Belfast City (Beal Feirste) is the
capital of Northern Ireland and is located
in County Antrim. The city offers easy
access with a choice of two airports.
Located in the city at Belfast Lough is
Belfast Harbour Airport, Belfast
International Airport is 12 miles west of
the city. At Belfast Port, harbour ferries
arrive from Scotland and the U.K. History
and politics play a major role in the fabric
of Belfast, where the culture that has
evolved here is different than other parts
of Northern Ireland. It is rich in a
diversity of cultures in art, music, dance,
sports, shopping, attractions and historical
sites. Once you are in Belfast, take
advantage of what it has to offer, with a
city tour bus or Black Taxi tours.
- City Hall is located on Donegall
Square. It dominates the area with its
magnificent architecture of classical
renaissance style with fine Portland
stone exterior and Italian marble
interior. It was completed in 1903.
- Ulster Museum is noted for its Irish
antiquities, Ulster history and displays
of art, The Early Ireland Gallery
(10,000 BC to 1,500 BC), and treasures
from the Armada shipwreck, Girona.
- Linen Hall Library, located on
Donegal Square, was established in 1788.
It houses an Irish collection of over
20,000 volumes and a Robert Burns
- Crown Liquor Saloon is the most
famous pub in Belfast. The building is
of Victorian architecture, with the
outside covered in thousands of colorful
tiles. The inside décor has stained and
painted glass, carved oak screens and
- Grand Opera House offers a variety
of musical programs.
- The Botanic Gardens, the rose
gardens and herbaceous borders were
established in 1920. Two greenhouses
dominate the gardens. The Palm House has
a conservatory containing tropical
plants like coffee, sugar, and banana
plants. The Tropical Ravine has a high
walkway that provides a great viewpoint.
- Queen's University dates from 1849
and offers a Visitor Center with
historical exhibitions. The architecture
is something to be noted.
- St. Anne's Cathedral, an Anglican
Church, was built between 1899 and 1927.
It incorporates part of the original
building. There are beautiful mosaics
within the church.
- The Golden Mile has restaurants,
galleries, entertainment venues, and
- Culturlann Macadam O'Fiaich, on the
Falls Road, is Belfast's main Irish
language arts center. There are many
murals painted on the buildings that
depict the plight of Irish Catholics
from An Gorta Mor to the 21st Century.
- Fernhill House: The People's Museum
tells the history of the Protestants in
the Shankill District. The murals
painted on the buildings depict their
story over the past 30 years.
- Belfast Zoo houses 40 endangered
species of animals. It has won national
and international acclaim for rare
- Belfast Castle was built in 1870 and
was the former home of the Donegall
family. It offers a spectacular view of
the city. There is a heritage center,
antique shop, and children's play area
on the premise.