Hostels in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Get to know Belfast (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Belfast.

 Get to know Belfast (no more

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom and it's where you'll find the most hostels of any city in the country. It is still a small city, where it is possible to see the sights by walking around the city centre. Must-sees in the city centre include the magnificent Town Hall (tours are available), the Titanic Quarter (a museum dedicated to the building and history of the Titanic), and the (free!) Ulster Museum of Natural History.

Many tourists visit Belfast for the history of the Titanic, and for the history of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) troubles between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The troubled history is clear in Belfast, with murals depicting the violence and bombings that occurred during this difficult time. There are many tours dedicated to the murals and their history, as well as general walking tours of the city, its history, and architecture.

Many visitors also come to Belfast to head to the northern coast to see the famed Giant's Causeway. The Giant's Causeway is a natural phenomenon caused by ancient volcanic activity. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is often featured on places-you-must-see lists.

The vistas are incredible, as are the mythological stories that explain the Causeway. According to the Gaelic myth, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by the giant Fionn MacCool. He built the causeway to connect Northern Ireland through the North Channel to Scotland, so that the two giants could meet and fight. There are conflicting stories about who did win that fight. Also worth visiting is the Carrick-a-Rede bridge, a precarious rope bridge that connects the mainland to the minuscule island of Carrick-a-Rede. You don't need a car to reach the Giant's Causeway, as there are many day-long and half-day bus tours that operate from the city centre.

There are many Belfast hostels located in the city centre. It is very easy to get around the city centre -- it is easy to walk and there are frequent buses that can take you to your Belfast hostel of choice. It is also easy to link to the city centre from the Belfast Airport, and there are direct buses and affordable taxis. Be sure to research ahead of time to be sure your arrival is smooth. Belfast is a popular tourist locale, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

Written by local enthusiast for Belfast hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Belfast hostels Shannon Neuber

FAQ about Belfast Hostels

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A hostel in Belfast costs $32 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Belfast costs $89. (based on price comparison)
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Belfast Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Belfast, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
6 Total number of hostels
$32 Average dorm price
$89 Average private room price
$26 Cheapest hostel in Belfast
Lagan Backpackers is the cheapest
7.7 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Belfast - from the Community

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