Moving to Belfast

Are you considering moving to Belfast?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods depends on several factors: the nature, volume and the weight of the goods, of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation.

How do I choose my contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man & Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfil your demand.

Moving to Belfast made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you move to Belfast. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you are organising a removal to Belfast or a delivery within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
WHEN YOU’RE PREPARING TO MOVE TO Belfast

City council and education

The Belfast City Council website is an essential source of information. It will be your go-to site for all matters regarding the council, from planning and building to bins and recycling and to roads and parking. The Education Authority is responsible for delivering education services across Northern Ireland. They are your one-stop site for all your educational questions.

Public transport

Translink Metro and Glider covers public transport across the city. It has a very convenient journey planner. Once you live in Belfast you may find yourself using public transport regularly: Define your needs carefully before choosing a Multi Journey card or a travel card. This page will help, If you fancy riding your way across the city, you may want to try Belfast Bikes, a scheme with 46 docking stations and over 350 bikes located across Belfast. It is a low cost, convenient and sustainable way to travel about the city, and if you do not have a bike yet will allow you to see if it is for you.

A bit of Culture

Visit Belfast is the best way to discover the treasures of your new home. Then of course you could spend a day visiting the Giant’s Causeway , but rest assure you’ll get many opportunities as any friend or family visiting will want to go. The same goes for the Titanic Museum. Belfast is also home to 2 universities, Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast

DISCOVERING Belfast AT A GLANCE

  • Belfast or Béal Feirste as it’s known in Irish, is the capital of Northern Ireland. It is the second largest city on the island of Ireland, after Dublin. While it’s not a large city compared to others in the UK, the metropolitan area is home to 580,000 people.
  • The hit TV show Game of Thrones was filmed in the city and on the north coast of Northern Ireland. During its production, it hired more people than the civil service.
  • Culture Night Belfast happens every September and the whole city takes to the streets to see a variety of performers and events.
  • John Wood Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in Belfast in 1887.
  • Led Zeppelin gave their anthemic Stairway to Heaven its live debut in the city, at the iconic Ulster Hall in March 1971.
  • Belfast is relatively new as a capital, gaining that title when Northern Ireland was created in 1921.
  • The iconic ship The Titanic was built in Belfast in the world’s largest dry dock. The museum dedicated to the ship has won awards across Europe.
  • When the U.S. Civil War disrupted Europe’s cotton supply, Irish linen experienced a revival. Linen companies flourished, and Belfast became the world’s largest linen-producing area.
  • Belfast has its very own leaning tower – the Albert clock in the city centre.
  • Women could hold any office at Queen’s University in Belfast, twelve years before they could even study at Oxford.
  • Belfast’s famous red and yellow cranes have the names Samson and Goliath. They are still the biggest free-standing cranes anywhere in the world and are official historical monuments…
  • Previous famous residents of the city include C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia. There is a C.S. Lewis Festival in the city every year.
  • Belfast has a proud literary history, and deep connections with Nobel Prize for Literature poet Seamus Heaney. A book festival is held in the city every June, focused around the Crescent Arts Centre.
  • Belfast was heavily bombed during WWII, a time known as the Belfast Blitz.
  • Jonathan Swift resided at Lilliput Cottage near the bottom of Belfast’s Limestone Road. He imagined that Cave Hill (in the north of the city) looked like the shape of a sleeping giant safeguarding the city.

Belfast offers a very distinctive shopping experience, with a superb modern mall, a Victorian delicatessen and the UK’s best large indoor market, also created during Victoria’s reign.

Victoria Square
Northern Ireland’s premier shopping destination, it has four levels of luxury brands, high street stores, restaurants as well as an Odeon Cinema. Climb to the top of The Dome and you will be able to view a 360° panorama of the city.

Co Couture and Sawers
These are two very different shops, but each is a landmark in Belfast. Established in 1897, Sawers is Northern Ireland’s oldest deli. You can spend hours exploring all of the culinary goodies that it has to offer. Co Couture, on the other hand, has been creating premium chocolates and chocolate products less than 100m from City Hall, since 2008. The shop is a little bit hidden but look out for the sign on Chichester street and go down the stairs. All of their wares are handcrafted in small batches using only the finest local produce or fair-trade ingredients. They also make the best hot chocolate in the city.

