A visitors guide to Belfast

Belfast, the largest city in Northern Ireland by population, was given city status in 1888 and became the capital of Northern Ireland in 1920-22 when the country was divided into north and south. Located in the centre is Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland’s government.

Belfast that has a population of around 641000 residents, and it is second largest city in the whole of Ireland, being beaten in size only by Dublin. It is a stunning city to visit and as it’s appeal continues to grow there are many different tour companies now offering trips to Belfast if you don’t want to head online and do it yourself.

One of the most popular tours is aboard an amphibious bus that offers transportation both on water and on the road. All those tourists who are planning to visit this great city have to ensure that they use the amphibious tour bus. This is made even more special by the fact that Belfast was the first city in Europe to introduce this mode of transport back in 2008.

In 2009, Belfast was the only city in the United Kingdom that was among the top twelve tourist destinations in the world. This is according to the travel guidebook Frommer’s. Usually, Belfast hotels are booked way before summer begins. Therefore if you are planning to visit Belfast and you do not have a friend’s house where you can stay, it is advisable to book a hotel in advance to avoid any inconveniences.

Tourists flock to Belfast to do various things. Tourists love seeing the architectural designs of buildings like the Waterfront Hall, City Hall and the The Big Wheel, which are among the main tourist attractions. Some tourists also enjoy shopping at the exclusive shopping centre located at Lisburn road that is home to various shops that celebrities love shopping in.

There is also plenty for those who love dining. There is the stretch of road between Queen’s University and City Hall known as the Golden Mile that is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the whole of Northern Ireland.