The city has gone through many changes over recent years, and it now has one of the fastest growing economies in the country.
With an emerging vibrant technology and marketing scene, Belfast is a great place to start your career; and with beautiful countryside and mountains just outside the city, it offers the perfect work-life balance.
Working in Belfast
Whether you want to work in PR, content, SEO, social media, PPC – or just as a generalist digital marketer, there are so many opportunities in Belfast; with a wide range of agencies working with some of the coolest clients in the country.
Top 10 agencies in Belfast
To succeed in digital marketing, it pays off to specialise. Try your hand at different disciplines within digital marketing such as SEO, PPC, social media, email marketing - you name it. Find out what you enjoy the most, and then specialise in that discipline. Generalists are a dime a dozen, whereas true specialists are rare.
Barry Adams, Polemic Digital
I applied for a Digital PR role at Glaze Digital, who saw potential in me from the relevant work I had taken on during university. Stepping into a purely marketing role provided a steep learning curve, but it was easier to manage with my team to teach me tips and tricks to the job. I would advise graduates starting out in the industry to find as much experience as they can - in content creation, running social media pages. It all counts towards helping you stand out.
Laura McLoughlin, Glaze Digital
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A bustling city with a rich and varied history, surrounded by vast countryside, Belfast really is a great place to live.
One of the best things about it? It’s one of the most cost-effective UK cities – in fact, it’s in our top 5 cheapest cities to live; 12.5% cheaper than Birmingham, 16% cheaper than Edinburgh, and a huge 158% cheaper than London!
Average cost of a one bed flat (monthly rent)
£651.88 (city centre)
£450 (outside city centre)
Average monthly commuting costs
Monthly gym membership
Average cost of a meal at an inexpensive restaurant
Get ready to test your aim against your friends in the ultimate paintballing experience in Belfast.
Enter the battlefield equipped with your Tippmann 98 marker gun and mask, and prepare to have a whole lot of fun. At Bedlam there are many zones you can enter, from the Crypt to the Tower or even a Dr. Who theme.
Bedlam also do outdoor Laser Tag to allow you to live out your Call of Duty dreams – but without the bruises! It is a non-contact version to suit a wider range of people, so more of your friends can join.
Dating back to 1828, the Belfast Botanical Gardens contain a range of exotic plants and birds of paradise within the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine.
The Tropical Ravine contains some of the oldest seed plants around today, and frequently hosts events so you can learn more about the science of the plants or botanical art. The Palm House is one of the earliest examples of a curved greenhouse and contains beautiful birds of paradise.
The Botanical Gardens are also a popular place for fairs, concerts and festivals or as a meeting place for art groups.
Walk through this magical square dedicated to the famous author C.S. Lewis, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.
Located at the intersection of the Connswater and Comber Greenways, you can see the seven incredible bronze sculptures of characters from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, including Aslan and Mr Tumnus.
The square is open 24/7 and are illuminated at night. Afterwards you can have a coffee in the JACK Coffee Bar next to it, named after the author whose nickname was ‘Jack’. Inside is a showcase of local artists for you to browse too.
Groups of 2-6 players can take on the challenge of escaping from three different themed rooms in the heart of Belfast.
You have to work together to get out in an hour, so it is the ultimate test of logic and puzzles.
Whether you want to pull off a diamond heist, use a time machine in a sci-fi space adventure, or enter the cold war as a spy – there are a range of themes to suit everyone.
Each room is a different difficulty so don’t worry if you have never done one before. If there are a lot of you there are doubles of each game so you can race against each other to see which group can get the best time!
This is a full day out for those who really love to explore, starting off at the Giant’s Causeway looking at the volcanic rocks that make up one of Belfast’s national treasures.
Throughout this 10 hour adventure via coach, you get to stop off at places where some of the most iconic scenes from Game of Thrones was filmed and pretend you were in the show!
Towards the end, you can test your bravery on the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, which gives some incredible scenic views. If you aren’t a fan of Game of Thrones don’t worry, there is also an option to just visit the Giant’s Causeway.
Where? McCombs Coach Travel & Tours, 22-32 Donegall Rd, Belfast BT12 5JN, UK Cost:£38.50 (or £22 for just the Giant’s Causeway) Website: onthegotours.com
Splash around with your friends at Belfast’s very own water park!
The main feature is the inflatable obstacle course, ranging from water slides to trampolines on 1.1 million litres of water.
For those who enjoy watersports, they offer paddleboarding, kayaking and the adrenaline pumping wakeboarding. To relax after a fun filled afternoon, why not get a campfire going and stay the night in one of their 40 glamping pods available?
Set in 50 acres of land, it’s a perfect get-away and escape from the bustling city, and don’t worry about owning a wetsuit – you can hire them there.
Where? Knockbracken Reservoir, 1 Mealough Rd, Carryduff, Belfast, BT8 8GB Cost:£12 aqua park entry, £5 wetsuit hire Website:letsgohydro.com
Anybody who loves puppies and all things cute will love Streamvale Open Farm where you can cuddle newborn rabbits and hold baby chicks.
If you visit in Spring (March-June) then you can even bottle feed the lambs. All year round you can take a ride on a tractor to see some fantastic views of the Belfast countryside and feed the red deer or watch the dog agility show.
Enjoy delicious locally sourced food from the cafe, or have a picnic with the puppies. It is a day filled with adorable animals and will definitely cause cuteness overload!
Situated in a beautiful Victorian listed building, the architecture of this cafe is enough reason to visit, let alone the incredible coffee, which comes served on a stone plate.
Alongside this flavoursome coffee, they also have a range of local beers, ales and cocktails. We highly recommend trying some of their breakfast or lunch options Monday to Saturday or having a lazy Sunday brunch date!
The National Grande Cafe also has some evening events, from a Jamaican themed supper to a vinyl night – look at their website for what events are coming up.
Explore the Titanic in a fresh new immersive way at Titanic Belfast.
This tour will take you through nine interactive galleries and you’ll experience life on the decks with full-size replicas, and an electronic ride to take you through the journey.
As part of this experience you can also visit the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. Other artefacts on display include the Titanic blueprint, and the last letter ever written on the Titanic.
An eye-opening and fascinating activity, we highly recommend going – even if you haven’t seen the film!
Boasting an impressive collection from all over the world, the Ulster Museum is a must visit!
Stand next to a real dinosaur skeleton, an Ancient Egyptian mummy or even a polar bear preserved from Dublin zoo.
There are always new collections arriving so there is plenty to see – even a 77m long Game of Thrones tapestry has just been put on display.
They even host movie nights in the museum – we can’t guarantee any of the artefacts will come to life though! Keep an eye out for other evening events on their website such as music workshops and drawing clubs.