St George’s Market
St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. Built between 1890 and 1896, it is one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland. It has been selected for numerous local and national awards for its fresh, local produce and great atmosphere. It holds a weekly Friday Variety Market, the City Food and Craft market on Saturdays, and the Sunday Market. It also hosts a range of events throughout the year. Live music is played by a variety of local bands and it is a must-see for anyone moving to the city
It was named the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market 2019 by the NABMA Great British Market Awards.

If you’re moving to Belfast and fancy enjoyable evenings, you’re in for a treat. The Golden Mile describes the area between Belfast City Hall and Queen’s University. Once the only place to go for a night out, it now competes with the revamped Cathedral Quarter, filled with trendy bars and clubs. There’s so much to chose from in the city that the nightlife never gets boring.

Woodworkers is a hip yet casual craft beer pub in South Belfast that has rotating taps and a great pub grub menu. Linked to Lavery’s Bar, you can go through and upstairs to the pool hall or club.

Nestled along a narrow, cobbled alleyway, the Duke of York offers a traditional Belfast welcome and music. The Duke is crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia, and you can spend hours staring at it all. Serving one of the best pints of Guinness in Ireland, it’s lively at all times, so go early!

You haven’t lived in Belfast until you’ve visited The Crown, one of the best known pubs in the city. Still lit by traditional gas laps, grab a pint and head into one of the snugs to be transported back in time.

Rita’s is worth going to if you like cocktails and great music. Offering something a little different in Belfast, it has a 1920’s feel and is full of character.

Another iconic Belfast bar is The Sunflower. Instantly recognised by its security cage, this is a relic from 1980s Belfast. Step inside the bar and you will be greeted by traditional music and one of the larges ranges of craft beer in the city.

Kremlin, The Maverick & Boombox are Belfast’s best offerings for the LGBT+ community, where you’ll probably end up finding just as many straight people clamouring to get inside.

Limelight is one of Belfast’s most iconic and enduring fixtures. Opened in 1987, the complex consists of two club rooms. Limelight 1 is the larger of the two, playing the standard club tunes, while Limelight 2 plays rock and metal for people who want a heavier night. The Limelight complex also hosts gigs, so be sure to check what’s on before planning a night out.

The Dirty Onion is in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings. Situated in the Cathedral Quarter, it plays great music and there’s great craic (that’s fun!) to be found seven nights a week.

Thompson’s Garage, with over 20 years of expertise in clubbing, has also hosted an array of DJs both well-known and up and coming. Definitely an ‘end of the night’ type of club, everyone has ended up there at some point and loved it, whether they admit it or not!

Useful information for
Moving to Belfast

If changes in your personal or professional life mean you are considering moving to Belfast, we hope that this page will help. Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland. Located on the banks of the river Lagan, it is a major port city. Home to the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard, of Titanic fame, Belfast offers contrasting architectural styles, with state-of-the-art modern buildings contrasting with Victorian and Edwardian remnants of the industrial age.

Removals to Belfast: Accommodation

Belfast has a lower cost of living than most other city’s in the UK. This means that both rent and house prices are affordable – making it a popular choice for students, young professionals, and those with families.

The Titanic Quarter of Belfast is attracting shops, bar and restaurants. Tourists mix with residents, and the atmosphere has a fun vibe to it. It is the up and coming part of Belfast and a more and more desirable place to live.

Castlereagh in east Belfast is where you will find the most expensive properties in the city, but it’s easy to see why. Just outside the hustle and bustle, but with great city centre access, it’s worth considering if you’re staying long-term.

To the south of Belfast, Newtownbreda is ideal for families, a few miles from the city centre yet with forests to explore on your doorstep. With a large shopping centre an excellent Farmers Market held on the first Saturday of the month the area has been transformed over recent years.

The Queen’s Quarter (named after Queen’s University Belfast) is located between the centre and the botanical gardens. A more student orientated area, if you like a lively atmosphere in the evening, superb restaurants and quirky cafes and bars, this may be for you. If you like a quiet evening you probably should look elsewhere. You may find this article useful, especially if you were born after 1980…

Moving to Belfast: Education

When moving to Belfast, you must remember Northern Ireland’s specific history as it has a direct influence on the type of school you will find. Research is important here, but Northern Ireland is known for its excellent education system and integrated schools are becoming more popular as the city diversifies.

Removals to Belfast: Moving around

Belfast is not as congested as many cities on the UK mainland and is an easy city to drive around. However, parking can be expensive, and a taxi may be a cheaper option than parking all day. But cycling and public transport are excellent options for moving around Belfast.