Despite BELFAST'S turbulent past, the principal city of Northern Ireland is a boomtown. With trendy cafes, bars and restaurants springing up everywhere, the birthplace of the Titanic is fast becoming one of the best places to eat out and socialise in Ireland. Belfast has great entertainment venues - the Opera House puts on excellent shows, and the new Odyssey Stadium features top bands and live ice hockey. Popular attractions include Queen's University, the Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum and the City Hall. For spectacular views, stroll along the Laganside Walk, or even take a boat tour!