Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is full of culture, possess a vibrant nightlife, history is abundant and the resonance of live, Irish folk music seeps out through the doors and windows of the city’s numerous pubs.
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The Titanic and Belfast
Among the most popular attractions in Belfast is the story of RMS Titanic, built in what was then the world’s largest shipyard, not surprising as Belfast was a most prosperous industrial city in the early 1900s.
There are many Titanic attractions in Belfast but perhaps the most magnificent is a multimedia exhibition detailing how the ship was built and its history that even includes a restaurant offering the exact meal served on board the last night. In the “Titanic Quarter” along river Lagan stylish, new buildings are rapidly replacing the old shipyards.
Guinness and Gaelic
Old Ireland is nevertheless always within reach in the modern city of Belfast. The folk music tradition is certainly alive and thriving and the old tongue of Gaelic is present on signs and sometimes heard spoken on the streets. Revived in the 60s, Gaelic speakers make up about 4.4% of the Irish nation today.
A visit to one of the numerous old-fashioned pubs is highly recommended for enjoying a classic pint of stout and some homemade beef stew. The city is bursting with interesting places to eat, so if beef stew is not your fare of choice, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a tasty bite of a different sort.
St. George’s Market is held every weekend in a charming, Victorian building, and was voted the best indoor market in the UK in 2014. A market has been held on this spot ever since 1608 and among the goods on offer is fresh seafood, crafts and antiques.