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Places to Visit in Belfast by Susan Ashby
Whether you plan on going
on a whole-day date with your special someone or just want to spend the
day out in the sun soaking up the city's sights and sounds, there is plenty
to do in hip and happening Belfast.
The ambience here is unique
and features a distinct 19th century feel emanating from the grand public
buildings that were erected during the Industrial Revolution. Recent city
developments have added a hip and happening attitude to Belfast, especially
around the flourishing restaurants, cafes and pubs.
|The city may be compact
but it boasts of huge arts festival, waterfront artworks and the modern
Odyssey Complex. There are occasional violent reminders of the Troubles
but the general atmosphere is one of determined optimism.
Foreign travellers may visit
Belfast during any time of the year but April, June and September are favoured
by many since the weather is in fine form, the crowds are smaller, the
days seem longer and the main attractions are all open.
Of course, among the key
points of interest in Belfast are the impressive array of Victorian and
Edwardian buildings that house a large number of sculptures. Primary among
them are the City Hall, which dates back to 1906, and the Queen's University
of Belfast, which was inaugurated in 1849.
Two of the best-looking buildings
are former banks, namely, Ulster Bank (1860) on Waring Street and Northern
Bank (1769) on Donegall Street.
Another of the noteworthy
buildings in the area is the Linenhall Library (1788) on Donegall Square
North, a product of the imagination of architect Charles Lanyon, who is
responsible for many of the city's Victorian buildings. The Cathedral Quarter
area, the city's main cultural and tourist spot, also houses many of the
oldest buildings in Belfast.
|Belfast is also famed for
having the Harland and Wolff shipyard, the largest dry dock in the world
where the historic ship Titanic was built. Two giant cranes, aptly named
Samson and Goliath, lend an imposing backdrop to the shipyard.
The tallest building on the
island of Ireland can also be found in Belfast: the Windsor House, which
stands 80 meters or 262 ft tall and has 23 floors. However, the Obel Tower,
which is now under construction, will surpass Windsor House as Ireland's
tallest building once construction is completed.
Constructed from 1890 to
1896, St George's Market is today the last surviving Victorian covered
market in Belfast. Its restoration in 1997 cost the city £4.5million.
There are now regular markets every Friday and Saturday.
In one corner of Belfast
are some very impressive structures: Europa Hotel, Crown Liquor Saloon,
Royal Courts of Justice and the Belfast Botanic Gardens. The four-star
Europa Hotel was bombed 27 times during the Troubles and is one of Europe's
most bombed hotels. Just across the road from the Europa Hotel, the Crown
Liquor Saloon is the only bar owned by the National Trust and has largely
escaped the damage suffered by the Europa mainly because, its patrons like
to say, "God loves a drinker".
The Royal Courts of Justice
houses Northern Ireland's Supreme Court while the Belfast Botanic Gardens
features a unique palm house.
Make sure you walk down the
Golden Mile, the area that stretches from Belfast City Hall to Queen's
University, starting from Europa Hotel on Great Victoria Street and stretching
through Bradbury Place and all the way down to Botanic Avenue and University
Road. It pays to visit the Golden Mile during the day so you can have a
good idea where to find the best places at night. Many of the leading drinking
venues and restaurants listed in other sections of this website can be
|Visitors may want to go
on a Belfast Mural Tour to visit the many large wall mural paintings that
reflect the strong traditions of Northern Ireland's two main political
groupings, Republican and Loyalist, the former being predominantly Catholic
and the latter predominantly Protestant. The Falls Road or Shankill hosts
some of the best house-size political murals in the world. These murals
tend to change depending on the political climate of the time but they
are always worth a visit. They may be located in the poorer communities
of Belfast, but they are generally safe to visit, day or night, as long
as you stay apolitical.
Visitors can also take the
so-called Black Taxi Tour that goes through some of the fascinating sights
of west Belfast and can be booked through any of the hostels and hotels
in the area as well as through the Belfast Welcome Centre. The tour costs
around £7.50 - £10 per person.
One of the most impressive
structures in Belfast is the Albert Clock on High Street, which was built
in honour of Queen Victoria's Prince Consort, Prince Albert. For a look
at Belfast's contemporary art, the Ormeau Baths Gallery on Ormeau Avenue
is the place to visit. Belfast Zoo on the slopes of Cavehill to the north
of the city is another fascinating place. Meanwhile, for a taste of the
academe, St. Malachy's College is an inviting destination. It was founded
by Bishop Crolly in 1833 and today is one the oldest Roman Catholic grammar
schools in Ireland.
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is located in Belfast, close to Lyric Theatre, Queen's University of Belfast,
and Ulster Hall. Nearby points of interest also include Belfast City Hall
and Waterfront Hall. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available
in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary. This is a smoke-free property.
In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, guestrooms offer
direct-dial phones. Televisions are available in guestrooms. Rooms also
include desks. Guests may request irons/ironing boards.
Hotel Carrickfergus, near Belfast
This hotel is located in
Carrickfergus. Carrickfergus Castle is an area attraction. Another area
attraction is Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Dining options at Clarion
Hotel Carrickfergus include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary breakfast is served daily.
Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. Guest parking is complimentary.
Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. There are 68
guestrooms at Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus. Beds come with premium bedding.
Hotel, Cultra near Belfast
Culloden Hotel is located
in Cultra, close to Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Grey Point Fort.
Other points of interest are Waterfront Hall and Belfast Castle. Dining
options at Culloden Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool
and a health club. This 5.0-star property has a business center and offers
business services. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property
amenities include multilingual staff and a garden. There are 79 guestrooms
at Culloden Hotel. Beds come with premium bedding
Hotel Belfast City Centre
Days Hotel Belfast City
Centre is a business-friendly hotel located in Belfast, close to Ulster
Hall, Linen Hall Library, and Belfast City Hall. Additional points of interest
include Waterfront Hall and CitiGolf. Dining options at Days Hotel Belfast
City Centre include a restaurant. This 3.0-star property has a business
center and offers audio-visual equipment and business services. Guest parking
is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include laundry
facilities. Televisions have satellite channels.
at Queens Boutique Hotel, Belfast
Set in the heart of Belfast,
this hotel is close to Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfast.
Additional attractions include Wheel of Belfast. Dining options at Dukes
at Queens Boutique Hotel include a restaurant. A complimentary breakfast
is served daily. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers
small meeting rooms. Complimentary dial-up Internet access is available
in public areas. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Wedding
services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property
amenities include a concierge desk and laundry facilities. This is a smoke-free
Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club, Belfast
Hilton Templepatrick Hotel
& Country Club is a business-friendly hotel located in Templepatrick
and local attractions include Antrim Motte, Antrim Castle, and Clotworthy
Art Centre. Other area points of interest include Junction One International
Outlet Shopping Centre. Dining options at Hilton Templepatrick Hotel &
Country Club include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located
on site are an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. Wireless
Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities
include a coffee shop/café, a concierge desk, and an arcade/game
Holiday Inn Belfast is located
in central Belfast, close to Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ulster Hall, and Belfast
City Hall. Nearby points of interest also include Waterfront Hall and Queen's
University of Belfast. Dining options at Holiday Inn Belfast include a
restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours.
Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub,
and a sauna. The property's full-service health spa has beauty services.
Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property
amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. A total renovation
of this property was completed in February 2011.