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Northern Ireland: Belfast


  • Northern Ireland Parliament and Government, Stormont, Belfast
  • Belfast Castle and gardens, Belfast, Ireland
  • Titanic Centre, Belfast

Belfast is technically part of Northern Ireland and the UK. Once, it was a troubled city but today, it is a destination that has totally reclaimed itself. It is situated in the estuary of the River Lagan and is surrounded by mountains. The architectural style of Belfast's buildings ranges from Edwardian, like the City Hall, to modern, like Waterfront Hall. Some of the main attractive buildings include the City Hall completed in 1906 and whose grounds contain a memorial to the victims of the Titanic and a statue of Queen Victoria, two former banks (the Ulster Bank built in 1860 and the Northern Bank, built in 1769), the Royal Courts of Justice and Stormont where the Northern Irish parliament sits. The latter is huge with a neo-classical façade. The grounds are interesting in themselves. It is a 1 kilometre/1/2 mile walk from the entrance to the parliament buildings. Many of Belfast’s oldest buildings are to be found in the Cathedral Quarter area, the city’s main cultural and tourist area which also contains many cafés, bars and interesting buildings that recall the city's commercial and industrial heritage.

Other points of interest, on an Ireland vacation, are the imposing Saint Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast Central Library which contains the archives of all Northern Irish newspapers, the Cornmarket, the centre of Belfast's retail shopping area, Queen's University, a fine Victorian building with extensive grounds and the Ulster Museum which includes a section devoted to the history of the Irish conflict, artifacts retrieved from the 1588 wreck of the Spanish galleon Girona and the Egyptian Room with Princess Takabuti, a 2500-year-old Egyptian mummy unwrapped in Belfast in 1835.

The Belfast Zoo which houses more than 1200 animals and Belfast Castle which dates from are two other places of interest. The castle is located on Cave Hill where you can enjoy good views of the city and the coastline. One other very special place is the ornately decorated Crown Liquor Saloon, designed in 1876. It is one of only two pubs in the UK that are owned by the National Trust. It was made internationally famous as the setting for the film, The Odd Man Out, starring James Mason.

Belfast is known for its parks and gardens. There are more than 40 public parks in the city, popular places for picnics, walks and running. The most popular are the Botanical Gardens with a tropical ravine, rose gardens and a vast area of meadows and woodland.

Titanic Belfast houses the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. It features, over six floors, nine interpretive and interactive galleries which bring to life the history and story of this iconic ship launched in Belfast in the early 1900’s. The story is brought up to the present with the discovery of the wreck. You can now take a boat tour around the area where the ship was built.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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