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Since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, there has been significant urban regeneration in Belfast including Victoria Square, Queen's Island and Laganside as well as the Odyssey complex and the landmark Waterfront Hall. Queen's University of Belfast is the main university in the city. The University of Ulster also maintains a campus in the city, which concentrates on fine art, design and architecture.

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» Albert Memorial Clock Tower

Albert Memorial Clock Tower

The Albert Memorial Clock Tower is yet another symbol of the love Queen Victoria bore her consort. At 30 metres (100 feet) tall, and with a statue of Albert in ceremonial robes, it's a grandiose love letter to her departed husband. Unfortunately, as the tower was built in marshy ground, it's developed something of a lean, leading the waggish of Belfast (and there are plenty of them) to make it the butt of their jokes. A recent renovation cleaned the tower back to its original whiteness …

» Antrim Coastal Drive

Antrim Coastal Drive

Running along Northern Ireland's coast, the Antrim Coastal Drive goes past all the major coastal attractions in the country, and, if you continue to follow the A2, all the way to the walled city of Derry on the border. Tucked under limestone cliffs with the sea crashing a few feet to the right, Antrim Coastal Drive is a particularly popular route in the summer months. On the drive, you'll go through the Nine Glens of Antrim - famous for their hiking opportunities, through the Mourne mountains, past 12th century Carrickfergus Castle …

» Ballintoy Harbour

Ballintoy Harbour

The village of Ballintoy was featured as the fictional town of Lordsport in the second season of the Game of Thrones television series. The area around Ballintoy offers exceptional walking, with stunning scenery steeped in history and folklore. Ballintoy Harbour is known for its annual dawn service on Easter Sunday, which has become a tradition recognized by people of all ages and denominations. Ballintoy Harbour is still a working harbor for local fishermen, who are well regarded for their skills as boatsmen due to the dangerous waters …

» Ballycastle


This tiny town in Northern Ireland's County Antrim is on the far end of the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As a result, it's home to stretches of scenic coastline and beautiful mountain passes that make it an ideal destination for travelers looking to get outdoors. Whether its hiking Knocklayde, a heather-covered mountain that's well known in the region, or strolling along Blue Flag Beach, there's something for everyone in this quiet town. A lovely bike path runs from Ballycastle to Cushendun that's perfect for cyclists …

» Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House

Belfast Botanic Gardens & Palm House

Wet and cold? Spend an afternoon in Belfast Botanical Gardens and be transported to a friendlier climate. Established in 1828, the Gardens are probably most famous for their Palm House, which was built soon after. The Palm House, designed by Charles Lanyon, is of gracefully curved steel and glass with a birdcage dome and filled with seasonal displays and, in the 'stove wing', a mini-jungle. The gardens also have a Tropical Ravine - a building with a bridge overlooking tropical varieties like banana, cinammon and orchids …

» Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle sits high above the city on Cave Hill, looking the very picture of baronial splendor (it's built in the Scottish Baronial style, like the Queen's house Balmoral). There's been a castle on this site since the 12th century, but this one dates from the 1860s. It was built by the 3rd Marquis of Donegall. It went wildly over budget and, as the Marquis' fortunes had changed, nearly didn't get finished at all. Today it's a working castle, earning its keep with wedding receptions, conferences, an antique store and an adventure playground …

» Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall was built to commemorate the event of Belfast becoming a city, having been granted the status in 1888 by Queen Victoria in recognition of the contributions of Belfast in the industries of linen, rope, tobacco, engineering and shipbuilding. This imposing structure of Portland stone has a copper dome topping out at 173 feet high, as well as a statue of Queen Victoria celebrating her jubilee standing out front. Many other statues and monuments can be found on the surrounding grounds …

» Belfast Cruise Port

Belfast Cruise Port

Belfast's mix of a turbulent political past, maritime history and modern-day urban regeneration make it one of Europe's most interesting cities to visit now. From Titanic sites to the famous murals of the Troubles to the lively waterfront district, Belfast will both entertain and enlighten you. You'll dock in Belfast Harbour, a couple of miles north of the city center. There's not much around the port, so take one of the free shuttles into downtown …

» Belfast Peace Wall

Belfast Peace Wall

Dating back to 1969, the Belfast Peace Walls, or Peace Lines, are a series of barriers that were put up between Irish Nationalist and Unionist neighborhoods throughout Northern Ireland. Originally intended to be only temporary structures between Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods, many of the walls have proven effective, and have been lengthened, strengthened and made more permanent fixtures. Many of the exteriors have been adorned with murals, much like the former Berlin Wall …

» Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Considered one of the world's scariest bridges, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is not for the faint of heart. Spanning a chasm that is almost 100 feet deep and nearly 70 feet wide, this Northern Ireland bridge connects Carrick-a-Rede Island to the mainland and attracts a quarter of a million visitors every year. The original structure was built by fishermen more than 300 years ago, and as recently as the 1970s, the bridge had only one handrail and large gaps between the slats …

» Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle

At more than 800 years old, Carrickfergus Castle is one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. Located in the town of Carrickfergus about 10 miles north of Belfast, it was built between 1177 and 1195 by the Norman lord John deCourcy. Additions to the castle were made in 1216 and again in 1226, when the walls were extended to completely encircle all of the rock where the castle stood. Over the centuries, the castle was used as protection against attacks from the Scots, Irish, English and French …

» Causeway Coastal Route

Causeway Coastal Route

Recognized as one of the top scenic drives in Europe, the Causeway Coastal Route is to Ireland what the Garden Route is to South Africa. This scenic highway winds through 120 miles of coast between Belfast and Londonderry. Travelers can take their pick of nine scenic offshoots from the main road - or take every one! Travelers who venture off on the smaller 'B roads' that lead to Roe Valley, Bann Valley and Glenshesk will find small villages, quiet towns and unique shopping destinations. But all scenic stops are ripe with thick foliage …

» Crumlin Road Jail

Crumlin Road Jail

Crumlin Road features two imposing structures of Belfast's criminal justice system, the Crumlin Road Gaol (Jail) and Courthouse. The jail opened in 1845 and the courthouse five years later, though neither have been in service since the late 1990ss. Crumlin Road Jail is the only Victorian-era prison remaining in Northern Ireland and is commonly referred to as 'The Crum.' The Crumlin Road Gaol is a black basalt and red sandstone structure of four wings branching out from a central circle …

» Cushendun


Cushendun, derived from the Irish for 'Foot of the Dun' for its position at the mouth of the River Dun, has long been a safe harbor for travelers between Ireland and Scotland. The village was erected in 1912, based on the villages of Cornwall in England for Ronald John McNeill, Baron Cushendun. Initially consisting of a town square and seven houses, it was expanded with quaint whitewashed cottages. The town's harbor features the ruins of the 14th-century Carra Castle, and regular ferry service once ran between Cushendun and Scotland …

» Customs House

Customs House

Belfast's customs house was the city's first neoclassical building, built in 1856 in the High Italian Renaissance, or 'Palazzo' style. It is generally considered to be one of Belfast's finest structures and features carvings of angels and classical deities representing manufacture, commerce, industry and peace. Figures of Britannia, flanked by the lion and unicorn of the British seal, as well as Neptune and Mercury, look down from the pediment over the entrance. The structure is meant to convey the great power of the British Empire under Queen Victoria …

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Take a tour in Belfast and see the best sights in the city centre and suburbs including The Troubles artwork on house terrace ends in the Falls road area, the Harland and Wolff Boat Building Stand where the Titanic was built and Queens University. City Hall is the grand centerpiece of the city. It houses Belfast's Council chambers …

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