• Queen's Quarter

    A leafy, vibrant area with Queen's University and the Ulster Museum at its heart.

  • Titanic Quarter

    Full of innovation, excitement and opportunities for discovery, alongside history, heritage and tradition.

  • Gaeltacht Quarter

    The centre for Irish language and characterised by a lively culture of music, debate, drama and traditional pubs.

  • Cathedral Quarter

    Packed full of fascinating architecture from distinguished banks, to cosy pubs and trendy warehouse restaurants.

Our Quarters

Like a lot of historic cities, Belfast grew up around its cottage industries. These industries were situated in locales or ‘quarters’, from the old French term ‘quartier’. Weavers gathered with other weavers, tanners with tanners and butchers with butchers. Most had a local church that often became the trade guild church. There are still remnants of four quarters in Belfast- Cathedral, Queen’s, Titanic and Gaeltacht Quarters. All four are rich in history, culture and full of local ‘craic’ (or ‘good times’ to the uninitiated)!

Titanic Quarter

Belfast’s most recently re-developed Quarter is full of innovation, excitement and opportunities for discovery, alongside history, heritage and tradition. Belfast’s millennium project, the Odyssey, acts as the gateway to Titanic Quarter, aimed at entertaining all ages, from the fun discovery centre W5, ten-pin bowling, cinema, eateries, bars and nightclubs and not forgetting the Arena itself, home to the Belfast Giants. From there, you’ll be quickly immersed in Titanic heritage, whether taking the various tours or visiting Titanic’s Dock and Pumphouse, marvelling at the engineering feats of Edwardian Belfast. Mixing old with new, the iconic Titanic Belfast building sits next to the renovated S.S. Nomadic, Titanic’s tender. It’s not all Titanic, the area is truly 21st Century - T13, Ireland’s biggest skate, BMX and urban arts centre provides high octane events and workshops.

The Titanic Quarter is the starting point for anyone hoping to trace their family tree. PRONI, Northern Ireland’s public record office, relocated to the area in 2011 and are able to offer visitors access to improved facilities, including interactive, touchscreen information points with visual and audio content, free Wi-Fi, an enlarged Search Room with electronic ordering, internet access and laptop points and a Reading Room with 80 desks. So whether you’re on the trail of Belfast’s most famous maritime creation or tracking down your own ancestors, the Titanic Quarter is the place to visit! 

Gaeltacht Quarter

The centre for  Irish language and culture is in the west of the  city and is characterised by a lively culture of music, debate, drama, great eateries and  traditional pubs. Already on the tourist trail, many visitors come to see the area’s famous political murals and peace wall but there’s plenty more to discover. Join one of the Gaeltacht Quarter’s organised tours taking in two famous cemeteries, or many of its political sites, head up Divis Mountain to discover some fantastic views, or visit Belfast’s only protected bogland, ‘The Bog Meadows Nature Reserve’ with its diverse range of flora and fauna.

But even if you’re more of a fan of the great indoors, Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter has plenty to keep you occupied. Start with a visit to An Chultúrlann, the Quarter’s flagship culture and arts centre containing an excellent restaurant, book and gift shop, theatre and gallery. Or why not drop in to Cumann Chluain Árd, from where a group of young language enthusiasts established the Shaws Road Gaeltacht in the late 1960s and where you can be assured of traditional entertainment at its very best with music, craic and ceilidh.

The Gaeltacht Quarter has a unique programme of entertainment which offers something for everyone whether it’s traditional music, dance and drama every night of the week. Féile an Phobail, Europe’s biggest community festival with its Spring and August Festivals are particular highlights and provides a great opportunity to tap in the rhythms which define this vibrant and creative part of the city. 

Cathedral Quarter

Taking its name from St. Anne’s Cathedral, the Cathedral Quarter is packed full of fascinating architecture, ranging from distinguished banks and  public buildings, to cosy pubs and trendy warehouse restaurants. In recent years, the Cathedral Quarter has taken on a pivotal role as the focus for Belfast’s burgeoning arts and crafts scene. The Quarter is home to many visual and performing artists, as well as community groups.

The Cathedral Quarter contrasts the old with the new, with St. Anne’s Square, home to the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), which opened in Spring 2012, and upmarket eateries alongside some of the oldest streets in Belfast, dating back to the seventeenth century. But it’s not all history - we promise you won’t be stuck to find something to do when you visit this Quarter! Take the time to visit the Oh Yeah Music Centre, where you can catch a live gig or see an exhibition or call into the Belfast Circus School, the epicentre of the annual Festival of Fools, which brings the best of International Street Performance to the city. Each year visitors to this quarter can enjoy the winter warming Out to Lunch festival in January, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in April/ May, Open House Festival in June and Belsonic in August. So there’s never a dull moment!

Make time for afternoon tea in the luxurious Merchant Hotel to admire the opulent surroundings, huge domed ceiling and Ireland’s largest chandelier. Highlights of any visit to Cathedral Quarter have got to include al fresco entertainment in Custom House Square, whether you’re enjoying ChilliFest or an open-air gig. Cotton Court is another boutique open-air performance space in the area, which features in Belfast’s Summer Sundays programme, great for families to enjoy.

Queen’s Quarter                                                        

The leafy area  spread around Queen’s University in the south of the city, the Queen’s Quarter is home to a treasure trove of eclectic shops, cafes, bars, galleries, live entertainment venues, the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum. Recommended stops include the Naughton Gallery in Queen’s University for a spot of visual culture, taking in the exhibitions and enjoying the architecture of the Ulster Museum. Break up the day with a coffee and scone in Belfast gourmet coffee chain Clements with outposts on Botanic Avenue, the Stranmillis Road and in the Student’s Union. While away an afternoon exploring vintage clothes and second-hand bookshops in search of a must-have classic, and finish your visit off with a stroll around the elegant Victorian Palm House in Botanic Gardens or by taking in an art-house flick at the Queens Film Theatre.

As a centre for culture and learning, there’s plenty to explore, so watch out for murals, sculptures and statues around the area. It’s also a great area for live music, featuring venues like the Mandela Hall, Speakeasy and Empire Music Hall, acoustic nights in local cafes and bookshops, the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens and the Crescent Arts Centre.