The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a fascinating city to visit. Set between the mountains and the coast, it boasts breathtaking scenery, an intriguing history and a vibrant modern-day culture. Due to an increase in investment and a packed cultural entertainment programme, more and more visitors are visiting Belfast to experience for themselves the unique offerings to be had.
Divided into several quarters, including the Cathedral Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Titanic Quarter - named after the famous Titanic boat built there in 1912 - there is plenty for the tourist to see and do. Not only that, but Belfast is also home to many public parks and open spaces, making it an attractive destination that caters to all tastes.
One of the most picturesque areas you can explore is the Botanic Gardens and Palm House - located in the south of Belfast and set in 28 acres. Open to the public since 1895, it contains a wealth of rare trees and plant species, as well as a bowling green and children’s playground; therefore, there is something to entertain any visitor.
The Palm house, which is one of the world’s earliest examples of a curvilinear glasshouse, houses two wings - the tropical and the cool - offering a range of different plant displays to soak up. There are also a number of concerts and music festivals held in the gardens annually, so you should make sure you check out what’s on when you visit.
St George’s Market is another event not to be missed. Providing visitors with a true slice of Belfast life, the existing market has been going since the late 1890s and is consequently one of the city’s oldest attractions. Held on Friday’s and Saturday’s, it boasts a huge range of stalls and offers up a wide selection of fresh, local produce, as well as products from around the world. Its fish stalls are of particular interest and is considered to be one of Ireland’s leading seafood markets.
The W5, an interactive discovery centre, is also a top Belfast attraction to experience. Particularly popular for taking the children along to, it offers up a wide range of large and small contemporary exhibitions. Situated on the banks of the River Lagan, it is an ideal place for soaking up some of the stunning surrounding scenery.
If scenery is of particular interest then you will be spoilt for choice. Whether it is taking in the beautiful views over the city of Belfast at Cave Hill or simply admiring the scenery as you arrive in from your ferry to Belfast , there really is much to be discovered on a trip to Ireland.
Of course, Belfast is home to a lot more attractions besides the ones mentioned. In addition to the warm hospitality you can expect to receive, you can be sure of a memorable experience when exploring Belfast.
Victoria Cochrane writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.