Things to do in Belfast
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As the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is also the biggest city in the country. It lies on River Lagan, with its name meaning “river mouth of the sandbanks.” The city is best remembered as where the RMS Titanic was built by Harland and Wolff, which was the world’s largest and most productive shipyard company. The city played a major role in the Industrial Revolution as well as being at the forefront of industrialisation. The city still holds a lot of prominence as a centre for economic growth, the arts law, business, history and higher education among others. While it gained a negative image due to sectarian violence and unrest, it can now be considered as a brand-new city that has a lot to offer for its visitors. The resurgence of this city has been accompanied by renewed interest especially for visitors who want to enjoy new and exciting places to visit and things to do in a city gaining back its place as the destination of choice. Here is what you can do in this great and beautiful Northern Ireland city.
1. Visit Titanic Belfast
The Titanic continues to have a huge impact on the world, but here in this city, its influence is still felt. After marking the centenary commemorating the sinking of this famous ship after it collided with an iceberg, this attraction centre opened its doors to the public in 2012. This is where you want to be if you want to know, experience and discover first-hand the history of the mighty ship. In this must visit attraction, you get to explore the shipyard with your own eyes, while you walk through the decks and get to see for yourself where the true legend of the Titanic all began. While here, you can also experience other attractions such as visiting the last remaining White Star vessel in the world and even get to experience the original Tender Ship of the Titanic, the SS Nomadic. In addition to viewing artefacts of the original wreck, you can also dine and relax while you step back in time and enjoy a period of luxury with elegant five-star services.
2. Visit the Game of Thrones Sites
Are you one of the avid fans of the Game of Thrones series? Then visiting the fantastical world of George R. R. Martin must be on your wish list. The series has left a lasting impression especially with the scenic backdrops we have become accustomed to. One such location is the Haunted Forest, a scene at Tollymore Forest Park, County Down, where the white walkers began their march to attack the living. You may also remember Arya Stark walking through Kingsroad disguised herself as a boy. You too can recount her steps by walking through the trees near Armoy, County Antrim. If you recall the Dothraki grasslands, then you may want to experience them yourselves at the Shillanavogy Valley. The Game of Thrones is renowned for its abundance of castles. You can get to relive the experience the Lannister’s had at Shane’s Castle. Even if you are not a huge fan of this popular TV series, the huge number of castles in the city is one to marvel at.
3. Enjoy a pint
It is no secret that this is a city where you get great bars to wind down your day. One such is the Kelly’s Cellars. It is one of the oldest Irish pub and it is located right at the heart of the city. Since it was built in 1720, it has hardly changed and it is renowned for its pint of Guinness which comes with traditionally made Irish beef stew. If you want to get a pint that was served 200 years ago, then you cannot miss Kelly’s Cellars. Another place you cannot want to miss to get your favourite drink is The Duke of York. Here you can expect to sample traditional Irish Whiskey while sampling the city’s historical past. Since it is nestled between modern established, the fact that it has kept most of its traditional history, makes a unique place to experience.
4. Enjoy a game at the SSE Arena
If ice hockey is your game, then you will be unlucky not to visit the SSE Arena. It is the home of Belfast Giants, and the atmosphere is always electric when the home team is playing. In addition, there are always numerous competitions on offer and you may even get free pizza when the game goes on break.
5. Visit the Peace Wall Murals
How does it look like when streets are separated by walls? While this is not a common occurrence in many parts of the world, here you can have a view of six-meter walls and gates along the length of the walls dividing cities. The locals have filled them with artwork filled with slogans and messages. The city has witnessed trouble in past, with sectarian violence rocking the country. These violent incidents were referred to as “The Troubles.” While the wall acts as stark reminder of the city’s dark past, it also acts to remind them of a dark period in which more than 3,500 people lost their lives and almost 50,000 others were injured. The walls make up to 30 Kilometres in total. The walls are a must visit if you want to see for yourself the history of the city and a reminder of a dark past and how the art on both sides portrays hope for the future.
6. Tour the St. George Market
A visit to any city cannot be complete without visiting its trading centre. If you want to know how the residents of this great city go through their everyday life and what takes them through, then you need to visit the famous St. George Market. It is especially full on the weekends, with locals flooding to buy essentials from the more than 150 stalls. It is especially famous for its seafood, bread and goat meat.