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Belfast Travel Guide

by our United Kingdom expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryBelfast’s history and present centres on industry and politics … and talking and singing about both. The safe haven of Belfast Lough was the key to its growth, first as a port for trade and then as a manufactory and especially a builder of ships and aircraft. At one time the city held the largest linen works, tobacco factory, ropeworks and shipyard in the world. Politics have always bubbled whether related to religion or Irish independence. ‘The Troubles’ of the 20th century saw the nadir but peace seems to be well-established now and the city uses its history and culture to provide a rich backdrop for visitors. The dock area is being lavishly redeveloped as the ‘Titanic’ quarter, ‘old’ Belfast is best seen in hostelries such as McHugh’s and Bittles Bar, whilst the literary and music heritage has never weakened.
 

United Kingdom Facts

National Flag: British Flag
Language(s): English
Welsh
Scottish
Scots Gaelic
Irish
Currency: British Pound
Dialling Code: +44
Time Zone: GMT
Tourism Website:
http://www.visitbritain.com/

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