Welcome to Belfast, the city of the Titanic!
Capital and biggest city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is located on the eastern coast of the country, at the estuary of River Lagan. Founded in the late 17th century, the city has always been an industrial capital, main producer of linen, tobacco rope and ships in the 1900’s. Among all the ships built there is the worldwide famous RMS Titanic, known both for its greatness and for its tragic story. The city of Belfast has been established capital of Northern Ireland in 1921 and since then, it has been the theatre of many civil riots, especially between catholic nationalists and protestant unionists. These conflicts, called the Troubles, have ended with the agreements signed in 1998. Nowadays, Belfast is known as one of the most wonderful cities in Ireland, a fantastic place to eat and drink with plenty of restaurants and pub. To finish with, this place will make the pleasure of TV series fans, as it is the site where the very famous Game Of Thrones serie has been filmed, thanks to the exceptional irish landscapes.
When visiting Belfast, you should begin by having a walk in the city centre which is full of historical treasures: one of the most beautiful place to see is Belfast city hall, especially when arriving by Royal avenue. This Baroque Style building is the home of Belfast City council and possesses plenty of monument and statues which allow to learn more about the history of the area. Moreover, just on the side of the City Hall is the Titanic Memorial Garden in which you can discover tributes to all the people who died in the ship’s accident. By foot, you can then go and have a look to Saint Anne’s Cathedral which is the Anglican Church of Ireland and an exceptional Romanesque edifice. If you prefer seeing more modern art, you can go to the western side of the city to admire the paintings of the Wall of Peace, which is the symbol of friendship between catholics and protestants in today’s Ireland. Still in the centre of town, you can easily reach Queen’s University by going through the beautiful streets of the old section of Belfast. This university has seen many famous people at the beginning of their career (politicians, Nobel Prize winners, Lords, ambassadors or comedians) and gives you a direct access to the inviting Botanical Gardens in which you can either rest, walk around or discover the diversity of the vegetal collection of the gardens. Directly from the gardens you can take a look in the Ulster Museum, which is one of the most visited hall in the capital, thanks to its rare collection concerning art, history and natural sciences (and it is free to all visitors).
Going shopping in Belfast is easy and convenient as there are many shops in town concentrated into two areas: CastleCourt Shopping Centre and Victoria Square Shopping Centre. These two malls are perfect places to find new clothes and accessories or just enjoy a drink. For more everydaylife shopping, the Cityside Retail and Leisure is a commercial area very close to the city centre.
The centre of the capital is full of establishments which keep the city alive all night long. If you want to just have a drink, many bars are available in town, from the traditional irish pub to the cosy lounge bar and passing, little Cafe Bars. You can enjoy any kind of atmosphere just by crossing few streets.
If you prefer partying all night and dance in the rhythms of nightclub’s musics, this place is also for you! Beyond the fact that many bars in Belfast propose dancehalls and excellent choices of music, there are eleven fantastic clubs in the town centre where you will have the occasion to meet people from any horizons. To finish with, the centre of Belfast possesses an active and enjoyable gay nightlife quarter to chill out all night and meet plenty of new people in an open-minded atmosphere.
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Belfast is located in an oceanic and temperate area, therefore it has a climate which stays quite regular all year long, with high precipitations especially in winter and the temperatures vary between 4°C and 15°C.
Most of the traveling in Belfast is done by car, as the historical division of the city has made the installation of public transport complicated. However, Translink Metro provides an efficient bus service in the city and its suburbs and taxis are also generously used. There are also four railway stations and an airport in town to serve Belfast city.