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General Information

Belfast is located in the Down County of Northern IrelandUnited Kingdom and is its capital city.  Belfast is the largest and most visited city in the United Kingdom

Historically, Belfast was the centre for the Irish linen industry and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, including the birthplace of the Titanic.  Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education, business, and law, and is the economic engine for Northern Ireland.

The city had previously suffered periods of conflict, however in recent years has sustained a level of calm with substantial economic and commercial growth.

Belfast is served by two airports namely the George Best Belfast City Airport in the city, and Belfast International Airport just west of the city.  The shoreline is dominated by commercial and industrial docks, with the city being a major port at the mouth of the River Lagan.  To the north and northwest of the city are the Divis and Black Mountains, and Cavehill, providing good opportunities for outdoor activities.

Belfast city centre has many grand historical buildings amongst them two former banks; the Ulster and Northern Bank.

Things to do and see in Belfast

There are many attractions in and around Belfast to keep all ages of tourists entertained.  Some of the activities are :-

  • The Palm House at the Botanic Gardens – at the mouth of the River Lagan
  • Victorian Botanic Gardens – city centre
  • Cave Hill Country Park
  • Lagan Valley Regional Park
  • Belfast Zoo – top visitor attraction
  • Belfast Waterfront
  • Odyssey Arena
  • Stormont Castle
  • St. George’s Market
  • St Anne's Cathedral

Please see the activities directory for more information.

Accommodation in Belfast

There is a large variety of accommodation options in and around this city;  from bed and breakfasts, hotels, inns and self-catering units, the list is extensive.

Please view the accommodation directory for more information.

Restaurants and Businesses in Belfast

There are several restaurants for the fine diner, as well as some wonderful street dining and the many pubs which provide superb local fare.  

There are many businesses in the city which provide various outlets from retail to industry and wholesale.  

View the restaurant and business directories for more information, or add your own free business listing.

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