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The capital and largest city of Northern Ireland has experienced a significant turnaround since the political troubles in the 1990’s. Today, the city boasts the title as one of the UK’s safest cities, and regarded as a great, cheap quick-getaway destination. Great nightlife, shopping and family attractions make it a well-resourced tourist gateway.
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Belfast Great Outdoors
Not just a city of ancient buildings, Belfast offers plenty of outdoors attractions for tourists. Belfast city has over 40 public parks to explore, plus the Belfast Botanic Gardens where opera performances are frequently held. A great way to get active in Belfast is to take a Belfast City Bike Tour.
St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. While Friday is the most popular market day, the market is also open on Saturdays and Sundays, with fresh produce and live music. Victoria Square is one of the biggest and most popular Belfast shopping centres, with over 50 stores and brand-name outlets. The city centre is also home to many artisan chocolate outlets, antique stores and luxury homewares outlets.
Museums and Visitor Attractions
The Titanic Belfast allows you to discover the history of the Titanic and how Belfast brought her to life. The birth place of the Titanic, Belfast is proud to present exhibits and discovery centres to complete the full tourist experience. Belfast City Hall is not just a civic building for the city council, is a beautiful 400 year-old neo-classical building available for public tours. A more hands-on history experience is the Ghost Walk Belfast, a spooky look at Belfast’s history and the city’s ‘dark past’. Explore Belfast’s maritime traditions, with a trip to SS Nomadic, an ancient White Star Line ship at Hamilton Dock. Belfast Castle is at Cave Hill County Park, and offers amazing views of Belfast and Victorian-era surrounds.