East Belfast centres on the shipyard area of Belfast. Socially, it is a mixed area containing some old working-class terraced houses, more exclusive residences, and the imposing Harland and Wolff cranes.
The demographics of the area are socially mixed although mainly politically unionist. Inner-city working-class areas towards the shipyard give way to more exclusive upmarket areas. Recent redevelopment has ensured a steep rise in house prices.
During the Second World War, the area around the docks suffered greatly during the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941.
The Royal Air Force based at RAF Sydenham operated bomber and fighter squadrons. Meanwhile, the shipyard built some of the Royal Navy’s finest vessels such as HMS Belfast.
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.