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Titanic Belfast Centre
A visitor centre dedicated to the building and shipwreck of history’s most famous doomed ship. As many people already know, she – RMS Titanic – started her first and last commercial journey from Southampton on 10 April 1912, and was registered in Liverpool, home of White Star Line shipping owner Bruce Ismay. But did you know that she was built in Harland & Wolff shipyard, Belfast? Why? Because at that time it was the largest shipyard in the world in one of the fastest-growing cities in the British Empire.
(The shipyard, established 1861, employed over 35,000 people at its peak, including Reza’s grandfather. The fact that it was declared bankrupt in August 2019 and on the verge of closure is symbolically an extremely devastating blow for the city.)
St George’s Market
In terms of food on offer, nobody who’s seen El Mercado Central in Valencia, or even La Boqueria in Barcelona will be that impressed! But it is an attractive old market with interesting crafts and antiques on Saturdays and Sundays. There has been a market on the site since 1604.
Relaxing Victorian gardens near the university and beside the Ulster Museum, with interesting breeds of plants and a tropical ravine. A place where students and nearby workers come to chill out in the Queen’s University Quarter.
Interesting mix of ancient Celtic and more modern Irish history on display, along with an ancient Egyptian mummy, artefacts from the shipwreck of the Girona, which sank off the Irish coast in 1588 after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and a unique 77-metre-long hand-woven and hand-embroidered Game of Thrones (yes, the TV series) tapestry. https://www.ireland.com/features/game-of-thrones-tapestry/ Free entrance.
Up-and-coming newly renovated area near St. Anne’s Cathedral, where popular bars, restaurants and clubs have recently opened up.
Game of Thrones and Giant’s Causeway Full-Day Tour from Belfast
As well as filming much of the Game of Thrones series in studios not far from Belfast, many of the outdoor locations used in the filming are dotted around various places in Northern Ireland, including the Giant’s Causeway, about 80 minutes’ drive away from Belfast.
George Best guesthouse
Perhaps football’s first world superstar, Brazil’s Pelé said Belfast-born George Best was “the greatest footballer in the world”. “To me he never looked like a European. He was a Latin player – a Brazilian player,” he said. You can stay in the modest family home where Best grew up.
Belfast Pub Crawl
The late George Best would certainly have approved of having a pint or two in one of Belfast’s public houses. Reza’s personal favourite is The Crown Bar. Established in 1826, with most of the original furnishings still intact and in use – wood carved by Italian artisans, private snugs with doors, hanging gas lamps, stained glass depicting gryphons and lions, etc. – it’s worth going even just to enjoy the architecture. Kelly’s Cellars is another old tavern, where historic Irish revolutionaries have been meeting for centuries.
Crumlin Road Gaol/Jail
Now a tourist attraction, Crumlin Road Jail housed some of the most dangerous prisoners in the history of Britain and Ireland, many of them terrorist killers. The names of some of the other inmates will be familiar to many: Éamon de Valera, former President of Ireland, Martin McGuinness, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Bobby Sands, Irish Nationalist IRA paramilitary hunger striker, and Michael Stone, Loyalist UDA paramilitary activist.
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