Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. It sits on the River Lagan, has a population of just under 300,000 and is a major port.
Lonely Planet rated the city number 1 region in the world to visit in 2018.
Belfast was a centre of the Irish linen, tobacco processing, rope-making and shipbuilding industries: in the early 20th century, Harland and Wolff, which built the the RMS Titanic, was the world's biggest and most productive shipyard.
The city suffered greatly during the conflict called ‘The Troubles’ but latterly has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and these days enjoying substantial economic and commercial growth.
The Titanic Quarter ,near the race venue, has hosted over 2 million visitors and was recently voted the world’s leading visitor attraction. Here, they also make the hit series “Game of Thrones”.
A good place to start is the Belfast Welcome Centre in the heart of the city opposite the City Hall(itself worth a visit).
Others attractions include: Parliament Buildings, Stormont - where there has been much history in the making; The entertainment complex, The Odyssey Arena; The Ulster Museum(not open on Mondays); St. George’s Market in May Street- Northern Ireland’s largest market ;and the Crown Liquor Saloon, affectionately known as simply ‘The Crown’ in Victoria Street.
Belfast is a city that knows its sport.In 2014 the city turned pink for the Giro D’Italia bike race; and in 2017 it hosted the 12th IAU World 24-Hour Championships in Victoria Park with 40 nations attending.
Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast Airport in the city( next door to the race venue), and Belfast International Airport 15 miles (24 kms) west of the city.
For more information go to: www.visitbelfast.com