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Hire a car in Belfast

Belfast has undergone a dramatic transformation, shifting from avoided city to highly-rated destination.

Belfast is basking in a new reputation and its positive spotlight is only getting brighter. Once known for hardline divisions and relentless conflict, the city has redeveloped itself into a vibrant tourist hub and top blockbuster location.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Belfast?
A. Four to five days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Belfast?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Belfast?
A. Budget is the cheapest car rental brand in Belfast, offering cars from just £7 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Giant’s Causeway

One of the UK’s greatest attractions and Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, this strange geological formation attracts visitors from all over the globe. The site’s mythical landscape of hexagonal tubes, pieced together like a puzzle, has spurred an array of tales throughout history.

Scientists have concluded that the 40,000 basalt stone columns were left behind after intense volcanic activity around 60 million years ago.

However, its name comes from the legend that Ireland’s giant Finn McCool created the causeway in order to reach Scotland and battle his enemy, the Scottish giant Benandonner.

Regardless of whether you choose to believe the science or folklore, Giant’s Causeway is an astonishing site.

Coastside Drive

  • Belfast International Airport

    Belfast International is located 30km outside of Belfast.

  • Car hire pick up point

    All car hire desks are located in the arrivals hall.

  • The Gobbins – 58km

    A stunning and challenging cliff-face path, which will take you along bridges, caves and tunnels.

  • The Glens of Antrim  – 57km

    The coastal road passes through these nine lush green glens, each with its own charm and unique landscape.

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge  – 33km

    Suspended 30m above sea level, a rope bridge connects the fishing island of Carrick-a-Rede to the mainland.

  • Dunluce Castle  – 18km

    A medieval Irish castle on the Antrim coast, dramatically poised on a cliff edge overlooking the sea.

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Not to be missed

Fermanagh Lakelands

The Fermanagh Lakelands are an idyllic piece of natural beauty. After the bustle of Belfast, the slow pace of life here will encourage you to relax and immerse yourself in the landscape. Enjoy a range of activities, from canoeing and fishing to food tours, through Fermanagh’s eco-friendly travel and tourism initiatives. 135km inland from Belfast, nearby attractions include castles and caves.

Local knowledge

Historic sites

Titanic Belfast – has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. The architecturally triumphant building houses a collection of artifacts, passenger stories and replicas of original architecture from the ship. The museum is in the Titanic quarter of Belfast, beside the historic docks where the famous ship’s construction took place.

Peace Walls – There are still around 100 “peace walls” spread throughout Belfast, echoing the city’s past troubles. The first walls were built in 1969, as a temporary solution to separating Republicans and Loyalists. Despite their still continued presence, gates now give way between neighbourhoods. They have become a large part of the city’s tourism industry and you will find the majority of Belfast’s street art and murals coating the walls.

Belfast Castle – is located in the southern slopes of Cave Hill Country Park. The original castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century. After burning down in 1708, it was relocated and rebuilt in Belfast’s suburbs.

Brewery tour

Hercules Brewing Company – the original Hercules Brewing Company was established in 1845 and remained in operation until 1855. It was the first craft brewery to open in Belfast after a 160 year dry spell and has since helped revive the local craft beer movement in the city.

Hilden Brewery – the oldest microbrewery in Belfast. With a collection of 11 draught beers and five bottled beers, there’s no shortage of choice. Discover the family-run brewhouse at the historic Hilden House alongside its award-winning Tap Room Restaurant.

Boundary Brewing – Belfast’s first cooperative brewery. Owned and run by its members, Boundary was the first brewery to combine the modern U.S. variety of beer with the traditional Belgian and French style beers.

The John Hewitt – while not technically a brewery, this pub was too famous to leave off the list. Known for its selection of locally crafted brews and excellent food, the John Hewitt is a much loved establishment.