Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Belfast's Back in the Spotlight

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Belfast's Back in the Spotlight

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ONCE most famous for its shipbuilding, colourful history and role in the Industrial Revolution, the regeneration of Northern Ireland's capital Belfast has helped to propel it into the spotlight again. With its dynamic arts scene, eclectic city centre and varied nightlife, this fascinating city is on the up and up.

MUST SEES FOR A FEE: Discover the legend of the world's most famous ship - RMS Titanic - in Titanic Belfast, a Pounds 100m, interactive attraction which features nine galleries over six floors, including underwater footage of the ship's final resting place, a 3D tour of the ship and simulated ride in the engine room.

In the same area of the Titanic Quarter is Titanic Studios, an eight-acre production centre where hit television series Game of Thrones is shot.

Although this isn't open to the public, Thrones fans can take a flight of fantasy on one of the many guided tours to filming locations such as The Giant's Causeway, Winterfell and Cushendun Caves.

MUST SEES FOR FREE: Ulster Museum in the Botanic Gardens contains a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences. This all- weather attraction features hands-on activities for children with the opportunity to come face-to-face with a dinosaur, meet Egyptian mummies and view ancient relics.

Belfast's booming arts scene is a draw for culture vultures who can choose from a range of art galleries. Visit the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), for an art exhibition, live performance or family workshops and activities. For contemporary art by local and international artists, visit The Golden Thread Gallery.

A trip to Ireland wouldn't be complete without enjoying the beautiful, lush landscape, and a trip to Belfast Castle Estate is ideal for this. Nestled on the slopes of Cavehill, one of the highest points in Belfast and set within a country park, stunning views over Belfast city can be admired from the castle wall and the gardens.

GETTING AROUND: Belfast has an extensive public transport network, so a Belfast Visitor Pass is a useful purchase. It allows unlimited bus travel on the Metro, with five bus stations dotted around the city, and also permits rail travel for one, two or three consecutive days, plus discounts on attractions. …

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