In the midst of high hills, beside the River Lagan and Belfast Lough, is the port city of Belfast, a thriving centre for arts and a city rich in cultural history. Entrepreneurial engineers, shipbuilders and linen manufacturers capitalised 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.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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 coloured 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 advise on which ones you don't want to miss.
|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 shop. 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.|
For traditional Irish grub visit one of Belfast's many pubs. Pubs have been around for several centuries, offering travellers and neighbours a warm, friendly, refuge in which to banter, get a bite to eat and sample house or local brew.
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.
As part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland uses the British pound. Major credit cards are readily accepted. When shopping, remember that many banks add a 'currency conversion fee' to transactions made in a foreign currency.
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