Belfast means mouth of the sandbanks and it is the capital city of Northern Ireland. It stands on the tranquil River Lagan and became a city in 1888 during the reign of Queen Victoria, who said she disliked the city. There are several references to Queen Victoria in the city.
Belfast was known for its linen, tobacco processing, rope-making and shipbuilding. RMS Titanic was built here in 1911 at Harland and Wolff. Belfast is sensibly using this link to Titanic to rebuild the city's fortunes and future.
The city suffered during the "The Troubles", but recently has lived in peace away from violence which had stunted economic growth. Belfast now is developing its tourism and what a great job it is doing of it.
I went for a weekend last month with some old school friends and had a wonderful time. We stayed at Europa Hotel, the most bombed in Europe during "The Troubles".
Don't let the troubled reputation put you off visiting Belfast. It is a beautiful, gentle, quiet city with so much to see and do.