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Belfast holds the key to Northern Ireland's history

March 4, 2011 - 2:28am
Belfast
Northern Ireland is an area that is densely populated with rich history, a beautiful landscape and plenty of interesting attractions. Tourists heading to the United Kingdom should make sure to include its capital city, Belfast, on their itinerary, so they do not miss out on an important part of the European country.

Belfast has plenty of ties to the naval industry. It is where more than 150 vessels were built from 1870 through the 1950s, including the fateful Titanic in 1911. Those who visit the Titanic Quarter in the port area will be able to watch videos of those who survived the wreck speak about their incredible experience.

Vacationers should also head to Falls Road, one of the town's main streets, which has come to be a popular tourist attraction. It serves as a reminder of the city's 20th century struggle between religion in politics. Every year in this area, visitors will be able to experience the Feile an Phobail festival, where they can see various dance and musical performances that highlight some of Ireland's cultural traditions.

Also in the Falls Road area are a number of Republican murals painted around town, including one entitled "Solidarity Wall" that features the face of Frederick Douglass.

The Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive legislatures are currently seated at the large, white Buildings of Stormont, which is where Parliament previously convened. Tourists should make sure to bring a camera along to snap pictures of the castellated structures, as their specific location - situated at the end of a long path - provides a beautiful photo opportunity.

Afterwards, travelers can make their way to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museums, which are located a short trip east of Belfast. The famous institutions aim to depict the daily life of Northern Irish people in both the past and present, while the latter facility has a large focus on the evolution of land, sea and air transportation throughout the years. These venues were created in 1967 as a way for locals and visitors alike to discover the area's cultural history.

For another national museum visit, there is the Armagh County Museum, which takes a look at Northern Ireland's natural history through archeological and geological artifacts, textiles and much more.