Belfast City Centre (iStockphoto)

Belfast City Hall (iStockphoto)

West of Belfast from the River Lagan (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Belfast

Belfast's decades of political conflict that engulfed the Northern Ireland capital from the late 1960s to the late 1990s are in its rearview, and the city is focused on a brighter future. The once gritty shipping hub is undergoing rapid development, with gleaming luxury apartments, chic pubs, and boutique hotels sprouting up in formerly run-down districts. But Belfast isn’t shying away from its history. Along the harbor, where the most famous, ill-fated ship in history was built and launched in 1912, construction is underway on the Titanic Quarter, a 185-acre project that will feature restaurants, walking paths, and a Titanic-themed museum. The work that went into designing and building the ship is still a great source of pride for locals. And making the best out of a bad situation bodes well for Belfast's future, whatever it may hold.

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