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What to do in Belfast Ireland

Belfast IrelandWhat To Do In Belfast, Ireland

Belfast is the second largest city in Northern Ireland, with Dublin in southern Ireland being the largest, and with a population of over 200,000 it is filled with the charm of an old town shipping port along a thriving metropolis. Belfast began centuries ago as a shipping passage through the Irish Sea, protected on one side by Ireland and the other by England and Europe. Ireland is a beautiful country and carries a great deal of charm for many people with Irish blood in them. In fact the Irish have spread all over the world and regularly go back to Ireland to renew their roots and memories. Ireland holds a great deal of nostalgia for many people.

There was a time when there were a lot of problems in Belfast due to political disagreements and long time feuds that caused a lot of death as well as destruction. With the agreements that Tony Blair’s government was able to put in place, today it is quickly gaining the reputation as being the place to go for “a break”, even more than Glasgow or London!

Once you get here, either by boat or plane, you have lots of choices of what to see and do while in Belfast.

Things to do in Belfast Ireland

Below is a list of some of the things to do while in the area:

  •  Shine – nightclub plays extreme techno for dancing and disco.
  • Crown Liquor Saloon – Is decorated in ornate, Victorian-era pub and is full of friendly faces.
  • Ulster Museum – displays many artifacts of early Ireland and treasures from the Spanish Armada
  • W5 – children’s Museum
  • Ormeau Baths Gallery – well-known contemporary art gallery. Specialty shop inside.
  • Linen Hall Library – Library founded in 1788, beautiful architecture.
  • Customs House – Historic site.
  • Belfast Castle – tour a majestic castle dating back to 1870’s.
  • St. Anne’s Cathedral – outstanding architecture; religious site.
  • Grand Opera House – opera
  • Cathedral Quarter – in upscale neighborhood, buildings of glass and chrome, cafes and wine bars. Scenic/historic walking area.Botanical Gardens and Palm House – walk through gardens.
  • Belfast City Centre and Laganside Walk – historic walking tour around downtown area.
  • Harland and Wolff Shipyard – shipyard down at the docks – where Titanic was built
  • Mountains surround city and make a beautiful place to spend a day hiking, picnicking, horseback riding.
  • Have a fresh seafood dinner out on the Pier.

Belfast Ireland

Belfast is the kind of get-a-way everybody needs every so often. Its quaint restaurants and pubs, old town background, and the dated architecture can’t help but lend a friendly atmosphere to all who enter. Unfortunately as of recent there has been some problems with marches and residents rioting once again over the religious issues that have plagued the country for many years. Hopefully this will not last and Belfast can return to re-inventing itself.

Whether you take a weekend, a week or three weeks, there is plenty for you and your family to do. If you need a rest, you can always slip down to the beach for a relaxing afternoon walking the shoreline and soaking up the sun. But once you come to Belfast, you’ll see why it is becoming the get-a-way city of Ireland.

Visit Ireland some time soon and enjoy the Irish Hospitality. Ireland is a beautiful place to visit particularly in the summer time when everything is growing, everything is green  and life is easy.

For more posts about Ireland including Belfast and Dublin, click here.

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One Response to “What to do in Belfast Ireland”

  1. thanks for these posts about ireland. we plan to go there some time soon and will stop to see some of the sites you mentioned. Ireland is kind of mystical to a lot of people.

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