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City Guide Belfast, Northern Ireland

Visiting Belfast

Only 300 years ago Belfast was a small village tucked away into to a lough and river valley. Today it is a very lively city and, despite an uncomplimentary portrayal in the media over the last 30 years, a safe city too. It has a famous shipbuilding industry (Titanic was built here) and a vibrant student culture. As the dust left from Belfast’s troubled history begins to settle, it is becoming increasingly popular with tourists.

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Belfast City Reviews

  • 60%

    jefnvk

    Meh...

    The title pretty much sums it up. Pretty much just "meh". Not much of a tourist destination, unless you are a recent history buff. Even then, though, sentiments are still very touchy, and best avoided unless you know exactly whom you are talking with. Nice enough town, they have some amazing old pubs, but it is nowhere I really feel the need to return to anytime soon.

    Insider Tip:The ferry to Liverpool, while a long trip, is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great place to have fun in a true Irish fashion

    Firstly, Belfast has a lot of recent history. Walking through it and seeing it everywhere and talking to everyone is fascinating. Be careful though, some people are extremely sensitive about it all. The city is relatively new to tourism, so it's a great place to find some local music and dance with the Irish

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    a lovely city that is moving forward

    Even though I spent most of my time at the old town, it did not take long to discover that Belfast is also a very modern city. The violent clashes between catholics and protestants seem to be something of the past (I know they still occur ocasionally but that should not discourage any prospective tourist). It is very easy to get around by public transportation and the city offers a wide range of tourist attractions.

    Insider Tip:I would suggest a stay of at least three days for those who want to learn (or experience) some of its history and visit the most important attractions.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Northern Ireland

    What really impresses in this city is the way Catholics and Protestants still have a war here. The wall between them really made me think about people and their behaviour regarding its culture and religion. Definitely I recommend a visit!

    Insider Tip:Take the Black Taxi Tour! That's really worth it!

  • 80%

    AuroraBowery

    Belfast: The Quaint City of Northern Ireland

    This city is rich in culture and history. It is definitely worth a visit if you are able to. The Titanic Museum was very impressive if quite a walk away from the city centre. The City Hall is a very impressive building that you can't miss when walking by. The shopping is good and the night life is very lively with a mixture of different pubs to go to. Sunday night is impressive when walking around as you can listen to lots of live Irish music in different places.

    Insider Tip:Take the sightseeing bus tour. There aren't many walking ones so the bus is the best. Also if you have any questions while walking around or need directions, just ask a sightseeing tour seller in the red jackets as they are very knowledgeable about the city.

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