Belfast is the capital as well as the largest city of Northern Ireland. It is also the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast's main shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries, are credited for many ships, most notably the RMS Titanic. The city is also known historically as a center for the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, and rope-making.
What to see & do
Odyssey Arena - The Odyssey Arena is a large multi-purpose center used primarily for sports and entertainment, located in the Titanic Quarter and the Waterfront. The arena opened in 2000 and has hosted several world-class artists including Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Metallica, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue, and Katy Perry. It has also hosted some live events of the World Wrestling Entertainment and tournaments of the Premier League Darts.
St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast - St. Anne's Cathedral, also called Belfast Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Belfast. Despite being called a cathedral, it does not house the seat of a bishop, though it serves two separate dioceses: Diocese of Connor and Diocese of Down and Dromore. The cathedral's organ has four manuals and is the second largest pipe-organ in Northern Ireland.
Botanic Gardens - The Botanic Gardens is a public park that covers 110,000 square metres in south Belfast. The Gardens feature the Palm House conservatory and the Tropical Ravine House, both glasshouses, and a sunken ravine. The flowering plant genus Dombeya, which flowers every February, is also a popular attraction in the Gardens.
Ulster Museum - The Ulster Museum, originally the Belfast Municipal Museum and Art Gallery, is located at the main entrance of the Botanic Gardens. The museum is one of the components of the National Museums Northern Ireland, and is the largest museum in Northern Ireland. Included in its exhibits are collections of fine art and applied art, treasures from the Spanish Armada, archaeology, ethnography, botany, zoology, and geology.
How to get around within Belfast
The center of Belfast can be explored by foot. All major bus routes either start or at least pass through the Donegall Square, from where the buses take on color-coded high frequency routes. There is no bus or train service during the night, except to airports. Shared taxis have fixed locations in the center where they wait for passengers, about four or five people, before they begin their route. A unique way of exploring Belfast is by taking a Black Taxi tour. This type of tour is given by regular taxi drivers who drive guests around Belfast and share their knowledge of and experiences in the city. Black Taxi tours can be arranged by most hostels, hotels, or at the tourist office.
How to get there
The major international airport serving Belfast is the Belfast International Airport, formerly Aldergrove Airport, located 21.3 kilometers northwest of the city center. The airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines, Air Europa, BH Air, easyJet, Jet2.com, Nouvelair, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Wizz Air. There is regular air passenger service to and from cities in nearby countries such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Malta. The other airport serving Belfast is George Best Belfast City Airport, served by Aer Lingus, Air Dolomiti, British Airways, Citywing, Flybe, Links Air, Volotea, and Vueling.
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