Yet, not so long ago, Belfast seemed to be struggling with the images of violence that spread through its streets for decades and the city would probably never have recovered if it weren’t for its proud and forward-looking denizens. An inspired music scene has now replaced past conflicts, cultural festivals are plentiful and the streets of this multifaceted city are as busy as ever. And what could be more enjoyable than spending the night with a self-proclaimed poet or touring musician in one of Belfast’s old pubs, with their eternal charm?
Reconstruction is under way in Belfast. Well-preserved, grand buildings dating back from the 19th century industrial revolution bestow a dignified charm on the city. Its famous shipyards built the Titanic in only two years – and the myth is still alive at TitanicBelfast, a museum entirely dedicated to the tragic adventure of the cruise liner that sank into water. Admire the town hall, the Grand Opera House, the Cathedral quarter and its hip venues or simply stroll through the “entries”: small streets in the centre of Belfast which were safe from bomb attacks during World War Two. You will soon fall in love with Belfast.