What do YOU think of when you think of Belfast? For me all I could think is a troubled past, Titanic and the well known natural phenomenon Giants Causeway. Other than that I had no idea what I was going to discover on my visit and my expectations were low, which is a good thing, but what’s better is that they were exceeded. Like through the roof!
As you may know, Belfast is in Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom, my current home. What I loved about visiting Belfast was that I needed to hop on a plane so it gave me the feeling I was travelling abroad when I actually wasn’t. That might be you too! Let me walk you through my own personal recommendations on how to spend your time in Belfast.
WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO IN BELFAST
Hop-on; hop-off Belfast’s main sites
A great way to start your trip is to take a hop-on; hop-off bus across all Belfast city top attractions. It’s the perfect way to get started and get an overview of the city if you are short on time and an efficient way to get around the furthest away sites. I took this one with Belfast City Tours and loved it. It stops on 19 sites (many which I feature below) and pricing wise it’s great. Book it here, or below:
Looking for immersive experiences in London? Well, good, because I’m the UK’s biggest indepent immersive experience blogger. Whenever an immersive experience launches in London, I’m there no matter how weird it is.
Below London’s best immersive experiences that I have tried and tested, organised by type. This article gets updated regularly, check the last published date for the latest update time and you’ll find 30+ immersive experiences here at all times.
THIS MONTH’S IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Gourmaze is a food treasure hunt experience in London. Challengers will be immersed into a fictional story, where characters will send you riddles and clues to your phone. Solving these, will lead you to food vendors & restaurants, where you will pick up a delicious food item or dish. It’s the baby between an escape room and a food walking tour. Book it here.
SAW is a brand-new, immersive, multi-room escape experience – sounds like a handful, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is! It’s an intense experience designed to test your moral choices against elements of escape rooms inspired by the iconic horror film franchise, SAW. There are some jump scares, but very tolerable even for the scaredy ones. Book it here.
Tarantino Live is a rock musical based on the Quentin Tarantino Cinematic Universe. This show is a dynamic combination of Broadway-style live action with rock ‘n’ roll music from QT’s iconic films. After a sold-out LA debut, Tarantino Live is coming to London – get your tickets now!
LONDON’S IMMERSIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES
Bloodbath by Screamworks
This experience will immerse you in the sinister plot of a cunning serial killer as he tries to find the parts he needs to complete his Great Work. As a guest, you’ll be blindfolded and taken to the scary family home of Jack and Abel in Bethnal Green, where nothing is as it seems and your fate will lie in the balance. While this event is not for the faint-hearted, it is more of a psychological thriller than a traditional ‘haunted house’ attraction. You will be made to feel like you are the main character in your favourite horror movie. Book it here.
Burnt City by Punchdrunk
Punchdrunk, the world’s leading immersive theatre company, is back in London. You will explore a complete sensory world at your own pace, experiencing scenes in a non-linear way as the story unfolds around you. The story this time is the fall of Troy, where you will witness a mythical world of Gods and mortals who rise from the ashes. It has been one of the most immersive immersive experiences that I’ve ever been to and unlike anything I had seen before, noting it was my first time at a Punchdrunk show. Tips to enjoy: do some research before going, go early to maximise the time in the venue, ditch your group and explore on your own, go more than once! Book it here.
Concerts illuminated by candlelight? I’m definitely in! Fever has recently launched Candlelight, affordable and intimate concerts performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in London that transport you to a fairytale. I had the chance to attend a concert in the beautiful conservatory in Syon Park to listen to City String Ensemble play Movie Soundtrack Disney classics, and I might have shed a tear or two. Book it here.
As I stepped foot in Istanbul, I instantly fell under the enchanting spell of this vibrant city that bridges Europe and Asia. Istanbul, with its rich history, diverse culture, and breathtaking architecture, offers an immersive travel experience like no other. From the bustling markets to the majestic mosques, every corner reveals a story waiting to be discovered.
Although it may not seem like it when you arrive, Istanbul has so much to see and enjoy. It’s a lot bigger than meets the eye, anddefinitely bigger than Sultanahmet (Old Town) where most tourists limit themselves to.
WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL
Get acquainted to the city with a walking tour
I usually start all my big city trips with a walking tour so I can plan my remaining time more efficiently, and have an local in hand to ask all the really important questions, like how to get around or better where do I buy the best Turkish Delight?!
Welcome to Edinburgh, a city that effortlessly blends ancient history with vibrant modernity. From its iconic castle perched atop a volcanic rock to its lively festivals and captivating architecture, Edinburgh has something for every traveller. That’s why it’s loved by so many, this city is b-u-s-y. Whether you’re exploring its historic streets, immersing yourself in its rich culture, or savouring its culinary delights, this Scottish gem promises an unforgettable adventure. Get ready to dive into the heart of Edinburgh with this ultimate travel guide.
WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO IN EDINBURGH
Discover Hidden Gems in the Old Town
Edinburgh is one of the cities where I’d say a walking tour is a must, specially in order to discover the hidden treasures of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll wander through narrow closes and winding streets, capturing the charm and character of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Why not frame unique doorways, architectural details, and picturesque alleyways in your photos? Book a walking tour here.
Capture Memories at Edinburgh Castle
Step into history and capture breathtaking views at Edinburgh Castle. Take a selfie with the grand fortress as your backdrop, explore the Great Hall, and be awe-inspired by the Crown Jewels. Don’t miss the One O’Clock Gun firing, a moment worth recording. The ticket it’s expensive, but it’s worth the price! Book it here.
Wander Along the Royal Mile
Embark on a captivating journey along the historic Royal Mile. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere, snap photos of iconic landmarks, and browse through charming shops. Get a shot of the famous St. Giles’ Cathedral or pose with street performers for a fun-filled memory. Look out for Lady Stair’s Close where the Writers’ museum is and White Horse Close which is a striking spot. There are also lots of tourist shops if you’re after a souvenir. A favourite on The Royal Mile is the Fudge Kitchen which does incredible fudge.
Fall in love with Victoria St
Curving down from George IV Bridge down to the Grassmarket, Victoria Street needs to be high on your agenda in Edinburgh. Probably one of Edinburgh’s most well known streets, the brightly coloured shops & cafes pop brightly in contrast to the gothic grey architecture of the city’s Old Town. Harry Potter fans should know that Victoria Street is said to be one of the inspiration’s for Diagon Alley in JK Rowling’s novels. There’s even a Harry Potter shop on the street for all of your wizarding gifts. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you definitely need to take this tour.
Conquer Arthur’s Seat
Ready for a challenge? Hike up Arthur’s Seat and revel in the stunning views of Edinburgh and its scenic surroundings from the summit. Take a careful but epic selfie from the top, celebrating your conquering spirit and the mesmerising beauty of the natural landscape. Please make sure you wear appropriate footwear because it is more strenuous than a lot of people think.