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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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Belfast Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife in Belfast, Northern Ireland (City Travel Guide 2018)

By Christopher R. McCartney

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The places found in this book are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. 1,450 places listed and organized in four groups. "TOP 500 SHOPS" (84 Store Categories), "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" (82 Cuisine Types), "TOP 200 ATTRACTIONS" Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Parks, Botanic Gardens, Sports Clubs, Bowling, Entertainment Centres. "TOP 250 NIGHTLIFE SPOTS" Lounges, Bars, Pubs, Music Venues, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs and many more options to visit, relax and enjoy your stay.

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

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor s Travel Guides
Released: 2016-12-13
Paperback (656 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With an array of dazzling photographs, this book deftly guides the traveler through all the sights and experiences--from Connemara to Georgian Dublin to pub culture to Irish dance--that make the Emerald Isle one of Europe's most popular destinations.
 
This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on Dublin's literary heritage, Irish traditions from pub life to dance and music, shopping tips, and Belfast's Titanic history
· Major sights such as The Rock of Cashel, The Giant's Causeway, Newgrange, Book of Kells, The Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, and Aran Islands
· Coverage of Dublin; The Midlands; The Southeast; County Cork; The Southwest; County Clare, Galway City, and the Aran Islands; Connemara and County Mayo; The Northwest and Northern Island

Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life

By John Conroy

Brand: Beacon Press
Released: 1995-06-30
Paperback (240 pages)

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Resolution of intractable problems around the world requires understanding ordinary people as well as leaders. This street-level view of Northern Ireland provides the best explanation of the twenty-five-year conflict.

Belfast Travel Guide 2017: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife in Belfast, Northern Ireland (City Travel Guide 2017)

By Christopher R. McCartney

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The places found in this book are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. 1,450 places listed and organized in four groups. "TOP 500 SHOPS" (84 Store Categories), "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" (82 Cuisine Types), "TOP 200 ATTRACTIONS" Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Parks, Botanic Gardens, Sports Clubs, Bowling, Entertainment Centres. "TOP 250 NIGHTLIFE SPOTS" Lounges, Bars, Pubs, Music Venues, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs and many more options to visit, relax and enjoy your stay.

Belfast: A History

By William A. Maguire

Carnegie Publishing
Paperback (278 pages)

Belfast: A History
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For 250 years Belfast, though quite unlike anywhere else in Ireland, was similar to many of the other great industrial cities of the United Kingdom. It embraced the industrial revolution wholeheartedly, and witnessed enormous economic success and expansion as a result. In its heyday it was a great port, a powerhouse of linen manufacturing, ship-building, and engineering, and a truly dominant force in the northern Irish economy. As the iconic shell of RMS Titanic was taking shape high above her Queen’s Island birthplace, Edwardian Belfast was near the peak of her economic might. But within the city there developed patterns of community division and conflict – based on religion – which in their severity and seeming permanence have rendered it quite unique among the cities of the British Isles. From the seventeenth-century Ulster plantations to Catholic migration from elsewhere in Ireland, the particular mix of people in Belfast has always been different from everywhere else and has fundamentally shaped the city’s identity and history over successive centuries. Much of the industry has now gone, and for many years the city had to struggle with the pain of adjustment, at the same time as it was being scarred by a generation of the Troubles. Now, with a hard-won peace, investment and renewed hope, it is an excellent time to stand back and make a new assessment of the history that has brought Belfast to where it is today.

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Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. Most of Belfast, including the city centre, is in County Antrim, but parts of East and South Belfast are in County Down. It is on the flood plain of the River Lagan. By population, Belfast is the 17th largest city in the United Kingdom and the second largest on the island of Ireland. It is the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly. "Belfast: A History" is an exceptionally well written and beautifully illustrated history of one of Ireland's premier and often controversial cities. Thoroughly 'reader friendly', informed and informative, "Belfast: A History" is highly recommended for community library collections and the reading lists for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history of Ireland in general, and the city of Belfast in particular. --- Midwest Book Review

Belfast Noir (Akashic Noir)

McKinty Adrian
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"The works are short, allowing readers to savor each snippet or devour the entire compelling book in a day, depending on just how deliciously gloomy they're feeling."
--Shelf Awareness, Starred review

"All the stories are compelling and well executed...Great writing for fans of noir and short stories, with some tales close to perfection."
--Library Journal, Starred review

"[Belfast Noir] zooms in on Northern Ireland's capital city, whose history surely more than qualifies it as a breeding ground for noir."
--Booklist

"The choices made by editors McKinty and Neville celebrate lowlifes, convicts, hookers, private eyes, cops and reporters, and, above all, the gray city at the heart of each story."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Belfast, with its bleak, murderous history, at last gets an entry in Akashic's acclaimed noir series."
--Publishers Weekly

"Belfast Noir is one of the strongest entries in Akashic's admirable City Noir series....all [stories] are of exceptional quality. Anyone with a fondness for noir, an interest in the past, in contemporary Irish writing, or simply an appreciation of excellent prose should snap this one up."
--Reviewing the Evidence

"Singapore Noir, like Belfast Noir, once again proves that Akashic Books' noir series is better than any travel guide."
--MysteryPeople

"Belfast Noir equals the high standards set by its predecessors."
--Book Chase

"Impossibly hard to put down...Belfast shows its true colors (ie bloodstainds) in this gritty collection."
--Barbarian Librarian

"It's almost like visiting [Belfast]."
--Journey of a Bookseller

"A terrific collection."
--Escape Into Life

"I was blown away with what I read...This is a great anthology of modern-day noir."
--Mom Read It

Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir, Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.

From the introduction by Adrian McKinty & Stuart Neville:

"Few European cities have had as disturbed and violent a history as Belfast over the last half-century. For much of that time the Troubles (1968–1998) dominated life in Ireland's second-biggest population centre, and during the darkest days of the conflict--in the 1970s and 1980s--riots, bombings, and indiscriminate shootings were tragically commonplace. The British army patrolled the streets in armoured vehicles and civilians were searched for guns and explosives before they were allowed entry into the shopping district of the city centre...Belfast is still a city divided...

You can see Belfast's bloodstains up close and personal. This is the city that gave the world its worst ever maritime disaster, and turned it into a tourist attraction; similarly, we are perversely proud of our thousands of murders, our wounds constantly on display. You want noir? How about a painting the size of a house, a portrait of a man known to have murdered at least a dozen human beings in cold blood? Or a similar house-sized gable painting of a zombie marching across a postapocalyptic wasteland with an AK-47 over the legend UVF: Prepared for Peace--Ready for War. As Lee Child has said, Belfast is still 'the most noir place on earth.'"

Belfast Travel Guide 2016: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions & Nightlife. Northern Ireland (Belfast City Travel Guide 2016)

By Christopher R McCartney

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Insight Guides Great Breaks Belfast (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.


 
 
 

 
 
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