Belfast Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Belfast

  • 1. Old Belfast

    Some parts of the city as it once was still exist, especially around what is now called 'the Cathedral Quarter'. There are narrow alleyways, some still cobbled, leading between tall buildings which...

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  • 2. Lying-in Hospital

    In 1794, the Belfast Ladies Humane Society set up a 'lying-in' hospital in this building, to provide a safe environment for 'poor, respectable women' to have their babies. The hospital provided...

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  • 3. James Larkin Statue

    'The great are only great because we are on out knees. Let us rise!' James Larkin was an Irish trades union leader, born in Liverpool in 1875. In 1907 he moved to Belfast, starting up not only the...

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  • 4. Spanish Civil War Monument

    I didn't expect to find a monument in Belfast to those who lost their lives fighting in the Spanish Civil War. But there is one, in 'Writers' Square' opposite the cathedral, standing in the shade of...

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  • 5. Writers' Square

    This new 'urban park' idirectly in front of Belfast's St Anne's Cathedral was created around 2002. It was named 'Writers' Square' and is paved with 27 quotations from the great literary names of...

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  • 6. City Views

    One thing which really surprised me about Belfast was how near the hills and the countryside are. I really hadn't expected to look down side-streets and see the green! I finally realised it's...

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  • 7. Divis Tower

    The words 'Divis flats' resonate with me. The Divis complex of 850 flats (apartments) featured strongly during the Troubles. The complex, built in 1966, has been demolished, with only the 20-storey...

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  • 8. C. S. Lewis Statue

    C.S. Lewis is the author of the Narnia books.....'The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe' etc etc. Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898, and spent part of his childhood there, moving to a house on the...

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  • 9. Big Fish Sculpture

    The 'Big Fish' is a huge salmon, 10 metres long, beautifully blue and created from ceramics by sculptor John Kindness (wonderful surname!). Each ceramic 'scale' is decorated with texts and images...

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  • 10. Europa Hotel

    The Europa is a 4* hotel but it's famous because, during the Troubles, it was known as 'the most-bombed hotel in Europe'. Between 1972 and 1994 the Europa was attacked, bombed or damaged 28 times by...

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  • 11. St Mary's Church

    St Mary's was opened in 1784 and was the first Catholic church in Belfast. At that time, there were 385 Catholics listed as living in the city. There were no openly sectarian issues in those early...

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  • 12. Take an Autumnal Walk

    We have some lovely parks and walks in Belfast and they are FREE!Botanic Park near Queens UniversityOrmeau Park - Metro 7 Bus from City CentreBelvoir Forest and...

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  • 13. ‘The Waterfall of Souvenirs’

    I'm afraid that my photos don't do justice to this mosaic sculpture located in the Europa Bus Station. It is entitled 'Waterfall of Souvenirs' and it was...

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  • 14. Monument to Unknown Women Worker

    Stepping outside the Europa bus station, I came across this bronze statue of two women. Since returning home, I have found out that it is a piece by Louise...

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  • 15. The Cat Garden

    Within the Cave Hill Country Park and in the grounds of Belfast Castle you will find a circular Cat Garden which is nicely laid out with a pond in the middle....

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  • 16. The Cregagh estate, East Belfast

    A quick trip from the city centre will take you to the Cregagh Estate, an area not renowned for much. However here you will find the Home of George Best, the...

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  • 17. You won't believe the views

    Belfast has a great cycle path which runs from Lisburn through the city centre and along the South East coast of Antrim for around 20 miles. The network was...

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  • 18. Crawfordsburn Country Park

    This park is just outside Bangor on the south side of Belfast Lough. There are some great walks around the park or you could take the coastal path back to...

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  • 19. Peace and tranquility

    On a slightly more serious note Belvoir (Pronounced 'Beaver') Forest is one of Belfast?s best kept secret. Just 6 km from the City Centre Belvoir Park forest is...

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  • 20. Beaches

    Strange but true.The north Antrim coast has some of the best beaches in Europe, with a total of 6 having Blue Flag status.Here our intrepid explorer Maaaarii is...

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  • 21. Mourne Mountains Pt 2

    Due to the booming safari trade in the early 1970’s most of the indigenous and more exotic wild life has become extinct, due to over hunting. Lions, tigers,...

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  • 22. The Mourne Mountains

    The highest mountains in Northern Ireland are the Mournes. Situated about 70km from Belfast they are well worth a visit and provide an excellent day out for a...

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