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Best of Belfast

There’s plenty to ill a short break to Belfast, from beautifully restored Victorian architecture to a glittering waterfront, fantastic food scene and music-illed pubs. Here’s our guide to the highlights.
St George’s Market is Belfast’s oldest
COMPILED BY AMANDA CANNING WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ISABEL ALBISTON. PHOTOGRAPHS: JAMES KENNEDY NI/SHUTTERSTOCK, PATRICK FRILET/AGE FOTOSTOCK,

Botanic Gardens

SIGHTS

(visitbelfast.com)

The showpiece of Belfast’s green oasis is Charles Lanyon’s beautiful Palm House, built 1839–40; and its birdcage dome, a masterpiece of cast-iron and curvilinear glass, added in 1852. Nearby is the 1889 Tropical Ravine, a huge red-brick greenhouse designed by the garden’s curator, Charles McKimm. Inside, a raised walkway overlooks a jungle of tropical ferns, orchids, lilies and banana plants growing in a sunken glen.

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