Belfast, the capital city of Northern Island, is a picturesque place which has recently emerged as a preferred destination for tourism in the UK. Located along the mouth of River Lagan, it has a unique look and feel. The locals are known to be extremely warm and welcoming and can be found sharing the history of this city with the visitors.
A visit to Belfast is best started from the city center. The City Hall, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Saint Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast Exposed, Waterfront Hall and Cornmarket are the most prominent tourist attractions in the city center. Tourists can also enjoy the Titanic boat tour, dedicated to the ill-fated Titanic ship which was built here.
The City Hall has an exquisite building, and is essentially an architectural marvel. Free guided tours are available here, through which visitors can have a peek into the history of this city. Ormeau Baths Gallery and Belfast Exposed are popular galleries in the city and ought not to be missed.
Taking a walk along the Golden Mile, or the mile long path between City Hall and Queen's University is popular among tourists. Do not miss some of the finest restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes located here. Besides enjoying drinks, local delicacies and delicious coffee, one can listen to local bands that play at almost each one of them everyday.
The southern part of Belfast is essentially a plush area and boasts of some of the finest buildings and residential areas. A visit to Queen's University, Queen’s Film Theater, Botanical gardens, Ulster museum and Lyric Theater is particularly an amusing one.
Botanical gardens is the place to see some of the finest varieties of plants, including a number of carnivorous ones, one may find anywhere on the planet. Tropical Ravine is another place to enjoy watching flora and fauna of the region. But remain alert or else you may find yourself becoming victim of pranks which are popular here. The Ulster Museum is a nice place to have a glimpse of Northern Ireland’s history, marine life and art.
Visit the Belfast Zoo and Belfast Castle located in northern part of the city. Belfast Zoo is renowned for exotic varieties of animals, particularly the prairie dogs and Barbary lions. Belfast Castle is a 19th century castle that offers a splendid view of the city and its coast.
The western part of Belfast is quite famous among tourists for the range of places offered by it worth visiting and activities worth enjoying. Chultúrlann, Falls Park, Casement Park, Eileen Hickey Republican History Museum and Milltown Cemetery are some of the most popular places here that are worth paying a visit.
Belfast Mural Tour is a popular way of exploring the history and culture of the city. Huge house-sized murals can be found along The Falls Road and the Shankill. Most of these murals are politically motivated ones, but definitely worth watching.
Belfast is well connected with most parts of the UK and rest of the world. One can catch a flight to any one of the two airports or a train from London to reach here. Visitors can even reach here by ferry ride to London and Liverpool in mainland Britain. Getting around in Belfast is pretty easy owing to extensive local transport network and availability of guided cab tours.