Destination Spotlight: Belfast

Belfast is a fascinating city to visit! It is the largest city in Northern Ireland, sitting right on the River Lagan. It has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century when Sir Arthur Chichester built a castle there.

The capital of Ireland became a major commercial and industrial center, particularly in linen 

production and shipbuilding, during the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, the city experienced great political and social unrest during the late 20th century during the period known as "The Troubles".

Today, Belfast is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is home to a variety of cultural attractions, including the Titanic Belfast Museum, a thriving arts and music scene in the Cathedral Quarter, beautiful parks and natural scenery, delicious food, and a variety of galleries.

Belfast has something for everyone to explore.

5 Things to Do and Explore in Belfast

  1. Titanic Belfast: Fascinated with the Titanic? The Titanic Belfast is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the history of the Titanic. The museum is located on the site where the Titanic was built and tells the story of the ship from its conception to its sinking.

  2. St. George's Market: St. George's Market is one of Belfast's oldest attractions and is home to a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. The market is a great place to grab a bite to eat and soak up the local atmosphere. Open on weekends.

  3. Belfast Castle: Belfast Castle is a stunning 19th-century castle located on the slopes of Cave Hill. The castle offers stunning views of the city and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland.

  4. Giant's Causeway: The Giant's Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about an hour's drive from Belfast. The site is famous for its unique hexagonal basalt columns that were formed by a volcanic eruption over 60 million years ago.

  5. The Peace Wall: a series of murals and barriers that separate Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods and are a poignant reminder of the city's troubled past.

5 Hidden Gems To Explore in Belfast

  1. Black Cab Tour: A Black Cab Tour is a great way to explore the city and learn about its history and culture. The tours are led by local cab drivers who are knowledgeable about the city's past and present.

  2. Cathedral Quarter: The Cathedral Quarter is a vibrant and trendy area of the city, full of bars, restaurants, and galleries. The area is known for its street art and is a great place to soak up the local culture.

  3. Botanic Gardens: The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful park located in the heart of the city. The park is home to a variety of exotic plants and trees, as well as the Palm House, a stunning Victorian glasshouse.

  4. Ulster Museum: The Ulster Museum is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the history and culture of Northern Ireland. The museum has a vast collection of art, history, and natural science exhibits, including the mummy of Takabuti, an ancient Egyptian woman who lived over 2,500 years ago.

  5. The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: a fascinating open-air museum that showcases life in Northern Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries.

5 Foods To Try In Belfast

  1. Ulster Fry: Everyone loves a typical “Irish breakfast”. Well, the Ulster Fry takes this on a new twist. It combines classic Irish breakfast ingredients (eggs, bacon, black pudding, sausages) and includes soda bread, potato bread, white pudding (sometimes), and tomatoes.

  2. Belfast Chowder: Belfast Chowder is delicious and as fresh as can be. It combines potatoes with cream, Irish bacon, salmon, smoked haddock, cod, mussels, and clams—a true sea-worthy feast in a bowl.

  3. Irish Stew: Irish stew in Belfast will surely warm you up after a  day of travel. The stew combines beef or lamb with carrots, potatoes, and onions, and is slowly baked to perfection over many hours. Sometimes Guinness is added, and it’s usually served with nice crusty bread. 

  4. Belfast Pasties: Belfast Pasties are a real treat! Minced meat, onion, and potatoes are mixed into a perfect battered and deep-fried patty. Locals love their pasties, and you’ll find them at Chip Shops all over Belfast.

  5. Northern Ireland Oysters: The oysters in Belfast are as fresh as can be. They are a staple and taste delicious with a rich and dark Guinness. 

Bonus Sites To See

  1. Cave Hill: a stunning hillside park with breathtaking views of the city and surrounding countryside.

  2. The Crown Liquor Saloon: This historic pub is a stunning example of Victorian architecture and is a must-visit for lovers of traditional pubs and cozy atmospheres.

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