovative publisher, we have just launched a new version of our 
iPhone app
, whichcan be downloaded for free from the
AppStore 
.Search for ‘IYP Guides’ by name.To keep up to date with all that’s new at 
In Your Pocket
,
like 
us on
Facebook
(facebook.com/ inyourpocket) or follow us on
Twitter
(twitter.com/ inyourpocket).
The World of In Your Pocket
CzechRepublicPolandRomaniaSerbiaBosnia
Kosovo
AlbaniaGreece
FYR Macedonia
BulgariaMontenegroItalyCroatiaSloveniaAustriaSwitzerlandUkraineBelarusLithuaniaLatviaEstoniaRussiaGermanyBelgiumNetherlandsNorthernIrelandIreland
By boat 
Ferry terminals are a swift 5-10min well-signposted drivenorth of the city centre.
Isle of Man: Steam Packet Company
(G-2), AlbertQuay, tel. (+44) (0)8722 992992, www.steam-packet.com.
(April-Sept.) c.3hr sailing to Douglas.
Scotland and Liverpool: Stena Line
 
(G-1), WestBank Rd, tel. (+44) (0)8447 707070, www.stenaline.co.uk.
Stena’s new Superfast ferries sail to Cairnryan in2hrs 15mins. They are the largest ships ever to sail theroute and include, among other delights, a Nordic spa, freewifi and the multi-sensory POD Lounge with games, internet and music. The Liverpool journey takes 8hrs (overnight or daytime options).
By taxi (incl. Taxi Tours)
Taxis range from the traditional black hack (see p.50) toconventional cars. The former can be hailed if the orange TAXIlight is on, the latter is more a phone and wait affair. Thesetried and trusted companies also run tours:
Fonacab (+44) (0)28 9033 3333, www.fonacab.comTaxi Trax (+44) (0)28 9031 5777, www.taxitrax.com
Border 
NI’s border with the Republic of Ireland is 360kms long fromCarlingford Lough in the south to Lough Foyle in the north.Crossing it is a seamless affair. Non-EU drivers should holdan International Driving License.
Drive on the left on bothsides of the border,
and look out for speed limit changes- marked in
kph
in the Republic of Ireland and
mph
in NI. A quick calculation is 100kph = 60mph (ie 3/5).
Car parking 
Approx. 1300 on-street city centre parking meters charge£1.20 per hour (free Sun and after 6pm) payable by coin, mo-bile or credit/debit card. Check street signs as many spacesare restricted by time and red-jacketed traffic wardens areomnipresent. Privately operated car parks vary in price fromthe affordable to the eye-watering.
Customs & Visas
Check the Imports & Exports section of the HM Customs &Excise website
www.hmce.gov.uk
. EU citizens, and those from most other western countries, do not usually require avisa. Check with the British Embassy in your home country or contact UK Visas,
www.ukvisas.gov.uk
.
By plane
George Best Belfast City Airport
H-1/2, tel.(+44) (0)28 9093 9093, www.belfastcityairport.com.
Named after the East Belfast-born footballing legend, this airport is just 3km east of the city centre,off the A2 Sydenham bypass. It has conference facili-ties, ATMs, foreign exchange, wifi, and a small selectionof shops and food outlets. To
get to town by bus
, hopon the Airport Express 600; tickets £2/3 single/return,buses run every 20mins peak times Mon-Sat, reducedservice Sun. Tickets can be purchased at the Airport TIC or on the bus. Approved airport 
taxis
charge c. £8 for the 10min ride into the city centre. You can take a less frequent 
train
into the city or, in the opposite direction, to
Holywood
and
Bangor,
 from the nearby 
Sydenham
halt.
Belfast International Airport
K/L-3, tel. (+44)(0)28 9448 4848, www.belfastairport.com.
Situated29km north of the city centre along the M2 motorway, fa-cilities include postal services, ATMs, currency exchange,a business lounge, wifi and a tourist information desk.
Toget to town by bus
, Airport Express 300 to the EuropaBuscentre runs every 15mins at peak times Mon - Fri,(reduced frequency Sat & Sun) and hourly through thenight. The 30-40min journey costs £7/10 single/return.A taxi to the city centre takes 30mins and costs c.£30;a list of other sample fares is displayed in the exit hall.
By train & by bus
Translink (tel. (+44) (0)28 9066 6630, www.translink.co.uk)
operates all NI bus and rail services; itsthree main Belfast transport hubs are listed below. Thereare
no left luggage facilities
at any Translink stations.
Belfast Central Rail Station
D-2, East Bridge St.
All major destinations are served such as Derry (including a picturesque portion of the North Coast) and Dublin (ac.2hr journey on the flagship Enterprise service). ATMsdispense Euros and £Sterling. Keep your rail ticket for a free bus ride into town via any Metro service outside themain entrance. Alternatively, turn left outside the mainentrance and take a 10min stroll into the city centre.
Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria StreetRail Station
 
B-2, Great Victoria St.
Buses from thecity’s most centrally located transport hub serve theSouth and West, including Dublin, Derry, and Belfast andDublin airports. National Express buses from GB andcontinental Europe also terminate here. The Gt. VictoriaSt. railway stop is at the far end of the concourse.
Laganside Buscentre
D-1, Donegall Quay.
Thecity’s second shiny bus station serves the Northand East including Portrush, Bangor and the ArdsPeninsula.
Belfast Weather
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Conference facilities
R
Internet 
L
Parking 
F
Fitness centre
K
Restaurant 
J
City centre location
D
Sauna
C
Swimming pool
M
Metro Bus
W
Wifi
Y
Belfast Visitor Pass
h 
Admission free
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