June 14, 2017

#TravelTuesday with #Trafalgar quiz: answer!

Where in the world can Trafalgar Tours take you? 

                                                                                                                                Photo © Albertobrian/Adobe Stock

BELFAST! 

Birthplace of the infamous RMS Titanic, rainy Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital and the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Saints and scholars have long loved this ancient land that draws its appeal from picturesque landscapes and the people who call it home.

Belfast is home to the World Travel Awards’ 2016 Leading Tourist Attraction in Europe, Titanic Belfast, housed in the Titanic Quarter – the site where the ill-fated RMS Titanic was built in 1912. The Titanic Quarter includes reclaimed land adjacent to Belfast Harbour, formerly known as Queen’s Island, and today is home to the Titanic Museum.

The city is also famous for its twin landmark shipbuilding gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath. Named after the biblical figures Samson and Goliath, the cranes dominate Belfast’s skyline and have come to symbolise Belfast in much the same way Table Mountain symbolises Cape Town. 
 Belfast's Samson and Goliath                                                                                    Photo © M-image/Adobe Stock
But Belfast is so much more than just shipbuilding country. With its hills, lakes and rivers offering breathtaking views, Belfast is a paradise for walkers, hikers and cycling enthusiasts, as well as those with an interest in watersports, golf, angling, sailing and surfing. For a more relaxed pace, ferries connect different areas, making the city easy to explore. 

Belfast has an impressive history too: the city played a key role in the Industrial Revolution and was a global industrial centre until the latter half of the 20th century. It was a centre of the Irish linen, tobacco-processing, rope-making and shipbuilding industries.

 Northern Ireland's spectacular coastline                                                                     Photo © Stifos/AdobeStock
Since the early 2000s, the Belfast city council has developed several cultural quarters. The Cathedral Quarter takes its name from St Anne’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland), whereas the Gaeltacht Quarter around the Falls Road in west Belfast promotes the use of the Irish language. Then there’s The Queen’s Quarter in south Belfast, named after Queen’s University, and home to Botanic Gardens and the Ulster Museum. 

For some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, the Golden Mile, which describes the area between Belfast City Hall and Queen’s University, is the place to be. 

Inspired to visit Belfast? Book your Trafalgar holiday with Sure Travel today. 


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