Why Belfast ?
Getting to know
Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. It’s the place where the famous RMS Titanic ship that hit an iceberg and capsized in 1912 was built.
The Titanic Quarter at dockyards was renovated in remembrance of this legacy. It houses an aluminum museum in the design of a ship’s hull, the Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff’s shipbuilding Drawing Offices, and the Titanic Slipways used to host live concerts in open air.
Seated on the east-coast banks of River Lagan, Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, the second largest on the Ireland Island and the 12th largest in the UK. With a population of over 330,000 based on 2015 statistics, Belfast is a major port.
Commonly referred to as “Linenopolis,” the city was the largest producer of linen worldwide during the Industrial Revolution. Shipbuilding, rope-making, and tobacco-processing are other major economic activities in the city.
Home to two airports (Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport), a large shipyard, and a port with industrial and commercial docks, Belfast is a must-visit.
In 2018, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) named Belfast as a Gamma global city.
TITANIC HOTEL AND MUSEUM – BELFAST, NOTHERN IRELAND
4 FUN THINGS YOU CAN DO IN BELFAST
Whether you’re visiting the Northern Ireland city for the first time or making a return visit, here’re some fun things to do:
Take breakfast at St. Georges Market Belfast
Any day between Friday and Saturday, you can begin your tour with breakfast at the Georges Market. A good day kicks off with some fulfilling breakfast, especially if you’re having hangover from the previous night out.
The aromatic smells that welcome you as you enter the market gives your stomach some rumbling approval for breakfast delicacies.
With over 240 traders, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Although you can try out different meals, don’t overdo it. The Friday market has been in operation since 1604.
Go on a black cab tour
Organize for a black cab tour to explore Belfast. You’ll tour some of the city’s best attractions; this is a good option if you lack a personal tour plan. A seasoned guide will take you on a tour of the city to explore some of its most turbulent past.
Look out for personalized tours for the best tour experience when visiting Belfast. Expect to see the city’s murals that mirror its rich culture and history.
A typical tour may last just one and a half hours, but you’re guaranteed unforgettable memories and experiences.
Visit the Crumlin Road Prison or Gaol
Dating back to 1845, the Crumlin Road Gaol ceased to be a functional prison in 1996. Today, it’s a popular tourist attraction ranking second on TripAdvisor for things to do in this city. Qualified tour guides will take your through the prison’s history and that of the city at large.
It was first used to hold children and women before its use as a republican political segregation and place for holding loyalist prisoners prior to its closure.
Exploring the prison sometimes gives chills, especially when at the tunnel that connects the Crumlin Road Courthouse to the Gaol. Walking through the same route prisoners used several years ago when heading for hearings feels quite surreal.
Try Maggie May’s big ass milkshake
Ranging from Kinder Bueno to standard Snickers to Strawberry millions to Jammie dodger, you can try a variety of milkshake flavors at Maggie May’s.
If you prefer a sugar fix, you’ll love her tasty deserts.