Northern Ireland's capital has seen vast regeneration of late and is now a buzzing city with cutting edge restaurants and bars. Yet Belfast is rightly proud of its fascinating Victorian industrial heritage and unique Titanic connection.

Belfast has restaurants, pubs and cafes throughout the city, so it won't be hard to find something to suit both your taste and your pocket. The famous Golden Mile is still the place for restaurants, but try the Cathedral Quarter for lively pubs. The more adventurous can seek out the alleyways of the Entries for a typical Irish pub, full of atmosphere and character.

For retail therapy try the main shopping thoroughfare that runs from Donegal Place to Royal Avenue, or the new Victoria Square centre. For chic boutiques, head to the south of the city to Lisburn Road in the Queen's Quarter.