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Places Of Interest in Belfast

Places of Interest in Belfast During your stay in Belfast there are certain things that you should make a point of doing so you don't miss out on all of those famous sights you’ve always wanted to visit.

Get a real taste for the history of Ulster by paying a visit to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum [map], Cultra, Holywood. Just seven miles east of Belfast and accessible by road, rail and bus, the Ulster Folk and Transport museum is probably the area’s most popular visitor attraction.

This is a good starting point for your visit to Belfast as it is here that you’ll find out about Belfast's culture and complex history. Buildings in this museum include furnished houses, mills, shops, schools and churches set in 60 acres of carefully recreated landscape which provides the setting to the story of Ulster life from the early 1900s.

The adjoining Transport museum displays Ireland’s most comprehensive transport collections from the beginnings of the horse-drawn cart to the modern Irish motor car. There’s also an award-winning locomotive exhibition.

You’ll also find The Ulster Museum [map], Botanic Gardens, a fascinating trip through rich collections of art, archaeology, history and natural sciences.

No visit to Belfast would be complete without stopping by the lunar landscape of the Giant’s Causeway [map]. This geological wonder has baffled visitors for thousands of years and is called The Giant’s Causeway because ancients believed it was the work of giant Finn McCool, an Ulster warrior who built the enormous highway to escort his lady-friend Staffa across from the Hebrides to Ulster.

The Causeway is, in fact, a mass of basalt columns packed tightly together. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead out from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Altogether there are 40,000 of these stone columns, mostly hexagonal but some with four, five, seven and eight sides. If you want to appreciate the grand scale of nature in Northern Ireland, this is the place for you.

Every September thousands of tourists flock to Hillsborough, County Down, to enjoy the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival. This is one of Northern Ireland’s premier events and the pretty Georgian village becomes a great festival area with street entertainers leading the way.

There’s also the World Oyster Eating Championship, a family fun day and a great many competitions taking place. There’s also plenty of fine locally-produced food and drinks available and a hospitable atmosphere to boot.

If you want to see Northern Ireland from a different perspective book your seat on a boat trip that can take you to some magnificent scenery. Try places like Lagan Boat Company (NI) Ltd [map] or one of the other smaller boat companies that depart from Donegall Quay.

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