First (only) visit: June 2008
I finally made it to notorious Belfast in 2008, in an effort to do the constituent parts of the UK. I found it much nicer than expected, an effort for urban regeneration that is generally a success in the centre of town. It is a clearly divided place, still today, with areas alternately waving the Irish or the UK flags. Worth a peek.
Highlight: The many murals (see pictures here) which give their own chronicle of the endless struggle between Catholics and Protestants.