Belfast's name - 'beal feirste' in Irish, meaning the 'mouth of the sandspit' - first appeared in the 15th century. The settlement first dates from 1177, when Anglo-Saxon John de Courcy invaded Ulster and built a castle nearby, establishing his rule over south eastern Ulster, east of the river Bann. Belfast's history really begins in 1603, when the castle and the lands of Belfast came into the possession of Sir Arthur Chicester, Governor of Carrickfergus, who planted the land with settlers from Devon and Scotland. Ten years later Belfast was granted coroporation status, with the right to send members to the parliament at Westminster. In the 17th century there was an influx of Hugenot immigrants seeking refuge from religious persecution in Franc

 Activities in Belfast

Bike Rental
Life Cycles

Bird Watching
Murphys Wildlife Tours
Birdwatching Lagan Valley Regional Park

Coarse Angling
Lagan River

Cycling Routes Not Guided
Belfast To Ballyshannon Cycle Route
Cycle The Tow Path Lagan Valley Regional Park

Cycling Tours Guided
Irish Cycle Tours

Department Stores
Lambe Antiques
Nevada Bob
Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park
Westwood Shopping Centre
Forestside Shopping Centre

Driving Ranges
The Golf Academy

Equestrian Centres
Lagan Valley Equestrian Centre

Golf Courses
Balmoral Golf Club
Belvoir Park Golf Club
Cliftonville Golf Club
Fortwilliam Golf Club
Gilnahirk Golf Club
Knock Golf Club
Malone Golf Club
Mount Ober Golf And Country Club
Ormeau Golf Club
Shandon Park Golf Club

Other Adventure Sports
Northern Ireland Off Road Centre

Rowing Clubs
Lagan Scullers Club
UUJ Rowing Club

Walking Routes Not Guided
Cave Hill Belfast Walk

Walking Tours Guided
Quietly To McQuillans Quarry Guided Walk
Baileys Belfast Historical Pub Walk
The Broadwater
Walk the towpath
Industry On The Lagan Sir Thomas And Lady Dixon Park
Autumn Ramble Parks And Forests Cutters Wharf
Minnowburn Beeches Guided Walk
On Foot In Belfast The French Elms
On Foot in Belfast'-Up the Hill
Secret Garden


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