National Geographic Magazine named Belfast ''one of the world's top destinations' in 2012 and Lonely Planet calls this magnificent city “Hip Happening and Historical”! This grand Victorian city located in counties Antrim & Down has had it's share of bruises, but today it’s upbeat, vibrant and modern.

Birthplace of the famous “RMS Titanic”, Belfast has fantastic food scene, unique museums, over forty public parks and some of the best shopping on the island. Its location serves as a great base for exploring the wonderful highlights of Northern Ireland.

~THE NOTABLE QUARTERS OF BELFAST~

The magnificent "Merchant Hotel" - Cathedral Quarter (Credit; Merchant Hotel)

The Cathedral Quarter:  Cathedral Quarter is the cultural heart of the city (also the oldest dating back to the 17th century!) and is centered on St. Anne’s cathedral. Oozing with Victorian charm and unique architecture, the cobblestone streets are packed with exquisite restaurants, beautiful hotels & trendy pubs.

The Gaeltacht Quarter:  Gaeltacht Quarter is an area of the city where Irish language & culture has flourished since the 1960’s. From the huge range of descriptive wall murals to Irish music sessions & traditional pubs and restaurants—this area is a must see for any history & cultural enthusiast.

The Queen’s Quarter:  With its picturesque tree-lined streets, Queen’s Quarter is home to Queen’s University and hosts a treasure trove of eclectic shops, cafes & bars, galleries, the Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum.

         Queen's University - The Queen's Quarter

The Titanic Quarter:  Built on the River Lagan and encompassing over 185 acres, Titanic Quarter is a 21st century mixed-used maritime neighborhood in the heart of Belfast’s historic waterfront. Noted as one of the world’s largest urban-waterfront regeneration projects (and built on the site where RMS Titanic was designed and built)—Titanic Quarter is a hive of modern technology, cultural events and leisure activities.

 

 

Laura Lamb 2014

 

A few area highlights:

Titanic Belfast

Belfast Castle

Grand Opera House

The Botanic Gardens

The Crown Liquor Saloon

Crumlin Road Gaol 

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Saint Anne’s Cathedral