The 4 Best Neighborhoods in Belfast for Tourists
The city is divided into quarters, with each district enjoying its own unique character. These include the lively cathedral Quarter, the more suburban Queen’s Quarter, the Gaeltacht Quarter, where you will often hear Irish spoken in the shops and amenities and the newly developed Titanic Quarter.
As a fairly compact city, you will be able to walk to many of the attractions, no matter where in Belfast you are staying. However, a unique way to experience the city can be found on a Belfast Black Cab Tour, which includes the political murals telling the history of the ‘troubles’. The drivers of these tours are knowledgable, providing many snippets of information which you may not find elsewhere. You can customise the tour to suit your own interests or allow the driver to show you what they consider to be the must-see sights of this fascinating city.
Staying at the heart of the city near Belfast City Hall makes exploring the city easy, with countless attractions within walking distance.
As well as plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy, you will find yourself near St George’s Market. Built in the 1890s, this historic market sells the best of fresh local produce and local crafts. Among its many accolades, it was named the UK’s Best Large Indoor Market in the 2019 NABMA Great British Market Awards.
If you want to be in the middle of the arts and cultural hub, with the chance to enjoy a vast array of restaurants and cafes on picturesque streets, the Cathedral Quarter will be ideal for you.
From organ recitals in the Romanesque St Anne’s Cathedral to theatre and comedy shows at the MAC and the Black Box to alfresco concerts in Custom House Square, there’s something to suit every taste.
The Titanic Quarter allows you to delve deep into Belfast’s unique maritime history while enjoying all the amenities of this ambitious waterfront development.
The most famous attraction is the Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic experience housed on the site where this tragic ship was constructed. Guided boat tours can be taken allowing you to discover more of the fascinating history of this quarter.
If you prefer the leafy streets of a suburban setting, while still enjoying easy access to the city centre, accommodation in the Queen’s Quarter will suit you well.
The Botanic Gardens are a tranquil spot to get away from the city bustle, while keen shoppers should head to Lisburn Road to explore the boutiques and cafes.