Belfast City, County Antrim

Belfast City, County Antrim

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The city of Belfast is divided into four distinct quarters: the Gaeltacht Quarter, the Cathedral Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Titanic Quarter. One after another you’ll be won over by the unique characteristics in each. Although you’ll find diversity in the architecture and the types of attractions in each of these quarters, at their cores you’ll find the same charismatic nature and welcoming charm of the people who live in this fantastic city.

First to the Queen’s Quarter - From Queen’s University to the Botanic Gardens and the Tropical Ravine, 19th Century architecture is certainly well represented here. Aside from stunning landmarks you’ll also find a number of modern art galleries, restaurants and pubs.
 
The origins of Belfast City can be traced back to an ancient fort, which once held control of the ford across the River Lagan. In and around this area the Irish language flourished the most and continues to do so in what is now known as the Gaeltacht Quarter. There are a number of organised tours around the part of the city, which will bring visitors to a number of sites with political importance as well as two of the city’s most famous cemeteries.
 
The Cathedral Quarter is the historical heart of Belfast and takes its named from St. Anne’s Cathedral. In 1990 it was deemed a Conservation Area in order to preserve the identity and unique features of this part of the city. In the Cathedral Quarter you’ll find narrow cobble stone streets and buildings, which ooze character and charm around every corner.
 
Last, but certainly not least is the Titanic Quarter. In 1912 the maiden voyage of the Titanic resulted in one of the most tragic and deadly peacetime maritime disasters in history. The spirits of the Titanic and Belfast are forever intertwined and as you explore this area you can discover the city’s role in the story in attractions such as Titanic Belfast and the Titanic Dock and Pump house.
 
There is just so much to take in in Belfast as you wander around its four quarters. If you need to take a breather, drop into the Victoria Centre where you’ll find a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes.
 
As the evening comes to a close and the night sky unravels over Belfast city, it’s time to kick back and experience this buzzing city’s nightlife. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a superb range of restaurants, pubs and clubs covering. The only difficulty is deciding where to go!
 
For more things to see and do around the north of Ireland have a look at our blogpost.

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