Lisburn City is Northern Ireland's newest City; it was awarded the accolade during the Queen's Jubilee Year. The city has a population of over 71,000 people and is found in the scenic Lagan Valley. Lisburn is situated on the River Lagan which forms the boundary between County Antrim and County Down.
Lisburn gained city status in 2002; it is the third largest city in Northern Ireland. The City centre still retains many architectural buildings and streets dating back to the 18th century but it is also a lively bustling modern city.
Lisburn is well known as the birthplace of the linen industry in Ireland. This was established in 1968 by Louis Crommelin amongst others. The Irish Linen Centre within Lisburn has an exhibition about the Irish Linen Industry and the city's heritage which can be found in the Lisburn Market House, which is also the location of Lisburn Museum.
The museum and linen centre are located within Lisburn's historic quarter, which dates back to the 17th Century. Although being destroyed by the great fire of 1707, the streetscape has been completely rebuilt. Other attractions within the city include its many shops and restaurants. The city of Lisburn is also home to many sporting events which include the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing.
Lisburn City Council is a large employer within the city and the city does well within the service and administration sectors. Bow Street Mall is one of Northern Ireland's largest shopping centres which create many opportunities within the retail sector. Lisburn Square and the Sprucefield Shopping Centre also provide retail jobs within the city.
Lisburn maintains good transport links with the rest of Ireland. Lisburn Railway Station provides a service to the neighbouring city of Belfast which takes just 15 minutes, making it a suitable commuter location for residents of Lisburn. The city also has a vast network of buses serving the surrounding areas. The city is also connected to the rest of the country via two main roads, the M1 and the A1.