I very recently came across this list of reason to stay in Belfast forever and I am sold!
1. Because the locals are great craic.
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They’re wrongfully thought of as being a rowdy bunch (and they can be occasionally). But most of the time, you’re welcomed in with open arms.
2. Because there are so many bars here.
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4. And this.
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It’s pretty cool when your local dates back to 1826.
5. Because there’s amazing architecture everywhere.
This is Custom House Square, another example of Belfast’s Victorian heritage. There’s usually some sort of festival or event on in the Square (another reason to love living here).
6. And the insides of buildings are beautiful too.
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That’s inside Harland & Wolff’s Headquarters.
7. Because you know you’re home when you see Samson & Goliath from the plane.
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8. Or maybe it’s when you fly over Slieve Donard.
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9. Because it makes you kinda proud that people choose to film so many series here.
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They film The Fall in the city, and countless other productions around Northern Ireland. This is Ballintoy Beach… 10 points if you know where it appears in Game Of Thrones.
10. Because the city is literally surrounded with natural beauty.
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11. Just look at this.
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12. Because when you want a day out, you can just visit your local castle.
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This one’s in Carrickfergus.
13. And you can literally take your pick of castles.
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This is Dunluce Castle (or what remains of it).
14. Because Northern Ireland’s coastline is definitely on a par with the rest of Ireland’s.
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15. And there are epic coastal walks everywhere.
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16. Because we even have our own castle.
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Creatively named, Belfast Castle.
17. Because once a year, our parks are lit up with the Festival of Light.
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This is Mount Stewart, which happens to be framed with lights and music during the festival. However, there are other monuments in the city that are lit up too.
18. Because look at our city hall.
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19. Because we know how to do Christmas Markets.
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The market’s been named 2nd best in the United Kingdom!
20. In fact, we do all markets really, really well.
Yes, St George’s Markets have all the lovely local produce from around Northern Ireland (and some excellent breakfasts), but you can also buy a proper farmers cap, see some live music AND be totally sheltered from the rain (it’s an indoor market!).
21. Because you’ll never go hungry here.
If anything, there are too many restaurants to choose from. Alley Cat is your man if you want a big old burger with plenty of fries.
22. Because we have fresh seafood being served in the city, daily.
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It’s one of the benefits of being a coastal city. Here’s the full list of delicious places to eat in Belfast, including steaks, cakes and more.
23. Because our standard shopping centre has a viewpoint at the top of it.
Although Victoria Square might look like a spaceship from the outside, it’s actually because there’s a glass globe inside you can climb to the top of for a panorama of the city.
24. Because in summer, your walk home from work might look like this.
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25. Especially if you have a waterfront apartment.
26. Because our waterfront actually looks pretty fantastic at night.
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This is the Queens Bridge and the Beacon of Hope. So yeah, take that, London, Paris, Sydney…
27. Because our skyline is pretty damn fantastic, too.
28. Because our city has a unique history.
The SS Nomadic was the tender to RMS Titanic. She was built in Belfast in 1910, but she was too big to get into Cherbourg Harbour. You can now visit her in the Titanic Quarter.
29. And that history is worn on our sleeves.
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We might have a nice waterfront, but we also have murals that could rival Berlin’s.
30. Because we make delicious whiskey.
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Bushmills Distillery was founded in the early 17th century, and they’ve been providing the city with delicious single malt whiskey ever since. Mmmmmhm.
31. Because we have clubs hidden under our buildings.
See, told you the locals were great craic.
32. Because we also have a lively music scene.
Most of the bars (like Ollies) will have live music during the week, Limelight and the Union do “medium” sized gigs from well known acts. There are occasional acts on at The Empire ,and the Odyssey is where you get the musical heavyweights. The Waterfront Hallhosts classical musicians, shows, and musicals. And the Grand Opera House is the oldest theatre in Belfast.
33. Because we also have an award winning university.
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Queen’s is part of the Russell Group.
34. And look how pretty it is.
35. Because we have beautiful cathedrals and churches hiding in the city.
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This amazing picture was taken inside St Anne’s Cathedral.
36. Because our churches look like this on the inside.
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This is St Malachy’s on Alfred Street.
37. Because you could wander around our Botanic Gardens all day.
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38. And lose yourself in its rose gardens.
39. Because Belfast looks beautiful in the winter too.
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40. Because our cafes do proper, cosy, winter food to warm you up again.
“Dipping sandwiches” (a.k.a. toasties and soup) at Love & Death Inc <3
42. Which you need when it looks like this outside.
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The Mourne Mountains make a beautiful backdrop to the city.
43. But when the winter’s over, we get to go to places like this in the summer.
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44. Because Portrush Beach is perfect.
Don’t pretend you don’t want to run back to Barry’s every summer.
45. Basically, you should never leave Belfast…