Belfast originates from the Gaeilge “Beal Feirste” which means “mouth of the river’ and is becoming one of the most visited cities in the UK. Belfast was once a powerful ship building center and also birthplace of the famous doomed ocean liner, The Titanic. Expect a warm welcome, a wicked sense of humor, an enthralling history and an excellent shopping experience.
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Built in the shape of a star and representing the logo of the White Star Line, it is also a tribute to the story of the Titanic and Belfast's interesting maritime history. A number of fascinating artifacts including letters, brochures, and menus are housed in the building. Exhibitions show how Belfast has developed from a city that once boasted the most powerful ship building industry in the world into a reborn visitor destination. A particular treat is the fully restored tender to the Titanic and the SS Nomadic.
Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences. The museum offers you dinosaurs, an 2,500 year old Egyptian Mummy, the Armada Room, modern masterpieces and ancient relics to hands on activities.
3.ST. ANNE’S CATHEDRAL
Built in neo-Romanesque style of the basilican type in 1898, the cathedral is the main church of the Church of Ireland and has three west doorways adorned with sculptures. Highlights is the baptismal chapel featuring an exquisite mosaic ceiling, carved stonework, many fine stained glass windows, marble tiles on the floor and walls, and delicate woodwork. The tomb of Sir Edward Carson who died in 1935, the leader of the Ulster Unionists can also be seen in the chapel.
Situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill County Park, the castle offers stunning views over the city. Its Victorian era surroundings and the historic building makes it a popular venue for weddings and events. The current structure dates from 1870, although additions and embellishments have taken place since then. You can visit Cave Hill visitor center or even climb Cave Hill itself.
5.CRUMLIN ROAD GOAL
The infamous prison closed down in 1996, but the notorious jail as become one of Belfast’s most seen attractions since it reopened in 2012. Learn about the women and children who were incarcerated here as well as the segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners. Wander in the underground tunnel from the jail to the courthouse, sit in the Governor's chair and pay a visit to the condemned man's cell.
6.GRAND OPERA HOUSE
Dating from 1895, the opera house has seen its share of troubles over the years. It was nearly demolished in 1972 when it was sold to property developers, but due to a campaign between 1976 and 1989 the building was extensively resorted. Today it is hosting musicals, operas, and live performances and is one of the city's most visited landmarks.
7.ALBERT MEMORIAL CLOCK
This Gothic style clock was erected in 1865 and is commemorating Queen Victoria’s consort, prince Albert. The clock features a statue of Prince Albert as well as ornately carved crowned lions and floral decorations and a 2 tonne bell inside. The 113ft high clock was built on reclaimed land from the River Lagan on wooden piles, causing the characteristic list. The clock offered an excellent vantage point for at least one enterprising sightseer to get a view of Titanic's launch.
8.ULSTER FOLK MUSEUM
A complete village with farmhouses, forges, churches and mills have been reconstructed at the museum, with human and animal extras to give a powerful impression of Irish life over the past few hundred years. Highlights are the red-brick 19th century terraces, the Picture house (silent cinema) from 1909 to 1931 and a corner shop dating from 1889 selling sweets from glass jars.
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The best way to get around Belfast is by train, bus, car and motorcycle.
The best time to visit Belfast is from August to November as Northern Ireland offers you the chance too explore the spendorous green landscapes.