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7 Reasons Why This European City Has Been Named Best For Solo Travelers

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Solo travelers have quite literally taken over the world one passport stamp at a time. The mega-popular travel trend will undoubtedly continue throughout 2024.

Europe is one of the best playgrounds for solo travelers as there are ample ways to stay busy and have the time of your life in your own company.


Popular travel publication Conde Nast recently released their top destinations for solo travelers this year, with one capital city standing out in particular.

Here are 7 reasons why Belfast has been named the best for solo travelers:

Feeling Right At Home

The people of Northern Ireland are warm and delightful despite the reputation of being a bit brute. We all have our own unique sense of humor, but Belfast's locals tend to poke fun at any topic unapologetically.

Oddly enough, it works as an ice-breaker for those outside of their comfort zone, which is the challenge of many solo travelers, especially if it's your first time.

people gathered at belfast city hall

Belfast was named the best city for solo travelers to make friends by Conde Nast.

Plentiful Pubs

You can't go to the U.K. without having enjoyed a pint, right? That would be like going to Mexico City without chowing down on tacos.

Pubs are plentiful throughout Belfast and are one of the best ways to mingle with inviting locals. One of the most popular is The Spaniard within the buzzing Cathedral Quarter.

Named the Cathedral Quarter, given the presence of the magnificent Saint Anne’s Cathedral, it's not only a place of worship and history but also the most popular area for nightlife.

pubs in belfast

But hey, Jesus drank a little…

Increased Safety

No need to take a deep dive into decades of violence dispersed across Belfast, but travelers should know times have changed.

Belfast is now a peaceful destination where all types of travelers can feel safe exploring the delightful streets of one of Europe's most underrated cities.

The U.S. State Department lists the U.K. as Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, highlighting Northern Ireland as a risk for isolated violent targeting police and military targets.

belfast police

There is no mention of crime aimed at tourists.

Unexpected Attractions

Belfast may have a violent past, but the city is booming with vibrancy and culture nowadays. As the saying goes, “the past is the past”.

It seems as if Belfast takes this to heart and is focused on the here and now, with a whole new personality blooming in recent years.

The fascinating Titanic Quarter is the main attraction in the city, along with a plethora of other intriguing museums, such as the Botanical Gardens and lovely city parks often overlooked by tourists.

art in belfast

And don't forget to grab some goodies at the bustling St. George's Market – a must on weekends.

Top-Rated Hostels

Solo travelers are a different breed where the finer things in life may not always be a priority. The basics are all it takes to keep solo travelers on a budget happy.

After all, when you're on your own, expenses can't be split up. Hostels are a common option, and Belfast's are conveniently located, highly rated, and affordable.

Paddy's Palace is the cheapest, with dorms from $12 per night, while Botanical Backpackers is the top-rated, averaging about $30 per night.

european hostel room

Affordable Boutique Hotels

Sometimes, destinations with tumultuous pasts end up becoming the most charming. Those seeking to level up beyond a hostel can still find cozy accommodations at affordable rates.

One in particular is the Bullitt Hotel with rave reviews from guests noting the central location and walkability factor.

Another great option is the House Belfast – a hip stay with a lively restaurant and bar to spend your evening.

solo traveler in hotel room

A Gateway To Stunning Sites

A trip to Belfast wouldn't be right without visiting beautiful castles and wondrous natural sites. Northern Ireland's coast is stunning, with some areas even featured on the mega-hit TV show Game of Thrones.

Away from the busy streets of Belfast is a whole different world to be explored, ranging from the scenic seaside, multiple castles, and even waterfall hikes at nearby Glenariff Forest Park.

Many beaches are within half an hour of the city. While it's often too cold to take a dip, the views are mesmerizing year-round.

stunning northern ireland coast

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