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St. Anne's Cathedral / Belfast Cathedral

St Anne's Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, was erected at the turn of the 20th century upon the site of the original of St Anne's Parish Church. Outside, the Cathedral is attractive without being overly ornate, while the interior is definitely worth a visit.

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Grand Opera House, Belfast

Belfast's Grand Opera House is one of the city's most recognisable, and most charming, buildings. It is located on Glengall Street, close to two other Belfast landmarks -- the Crown Liquor Saloon and the Europa Hotel. Frank Matcham, a famous theatre architect, conceived this Victorian masterpiece in 1894. The Grand Opera House was meticulously restored during the late 1970s and remains Northern Ireland's most prominent theatre. Today, the venue is host to top-class musicals, operas, comedians, plays and concerts.

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Ulster Hall

Built as a ballroom in 1862, Belfast's Ulster Hall is one of Northern Ireland's premier event venues. A protected building, it is home to the Ulster Orchestra. The building was refurbished in 2009 and is now has modern, impressive facilities to accompany its rich heritage.

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Queen's University

Queen's University has been a landmark building in Belfast City for over 150 years, and is one of Ireland's premier colleges. Named after Queen Victoria, Queen's University began as one of three Queen's colleges established in 1849. Originally located in Belfast, Galway and Cork, these three Queens Colleges  made up what was then called the Royal University. Today, Queen's refers only o the Belfast college, located at University Avenue in Northern Ireland's capital city.

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Linen Hall Library

On the northwest corner of Donegal Square, opposite Belfast City Hall, sits the Linen Hall Library -- a private collection founded in 1788. The library is housed in a beautiful building designed by renowned architect and former mayor of Belfast, Charles Lanyon. The Linen Hall Library offers a variety of services, and prides itself on being a centre for culture and learning. It is FREE to visit and for public reference use (borrowing is restricted to members).

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Albert Memorial Clock Tower

Described as a cross between Big Ben and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Belfast's Albert Memorial Clock Tower remains one of Belfast’s most recognized monuments. Constructed in 1869, the tower was named in honour of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. The tower is located at the intersection of Queen's Square and Victoria Street. It leans four feet from the perpendicular due to being built on marshy, reclaimed land.

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The Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland’s top tourist attraction, the Giant’s Causeway is a geological formation that looks like it belongs on another planet. (Indeed, in 2009, similar columnar basalt formations have been found on Mars! See this Nasa report.) The bizarre, honeycomb rocky structure sits beneath the dramatic sea cliffs of the north Antrim coast. It consists of around 40,000 polygonal basalt columns protruding from the sea.

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Bushmills Village and Distillery

The attractive village of Bushmills is home to the oldest licensed distillery in the world. Bushmills is famous for its quality malt Irish whiskey, produced at the distillery - in picturesque, pagoda roofed buildings.

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Ballycastle

Ballycastle is a pretty Georgian seaside resort town. It is a popular summer holiday location for people from county Antrim and surrounding areas. The town forms the shape of an hourglass, and its streets are lines with quaint shops and pubs. Ballycastle Beach has been awarded an EU Blue Flag for its clean, safe waters.

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Belfast City

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland. Belfast natives have a rich history of commerce and prosperity, as well as violence and heartache. Attractions such as the Titanic Quarter and Belfast Cathedral are drawing large numbers of visitors to the city. Others are coming for the shopping in centres such as the Victoria Square and CastleCourt. Various tours take tourists to see the Belfast murals, or to see the famous H&W ship cranes that dominate the city's skyline. This mixture of shopping, theatres, galleries and live music are making Belfast an emerging and attractive city destination.

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