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What is visiting Belfast like ?

I was wondering what it is like to go on a first visit to Belfast please.
If I want to go to Belfast from Dublin, what do I do, take the train? Can I do this in one day, go back and forth?

What do I do first, once I get there? ...

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Old 04.10.2008, 16:59
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Take the train, it's presto pronto. But... have you seen Dublin yet?

You're not that nutter on ronorp.ch looking for an Irish boyfriend because you saw some Oirish rom-com recently and you find the boys lovable rogues in woolen pullovers, are you now?

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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Heading for Dublin on Monday and no, not me that nutter. If I feel in need for an Irish boyfriend I will do that presto pronto in my own way !!!

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Take the train, it's presto pronto. But... have you seen Dublin yet?

You're not that nutter on ronorp.ch looking for an Irish boyfriend because you saw some Oirish rom-com recently and you find the boys lovable rogues in woolen pullovers, are you now?

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If I feel in need for an Irish boyfriend I will do that presto pronto in my own way !!!
Your own way should include getting excessively drunk and dyeing your hair red. Learning some limericks will help, a leprechaun disguise will not.

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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

I haven't done the train trip from Dublin to Belfast in years and even then I continued up to the North coast. If I remember correctly it takes about 2 hours maybe a bit longer. You could definitely do a round trip in a day as Belfast is smaller than Dublin and easy to get around. The train trip itself is worth it as you travel along the coast for most of the journey and views along the coast are great. Belfast train station is about a 15 minute walk from the centre or you can catch a bus into town..
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

search for our member "Gav" who lives in..... Belfast now.
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Yeah, Gav would give you the best perspective. I know the area very well. Train is best but there are bus links. You can definitely do it there and back in a day. In fact I'd be pushed to think what you would do if you had to spend more than a day. Question is why you would want to go there and if it would be worth the effort. Especially on a cold, rainy, windy, October day. You get those in June, July and August as well in Belfast. In my opinion it's quite an ugly city even though they've tarted up the marina/waterfront area. There's just so much you can do with one or two admittedly good examples of Victorian architecture like City Hall, Queen's University. Look, the city has improved no end since the troubles ended and I'm sure Belfast City Council can suggest a thousand reasons why you should visit.. There's the Ulster Folk Museum which is good but not in Belfast itself. There's also the rather forlorn and windswept site where they build the Titanic, rebranded somewhat hopefully as the "Titanic quarter". This rebranding into "quarters" is an attempt to inject some history into what is a fairly grim place. The most laughable is branding the rough and run down Falls Road area the "Gaeltacht Quarter" like somehow by strolling down the Falls you will enter an area rich in old Irish culture. To be fair, there is now some half decent shopping in Belfast, more trendy bars, clubs and places to eat but nothing that's worth leaving Dublin for. I can see why people would think over recent years it's become a much better place to live...but that doesn't make it a good tourist destination. Maybe if the Ulster banks offered an unlimited guarantee on bank deposits there would be a reason to visit? I think Belfast is a love it or hate it place. The best of Northern Ireland is not to be found in Belfast - you find that in the stunning coastline north of the city and on a sunny day it is stunning.
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Thank you all !!!

That "Gav" of yours must have some qualities I am not aware of ...

I sometimes like to take a break from staying in a city days on end, that is why I thought hopping on a train and drive up to Belfast might be an idea ...

for Rusty's comment, I think that would be good advice for my twin sister or what I could call my Demon. She also proposed we should post together as Sodom & Gomorrah but then I told her my purpose on being on this Forum is is not to get banned as fast as possible ...

Nev, thanks much for your post too.
Swisstree, thank you !!

Any comments on Belfast ?

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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Maybe you can find more info on the following site:

http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Oh excellent !!! thanks for that !!!


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I think that would be good advice for my twin sister or what I could call my Demon. She also proposed we should post together as Sodom & Gomorrah but then I told her my purpose on being on this Forum is is not to get banned as fast as possible ...
Considering that your avatar has seen a regular change of B&W faces of young women, I am tempted to believe that your "twin sister" is in fact none other than yourself, Miss Sada, and that you are suffering from dissociative identity disorder. If you do have a sister with the qualities that you describe however, please ask her to register on EF (as a different person) and tell her to specify that her account be restricted to posting in Off-Topic only.
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

I think I'll do that Northern Ireland visit in a separate go !!!

When I look at that Irish coast I just want to go and walk there or drive along for hours and hours, it looks just so wildly gorgeous !!!

That might be good thing to do, for our moments of recovery from the Dublin city dayandnight buzz-buzz-buzz or a walk on the beach ...!!!
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

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Your own way should include getting excessively drunk and dyeing your hair red. Learning some limericks will help, a leprechaun disguise will not.
it`s not red hair ,it`s green hair,with excessively drunk .I ishould know my wife is from belfast:
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

Gav, it looks like you're back. Could you tell me a bit about Belfast please ??? ... anything !!!
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Gav, it looks like you're back. Could you tell me a bit about Belfast please ??? ... anything !!!
You might want to pm him. I think Gav said somewhere that he's selective about the threads he looks at.
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When I look at that Irish coast I just want to go and walk there or drive along for hours and hours, it looks just so wildly gorgeous !!!
The east coast of Ireland pales in comparison to the west coast. If you're looking for wild beauty, you'll find it there...

Co. Kerry

http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...h+Images&gbv=2

Connemara

http://images.google.com/images?gbv=...=Search+Images

Achill Island

http://images.google.com/images?hl=e...h+Images&gbv=2

Killary Harbour, Co. Mayo

http://images.google.com/images?gbv=...=Search+Images
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

I would like to read some online newspapers covering Northern Ireland, but there are quite a few around, so which one is most read and considered to be reliable please?

Also if someone knows a tried, tested and approved B&B in Belfast, I would gladly take the address
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I would like to read some online newspapers covering Northern Ireland, but there are quite a few around, so which one is most read and considered to be reliable please?
this was my reference, unfortunately it has been 'decommissioned' (c;

http://www.portadownnews.com/
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Re: What is visiting Belfast like ?

thanks, I thought at first that was joke when I clicked on the link ...


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http://www.portadownnews.com/
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thanks, I thought at first that was joke when I clicked on the link ...
being in 'southern' part of the North (paradox, riddle, enigma, wrapped etc.), welcome to our caustic sense wit!

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