Both Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Cruise and Maritime Voyages will be offering cruises from Belfast - taking passengers to a range of destinations across Europe and beyond. But while many passengers will embark on sailings out of the Northern Irish capital, there are also plenty of reasons for which to stay and admire some of the many sights on offer. With historical architecture, thought-evoking murals and plenty of hidden delights, we take a closer look at some of the highlights of this intriguing city.
The Golden Mile is the name given to the distance between Belfast City Hall and Queen's University, which are landmarks that are definitely worth seeing during your visit. The former is a fine example of British Empire architecture during the early 20th century, while the latter is a Victorian building set within extensive grounds - both are open to the public. The Golden Mile itself is also home to a range of bars where you can sample a Guinness or two.
Many buildings and walls throughout Falls Rd and Shankill Rd feature the colourful and thought-evoking murals that are known all around the world. The murals depict a time in Northern Ireland known by locals as 'The Troubles' and offer insight into both sides of the conflict.
Situated at the opposite end of the Royal Avenue is Saint Anne's Cathedral, which opened in 1904 and is a stunning building. This beautiful building has been renovated and added to over the years, with the most recent addition coming in the form of a 40-metre stainless steel spire, which was installed in 2007.
As you may know, the ill-fated Titanic was built in the city of Belfast before embarking on its tragic journey across the Atlantic. You can take a boat tour around the area in which the ship was built and there is also a dedicated museum featuring recreated decks and many original Titanic and White Star Line artefacts.
Many visitors to Belfast head to the southern reaches of the city to visit the colourful botanical gardens, which are home to a wide range of local and carnivorous plants. This provides a tranquil alternative to the busy city attractions and the bustling centre. It is also home to the Tropical Ravine, where visitors can observe tropical flora and fauna from a raised balcony.
As well as the sights of Belfast itself, many visitors also come to Northern Ireland to witness the spectacular Giant's Causeway - which is made up of 40,000 interlocked basalt columns. Belfast offers a range of possibilities and if you would like to find out more about the full range of cruises departing from this iconic city, why not get in touch?
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