Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland is a renewed city. For many decades it was branded as a place to avoid for your own safety, but since the Good Friday peace agreement, the city has blossomed into an interesting and trendy destination, with many lively bars and intriguing music venues. Belfast is famous for its old shipyards and it is right here that the ill-fated Titanic was built; the star-shaped Titanic Centre has recently become the city's main attraction. Belfast's gay quarter is just north of the City Centre, in the Cathedral Quarter.
Northern Ireland is part of UK, but it has a separate legislation on certain legal matters. For this reason it does not allow same-sex weddings, unlike the rest of the UK and the neighbouring Republic of Ireland, with the issue still a matter of contention in the local parliament. However apart from this, gay people enjoy largely the same level of legal protection as the rest of the UK. This is a huge progress considering that Northern Ireland had in the past a troublesome relationship with its LGBT population.