Tourist sites and sights in Belfast

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Belfast is the capital and by far the principal city in Northern Ireland.  
Belfast city centre.

Belfast Castle, not much as castles go but with a great view over Belfast. It's a very popular venue for weddings.

Belfast City Hall.  There is a very informative and free tour around the inside every weekday.
  Cave Hill, in the same area as Belfast Castle but much higher up. You can park at the castle and walk up but if you want a much less strenuous route, it's possible to drive around the side of the hill and start your walk from a point much closer to the top (it's just off the road to Glengormley).
The Odyssey centre which hosts the W5 hands-on science experience centre for kids, an IMAX theatre, several night clubs and is host to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team.
  Public Records Office, one of the main family history sites in the province. If you're tracing your roots and get back to 1922 then it's often necessary to request the documents from the General Register Office in Dublin; however copies of most documents relating to the area that is now Northern Ireland are housed here. You can't actually get copies of birth certificates here; they are obtained at the General Register Office.
Queen's University, one of two universities in the province, the other being the University of Ulster which has campuses at Jordanstown, Coleraine and Magee.
Stormont Estate, containing Parliament Buildings (pictured here) and Stormont Castle (not accessible by the public).

Ulster Museum, varied collections with a permanent display of the history of Northern Ireland


Getting around Belfast

Belfast doesn't yet have an underground or similar so public transport is limited to buses and taxis and a relatively limited river service along the River Lagan.

The main airport is George Best Airport (BHD) which is within the city limits; for international flights you need Belfast International (BFS) which is near the town of Antrim, some 30 minutes journey from Belfast.


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