On a rainy day (very common in Ireland), I travelled by bus from Dublin to Belfast, in Northern Ireland. On my arrival in Belfast, I immediately thought about London and I noticed differences between this city and Dublin. In Belfast, the taxis are London-style, the streets look “heavier” and darker and the architectural style is grandiose. On this post, I leave you with 5 places you can’t miss in Belfast, the city of the Titanic.
Read also: Dublin: 10 Places You Can’t Miss
Belfast City Hall
The construction of the Belfast City Hall was finished in 1906. This building was built to celebrate the recognition of Belfast as a city by the Queen Vitória in 1888.
The interior of the building is a tribute to the victims of the sinking of the Titanic. The visit to the Belfast City Hall is free and there are several reasons to visit it, such as the Grand Staircase, the Reception Room, the Great Hall and the Titanic Memorial Garden.
Tour de Street Art
Belfast is a vibrant and young city. Part of the history of Belfast can be seen in the facades of the buildings throughout the city. Several themes are portrayed, from politics to the civil war. If you pay attention, you will see that there are many portraits of the artistic and intellectual success of the city.
The Cathedral Quarter is the busiest area in the city and it is the home to the most famous pubs in the city, including The Dark House (has one of the Game of Thrones gates), Duke of York, The Harper Bar and Sunflower.
Bradbury Place is another area with many pubs. This area is less visited by tourists. It is located near the Queen’s University and it is more frequented by residents and students, making the prices cheaper.
Titanic Museum and SS Nomadic
The main symbol of Belfast is the Titanic and, throughout the city, we find many symbols associated with the ship. The capital of Northern Ireland was once the largest hub of the maritime industry worldwide, with the headquarters of the company that built the Titanic – H&W.
The Titanic museum was built in front of the pier where the Titanic and its twin, Olympic, were built. The museum tells the entire story of the ship, from its construction to the degradation of H&W and the city of Belfast itself.
There, you can see what the first, second and third-class cabins looked like, see reports of the survivors, you can digitally visit the ship’s floors, among many other things.
The visit to the Titanic museum includes a visit to the ship SS Nomadic, the only ship of the White Star Line, the company responsible for Titanic rights, that currently exists. The SS Nomadic transported passengers from Cherbourg, France, to the Titanic. By visiting this ship we can have a better perception of the Titanic’s interior and its grandiosity and good taste.
Get lost in the streets
Is there a better way to get to know a new city? I don’t think so! I think it is always a good idea to have a few hours to walk without a destination and find the little corners that don’t appear in the itineraries.
I hope you liked this post! Don’t forget to see the post about Dublin!
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