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Belfast

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Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. The name Belfast originates from the Irish Béal Feirste, or the mouth of the Farset, the river on which the city was built and has now been superseded by the River Lagan. Belfast saw the worst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and since their start in 1969, news of violence and disruption marred the city’s image as a tourist destination.

Since the 1997 cease-fire and the Good Friday agreement, however, Belfast is making up for lost time. With the help of massive investment, the city has undergone a remarkable transformation, and now has a booming economy and high employment rates. The River Lagan has been cleaned up and inner city areas, such as the Cathedral Quarter, have been regenerated, attracting new restaurants, hotels, shopping areas and cafés.

The city’s largely Victorian buildings have been juxtaposed with impressive 20th-century architecture, creating a sense of progress and change. With its sights set on the future. Belfast has become a vibrant, friendly and exciting city, waiting to be discovered in new ways.

Having survived almost three decades of conflict and division, Belfast is now emerging from its chrysalis with a newfound freshness and vibrancy.

Carrying a deep sense of its history, yet boldly striding into the future, Belfast is an exciting juxtaposition of old and new. Stroll by the River Lagan and see the birthplace of the infamous Titanic, visit the famous political murals in a black taxi or kick back with a traditional music session in one of this lively city’s beautifully preserved old pubs.

Belfast was once home to C.S.Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia. Maybe this is where he found his inspiration? The world's most famous musician Van Morrison also grew up in Belfast. Music does play an important part in this city’s social scene and bands often perform at the Odyssey Arena or the Belfast Waterfront.

Belfast boasts a wide variety of eateries to suit all budgets and tastes, including a couple of the best restaurants in Ireland. The huge investment in restaurants and hotels are attracting talented young chefs who are lending new energy to the Belfast eating scene, and high quality venues are popping up all over the place.

The people of Belfast know how to appreciate great coffee and there are coffee shops in every corner. Sit down in one of the many cafés and enjoy watching people pass by.

Belfast is awash with slick new bars, as well as plenty of old-style pubs, many with traditional music sessions several nights of the week, as well as DJ-nights at weekends. Pubs usually close around 11.30 pm.

The club scene is vibrant and top-quality live music can be found in several venues throughout the city. Late-night action really kicks off south of the centre around the Golden Mile, Queen’s Quarter and Lisburn Road.

All the usual department stores and high-end chains are located on High Street and Royal Avenue, and the smaller streets connecting them. This area is mostly for pedestrians. The Castlecourt Shopping Centre is located on Royal Avenue and is Northern Ireland’s largest shopping mall, with more than 70 different shops. The Lisburn Road shopping centre houses trendy designer boutiques. For more individual, arty shops, explore the Cathedral Quarter, as well as Bedford Street, Dublin Road and Donegall Pass (the latter and interesting mix of biker shops and antique markets) where you will find interesting design stores, antiques, gift shops and many other small Belfast outlets.

For arts and crafts, visit the Wicker Man in the Donegall Arcade. At the Workshops Collective (1a Lawrence Street), you can pick up paintings, sculpture, furniture and crafts directly from the artist.

Saint George’s Market, access via Oxford Street, is the last surviving covered Victorian market in Belfast and has been newly restored, giving it a new lease of life. On Fridays the food market runs from 7 am-3 pm and sells fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and fish, as well as some miscellaneous items.

 

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