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Day 9
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Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, is an old port town, often wet and gray, a fascinating place that is recovering from years of strife. This booming city is filled with Victorian storefronts and hip restaurants, shops and hotels.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Shopping


  • Stroll down the Golden Mile, where you'll find some of Belfast's most historic buildings, including the Belfast Wheel, City Hall, and the restored Crown Liquor Saloon.
  • Visit the Titanic's Dock and Pump-House, where the legendary oceanliner was built. Visitors can take an audiovisual guide in the pump house.
  • The Botanic Gardens is one of the most beautiful and serene spots in Belfast. Don't miss the Tropical Ravine House.


  • The Belfast Festival at Queen's University, held in October, celebrates arts, music, and literature.
  • Féile an Phobail, the West Belfast Festival, is a 10-day event in August with a political and international theme.

Side Trips

  • Take a stroll in the ornamental gardens at Belfast Castle.
  • Mount Stewart is the grandest stately home near Belfast.

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