Visit Belfast to see where it all began for the famous Titanic and experience the tours along the waterfront. Go to St George’s Market for a spot of shopping, immerse in the history of Ireland at Ulster Museum, or go for a walk in Belfast Botanic Gardens.
The city of Belfast began in the early 17th century. The name Belfast is a corruption of the Gaelic words Beal Feirste meaning mouth of the sandy ford. The town of Belfast grew up after 1609 when king James began his policy of settling Englishmen and Scots in Ulster. Sir Arthur Chichester was granted land in Ulster including Belfast Castle, which he rebuilt in 1611. A small town soon grew up in its shadow. By 1611 there were Englishmen, Scots and Manxmen living in the thriving community of Belfast.
Belfast suffered as a city during The Troubles of the late 20th Century. The Troubles was the violence and politicalproblems in Northern Ireland, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, that happened because Catholics and Protestants disagreed about whether Northern Ireland should remain part of the UK or should become part of the Republic of Ireland.
Since the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998 and peace was restored, the city has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as one of the major capital cities in Western Europe. Visitors often flock to the Titanic Visitor Centre. The museum commemorates the ship and the lives lost in its fateful maiden voyage.Belfast is a vibrant city with a varied nightlife and a burgeoning restaurant scene that ranges from Michelin starred fine dining to some of the best street food in Europe. Belfast has a famous theatre scene with a wide variety of plays and musicals available at Ulster Hall and the Grand Opera House. Those who wish to engage in a spot of retail therapy should visit the modern Victoria Square shopping centre. Take a trip to the top of the glass dome to see the best view of Belfast’s skyline including the Samson and Goliath cranes.
Parking with Q-Park in Belfast provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Belfast from a central location.