Belfast at a Glance
Stunning architecture, lively pubs, award winning exhibits and attractions … it’s easy too see Belfast’s allure.
Remnants of the city’s old four quarters still exist giving travellers a glimpse into Belfast’s origins as a tiny village. Cathedral Quarter, the oldest of the four, is closest to the waterfront and home to the beautiful Church of Ireland Cathedral. Close to Cathedral Quarter is Queen’s Quarter. Taking its name from the University it centers around, this area is a lively and energetic neighborhood packed full of entertainment, culture and academia. Titanic Quarter is newly named and encompasses the old shipbuilding yards of Harland and Wolff, where the RMS Titanic was built. Last but certainly not least is the Gaeltacht Quarter where the roots of Belfast flourish with traditional music, language, literature and culture.
Not to be missed
Whether you are visiting the city briefly or staying for an extended vacation, here is a list of must-see sights:
- Titanic Dock and Pump-House.
- W5, the award-winning science discovery centre.
- Old Bushmills Distillery Co Ltd., which is the oldest working whiskey distillery in Ireland.
- Belfast Zoo.
- Victoria Square shopping.
- Kitchen Bar, the most historical pub in Belfast, founded in 1859.
- The Giant’s Causeway. While not in Belfast itself, the Giant’s Causeway is worth the day trip.
- Divis and Black Mountain, offering panoramic views of Belfast.
- Belfast Gaeltacht Experience, a night of authentic Irish food, dance and music in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) Quarter.
- Cockle Row Cottages with their authentic 1910 atmosphere.
In 2012 Belfast will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic. Celebrate you ask, but didn’t the Titanic sink? While yes the Titanic is famous for sinking, Belfast takes great pride in the skill and innovation that it took to build the ship. When built in 1912 at the Harland and Wolff shipyards, the Titanic was the most advanced piece of marine technology in the world. In 2012 Belfast will celebrate this engineering feat and is welcoming the world to join them.
Good to know about Belfast
You’ve decide Belfast is the place for you, now let’s talk about the practical details:
- Climate: Belfast has a temperate climate that is good for touring year-round. Temperatures in the summer average between 18°C and 24°C, while it snows 10 days or less in the winter, most winters.
- City Transportation: Belfast is a great pedestrian city filled with alleyways and winding roads. When your feet get tired the city has a great public transit system.
- Accommodation: From Bed and Breakfasts to hostels and mainstream hotels, Belfast is brimming with accommodations options. See Belfast Hotels for more information.
- Eating Out: From fine dining, Michelin star rated restaurants to cozy pubs, Belfast dining options are endless.
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