Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has for a long time been characterized by violence and political upheaval. For the past 30 years, to be exact. Thought these years have been extremely complex, the violence since then has ceased and many of the artifacts from this period of time have remained and become a part of a culture that people come to visit and see for themselves.
Once in Belfast, you can’t really visit without finding yourself taking the time to immerse yourself in the culture and learning the city’s deep and often complicated history. Several companies in the area even offer Black Taxi tours, which are essentially a guided tour through key regions where you can see former prisons, political murals, and the Peace Walls.
Apart from the turbulent history you can learn about and see for yourself, Belfast is a place where you can encounter some of the friendliest people and join them for coffee, or pints. With an emerging number of new and trendy hotels, modern cuisine and attractions, Belfast has been a place for many to explore.
Belfast is also the birthplace of several notable figures, such as C.S. Lewis whose fictional story of Narnia was inspired by the natural surroundings of the area.
Best Time to Visit Belfast
While many places in the world are best visited in the summer, Belfast remains one of those unique destinations where spring is the most beautiful time to come. The entire city becomes undeniably colorful with blossoming trees and bright flowers lining the streets everywhere. Additionally, prices in the surrounding area are less expensive than when the majority of the population comes in the summer months.
December is also another beautiful month to visit as the entire city becomes covered in snow in preparation for the Belfast’s beautiful and festive Christmas markets. There you can indulge in a hot mug of Gluhwein and take in everything the Christmas season has in store for you.
Belfast Attractions and Social Scene
One of the main attractions in Belfast remains the Titanic, which was built in Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard. Today this has become a museum that pays homage to the tragedy. The museum is located on the site where the original ship was built and launched and has become somewhat of a highlight of Belfast.
After touring the museum, you can take part in Belfast’s pub life and slip into quaint bars around the city for a pint of Guinness and live music. End your trip with a day of natural scenery as you explore the cliff-side trails, or hike around some of the most beautiful and stunning mountains in Northern Ireland.
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