Belfast voted in Top 3 favourite places in the UK by 2Chill site

By Jilly Beattie

Belfast has been voted as one of the top three favourite places in the UK.

After a hard fought competition starting with 48 towns, cities and cherished spots, Belfast grabbed third place on Friday closely behind Liverpool and Newcastle.

Thousands of people voted in the 2Chill competition, and with Belfast starting in 34th place it shot up to 6th, then 5th.

The city enjoyed huge support from the public including Steven Carson who said: “I lived in Manchester for five years but I could never stay away [from Belfast]. It’s where I’m from and proud of living in such a beautiful place.”

Fredrick Johnston said: “I spent 37 years in Somerset, England, and moved back to good old Northern Ireland in 2013 - there’s no place like home.”

H&W Cranes - Iconic Belfast (@fionnuala16)

Jason Medhurst moved from Canada to Belfast, despite fearful friends saying it was too dangerous, and said: “I’ve been in Belfast for going on three years and every time the plane breaks through the clouds I know it’s home for me. So yes, Belfast is great and my heart is in Belfast.”

And Alice Rennison said: “I’ve lived for 48 years in England but my heart still belongs to Belfast.”

By Thursday high profile names such as broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, chefs Michael Deane and Niall McKenna also got involved helping to bump Wales to fifth place and then nudge Manchester into fourth.

Eamonn (Eamonn Holmes)

Eamonn was so passionate about the place he calls home that he took part in a Facebook live interview to explain he felt Belfast should win - and he revealed a few personal secrets into the bargain.

He said: “All I know is when I step foot in Belfast, I know I’m home and it just brings my soul alive. I know when I land into Belfast, some people see the two cranes Samson and Goliath, I see the Cavehill and I feel good. We’re just the friendliest people, there’s something about us in Belfast that we maybe aren’t even aware of, that we are intrinsically friendly.

“Call it nosey, call it inquisitive. It’s like welcoming someone into your home - we want to make sure that they’re looked after and that’s what people will experience.

"When people ask me what I’m doing at the weekend, I tell them I’m going home, then my wife gets very irritated by this. She says, ‘This is your home.’ And I say, ‘No Ruth, this is where I work, this is where I have to be, but home..

"I don’t know if Scottish, Welsh or English people are like this, but home is home, it defines who you are, it defines your fibre, your outlook on life, your views on life, your morals in life and so many things like that.”

And on hearing of the top three spots included his favourite, Eamonn said: “I’m delighted. Manchester holds special meaning for me too and Newcastle is lovely but my No1 is Belfast and always will be. I’m glad so many people feel the same.”

Hundreds of you voted for your most-cherished town place in 2Chill’s search for the UK’s Favourite Place, showing how important it is to have somewhere to call home or to love to visit.

Crowds enjoying the sun in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. (Justin Kernoghan/Belfast Live)

If you are proud of where you live, why not recommend somewhere to eat, drink, chill or do things on 2Chill, where our readers are keen to discover new suggestions for everything from a brilliant chippy to a calming walk in the woods.


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