Belfast Warnings and Dangers

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Belfast Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    There are no left luggage facilities at the bus and train stations in Belfast for security reasons, too easy to plant an incendary device and leg it. I do not know where in town you can have left luggage, it is probably just best to grin and bear it really.

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  • The Troubles

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    Dave Allen, the Irish comic, used to tell this joke : "What is the fastest game in the world" ? Answer : Pass-the-parcel in a Belfast pub. Many people have some very strange ideas about personal safety in Northern Ireland - and will not visit out of a sense of misplaced fear. It is, of course, true that there have been disturbances, bombs and...

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  • Parades

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    It may be wise to avoid visiting the Belfast murals during Marching season around July 12 commemorating the Battle of the Boyne by the Orange men. Also obviously it is best to visit the murals during the day. Don't take pictures of people in these areas and don't nose about into people's houses you will be asking for trouble. The Divis Tower in...

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  • Hiking/hillwalking

    Belfast Warnings and Dangers

    wheither walking a signposted way, or exploring an area on foot, be prepared! A good map and walking guide are essential! Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are good ideas, too. If you're accustomed to the circular routes of trails in American national parks, you can be in for a suprise if you don't plan ahead - most of the guided paths are...

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  • Train & Bus station safety

    There are no left luggage facilities at the bus and train stations in Belfast for security reasons, too easy to plant an incendary device and leg it. I do not know where in town you can have left luggage, it is probably just best to grin and bear it really.

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  • Sunday in Belfast

    Sunday in Belfast, and likely most of Northern Ireland, is dead, dead, dead. Most of the shops we went by were closed except for those in the malls, lots of restaurants and pubs are either closed or have limited hours and some attractions, like City Hall, are closed on Sunday. We did take the hop on hop off bus and find a place to have both dinner...

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  • Parking

    We visited Belfast on a Sunday when a lot of the parking restrictions are lifted, many of the meters say that they don't need to be fed on Sunday. But we were unfamiliar with the street markings, even though the signs said we could park on Sunday and we double checked with a resident who said it was OK to park where we were, the double yellow lines...

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  • Marching Season

    It may be wise to avoid visiting the Belfast murals during Marching season around July 12 commemorating the Battle of the Boyne by the Orange men. Also obviously it is best to visit the murals during the day. Don't take pictures of people in these areas and don't nose about into people's houses you will be asking for trouble. The Divis Tower in...

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  • Hertz car hire

    I booked a rental car on the internet for our airport arrival in April 09. Found the best rate using a price comparison website.The quoted cost - £73 for 3 days. I know about "exclusions" but insurance is included.Turns out when you go to pick up that personal injury insurance is excluded (must be a really inventive insurance policy to cut that...

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  • Politics

    Although the city is beginning to move on beyond its troubled past, politics is still a touchy subject especially around certain areas of the city. Use your common sense - while some people are open to discussing the troubles openly, you should not voice your opinions on the political situation in the north with strangers. And take it from an Irish...

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  • The sectarian divide

    Dave Allen, the Irish comic, used to tell this joke :"What is the fastest game in the world" ?Answer : Pass-the-parcel in a Belfast pub.Many people have some very strange ideas about personal safety in Northern Ireland - and will not visit out of a sense of misplaced fear.It is, of course, true that there have been disturbances, bombs and shooting...

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  • Shopping Hours

    City-centre shops are generally open Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm (Thurs until 9pm). Some larger stores open Sun 1-5pm.Neighbourhood stores and garage forecourt convenience shops often open much longer-24hrs in many cases.Banking hours are 9.30am-4.30pm.Currency is the British pound sterling, but the province's banks (Bank of Ireland, First Trust,...

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  • Watch Out for Waves!

    With the sea as flat as glass Barbara and I found these signs warning of Danger of 'Unexpected Waves' intriguing. I suppose at certain times this could be a problem as the coastal path is right down at beach level in places. Also large high-speed passenger catarmaran vessels in the lough leave a wake to watch out for, (ususally long after they have...

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  • DON'T DO THIS!!!!

    I'm embarrassed to admit what I did but I hope my embarrassment might prevent injury or worse to a fellow traveler.On my last night in Belfast I went to a local pub to get a bite and a pint or two. As my usual habit I took a newspaper with me and read while passing time. After a bit a fellow in a beret and with a knapsack approached and asked if...

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  • This isn't helpful either......

    This isn't helpful either... The 'sectarian' division between Catholics and Protestants remains at the crux of the problem in Northern Ireland. In some subtle, and not so subtle ways, the problem is communicated to the watchful visitor.On my trip, I was particularly aware of visible graffiti left by the UVF... the 'outlawed' Protestant Ulster...

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  • I myself did not spend any...

    I myself did not spend any significant time in Belfast City, not because there was any particular thing about it I didn't like or any palpable danger.... just that I prefer the countryside.But surely there is a history of strife that goes on even today in some neighborhoods.These pics from the net are historical more than present day... but even in...

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  • Parades

    12th July ParadesThese are basically 'British' parades. They happen thoroughout NI on this day, the largest being in Belfast. They are full of colour and noise, different bands such as Blood and thunder, silver, melody, accordion, bagpipe etc.These are parades for Loyalists to celebrate their British heritage - they are accessible, being in most...

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  • Race attacks

    Race attacks are on a steep increase throughout the province,there has been a large number of attacks on ethnic minority owned homes in the Village area just off the Donegall Road mainly orchestrated by the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) but these attacks are not just confined to Belfast,there has been a number of incidents in Craigavon,Co.Armagh and...

