Walking or taking a famous black taxi tour around this compact metropolis are the best ways to appreciate all that the city has on offer. One of the first things that might strike you are the colourful murals, splashed onto any available walls.
From political themes to local heroes, the vibrant murals are an integral part of Belfast’s modern history and an inherent piece of public art. The tales behind the murals are equally as intriguing as the artwork itself.
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Radiating from the bright St Anne’s Square, the Cathedral Quarter – once the oldest part of Belfast – is full of character and one of the most enjoyable to hang out. Old pubs rub shoulders with cool hotels; wine bars and bistros are hidden down atmospheric alleyways; galleries and artists’ collectives line the cobbled streets.
At its heart is St Anne’s Cathedral, which dates from 1899 and boasts the largest Celtic Cross on the island.
It would be easy to spend your whole time moving from quirky gallery to hip hotel in the Cathedral Quarter, but you’d miss out on so much more that Belfast has to offer, not least of which is the critically acclaimed Titanic Belfast.
Built on the slipways where the ship was originally constructed, it is the largest Titanic exhibition anywhere in the world, and has been described by director of the film Titanic, James Cameron, as “really quite phenomenal”.
Here you can take a five-star TripAdvisor-rated Titanic Walking Tour or visit the former Harland and Wolff Headquarters (the shipbuilding company responsible for the construction of the ship).