BELFAST CITY GUIDE
The sparkling portside capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is steadily making itself known as one of the top cities to visit in the UK.
Once the proud centre of the country's linen and ship building industry, the city has transformed into a vibrant metropolis with a top-class restaurant scene, countless drinking spots and beautiful green spaces to wind down in.
Located on the ruggedly beautiful east coast of the country, Belfast is also the perfect place to base yourself to explore the natural delights of County Antrim and the UNESCO World Heritage spectacle known as the Giant's Causeway.
Whether you want to see the birthplace of the infamous HMS Titanic or take in some traditional Irish music, this lively city is a hotbed for entertainment and activities.
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EXPLORE INNER CITY BELFAST
The story of the world's most famous ship is told at the Titanic Musuem, taking you on a journey that charts the construction of the ill-fated ship and recalls the moving fate of its passengers. The historic courtyard where the liner was built is so culturally important today that the entire area around it has been named the Titanic Quarter. Shaped like a gleaming vessel passing through the water, this spectacular building has to be seen to be believed, and is a must-see when you visit Belfast.
The city is also full of famous landmarks to discover, from the grand City Hall in Donegall Square — the heart of Belfast — to the many gorgeous Edwardian buildings in the Cathedral Quarter. The Gothic-style Queen's University and Grand Opera House are also fascinating buildings to see, each with over a century of history.
For culture vultures, the Metropolitan Arts Centre (known locally as the MAC) and the Ulster Museum make ideal places to hide out and learn about Irish art, nature and heritage thanks to their exciting and varied array of exhibitions.
WINDING DOWN IN BELFAST
Thankfully, there are many peaceful places to visit, in case you feel like winding down. The lush tropical greenhouse of the Botanical Gardens opposite Queen's University offers some welcome respite for visitors seeking relaxation with its numerous flowering vines, colourful orchids and hanging baskets.
St George's Market is a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat or take home some local craft items as souvenirs. When the sun goes down, there are few better ways to experience Irish culture than at one of the many pubs. Here you can drink Guinness or local ale, and enjoy excellent pub grub while listening to Irish folk music.
ACTIVITIES AROUND BELFAST
Belfast is the starting point of one of the greatest car journeys in the world: the Causeway Coastal Route.
This road trip nirvana takes you along rugged sea roads, dramatic cliffs and leads you to one of the country's great natural wonders, the Giant's Causeway. This enchanting volcanic landscape of basalt columns stretching out into the sea is an essential stop on any Northern Ireland adventure.
Along this route, you can also walk across the dizzying Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, sip some fresh whiskey at the Bushmills distillery or hunt down the Game of Thrones filming locations.
Experience archery in the real life Winterfell at Castle Ward or stroll along the awe-inspiring Dark Hedges that were used to portray the King's Road in the popular TV series.
You can explore all the curiosities of Belfast and the County Antrim region by catching the Cairnryan to Larne ferry crossing.
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