Belfast was the only city in Ireland to experience the full force of the Industrial Revolution. It was known for its ship-building, rope-making, linen and tobacco industries. The well-known RMS Titanic, propelled Belfast on to the global stage in the early 20th century as the biggest and most productive shipyard in the world.
Today, Belfast remains a center for industry, as well as the arts, higher education, business, and law, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of conflict called "the Troubles", but lately has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Additionally, the city center has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years, notably around Victoria Square.
It was a pleasure to finally be able to visit a city we had heard about for so many decades and it did not disappoint!
We stayed at the Hilton Belfast with a view to the Lagan River from our suite.
Management and staff at the Hilton Belfast were exceptionally welcoming and helped make our stay so very enjoyable.
Ciaran McManus, Front Office Manager; Alison Burnside, Operations Manager; Mark Walker, General Manager
Belfast’s city center started just across the street from our hotel with the first significant site, Northern Ireland’s Supreme Court.
We had a stroke of luck with the opening of the Supreme Court on the morning after we arrived. So we had the privilege of seeing all the pomp and circumstance of the parade of the judges of the Supreme Court. In addition, the newly graduated “advocates” (lawyers) were sworn in. It was good to see that about half of them were women.
Unfortunately, photos were not allowed. However, we did get a few outside the building.
Our hotel was right on the banks of the Lagan River and only a little over a mile from the Titanic Exhibition. So we took a lovely walk along the river on our way to visit the exhibition.
Belfast has done an exceptional job of making something that was so very tragic, into a major tourist attraction. It is a definite “must see” for anyone visiting Belfast.