Belfast is the administrative capital of Northern Ireland. The word Belfast means “mouth of the sandbanks,” with the sandbanks being a peninsula that crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel.
There is a lof of activities, events and fun things to do in Belfast while on vacation. We’ve listed some of our favorite tourist spots in the city;
Animal lovers will delight in the Belfast Zoo, which gets more than 300,000 visitors every year. It’s 55 acres are home to 1,200 animals representing 140 species, and many are endangered species as well. The zoo has programs to help preserve these species.
If you love castles, don’t miss the Belfast Castle. The original was built in the 12th century and Sir Arthur Chichester, the Baron of Belfast made it his home. It burned down in 1708 but his relatives built a new one at a different site in 1811-70. The castle was refurbished in 1978 and now has a restaurant, antique store, and hosts weddings, meetings and private dining.
Music lovers should check out the Grand Opera House Belfast, a theatre in Belfast designed by Frank Matcham and opened first in 1895.
Belfast has a temperate climate, which means it has a temperature that doesn’t fluctuate very much, plus there is a large amount of rainfall, but the Gulf Stream makes it warmer than some of the other nearby countries. Temperatures during the year range from a low of 2.7 degrees Celsius (36.9 ºF) in February and a high of 19.4 Celsius (66.9 ºF) in July and August.
Come in May for the Belfast Marathon, held on May Day every year for the past 31 years. It has categories for men, women, veterans, wheelchairs and relays.
Holiday goers who want to experience the Belfast Christmas Market should come in the middle of November to purchase food, drinks, crafts and decorations related to this celebration from all over Europe and elsewhere.
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