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Enjoy A Memorable Day Trip To Belfast This Summer
When you're thinking about taking a holiday this summer, day trips may not necessarily be your first option. But wherever you live in the UK, you're likely to be just a short journey away from a place of historical importance or great natural beauty - the perfect opportunity for a day trip to remember. Belfast, for instance, is a great city to visit on a day trip, with a stunning architectural landscape and rich cultural offerings.

If you decide to take a trip to Belfast, there are a number of ways in which you'll be able to plan your day-long city break. For instance, spend the day sightseeing Belfast's most famous buildings, like Belfast City Hall. With its impressive 173-foot high dome and surrounding green space, the City Hall is certainly one of Belfast's most attractive structures.

Belfast also boasts the world's largest dry dock; and the historic Harland and Wolff shipyard - the builders of the Titanic. St George's Market is also worth a visit, as it is Belfast's last surviving Victorian covered market.

Alternatively, time your day trip to Belfast during one of its many festivals. For example, the Belfast Maritime Festival will take place from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007. Seven of the world's most spectacular ships will be sailing into Belfast for a weekend of fantastic family fun. Visitors will have an opportunity to board the boats, around the Donegall Quay and Queens Quay area, for free.

Or why not visit the Ould Lammas Fair, a traditional fair held in Ballycastle in County Antrim, a short drive away from Belfast. The Ould Lammas fair, which has been running for over 400 years, sells traditional local goods like Yellowman, a local variant of honeycomb, and dulse, an edible seaweed.

Tourists on day trips to Belfast hoping to enjoy some spectacular scenery need look no further than the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. It is one of the UK's most fascinating geological features and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and a National Nature Reserve in 1987. Another place of interest is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a rope suspension bridge in Ballintoy. Linked to the miniscule Carrick Island, this rope bridge is owned and maintained by the National Trust and attracts in excess of 140,000 visitors a year.

If you're planning a day trip to Belfast there's a variety of fun and exciting ways to get there. For instance, why not take the ferry to Belfast? This way, you'll be able to enjoy your transport to and from Northern Ireland, and your day-long holiday will begin as soon as you step on the boat. What's more, taking a ferry to Belfast will mean that you're able to take your car with you - an addition that can be particularly beneficial if you're taking children with you or you're hoping to explore Belfast's outer regions.
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