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The Beech Hill Guide to Belfast

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, it is also home to over half the population of the country.

Belfast was first settled in the Bronze Age and was named 'Beal Feirste' the old Irish term for 'the crossing at the mouth of the Farset' and 1000 years ago there was a chapel near to where St George's Church now stands on High Street, where travellers could pray for a safe crossing of the perilous sandy ford.

By the 17 century Belfast was a busy trading port catering to the cotton and linen industries and many fine buildings such as The City Hall, Custom House and Harbour Office were built to reflect the towns newfound wealth and prosperity. The City Hall was completed in 1906 to commemorate Queen Victoria granting city status to Belfast in 1888.

Seeing the sights in Belfast is easy as it is divided into 4 cultural quarters - Queens, Cathedral, Titanic and Gaeltracht ; Belfast's history comes alive in which ever direction you choose to go, you can easily navigate your way from one side of the City to the other, covering all the major sights on foot.

The Cathedral Quarter takes its name from St. Anne's Cathedral and is packed full of fascinating architecture ranging from The Custom House to cosy pubs and trendy restaurants. Take one of the informative walking tours around this historic district. A piece of stone from each of Ireland's 32 counties was used in the construction of St. Anne's Cathedral.

Queens Quarter is named after The Queen's University of Belfast which takes centre stage, it is richly endowed with architecture, shopping opportunities and has a vibrant nightlife. You should also visit The Ulster Museum which is one of Northern Ireland's most important cultural institutions and The Botanic Gardens which feature a Victorian Palmhouse and Tropical Ravine.

Titanic Quarter takes its name from RMS Titanic which was built in Belfast and features a tour which takes in Thompson Dock and Pump House where the celebrated Titanic had its final fit out. The Titanic Signature Project will be a worldclass visitor attraction on its completion in 2012, the centenary of the Titanic's maiden voyage.

Gaeltracht Quarter encompasses the West of the city and although the two communities; the Unionist/Protestant in the Shankhill and the Nationalist/Catholic in the Falls; have traditions which differ in some very significant respects they also have a very much shared history. In the late 19th century thousands of people moved into Belfast from the countryside in the face of the potato blights of 1845-1847. Similar working traditions were shared by both communities as they worked in the linen mills, unfortunantly of the origional 32 linen mills none exist today. Photograph the world famous murals and take a Political History Tour around this district.

For those interested in researching their family and local history Northern Ireland's Public Record Office in Belfast holds the most extensive range of private archives in the country, with records dating from the 17th century to the present day.

To help you plan your visit and find out about everything from how to get around the City to the many tours on offer get in touch with The Belfast Welcome Centre email:, call: 028 9024 6609 or Web:

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