Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A City Reborn; Destination: Belfast

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A City Reborn; Destination: Belfast

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BELFAST has risen from the ashes to become a holiday hotspot.

It may be a small city but don't let the size fool you - because Belfast is big on excitement.

Once the home of the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope-making and the famous Harland and Wolff shipbuilders, Belfast lays claim to a unique history - but it's also a city not afraid to move with the times.

With world-class attractions such as Titanic Belfast, fine dining, a good range of hotels and chic shopping, there's something for everyone.

MUST SEES 1 TITANIC BELFAST 6 Queen's Road, Belfast BT3 9DT HOUSED in iconic modern architecture, one of the world's biggest attractions devoted to the doomed RMS Titanic tops every tourist list. The four floors offer plenty of interactive exhibits for all ages, including a theme park-style ride 'through the shipyard'. Throughout, there are voiceovers from survivors and lots of information well presented in user-friendly fashion. Watch for the section showing how the Titanic has been portrayed in theatre, film, song and poetry.

Children will love a glass floor which you can walk over and see the plans of the ship beneath, and there are lots of individual screens where you can explore the seabed and see the artifacts resting there. Allow three hours for your visit.

3 2 STORMONT CASTLE Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3SD TAKE the hop on, hop off tourist bus which circles all the city sights, and spend some time at Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland Executive. Guided tours are available, helping visitors understand the baronial building's place in history and how the political system works.

The grounds are worth exploring and there's a coffee shop and souvenir outlet.

3 CULTURLANN MACADAM O FIAICH Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AH THIS contemporary community centre offers live music sessions, poetry readings, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops and a children's arts programme. …

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