North Belfast centres on the areas around Ardoyne, Ballysillan, Cliftonville, and New Lodge in Belfast. Today, it remains a divided area where Peace Lines cut through streets enforcing sectarian division.
The main demographic of the area is seen as working class. Despite some upscale residential areas on the slope of Cavehill and around Belfast Castle, there is also a lot of social housing. This part of Belfast contains suffered high levels of violence during the troubles and remains divided by Peace Lines today.
During the Second World War, the area suffered heavy damage during the Luftwaffe’s Belfast Blitz. There were several aircraft crashes in the Belfast Hills including one on Cavehill, famously made into the movie ‘Closing The Ring’.
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.