Nearest town: Belfast (2m by car from city centre), Antrim County, Northern Ireland
Opening times: Winter – 0630-2130; Summer: 0530-2030
Longest runway: 1829m, Grooved Asphalt
Fuel: AVTUR (JP1)
Phone: 02890 939093 (Administration), 02890 454871 (ATC)
Landing fees: £12.00 per half tonne or part thereof for aircraft up to 2 tonnes and £23.60 per tonne or part thereof for aircraft over 2 tonnes
- Handling: Airside Standards (02890 935027)
- Taxis: There is a taxi rank immediately outside the terminal building
- Car Hire: Budget (02890 451111, www.budget-ireland.co.uk), Europcar (02890 450904, www.europcar.com), Hertz (02890 732451, www.hertz.co.uk), National (02890 739400, www.nationalcar.co.uk)
- Facilities at airport: Food court, deli, bar, coffee pub, shopping, tourist information centre, bureau de change, ATM, wi-fi
- Auntie Annies, 44, Dublin Road, Belfast (02890 50166)0. Very friendly pub with a disco, that caters to a youngish crowd
- The John Hewitt, 51, Donegall Street, Belfast (02890 233768, www.thejohnhewitt.com). A quiet sort of community pub where you can enjoy some local ales. Often hosts literary or artistic displays.
- Beatrice Kennedys, 44, University Road, Belfast (02890 202290, www.beatricekennedy.co.uk) This cosy little restaurant serves up some excellent modern Irish food using local produce, at reasonable prices. There is also a good choice of mid-priced wines.
- Mourne Seafood Bar, 34 Bank Street, Belfast (02890 248544, www.mourneseafood.com). As the name indicates, seafood is the focus here – especially mussels, which they are renowned for. The flipside is that this is one of the most popular restaurants in Belfast and waiting times tend to be long.
- Feed the Soul at Espresso Soul, 4B, Cromac Quay, Belfast (02890 327474). If all you’re looking for is a light bite, this comfortable cafe does some good sandwiches and light eats.
- Ten Square, 10, Donegall Square South, Belfast (02890 241001, www.tensquare.co.uk). A relative new comer to Belfast, this chic Boutique hotel with 23 rooms has quickly made a name for itself as a stylish, yet comfortable destination.
- The Old Rectory, 148, Malone Road, Belfast (02890 667882, www.anoldrectory.co.uk). Originally an old rectory in the early 20th C., this is now a friendly B&B with large, quirkily decorated rooms and stained glass windows. The Old Rectory is especially noted for its breakfasts, although they are quite strict about the timings!
- The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast (02890 311588, www.fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com). Elegant luxury hotel with wi-fi and all other amenities, ideal for those who want to stay in the centre of things.
- Belfast offers a very good choice of at least 20 golf courses, to suit golfers of all abilities. More details can be had at http://www.uk-golfguide.com/northern_ireland/belfast~25102_area_courses.html
- Visit The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (www.magni.org.uk). Voted the Irish museum of the year, this museum has excellent exhibits on the life and changing traditions of the people of Northern Ireland.
- Go pub hopping – Northern Ireland has some of the highest concentrations of pubs in the UK. www.belfastbar.co.uk is devoted exclusively to pubs in Belfast.
- Belfast is a good base for those interested in exploring outdoor activities on Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast.