City Hall, Belfast
Causeway, Belfast

Belfast, Ireland

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry (earning the nickname "Linenopolis"), tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding. Its name comes from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ derived from the River Farset which means ‘mouth of the sandy ford’. The banks of the Farset became the first quaysides of the developing merchant city and the river flowed beside docks on High Street into the 19th century. In the late 18th century it contributed to being one of many Belfast Rivers which provided the power for early industrialization by powering factories and supplying essential water to the Mills for linen production. Today Belfast continues to develop and grow as a popular tourist destination and cultural hub. As the birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast’s maritime heritage is portrayed at its best with the sensational new Titanic Belfast visitor attraction. Visitors can explore and experience first hand the Titanic Quarter where Titanic was built and marvel at the city skyline dominated by the world famous Samson and Goliath cranes.