Belfast is a compact, low rise city surrounded by hills which are visible from many of the main streets. The classical City Hall  provides a centrepiece surrounded by exceptional period architecture. The small size of the city means that most places of interest are easily walked to and others a short bus ride away.  A great way to travel around the city is by public transport, a day rover ticket costs around £3.75p and is valid for unlimited rides after 9:30am.

 

Alternatively, there are plenty of taxi's around during the day and night but ask the fare first, some have fixed charges while others work on a meter, in rush hour the latter can cost a lot more than you might anticipate. Public transport moves much quicker in rush hour along special bus lanes.  You can also find sightseeing tours and guided walks, several can be found at  Great Victoria Street, Royal Avenue and High Street. These are run by independent  operators so shop around, you  will  certainly be approached at some stage by one of many hawkers offering you a tour. You can also take a boat  tour from a jetty near the Big Fish sculpture.

 

Walking around the city is pleasant,  the fabulous architecture attracts interest and reflects the grandeur and affluence that the city was built upon -  there really are some classical examples to enjoy.  Locations like the Cathedral Quarter with its network of small streets and venues make exploring the city both an intriguing and satisfying i experience.   I love the size of Belfast, many of the main attractions are an easy, enjoyable walk from the centre plus a twenty minutes bus or car ride  can take you to the  top of the Black mountain or Cave Hill with their spectacular views over the city and  awesome walks.  City Hall to the Odyssey and Titanic Quarter via the Lagan Footbridge is an enjoyable dander, along the way  the heritage of the city is well documented on information panels.

If you like exploring  then you will eventually come across the characteristic  murals and neighbourhood markings which relate to the two main traditions here, one side marks in red, white and blue, the other in green, white and orange.  In some parts of the city these have become very popular tourist attractions.  There are though small  enclaves  which are very strong in their identities, and although we have a long established peace agreement, to avoid any possible  issues while your here I would recommend a neutral approach  to clothing and in particular the national identities of Britain, Ulster and Ireland. Especially try to avoid football/ hurling tops as these can be problematic if you are unfortunate enough to meet an idiot in the wrong area  -   like most cities we have our fair share of these

 

Having said that Belfast is a  friendly and welcoming city with an amazing amount of things to see and do while your here. As I mentioned earlier public transport offers a great way to see the city for a very reasonable price. City Hall is where most buses arrive and leave from and Great Victoria Railway and Bus Station is a five minute walk away.

 

 

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