Nothing beats the January blues than packing your bags and enjoying a short break away.  And while you could jet off for some winter sun, a fun-packed city break in Belfast is just the ticket, especially when New Year funds are low.

When it comes to sheer value, there really is no better time to enjoy one of Europe’s most welcoming cities than January. With so much to do and see, great sales to enjoy and top notch deals available at the city’s acclaimed restaurants, it’s also now the perfect time to take advantage of the amazing deals on offer at several leading hotels.

Take the indulgent winter sale package at the opulent Merchant Hotel, in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. From January to March 15th, guests can enjoy an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms plus a delicious three course evening meal and breakfast in the glorious Great Room Restaurant for as little as £99 per person sharing. And that includes complimentary use of the gym, sauna, steam room and hot tub on the roof. Visit www.themerchanthotel.com for more details.

Love Winter? You will when you avail of the package of that name at the five-star Culloden Hotel for just £90 per person. A seasonal cocktail will greet you on arrival at this luxurious hotel overlooking Belfast Lough (just next to Royal Belfast Golf Club) before checking in to your beautifully appointed room, while a full Irish breakfast awaits in the morning. Offer available between January and February 28th.  Visit www.hastingshotels.com for more info.

Shopping packages are another big incentive to stay in Belfast. The fantastic Shop, Save and Spoil Yourself Package at the Europa Hotel’s, and lasts until January 21st. The offer is from £110 and includes overnight accommodation, a full Irish breakfast, traybakes in your room on arrival, complimentary Wi-Fi and a £30 Victoria Square gift voucher to spend in the 70 stores, cafes and restaurants available at the centre including House of Fraser, Apple, Topshop and Cruise.

Visit www.hastingshotels.com for this and other great deals.

The Shop In The City Package from the Clayton Hotel, starts from £122 per room and lasts until the end of January. The offer includes a Champagne cocktail on arrival, accommodation and a £10 voucher for Victoria Square shopping centre. Guests can also use their large indoor heated pool and leisure centre. Visit www.claytonhotelbelfast.com for details.

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Check out the Shop and Stay January Package from £70 per person at the Wellington Park Hotel in lovely Malone Road, which includes two nights B&B, a cocktail, a shopping guide and free parking, plus a complimentary taxi to the shops!  The good news is it’s available in February too. Visit www.wellingtonparkhotel.com.

The aptly named January Reviver at the Ibis Hotels in the city centre and Linen Quarter offers incredible room rates, starting at £39. Both in superb locations to explore the city and its attractions, they offer cooked breakfasts for just £8.50 a guest and the Ibis City Centre offers free mid-week parking too. You can get more info at www.ibisbelfastcity.com. From as little as £49 the Holiday Inn Express also offers a January Reviver Package. Next to Queen’s University, the deal includes free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and free onsite parking. More details on www.hiexpressbelfast.com.

There’s lots more incredible winter packages to choose from, such as the Overnight Stay and three course meal at the stylish Bullitt Hotel in the city centre for just £120 (Jan and Feb), visit www.bullitthotel.com.

And for something a little different Belfast has some wonderful self-catering accommodation with great winter rates available. Apple Apartment Belfast are  available throughout January for as little as £65. Enter their competition below to win a night in the Penthouse