The capital of Northern Ireland and also its biggest city, Belfast is at the heart of development and commerce in the area. Throughout its history, Belfast has been a key cog in major global affairs including the industrial revolution, which led to great prosperity although the “Troubles” did make major dents on the landscape. However, Northern Ireland, and especially Belfast, has stabilised since those days and Belfast is quickly returning to its position of prestige. The Harland & Wolff ship-building yard, which is the birthplace of RMS Titanic, and Belfast Castle are amongst the most popular attractions in the city.
Belfast, since the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, has seen a rapid growth on the industrial front with a number of serviced offices and buildings being created to support commercial activities. The city is home to massive ship building corporation Harland & Wolff while Short Brothers Plc also has offices in the area. The city has all the major professions like solicitors, doctors, architects, graphic designers and software developers while several government administrative offices also run from the political capital of Northern Ireland.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Belfast is fast emerging as an entertainment capital with places like The Lyric offering theatre-lovers a place to catch up on big stage-productions. The Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall are places where people can enjoy some live-music action and the performing arts. The city has hundreds of restaurants serving a variety of food. Places like Bistro Este serve traditional British cuisine while Mourne Seafood Bar has fresh seafood on offer each day. Safa is a great place for Indian food and Victoria is the place to find local food with a contemporary touch.
Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport are the two main links to air-travel in the city. The M2 and M22 motorways run right through the area, as does the main M1. A number of taxis and bus-routes connect every corner of the city via the maze of arterial roads, which also offer convenience for those planning to drive. Rail transport is reliable with the Belfast Suburban Rail system connecting the city and its suburbs. Some of the main stations are Great Victoria Street, Belfast Central, Clipperstown, Downshire and Larne Harbour Railway Stations. Belfast Harbour offers passenger and cargo service to Liverpool and the Isle of Man, amongst others.