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  • WHO SAYS BELFAST IS DANGEROUS!!!

    With sectarianism and related troubles aside,Belfast is probably in my mind the safest city in the UK,the people are ever so friendly n chatty,u can walk around the city centre at night even alone without any fear whatsoever,unless u do something stupid lol.

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  • HEADING 4 LIGONIEL

    Travelling to the nationalist enclave area of Ligoniel in North Belfast may cause headaches as loyalist youths usually fuelled by drink n drugs handed out by 'shabeens' (illegal drinking dens) run by the UDA (Ulster Defense Association) are known to attack any vehicles heading in the direction of Ligoniel by the junction of the Upper Crumlin Road...

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  • Safety

    There really is nothing to be worried about when visiting Belfast. It is not a war zone, people are not highly sensitive when talking about the troubles and you won't have to dodge bombs and bullets.It is really a nice place and you will find that even in working class areas people are very welcoming.The good thing about Belfast is that it is...

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  • July

    You may already know that July is not the best time of year to visit Belfast. If there is any tension in the city, it will be during this time. It is not dangerous to be here but it can be very disruptive. Be sure to check with the tourist board before travelling into the city centre to avoid trouble spots. Do not go into these areas! July 2003...

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  • 12th of July Celebration

    During our summer months we have celebrations which take place on the 11th and 12th of July it can cause alot of anger and violence between Potestant and Catholics. The celebrations kick off on the 11th of July with a bonnfire. You can see here the collection of wood which will be prepared for the bonnfire in a loyalist area

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  • times gone by

    This image perhaps will give you an idea of what times used to be like in Belfast...as you can see the building in the background had its interior destroyed by a bomb. This was quite comon place in the city center throughout the 80's and it was something people had to watch out for whilst shopping. Thsi picture is an old picture taken on Ann Street...

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  • Spides - Wee weird kids

    Avoid kids in tracksuits. They speak a weird indecipherable language that even locals don't understand.They aren't dangerous just really annoying.Just ignore them!!Tracksuits, white usually. Gold jewellry, trainers. Bad hair. Males of the spide species may have fluffy moustaches and gelled down fringes. May well be on their way to 'play a few...

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  • There is no danger- Its all hype by...

    Belfast is the safest place to be in the uk. It has the lowest rate of violent crime and personal attack of any uk city. Yes it HAD troubles (terrorism), but primarily only those involved were targeted.You can walk about any area of the centre, university area and where all the popular bars are until any hour of the morning.There are drunk people...

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  • over rated warnings

    Well politically belfast and more to the point Northern Ireland are very well known for for all the wrong reasons.I find it hard to write a warning on my own experience of Northern Ireland as the people from either side of the ajenda treated me as friendly as any where i have ever been .that extends over 2 trips at different times of different...

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  • Bombs

    Well...I had a bomb-scare the day I went shopping in the city! Wot luck ey?! Not surprising for one of the most bombed places in the world!

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  • wheither walking a signposted...

    wheither walking a signposted way, or exploring an area on foot, be prepared! A good map and walking guide are essential! Comfortable shoes and a water bottle are good ideas, too.If you're accustomed to the circular routes of trails in American national parks, you can be in for a suprise if you don't plan ahead - most of the guided paths are routes...

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  • During our visit to Belfast...

    During our visit to Belfast over the Easter holidays weekend, violence broke out in the northern part of the city. The only evidence we had was the news, a helicopter flying overhead during the day monitoring the area, and police cars at night at high speeds. We never saw nor heard anything personally. We walked the streets, Falls Road, at night,...

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  • Do not take photographs of...

    Do not take photographs of police stations, armed personnel, military checkpoints or anything you have to question whether it is allowable. If you see an unattended package, get away from it as quickly as possible. Do not get into political conversations with the locals since you don't necessarily know what side you are talking to and how deeply...

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  • Northern Ireland has the...

    Northern Ireland has the lowest ordinary crime rate in the United Kingdom. However, like anywhere, you should be aware of your surroundings and your belongings in crowds. West Belfast is the centre of much of the political tension in Northern Ireland, and should be avoided, particularly at night and in times of civil unrest. The summer months are...

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  • Check the Travel Warnings...

    Check the Travel Warnings pages before travelling to check up on the latest in any sectarion violence. Avoid travelling there in July. As a tourist, you are probably safer here than in Florida, but you wouldnt want to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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  • Safety

    Belfast still isn't the safest place on earth I think. But if you stay in the city centre there shouldn't be any problems. As I was travelling alone I didn't go to the rough parts although I would have loved to go. Tourists won't get into troubles.....just keep in mind to....Avoid topics like religion and the troubles if you talk to people!! Don't...

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  • Belfast is still a place to be...

    Belfast is still a place to be conscious of...Stay in the city cente and south Belfast near the UNiversity. Don't stray too far from that. BE aware of where you are and what upsets the people there. Religion is still a huge issue. Be aware of when the marching season is??... July 12th....

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  • POLICE STATION with armoured...

    POLICE STATION with armoured trucks & policemen with bullet proof vests & guns.This is a reminder when you are there to be careful & not voice any strong opinions about religion & stay in the city centre to avoid any troubles.

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  • Some of the many painted...

    Some of the many painted murals from different sides of the conflict, don't get involved in the politics of it.The artistic work of the painters is outstanding, what a talent.

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