The Titanic Town

Belfast in the early 20th century had the largest and most productive shipyard in the world, gaining global renown with the launch of the RMS Titanic. Located on the slipways where she was built is a stunning new museum, opened in time for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s only voyage and tragic demise.

Today the city and riverfront are undergoing a 21st century transformation, but many exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings still sport the carved heads of kings and queens.

As you explore the city, keep an eye out for “the murals.” These somewhat troubling freelance works appearing on building walls provide insight into the period known simply as “The Troubles.”

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Donegall Square

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Donegall Square

Donegall Square

The heart of Belfast, most of the main city streets radiate outward from the square. The vast, rectangular Edwardian city hall is located here and outside city hall is the Titanic memorial. The memorial stands as a poignant reminder of the ill-fated liner built in the nearby Harland & Wolff shipyard.

Crown Liquor Saloon

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Crown Liquor Saloon

Crown Liquor Saloon

One of Belfast’s best known pubs, this flamboyant Victorian drinking palace dates back to the 1880s. The building remains largely unchanged from when it was first built, including its elaborate multi-colored tile façade. Snag one of the snugs (or booths) and enjoy a refreshing pint.

Belfast & Hillsborough Castle

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Belfast & Hillsborough Castle

Belfast & Hillsborough Castle

Belfast is ringed by high hills, sea, lough, and a river valley. A village in the 17th century, this robust northern metropolis was the engine-room that drove the whirring wheels of the industrial revolution. Enjoy an orientation tour of this famous city before exploring the picturesque floral village of Hillsborough.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland At a glance

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GPS: 54°35'50.23"N 5°55'48.43"W
Size: 115.00 KM2 (44.40 MI2)
Population: 579,276
Density: 5,037 Pop/KM2 (1,945 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +028

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