Lisburn City

Lisburn is one of Northern Ireland's youngest cities, having been granted the status by the Queen in 2002.  Just 10 miles south of Belfast, and straddling counties Antrim and Down, it is Northern Ireland's fastest growing metropolis.

The name 'Lisburn' means 'fort of the gamblers' and is derived from Lisnagarvey townland. The origin of the 'burn' add-on is less clear. Some say it comes from the fire which destroyed the town in 1707, others that it's derived from the Scottish word 'burn' meaning stream (the River Lagan being the stream).

Plans to develop the nearby former Maze prison into a Centre for Conflict Resolution, though controversial and not without their detractors, will undoubtedly lure a new generation of visitors to this infamous site.

But, before these ambitious projects are realised, day trippers and overnighters can enjoy a revitalised cultural and historical edge... and some of the best shopping in Northern Ireland.

The city's re-branded Historic Quarter dates back to the 17th Century and was destroyed in the great fire of 1707. Its rebuilt streetscape remains pretty much unchanged to this day and is home to the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum where interactive exhibitions focus on local history and the Irish linen industry which began in Lisburn in the late 1600's.