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Belfast is the largest city and urban area in Northern Ireland, the second largest city in Ireland and the fifteenth largest city in the UK, its population being approximated at a number of more than 267 000 inhabitants. It has been, historically, a centre for linen industry, tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding, today, remaining a centre for industry, but also, for the arts, higher education and business.
Archaeological evidences trace its origins back to the Bronze Age, the Giant's Ring, which is a 5000-year-old henge, being located near the city, and the Iron Age hill forts being still seen in the surrounding hills. Belfast has been the capital of Northern Ireland, since its establishment, in 1921, and was officially granted city status by Queen Victoria, in 1888. Its motto is "Pro tanto quid retribuamus", which is taken from Psalm 116 Verse 12 in the Latin Vulgate Bible, meaning "For (Pro) so much (tanto) what (quid) we shall repay (retribuamus)".
Belfast attracts tourists with its historical charm and architectural beauties, including with the wide range of appealing attractions, spread throughout its area, currently experiencing a successful tourist boom, being considered, today, one of the most visited cities in the UK and the second most visited on the island of Ireland.
Belfast has a wealth of attractions that provide visitors a unique, pleasant vacation experience that keeps them coming back, again and again. The city is currently experiencing a successful tourist boom, which has brought it among the most visited cities in the UK. It has a rich heritage of Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian architecture, as examples standing The Grand Opera House, Belfast City Hall or Belfast Castle.
The places of interest in Belfast include The Titanic's Dock, which is, perhaps, the most famous ship ever built. In the past 97 years, its fame has grown beyond epic proportions, as the myths and legends surrounding it have blossomed. The tragedy that has made the ship famous has produced numerous touching stories, both fictional and real, some of which were focused on how the ship sank and other surrounded by tragic love or romance. Here, visitors can learn about Harland & Wolff, the firm which has built Titanic or get lost in the ship's eye-catching elegance, grace and power.
The Botanic Gardens, boasting many natural beauties that include assorted tropical plants, mature trees, and lots of colorful, lively flowers, is an attraction that represents an important part of Belfast's Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for tourists, residents and students, alike. The Gardens are set within College Park, which features everything a perfect day out, in the nature, should have, including an alpine garden, a children's playground, a rose garden, flower beds, a bowling green, and much, much more. According to previous visitors, visiting the Botanic Gardens and College Park, while staying in Belfast, is a definitely "must".
Another "must", when visiting Belfast, is considered to be Ulster Museum, home to the famous 7th Century BC Egyptian mummy, Takabuti, and to an extensive collection of glass, ceramics, silver and jewelry, as well as Viking brooch, gold coins from the Armada treasures, and exotic butterflies and bugs, comprised in the museum's nature collection, including the Chambers Car and Edmontosaurus dinosaur - the most complete real dinosaur fossil on display in Ireland.
Other major attractions in Belfast, include: nearby Glenarm Castle, one of Northern Ireland's oldest estates, home to the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim, since the early 17th century, close-by Castle Ward, home of the Ward family since the 16th century, a beautiful mid-Georgian mansion, sitting in a fairy tale-like natural setting, that covers approximately 820 acres, and Giant's Causeway, a wealth of history and legend, where visitors can explore the renowned amphitheatres of layered basalt stone columns, left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago, or admire the distinctive stone formations fancifully named the wishing chair, camel, harp and organ, making it a great destination for a day trip from Belfast.