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  Belfast travel guide 2011-01-19  
The gateway to Northern Ireland

Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a British capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural retreat of Northern Ireland. At the head of Belfast Lough, the city is compact and easy to travel get around, whether by car or on foot. And within a couple of hours of Belfast, you can marvel at tourist attractions like the Giants Causeway , walk the Mountains of Mourne or fish in Fermanagh – Belfast is the perfect location to discover what the rest of Northern Ireland has to offer!
Culture & heritage
The birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast’s industrial heritage has shaped a city steeped in culture. The great exhibitions at the Ulster Museum reveal the bigger picture of the city’s heritage and at Culturlann you’ll even get the people's stories. While you are in the area, take a tour of those world-famous political murals.


Belfast is packed full of attractions to suit all ages and interests. Sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, 400ft above sea level, Belfast Castle is a must-see. If you’re visiting the city with children, don’t miss W5 , a great interactive museum with fascinating exhibitions. And in the summer, there’s no better place to relax than the Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park or Cave Hill Country Park.
Food & drink

Since local celebrity chef Paul Rankin first put Belfast on the culinary map, the culinary scene in Belfast has flourished. From Michelin Star excellence, upmarket city centre fusion restaurants, cosy neighbourhood brasseries, authentic Asian cuisine to traditional Irish pub grub – you’ll find something to suit all tastes and budgets in Belfast.
Belfast offers a wonderful array of shops. A must for all shoppers is the central shopping area, which runs from Donegall Place to Royal Avenue, and Lisburn Road in the south of the city boasts a trail of chic designer boutiques. But don’t limit yourself to the city centre – there are many fine shopping centres throughout the city and its suburbs.

Music & nightlife

Cardiff’s lively nightlife scene centres around St Mary Street, which has a wide choice of bars, pubs and clubs all in one street. Greyfriars Road is home to great cocktail and wine bars, and Cardiff Bay is fast becoming the city’s most popular spot for nightlife.
Buy before you fly
There’s a lot to see and do in Belfast. So don’t waste time standing in queues, buy your travel passes and attraction tickets online! With the BritRail Pass + Ireland, you can hop on a train wherever and whenever you want and see the country at your own pace.
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