Belfast Coast Guide 

Belfast is one of the UK's great ports and ranks along side of Liverpool and Glasgow as a centre for trade and shipbuilding. As a legacy of this historic past Belfast has many fine Victorian buildings such as the City Hall and Queen's University and the world famous Crown Liquor Saloon. Belfast is the second largest city in Ireland and its busiest port with regular ferries to the UK mainland - it is also a popular and vibrant tourist destination.

Belfast CityscapeFor details of  Belfast Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses,  Cottages  and Attractions. Go to Belfast Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages

The famous Harland and Wolff shipyards in the city have been building ships since the mid-nineteenth century and continue to do so today but to a lesser extent than in their heyday.  The ill fated Titanic was built here and launched in 1911.  Although many traditional industries have declined, new business have sprung up to replace them and the city is now booming. Recent visits to Belfast have revealed a thriving economy and hectic nightlife and cafe culture particularly around the main pedestrian precinct. Our favourite  pub is probably 'The Deer's Head' but there are a lot of other great venues to choose from. Take it easy on the Bushmills whiskey!


Belfast offers the buzz and excitement of a capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural hinterland of Northern Ireland. Situated at the head of Belfast Lough, the city is compact and easy to travel around, whether by car or on foot. Like all capital cities, Belfast offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all pockets, from cosy guest houses around the University, to well appointed riverside self-catering apartments, to city centre boutique hotels. Belfast has a multitude of stylish bars, gourmet restaurants, trendy clubs and some of the best shopping in the UK. Visitors can enjoy traditional Irish music in a local pub or dance the night away to the latest disco music the choice is yours.

Stormont, the home of  Northern Ireland Assembly is located around six miles east of Belfast in a parkland setting. It was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1932 and was designed by Sir Arnold Thornley. 

Nearby Strangford Lough is a great bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve. Thousands of Brent geese spend the winter here and greylag and white fronted geese visit from the Downpatrick marshes. Oyster catchers, curlews and other wading birds love the mudflats. A hundred different species of fish live in the lough, and sea hares, sun stars and curled octopus sometimes appear on the shore.

                   Belfast - Stormont      Belfast Castle Northern Ireland        Belfast Lough     

                                Stormont                              Belfast Castle                             Strangford Lough

Bangor -Northern Ireland

Bangor is a small resort on the shores of Belfast Lough with a Victorian heritage and good beaches and attractions. The town also boasts the largest marina in Ireland which is very popular with visiting yachtsmen. 


What to see around Belfast - Tourist Attractions

W5 At Odyssey - Odyssey Arena, 2, Queens Quay, Belfast, BT3 9QQ Tel: 028 9046 7700 

Queen's Visitors' Centre - Queen's University Belfast, University Rd, Belfast, County Antrim BT7 1NN Tel: 028 9097 5252 

Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens - Stranmelis Rd, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB Tel: 028 9038 3000

Belfast Castle - Antrim Road Belfast County Antrim BT15 5GR Phone: 028 9077 6925

Belfast Zoo - Antrim Road Belfast County Antrim BT15 Phone: 028 9077 6277 Visit: Belfast Zoo

Grand Opera House - Great Victoria Street Belfast County Antrim BT2 7HR Phone: 028 9024 0411

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