Northern Ireland has been enjoying a big year for tourism with both heritage and sport playing a part, but ferries from Liverpool to Belfast
may be containing plenty of people from Manchester keen on the latest attraction to open.
The childhood home of George Best has been opened up as a guest house, offering a chance for people to spend up to two weeks in the home for between £60 and £125 a night.
Located in the Cregagh Estate in east Belfast, the home was built in 1949 and would be an unremarkable terrace, but for the fact it was where the young George lived until he was 15, before he crossed the Irish Sea to play for Manchester United.
Although his career - and ultimately his life - were cut short as his taste for booze and women caught up with him, Best is widely regarded as the finest footballer the British Isles has ever produced.
During his time at Manchester United he was part of a legendary triumvirate with Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, with all three being crowned European Footballer of the Year and Best himself picking up the Ballon D'Or after scoring in the European Cup final of 1968 as the club became the first English side to win the trophy.
Paying tribute to Best, writer and broadcaster Michael Parkinson once remarked of him: "He could do absolutely everything a little bit better than anyone else".
Fans can now enjoy a taste of Best's roots in a city where this year has also seen the opening of the Titanic Experience at the slipway where the ship was built and a new visitor centre for the Giant's Causeway.
The possibilities for sport-related visits may have been highlighted by the hosting of the Irish Open golf tournament at Royal Portrush earlier this summer, as well as the success of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell in winning majors in recent years.
Posted by Andrew Smith