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Belfast, Northern Ireland

In the midst of high hills, beside the River Lagan and Belfast Lough, is the port city of Belfast, a thriving center for arts and a city rich in cultural history. Entrepreneurial engineers, shipbuilders and linen manufacturers capitalized on Belfast's large port in Victorian times. Belfast's history reveals itself in Victorian, Georgian, and Edwardian architecture. Marvel at the carved stone and iron work of St. George's Market or search the high ledges of the old linen warehouses and banks for the busts of poets, gods, kings and queens that keep watch over the city.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Take a tour of Belfast's historic and famous pubs. The heart of Belfast lies in the warmth and spirit of the people who live there. Journey out with the locals for a bit of banter and a pint, or a sweet hot whisky. Get carried away in the rhythms of traditional Irish music at Maddens, check out the restored ship boiler embedded in the wall at McHughs, or admire the opulent marble Italian tile work and bar inlaid with colored glass at The Crown Liquor Saloon. If your taste buds are ready for some adventure drop by The Morning Star for a kangaroo or crocodile steak with your brew. With plenty of enticing pubs throughout Northern Ireland, you'll have to pace yourself. Ask the locals to weigh in on which ones you don't want to miss.

Other Fun Things to Do

Explore Belfast Castle, former residence of the third marquis of Donegall. Originally completed in 1870, the castle provides picturesque views of the city and Belfast Lough. The castle was beautifully restored in 1988. Its cellars have now been transformed into a Victorian arcade featuring a bistro restaurant, a bar, and an antiques and craft store. Stroll around the grounds, a public park perfect for resting your sea legs while you enjoy a picnic and take in the view.
Wander through the Ulster Museum to view the award-winning Early Ireland gallery and Made in Belfast exhibits. Check out the magnificent relics recovered from the Spanish galleass Girona in Treasures of the Armada.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

For traditional Irish grub visit one of Belfast's many pubs. Public houses (pubs), have been around for several centuries offering travelers and neighbors a warm, friendly refuge to banter, get a bite to eat and sample house or local brew.

Shopping for Bargains

You can find just about anything at St. George's Market. Voted the third best food market in the UK in 2004, you'll be tempted by stalls selling everything from specialty meats, cheeses and coffees to the inedible - books, candleholders, and carpets. Looking for fine Irish linens? Visit Smyth's Irish Linens run by the fourth generation of the Smyth family or Hall Linen and Celtic Crafts, specialists in linen since 1850.

Local Currency

As part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland uses the British pound. Major credit cards are readily accepted. When shopping, remember many banks add a "currency conversion fee" to transactions made in a foreign currency.

Weather in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Month:

Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 44° 6.67°
Average Low 36° 2.22°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 2.2 in 5.59 cm

Before You Visit

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