We ended up making a flying visit to Belfast last November and while we set off with little expectations of seeing much of this lovely city in 24 hours we ended up thoroughly enjoying our stay. The dada Fairy was on business so we were tagging along to keep him company.
Way back before kids I worked in Belfast for a time so know the city pretty well, always enjoy my visits there, this one being the first with kids in tow!
Where we stayed
We booked last minute on booking.com. There was very little choice so last minute so we took the only suitable place we could find! The Clayton Hotel it was.
- Location was central
- Child friendly
- Good breakfast included in rate
- Could have been how late in the day we booked but the room was tiny for the 4 of us.
- The parking situation – appreciate you are in a city but the parking is a huge public multi story behind the hotel which I wouldn’t fancy having to go back to my car in the dark to get something its quite eerie!
Overall, stay was fine, would stay there again, kids also enjoyed and location as very convenient for us.
Where we ate
This was absolute highlight of the trip! We ate at a restaurant called Fratellis across from the Europa hotel. The kids are still talking about this place. Its is quite possibly the most kid friendly place we have ever eaten. The kids menu was set price Stg£7.99 and included a starter – Garlic bread or dough balls and mains was either pasta or make your own pizza. There was no contest! It was make your own pizza. The little men were given aprons and chefs hat and their selection of topping to make their own pizza at the table. Following this they were served ice cream and a babycinno! The adults had an equally enjoyable dinner, with the kids so excited and preoccupied, there might have been wine and cocktails and 3 courses for us too. No mean feat with 2 busy kids in tow! If you are ever in Belfast with the kids a visit is a must, do bear in mind it does get very very busy. We were there on a Saturday and had a bit of a wait for a dinner not a issue for us as it gave us time to sample some of the delicious cocktails on offer!
What we did
No trip to Belfast is complete with a trip to the Titanic museum. The boys are probably a little young to fully appreciate this fabulous attraction. The tour itself was an hour long taking you on a journey to follow in the footsteps of those who took the fateful trip. The experience itself really draws you in from the moment you begin.
It is really interactive and engaging. You do it as your own pace which is ideal with kids, its also very buggy friendly. Price wise its pricey enough for adults at Stg£17.50 however kids under 5 are free. They have lots of different events on like afternoon tea for Mothers Day or Valentines which I can imagine would be very enjoyable in this setting. We didn’t get to sample the on site eateries this time, maybe next time!