Belfast: The Jewel of Ireland
There are several things that you should do when you visit Ireland, and a stop off in Belfast should definitely be on your list of things to do. The city of Belfast is one of the most stunning places in the world and it certainly has a lot to offer the inquisitive tourist. The countryside surrounding the metropolis is just as stunning as the city itself, so whether you are a country bumpkin or a city slicker you will enjoy the region. With hundreds of activities on offer it is sometimes difficult to decide what to do in the city, so here are two places that are worth exploring. If you are planning a holiday in the region you should also have a look at the free Belfast classified ads, there are hundreds of activities on offer throughout the year.
It may seem contrite to have a pub in these recommendations, but in a country where Guinness is brewed you need to sample the stout at its birth place. Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast, should be visited by anyone who is staying in the region. Whether you are a beer fan or not you will appreciate the warm friendly atmosphere and cosy nature of the cave like interior. This is the place where you will see the real Ireland.
If you are looking for a more traditional holiday then you should visit Belfast Castle. The castle operates today as a venue for weddings and houses an antiques centre as well as excellent tea rooms. As winter approaches many people will flock to the building in search of a great scone and a piping hot cup of tea.
The site was built from 1862–70 by the 3rd Marquess of Donegall. Designed in the Scottish baronial style by Charles Lanyon and his son, the building was completed by the 8th Earl of Shaftesbury after Donegall's death and the family's financial downfall. The castle underwent major renovation in 1978 by Belfast City Council. The project took over ten years to complete and cost over two million pounds. But it was well worth it and anyone who has visited the renovated castle will agree.
Whether you are looking to see the history of the region or meet some of the locals, you will enjoy everything that the area has to offer.