The City of Belfast is built around different areas, each with its own personality, from the Gaeltacht Quarter to Queens Quarter and from the Cathedral Quarter to Titanic Quarter.
Little more that five minutes drive will take you to the heart of the city where the main attractions and shops are located, all found within 15 minutes walk of the magnificent Belfast City Hall.
Belfast is never more than two hours away from any point in Northern Ireland and with convenient driving routes, the region’s most popular attractions are well within reach.
Belfast Harbour is located close to the M2 motorway, which leads north towards one of the world’s most scenic drives along the Causeway Coast and Glens and onto the historic City of Derry, County Londonderry; south to St. Patrick’s Country in Counties Down and Armagh; or west to the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands.
Free tourist information, ticket sales, bureau de change, left luggage, internet access point and gift shop are available at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre
9 Donegall Square North
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9024 6609
Fax: +44 (0) 28 9031 2424
October - May opening hours
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm
June - September opening hours
Mon - Sat: 9am - 7pm
Sun: 11am - 4pm
You can also go to www.visit-belfast.com for a list of visitor attractions, events, restaurants and shops in Belfast.
International Dialling Code
00 44 + area code (without 0) + local number
The weather in Northern Ireland is traditionally changeable but mild. Although the summer months sometimes see periods of sunshine, at any time of year it is advisable to be prepared for rain.
Currency and Banking
British pound sterling (£). Larger stores accept Euro (€) notes and usually give change back in sterling. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) dispense cash at hundreds of locations and credit cards are widely accepted.
A smoking ban has been implemented in all Northern Ireland’s workplaces and enclosed public spaces, including pubs, cafés, shopping centres, restaurants, buses and trains.
It is now a generally accepted practice in restaurants to leave a gratuity of 10-15% for good service. Some restaurants may add on an obligatory 10 or 12.5% service charge on large group bookings.
Belfast’s buildings are more accessible to wheelchair users than ever. Shopmobility Belfast provides free wheelchairs and scooters to hire from CastleCourt and Victoria Square Shopping Centres and the Shopmobility office at 2 Queen Street, Belfast. For more details phone +44 (0)28 9080 8090 or visit www.shopmobilitybelfast.co.uk
Translink is the integrated bus and train service in Northern with services into and around Belfast. Call into Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, to get more information on buses and trains at the Translink desk or visit the website.