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Belfast is located on the river Lagan and is the largest city and capital of Northern Ireland. It is a city with many sights that come from the city's historic role as an important British port and industrial city.

One of the famous industries in the city was the shipyard Harland and Wolff, which built the Titanic and the sister ships to the White Star Line. The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, and the ship's brief history is depicted at the impressive museum, the Titanic Belfast.

There are many landmarks in Belfast. The Parliament Stormont and Belfast's Grand City Hall are two of the most famous, but also remember to see places like the Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast Castle and the Anglican St Anne's Cathedral.

In the vicinity of the Northern Ireland metropolitan area there are several beautiful excursion destinations. Giant's Causeway with about 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns is located on the north coast, where you can also cross the sea along the slender Carrick-A-Rede Bridge and see the dramatic ruin of Dunluce Castle.

Other attractions

Ulster Museum

  • Ulster Museum: This is a museum that is part of the Northern Ireland National Museum. You can see fine exhibitions within i.a. art, archeology and ethnography, all of which help to describe the history and culture of Northern Ireland.
  • Grand Opera House: The Grand Opera House is a beautiful theater building designed by architect Frank Matcham. The theater opened in 1895 in a beautiful setting with oriental-inspired decor.

Botanic Gardens, Belfast

  • The Botanic Gardens: Belfast's beautiful botanical garden opened as a private garden in 1828 and there was only public access on Sundays until 1895. In the garden you can see the large palm house from 1840 and many beautiful plants.
  • Crumlin Road Gaol: This former prison, also known simply as The Crum, was in use from its opening in 1846 to 1996. Thereafter, it lay desolate for a few years before being restored and converted into a museum, concert venue and conference center.

Belfast Castle

  • Belfast Castle: For centuries, Belfast Castle was the residence of the Chichester family. The original 12th-century city castle burned down in 1708, and the present one was built as a successor from 1811. Since 1934, Belfast Castle has belonged to the city of Belfast.
  • St. George's Market: This is a covered market in a fine market hall from the Victorian era. It was the city government of Belfast that built the market in the 1890s and it is still in use as a market with many stalls and shops.

Waterfront Hall, Belfast

  • Waterfront Hall: Waterfront Hall is a large conference and event venue that hosts some of Belfast's major events. The building was constructed in the years 1995-1997.
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Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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Belfast City Hall

  • Belfast City Hall: This is Belfast's Grand City Hall, built 1898-1906. The town hall building was planned according to the city's new status as a city, which was awarded by Queen Victoria in 1888. The style is neo-baroque, the interior is beautiful, and the impressive central dome is 53 meters/173 feet high.
  • Parliament Buildings (Stormont): The Northern Irish Parliament is also known as Stormont and the large main building is beautifully situated at the end of Prince of Wales Avenue. The building was erected 1928-1932 after the establishment of the Northern Ireland Government by the Government of Ireland Act 1920.

Titanic Belfast

  • Titanic Belfast: The luxury liner Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, was built in Belfast. In the former shipyard area you can now visit the museum Titanic Belfast, which is an experience of the ship's history. The museum building itself was designed by Eric Kuhne and Associates and is Belfast's modern landmark.
  • Albert Memorial Clock: This bell tower is one of Belfast's most famous buildings. It was constructed 1865-1869 in memory of Queen Victoria's deceased husband, Prince Albert, who adorns the tower in the form of a statue.
  • Peace Wall Belfast: Peace Wall is a manifest proof of recent Northern Irish history and a kind of attraction that most people would probably like to be without. The wall is set up as a physical division of Belfast's Protestant and Catholic populations and is seen in the street Cupar Way and other places.
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Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

  • Giant's Causeway: On the north coast of Northern Ireland you can see the Giant's Causeway, which is an unforgettable encounter with nature in the form of around 40,000 basalt pillars. Most are hexagonal and the tallest are up to 12 meters/39 feet high. The site is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is created through volcanic activity.

Dunluce Castle, Bushmills

  • Dunluce Castle: This is a castle ruin with a breathtaking location on the coastal cliffs of Northern Ireland. The castle was the seat of the McDonnell clan. The first castle on the site was built in the 13th century, while the current one was abandoned and fell into disrepair from the year 1690.

Mussenden Temple, Castlerock

  • Mussenden Temple: This is a beautiful building perched high above the Atlantic Ocean on the outer cliff from the shore. The temple was built in 1785 as part of the Downhill House residence, which can be seen as a ruin 200 meters/650 feet south of Mussenden Temple.

Carrick-A-Rede Bridge, Ballycastle

  • Carrick-A-Rede Bridge: This is a suspension bridge where you soar over the sea from the mainland of Northern Ireland to the small island of Carrickarede. The bridge is 20 meters/65 feet long and hangs 30 meters/100 feet above the cliffs and the sea below it.
  • Londonderry: The city of Londonderry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. You can see interesting Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the city, whose center was built as a fortified city with walls around. The walls can still be seen along with other of the city's sights.
  • Dublin: Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and as such there are many sights such as the famous Trinity College with Book of Kells, several cathedrals, museums and the Temple Bar District.
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With kids
  • Zoological Garden: Belfast Zoo, Antrim Road,
  • Science: W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, 2 Queens Quay,
  • Museum: Ulster Museum, Botanic Court,
  • Trains, busses and more: Ulster Transport Museum, 8 Dalchoolin, Holywood,
  • Miniature Golf: Lost City Adventure Golf, 100-150 York Street,
  • Candy: Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory, 58-60 Castlereagh Road,
  • Indoor skydiving, inflatable park and more: We Are Vertigo, Unit 1, Cedarhurst Road,
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