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The countdown to 2012 has begun. No, not the London Olympics; 2012 is also the 100th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, the iconic ocean liner that was built by Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyards. And it is that year that Belfast has chosen to showcase the city’s heritage to the world.
The southwestern fringes of Belfast extend as far as Lisburn (Lios na gCearrbhach), 12km southwest of the city centre. Like Belfast, Lisburn grew rich on the proceeds of the linen industry in the 18th and 19th centuries. This history is celebrated in the excellent Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, housed in the fine 17th-century Market House.
Belfast to Bangor
The coastal region stretching east from Belfast to Bangor and beyond is commuter territory for the capital, and home to many of the North's wealthiest citizens – it's known locally as the 'Gold Coast'. The attractive North Down Coastal Path follows the shore from Holywood train station to Bangor Marina (15km), and continues east to Orlock Point.
Hillsborough is a name familiar to British ears, as it is the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Hillsborough Castle is also used to entertain visiting heads of state (US presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton have both enjoyed its hospitality). This is the Queen's official residence when she is in Northern Ireland.