People either have a love or hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. It either reminds them they’re alone or encourages them to embrace the one they hold dearest. This year, we’ve found some ideas that’ll make your Valentine’s Day in Belfast one to remember for all the right reasons!
Despite V-day traditions, it doesn’t have to be all about courting couples. Nowadays, a new interpretation of this love-driven celebration is that it’s about appreciating all those you love – whether that be a girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband, brother, sister, friend, or anyone for that matter!
We’ve rounded up the top things to do this Valentine’s Day in Belfast, regardless of who that special someone in your life is.
10. The Chubby Cherub
Love is even in the name of this Italian eatery in Belfast. For those seeking a sensational dinner alongside a loved-one, The Chubby Cherub is the place to be for Valentine’s day in Belfast.
With creeping vines, veranda-like qualities, candles and fairy lights splashed around the intimate dining room, this little bistro will certainly book out for V-day so get in there quick!
9. Test Your Compatibility at The Jungle
Test your compatibility this Valentine’s Day at The Jungle – an adrenaline-packed excursion that’s bound uncover some truths about how well you work together as a duo. The activities that test your limits of team-work include zorbing and high-wire treetop adventure courses.
8. Go on an Adventure
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all show with splashes of cash. Some of the best ways to celebrate a relationship are to embark on adventures together.
There are tonnes of places to see near Belfast, so rent a car and explore it as a team. Whether its Game of Thrones locations, stunning coastal sights or getting lost in the woods, it’ll certainly be a Valentine’s Day to remember.
When: Various dates/times
Where: Anywhere you like
How Much: Potentially free
7. Bert’s Jazz Bar
Sipping on a creative concoction in Belfast’s top jazz club has got to be one of the finest ways to spend Valentine’s day in Belfast. Seductive and stylish with red velvet décor, low-lighting and a cool clientele, Bert’s is certain to be a sell-out on Valentine’s Day, so be sure to book a table in advance.
6. Victoria Square’s Dome
Nothing says, “I love you” like a rooftop vista. Head on up to Victoria Square’s Dome in Belfast and take in breathtaking panoramic views which stretch across the city.
It’s not only free, but it’s also the perfect place to drop the “L bomb” for the first time – the only thing is you may have a bit of an audience, as it’s open to the public!
5. Picnic in the Botanical Gardens
Channel your romantic side with a picnic in the gorgeous surroundings of Belfast’s Botanical Gardens. Now, it may be a tad chilly given that it’ll be mid-February ‘n’ all but getting cosy with warm blankets and a bottle (or two) of wine might do the trick – talk about romance!
4. Rooftop Cinema
Cuddle up under a blanket with your valentine this V-day for a moon-lit showing of 1990 cult classic, Pretty Woman, at The Perch rooftop bar. This is also the perfect plan for mates looking for a way to spend their V-day! Tickets cost only £20 and include pizza and a boozy hot drink.
3. Titanic Afternoon Tea
Ignite your romance like star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose with Sunday afternoon tea set in the replica surroundings of the Titanic ship, which was made famous in the 1997 Oscar-winning film. You’ll enjoy tea at the foot of the Grand Staircase which featured heavily in the film as the ultimate meeting place which bought together (fictional) couple, Jack and Rose.
2. Helen’s Bay Beach
Escape the crowds and head to the secluded setting of Helen’s Bay Beach just outside the city. A sunset stroll here will strike undisputed romantic notes whilst you can walk hand-in-hand with sand between your toes.
When: Various times/dates
Where: Helen’s Bay Beach, Bangor, Northern Ireland
How Much: Free admission
1. Culloden Estate & Spa
For those seeking a more stylish affair, a night in the luxurious 5-star Culloden Estate, just outside of Belfast, is your answer. A Valentine’s package offers courting couples an overnight stay between 9 February – 16 February 2019 and includes dinner for two and breakfast the following morning. Plus, all of the usual luxury perks expected in this salubrious setting.