Belfast International Airport, formerly known and often still referred to as Aldergrove Airport, is a major commercial airport serving the city of Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. It is located immediately to the east of the village of Aldergrove, 21.3 km northwest of Belfast. Belfast International Airport is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland.
What to see & do
Belfast is one of UK's most visited cities. There are several tour bus companies and boat tours that run in the city throughout the year. For more information about these, a large tourist information centre at Donegall Place may be useful for first-time visitors.
Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park - In South Belfast is the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, featuring 0.53 km2 of woodland, meadows, riverside fields, a walled garden, and a Japanese garden. There is also a coffee shop and a children's playground. The best-known feature of the park is The City of Belfast International Rose Garden, boasting over 40,000 roses during the summer. Also on the grounds of Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park is the Wilmont House, built in the early 1760s by the Stewarts, a Scottish farming family.
Belfast Zoological Gardens - Belfast Zoo is located on the northeastern slope of Cavehill, overlooking the Antrim Road. The environment in the zoo is quite unique in that it is tranquil, as the 55-acre site is situated in a relatively secluded area. At present, over 1,200 animals from 140 species live inside the zoo, including the Western lowland gorilla, Lion-tailed macaque, Red titi monkey, Javan brown langur, Asian elephant, spectacled bear, and Californian sea lion. Majority of these species are in danger in their natural habitat. The Belfast Zoo also has a farm housing domestic animals such as Shetland ponies, miniature donkeys, ferrets, rabbits, and barn owls.
Grand Opera House - The Grand Opera House is a theatre designed by renowned English theatrical architect and designer, Frank Matcham (1854 - 1920). The auditorium is described by the Theatres Trust as "probably the best surviving example in the United Kingdom of the oriental style applied to theatre architecture."
How to get around within Belfast
Belfast is served by an urban bus network called Metro. These buses follow colour-coded high frequency routes and radiate from the city centre. They run from 6AM until 11PM, and usually either start or pass through the Donegall Square. Note that buses and trains do not operate late at night, so the only other option then is to take a taxi or walk. Belfast is small enough to be navigated by foot, so the latter option is very plausible. If you don't have much time to dawdle or figure out where to go and how to get there, joining open-top 'Belfast Sightseeing' bus tours is recommended. Another type of tour, unique in Belfast, is the Black Taxi tour. These tours are provided by friendly regular taxi drivers, and can be arranged by most hostels, hotels, or the tourist office.
How to get there
Belfast International Airport receives flights departing from Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Kraków, Liverpool, London, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris, Reykjavik, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Katowice, and Vilnius. Airlines providing regular scheduled services to Belfast include easyJet, Jet2.com, and Wizz Air. Seasonal commercial service and seasonal charter service are handled by Pegasus Airlines, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Wizz Air, SunExpress, Aegean Airlines, and BH Air.