Belfast, United Kingdom, was a small village when English and Scottish settlers arrived here in the 1600s. Today, Northern Ireland's capital is a concoction of old and new, as historic cathedrals, contemporary office buildings, and an enormous Ferris wheel make up the impressive skyline. From exploring world-class museums to searching for the perfect Irish stew, staying in Belfast hotels gets you more from this metropolis.
Belfast is a city best explored on foot. Its city center has undergone significant gentrification in recent years and various public buildings have been modernized. City Hall, located in Donegall Square, is the perfect example of this. If you're a history buff – or a fan of the 1997 James Cameron movie – you'll soon notice the building's connections with the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Within its grounds, you'll find a memorial to 22 men who lost their lives on the passenger liner, which was constructed in Belfast. From here, it's less than half a mile to the Grand Opera House, which opened in 1895. Despite being bombed during The Troubles, the theater still attracts packed crowds. Stay in the best hotels in Belfast to be close to other local landmarks in the city center, like the Ulster Museum – the largest museum in Northern Ireland.
No trip to Belfast would be complete without a bite of soda bread, a thick, chunky bread that dates back to the 19th century. Take a trip to St. George's Market for the home-baked fluffy kind. Still hungry? Stay in hotels in Belfast and sample steak and Guinness pie, a hearty pastry pie filled with beef. Wash it down with a glass of Irish gin – popular north and south of the border – which incorporates flavors like apple and elderberry. Buy a glass in one of the many pubs in the Queen's Quarter, named after the historic Queen's University. Cheers!
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