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Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. It’s at the mouth of the River Lagan and the western end of Belfast Lough – this gave it the perfect location for the shipbuilding industry that made the city famous. The Titanic was built in Belfast in 1911-1912 in what was, at the time, the largest shipyard in the world.
Since 2001, inspired by an increase in the number of tourists to the area, the city council has designated a handful of cultural quarters.
The Cathedral Quarter is named for the St Anne’s Cathedral and has become known as the city’s prime cultural locality. The Gaeltacht Quarter is in west Belfast and is best known as an area that promotes the Irish language. The Queen’s Quarter in South Belfast is named for the Queen’s University and hosts the biggest student population in the city. The Golden Mile is famous for its restaurants and bars. And finally, the Titanic Quarter is the city’s up-and-coming quarter, promising to be one of the biggest waterfront developments in Europe.
Belfast’s population is split clean down the middle between its Catholic and Protestant residents. The two distinct cultural communities both contribute significantly to the area’s culture.
The Belfast International Airport serves the city itself as well as its surroundings. It hosts both domestic and international flights and is located 13.2 miles northwest of Belfast.
If traveling by road, Belfast is crisscrossed with major highways. The city is relatively small and easy to navigate by car.
The Belfast-Dublin Main Line is the main railway route on the island. It connects Dublin Connolly station and Belfast Lanyon Place station.
Victoria Square Dome: If you’re after a 360-degree view of the city, the Victoria Square Dome is a must-see. This impressive attraction is free to visit and is easily accessible via stairs or lift.
Cathedral Quarter: The central hub of the city, this place is excellent for those wanting to experience the city’s stellar restaurants and bars. Named for the massive Cathedral located in the area, it’s since become a cultural icon, hosting some of the best events in the city.
Belfast Castle: Set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park in the north of the city, this historic landmark is 400 feet above sea level, affording visitors amazing views of the city and Belfast Lough. The estate also contains mixed woodland as well as beautifully landscaped gardens.
There is plenty of on-street parking in Belfast, most of it metered. On-street charges apply Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 6 pm. It’s one of the most forgiving places to park with plenty of available spots that are charged as little as £3 in a day.
There are also a number of car garages throughout the city. Some are free while others are charged. Prices vary according to the garage with cheaper institutions often situated a little way out of the city center.
St Patrick’s Day: The whole city turns out for St Patrick’s Day on March the 17th every year. Restaurants and bars go green and people dress up to hit the town hard and fast. If you’re in Belfast during the celebrations you’ll find no shortage of things to do (and drink).
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival: Held in early to mid-May, this alternative festival is especially popular with the younger crowd. It plays host to art, music, and theatre. Events are ticketed and the price will depend on which act you want to see.
Belfast Festival: The Belfast Festival attracts around 50,000 people each year, all vying to experience theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and comedy. The event happens over two weeks from late October to early November. It features plenty of free and ticketed listings.
Dundonald Touring Caravan Park: Located in the leafy suburbs of Castlereagh, Dundonald Touring Park is a peaceful location for RV drivers. Located just five miles from Belfast, it provides visitors with the ideal location from which to explore the city. Rates depend on your days of travel and their website has a simple booking app.
Six Mile Water Caravan Park: The park’s central location, as well as its close proximity to Larne and Belfast harbors, makes it an ideal base for touring all of Northern Ireland, including Belfast. Rates depend on your date of travel and their website has a simple booking app.
Dunroamin Caravan Park: Set a little out of Belfast on Northern Ireland’s magnificent Ards Peninsula, adjacent to the Irish sea, this RV park is a great way to explore Northern Ireland and the city of Belfast. You have to call the site for current rates.