Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, has put its troubled past behind it and emerged as one of the top tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. Today, the city is a true blend of the British and Irish cultures that have influenced its history. With its top attractions and buzzing nightlife, you're guaranteed to have great craic on a Belfast vacation.
Murals depicting the political history of Belfast are painted on the walls on the Falls Road and the Shankill Road. The Falls Road displays the Irish side, while the Shankill Road murals are from the British point of view. You can also take a tour of the Crumlin Road Gaol, where political prisoners were housed, for a bit more insight into the city's past. For some fun, head to the area around the beautiful St. Anne's Cathedral, which is a revitalized hub of the city's dining and drinking scene. To get the most out of your Belfast package, make sure to check out the surrounding area as well. The drive along the coast to the fabled Giant's Causeway, a natural hexagonal-shaped rock formation, is splendid. Regular buses run along this route, but Belfast car rentals are a better option if you want to make some stops on the way for photos.
The Belfast International Arts Festival takes place over three weeks each October and November and is a showcase of all things creative such as theater, poetry, literature, and art. The two main cultural festivals are Faile An Phobail and Orangefest. Faile An Phobail is a celebration of the Irish culture in Belfast and takes place in August. The Orangefest, held on July 12, represents the British community. The city is busy during the festivals and over the summer months, so make sure to book your hotel in Belfast in advance.
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