Our Host Town: Belfast

Belfast is a thriving, vibrant, creative city - one which in recent years has changed and developed, yet retained many of the marks of a unique history. Belfast’s economy has blossomed and its landscape has been reshaped. It started out as a small hamlet with fertile land along the mouth of the Lagan. Soon, marauders and pirates realised our lough was deep and our shores were safe from the north Atlantic storms. The perfect haven for repairing sea ravaged ships. From these early stages the industrious locals developed a boat building trade.
So what’s Belfast like today? Well, it’s packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping… you might even spot a ship or two. The city centre, anchored by the grandeur of the City Hall, boasts distinctive cultural venues, attractive public space, retail excellence, a wide choice of accommodation from budget to opulent, world cuisine and a thriving night-life.

More information on the Belfast Official Tourism Webpage.