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Recommended short breaks for the August bank holiday

In the UK there are two bank holidays coming up in August - August 1st and August 29th are bank holidays in 2011. If you are fortunate enough to work in a job that gets bank holidays off, it gives you an excuse to go away and take a break.

Belfast is a great place for short breaks during the August bank holiday. It caters for every type of break whether you want: a relaxed break, a romantic break or an adventurous break.

Start your break in the capital. There is a lot to do in Belfast, start off with visiting one of its award winning museums, take a leisurely stroll around the botanic gardens - maybe bring a picnic. Visit Victoria Square and do a bit of shopping and while you are there climb the stairs to the platform to get a great view of the city. If the history of the Titanic is of interest, where better to learn about it than the city where the Titanic was born? There are many Titanic tours available. When going out for dinner you would be spoilt for choice, from some hidden gems, relaxed dinner or fine dining, Belfast will cater to your needs.

Renting a car is a must do for driving the Coast Road. It is an exceptional drive with lots of stops to see forest parks, waterfalls, and some other natural beauties. The Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge are tourists' favourites along Coast Road. It can be done at your own pace and you can make as many or few stops as you want. It is as every bit as scenic as the famous Great Ocean Road in Australia. It runs from Belfast to Londonderry/Derry so do it all or just drive as far as the north coast. Whatever you do you won’t be disappointed.

Flights to Belfast from London for the 29th bank holiday weekend will be around £50 to 70 with Easyjet, Flybe and Aerlingus. Hotels in Belfast for two sharing will be around £40 to £80 per night. If you fancy somewhere more upmarket, Belfast has many fine hotels but they are quite pricey.

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