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Belfast


Situated on the province's eastern coast, and flanked on the Northwest by a series of hills, Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland. As of the 2001, the city's population was 276,45, with 579,554 living in the Belfast Metropolitan Area.


Key Facts about Belfast


Here are some key facts about Belfast:
  1. Belfast is the 14th largest city in the United Kingdom.

  2. Belfast was granted city status in 1888 by Queen Victoria.

  3. Belfast is the largest city and administrative capital of Northern Ireland.

  4. As administrative capital of the province of Northern Ireland, Belfast is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive. The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland, and is based at Stormont in Belfast.

  5. Most of Belfast falls within in County Antrim, but some eastern and southern parts of the city are within County Down.

  6. In the past major industries in Belfast included linen (earning the city the nickname "Linenopolis"), tobacco production, and shipbuilding.

  7. Belfast suffered considerably during the period of The Troubles (from the late 1960s until 1998), but has undergone considerably economic growth since this period ended.

    Since the end of The Troubles, the city has attracted considerable inward investment, and the city center has been extensively redeveloped. Additionally, property prices have risen considerably in recent years, and the city has attracted increasing numbers of tourists.

  8. Belfast is served by two airports:

    • George Best Belfast City Airport - in the city itself

    • Belfast International Airport - to the West of the city

  9. Belfast is also a major port, with commercial and industrial docks, as well as being home to the Harland and Wolff shipyard.

  10. One of the most famous ships in history, RMS Titanic (which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 after hitting an iceberg), was constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.


Attractions and Places of Interest in Belfast


Some of the attractions and places of interest in Belfast include:

Weather in Belfast


Belfast has a temperate climate. It is warmer than many other locations around the world at similar latitude, due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. The city is surrounded by mountains that create something of a micro-climate. Generally speaking, Belfast experiences a narrow range of temperature and rainfall variation throughout the year.

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Books about Belfast


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Rick Steves Snapshot Northern Ireland

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2018-01-16
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You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Northern Ireland.

In this compact guide, Rick Steves and Pat O'Connor offer their best travel tips on Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Portrush, the Antrim Coast, Derry, and County Donegal. Visit the Ulster Museum in Belfast, tour the Dunluce Castle or Giant's Causeway along the Antrim Coast, or peruse Derry's political murals. You'll get firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick's up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).

Fodor's Essential Ireland 2019 (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-09-25
Paperback (656 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Ireland is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Dublin and Ireland. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Europe.

Ireland may be a small island, but it’s packed with things to do and see and simply overflowing with natural beauty, vibrant culture, and ancient history. From the splendor of its Georgian homes and Norman castles to its strikingly scenic landscapes, lush green fields, and postcard-perfect villages, there’s majesty at every turn here. Add a lively pub culture, a thriving arts and music scene, a reverence for the spoken word, and a warm and welcoming people, and you see why the Emerald Isle is one of Europe's most popular destinations.

Fodor’s Essential Ireland 2019 includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated coverage of neighborhoods, must-see attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and more. New restaurants and hotels throughout Ireland showcase the best options at different price points and categories. Updated annually to ensure the best and most relevant content.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A brief introduction and spectacular color photos capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout Ireland.
    •PULLOUT MAP AND MORE DETAILED MAPS: 50 detailed maps and a handy country-wide PULLOUT MAP that also covers the city of Dublin to help you plan and get around stress-free.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: In-depth illustrated features cover Dublin's literary heritage, iconic sights like the Ring of Kerry and the Rock of Cashel, and the Anglo-Irish Georgian House. Other features shine a spotlight on cruising on the Shannon, hiking in the West, and Irish whiskeys.
    •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Check out the Great Itineraries section to help plan your time, whether it’s a few days or a few weeks. Find suggested excursions from Dublin, a tour of Northern Ireland, as well as the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports, and the outdoors. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSABLE TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Planners gives useful, practical overviews of important travel information. A Calendar of Events helps visitors choose the best time to plan a visit around special festivals, parades, and golf tournaments.
    •COVERS: Dublin, Clare, Galway, Cork, Belfast, the Aran Islands, the Ring of Kerry, Connemara, and much more.
    •ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor's has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Planning on visiting the United Kingdom, too? Check out Fodor’s Essential England, Fodor’s London 2018, Fodor's Essential Great Britain, and Fodor’s Scotland.

Lonely Planet Ireland (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Fionn Davenport & Catherine Le Nevez

Lonely Planet
Released: 2018-03-20
Paperback (720 pages)

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Lonely Planet: The world’s leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Ireland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ponder the brooding landscapes and windswept coast, soak up music and literary sites in Dublin, and explore centuries of history; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Ireland and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Ireland Travel Guide:

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  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, literature, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, sport, and the Irish way of life
  • Covers Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Belfast, Armagh, Londonderry, Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Ireland, our most comprehensive guide to Ireland, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

Looking for a guide focused on Dublin? Check out Lonely Planet’s Dublin guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; Best of Ireland, a photo-rich guide to the country’s most popular attractions; Ireland’s Best Trips, a guide to the best short and long road trips, or Pocket Dublin, a handy-sized guide focused on the can’t-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Insight Guides Great Breaks Belfast (Travel Guide with Free eBook) (Insight Great Breaks)

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Belfast is an exciting place: forget its troubled past; this is a city keen to welcome visitors and fulfil its potential as a vibrant European capital. We suggest 10 easy-to-follow walks and tours around Belfast, taking in sights such as the Titanic Quarter, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, and the astonishing Giant's Causeway. There are three additional excursions into Northern Ireland's beautiful countryside and coastline. Each unique walk is accompanied by vivid full-colour photographs, clear maps and plenty of recommendations for where to eat and drink. Features on the local culture focus on what makes Belfast unique - its historic pubs, mural art and the Titanic legacy.

Belfast in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2019):A 72 Hours Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Belfast,N.Ireland.: Where to Stay,Eat,Go Out and What to See in Belfast. How to Save Time and Money.

By Belfast Travel Guide 2016

Released: 2015-09-10
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Belfast in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2019):A 72 Hours Perfect Plan with the Best Things to Do in Belfast,N.Ireland.: Where to Stay,Eat,Go Out and What to See in Belfast. How to Save Time and Money.
 
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