Belfast – In Pictures

July 30, 2013

Posted by
Jane

In our third ‘In Pictures’ feature we take you to buzzing Belfast City! Not only is Belfast city the birthplace to Titanic, the city is a vibrant visitor destination that rivals any European capital. Boasting a great nightlife, top class restaurants, unique visitor attractions and fabulous shopping, Belfast is the perfect city to escape to for a weekend of indulgence.

Belfast City Hall

The picturesque grounds of City Hall are a favourite of city centre workers, students and tourists for taking a break from the bustling city. Many people can be found relaxing in the grounds with friends or simply a sandwich and a favourite book. The grounds are also used for many events from continental markets to open air concerts.


Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is a ‘must see’ visit in any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland and has just welcomed it’s one millionth visitor. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, it is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. The Titanic Experience takes visitors on a journey through no fewer than 9 galleries  from the late 19th century, right up to the present day.

Cavehill

Looking for the best view over Belfast? You’ve found it! Take a Sunday walk to the top of Cavehill and enjoy panoramic views over the city!

Queen’s Bridge

View over Belfast City

The MAC, St. Anne’s Square

The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is Belfast’s brand new arts venue. This world-class venue in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter hosts all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performances and experimental works. Located in the heart of St. Anne’s Square – a beautiful Geogian style open square which offers a wide range of great restuarants and cafes including local favourite Coppi.

Harland and Wolff Cranes

The two great yellow-painted gantry cranes Samson and Goliath have become icons of Belfast, dominating not just Queen’s Island but the entire city skyline. Constructed to service the vast new graving dock at Harland and Wolff, Goliath (the smaller at 315 ft) began work in 1969, the 348ft Samson five years later. Each of the Krupp-Ardelt designed cranes can lift loads of up to 840 tons.

Botanic Gardens

First established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s, including the hornbeam-leafed oak.  Situated near Queens University Belfast, the Botanic Gardens is an important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists.

SS Nomadic

Titanic’s little sister, SS Nomadic has been restored to her former glory, the boat is the last remaining White Star Line vessel and ferried first and second class passengers to Titanic from Cherbourg in 1912.

Crumlin Road Gaol

The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it’s doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site. During the tour of the gaol you will be taken by your tour guide to visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, you will get a chance to sit in the Governor’s chair, view all the wings from the circle and of course pay a visit to the condemned mans cell before seeing the execution cell.

 

Find out more about our capital city here: discovernorthernireland.com/belfast

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