Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and with a population of around 270,000 is the United Kingdom's 14th largest city. Its unique history, which has seen it play a leading role in the linen industry, rope-making, tobacco production and most recently shipbuilding, is visible throughout the city. Visitors flock to experience the Titanic quarter, including the Titanic Dock and Pump House, where the famous ship last rested on dry land. The City Hall also symbolises Belfast at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Other attractions include Ulster Museum, home to exhibitions of art, history and natural science and Crumlin Road Gaol, where many notorious executions took place throughout the twentieth century. For those staying more than a few days, the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway is a worthwhile day trip.
In recent years Belfast has put all its efforts into becoming a top tourist destination and its accommodation is truly world-class. In the top end range, a massive regeneration project on the waterfront has seen old shipyards converted into luxury apartments. But there are hotels to suit everyone's budget, with cheap quality accommodation near Queen's University and mid-range to luxury hotels around the shopping districts of the Golden Mile and Shaftesbury Square.
Belfast has two airports, Belfast International and George Best City Airport. It is also accessible by ferry from several destinations in Scotland and northern England, as well as by train from all major cities around Ireland and Northern Ireland. Getting around the city could not be easier, with buses running every 10 minutes until 11pm, when they are replaced by regular night buses. Visitors can explore the city centre on foot or by bicycle