Belfast City

Belfast is a wonderfully compact, walkable city with a wealth of culture, history and heritage. This vibrant city is renowned the world over for the warmth of its people, and prides itself on its hospitality. In the last decade over £1billion has been invested in Belfast’s tourism infrastructure making the city an exciting and inspiring destination on the rise. Accolades include being voted one of the world’s top destinations by National Geographic Traveller, and The Financial Times listing Belfast in the ‘top 10 destinations’ in the world for conferences and major events.

 


Visa Requirements

For information on visa requirments for entry into the UK, please visit our Getting to Belfast page


Temperature Northern Ireland enjoys a temperate climate, with mild winters and relatively cool summers. The average temperature in Belfast in October/November is around 7-9⁰C with regular rainfall expected.


Shopping Hours Larger city Centre Shops are generally open:

    • Monday and Tuesday: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
    • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
    • Saturday: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
    • Sunday: 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm.

Neighbourhood stores and garage forecourt convenience shops often open much longer, 24 hours in many cases.


Insurance The Conference Organising Committee or its agents will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the conference. Delegates are strongly advised to arrange their own personal insurance to cover medical and other expenses including accident or loss. Where a delegate has to cancel for medical reasons, the normal cancellation policy will apply. It is recommended that citizens from EU countries bring with them a current EHIC card.

Tipping It is now a generally accepted practice in restaurants to leave a gratuity of 10 to 15 per cent for good service. Some restaurants may add an obligatory 10 or 12.5 per cent service charge on large group bookings.


Currency The currency in Northern Ireland is the pound sterling.


Credit Cards Major credit cards are widely accepted.


Smoking Policy It is against the law to smoke in enclosed public places and workplaces in Northern Ireland.


Electricity The standard electricity supply in Belfast and Northern Ireland is 240 volts. Visitors from some countries may require a transformer and a plug adaptor. A transformer will step up or step down electrical voltage. A plug adaptor is necessary for visitors to convert 2-pin plugs to the standard 3-pin plugs and can be bought at most electrical suppliers.


Time From March to October, Northern Ireland operates on GMT.

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