|Belfast City Facts|
|Total Area||44.4 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||54.6000° N, 5.9167° W|
|Museums||Ulster Museum, Cultra Manor, Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, RUC Museum|
|Universities||Queen's University of Belfast|
Area and Location:
Granted the status of a city in 1888, Belfast has a total area of 44.4 sq mi (115 sq km). Belfast lies in the heart of Belfast urban area. The population of the city of Belfast is 267,500 and the population of the Belfast urban area is 579,276. Belfast is situated at the mouth of the River Lagan on Belfast Lough and is surrounded by low hills. Because of its location at the mouth of River Lagan, the city is best for Shipbuilding industry.
Belfast has a temperate climate with often windy conditions and rainfall throughout the year. The city gets remarkable precipitation which is greater than 0.01 in/0.25 mm for 213 days of the year.
Places to Visit: The attraction of Belfast lies in its urban ambiance. Belfast City Hall and Donegall Square is the place to explore and absorb the myriad sights and sounds of the city. Saint Anne’s Cathedral forms a major attraction to visiting tourists. The local shopping paradise is Cornmarket. Belfast is famous for its murals. Both Loyalist and Republican murals are to be found in their respective strongholds. The murals change in response to the changing political landscapes of the time. Shopping enthusiasts can find satisfaction by visiting Smithfield Market and St. George’s Market. The major places to see in Belfast are: Falls Road Republican Murals, Cave Hill, Peace Line, Botanic Gardens, Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, Parliament House, Queen's University, Linen Hall Library, City Hall, The Entries, Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Custom House, Lagan Weir, St Anne's Cathedral, Odyssey Complex, Titanic Quarter, and much more.
Getting to Belfast and Getting around the city:
The Belfast International Airport receives a great number of international flights from European and North American destinations. There are direct air services from Toronto and New York. Frequent air services exist between Belfast and European Union cities. The George Best Belfast City Airport is closer to the Belfast city center and is more convenient to the first time visitor to Belfast. The George Best Airport receives only domestic commercial passenger flights. Train links are available to Belfast from other Northern Irish cities. The publicly held Northern Irish Railways operate regular train services between Belfast and other Irish cities like Portadown, Larne, Londonderry, and Bangor. Excellent intercity bus services are available. Bus travel is comparatively swifter than trains. Private bus service operators like Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus own and operate transportation services between Belfast and other Irish cities. Boat services connect Belfast to a number of English shores. There are regular boat services to Belfast from Liverpool harbors like Birkenhead and Fleetwood. A catamaran aquatic link exists between Belfast in Northern Ireland and Stanraer in Scotland.
Where to Eat:
Belfast has a surprisingly large number of restaurants compared to its size. There are a number of restaurants serving British, Indian and Chinese food. They supply quality food at highly reasonable prices. Some of the restaurants to try in Belfast are:
- The John Hewitt
- Common Grounds
- Doorsteps Sandwiches
- Aldens Restaurant
- Cayenne’s Restaurant
- The King’s Head
Belfast city possesses a wide range of accommodation to suit every budget. Some of the hotels in Belfast include the following hospitality establishments:
- Hastings Stormont Hotel Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3LP
- City Center Apartment
Dublin Road Belfast City Center, Belfast, BT2 7HN
- The Old Inn, Crawsfordsburn
15 Main Street, Belfast, BT19 1JH
- Balmoral Hotel
- Blacks Road, Belfast, BT10 0NF
Last Updated on: July 24, 2012