South Belfast Partnership
Renowned for the enthusiastic welcome of its people, its culture and history as well as its vibrant night life, great food and shopping, south Belfast has never been more exciting, offering something for everyone.
Spend a memorable few hours or days in south Belfast experiencing fine dining or casual eating and café culture, stroll through beautiful parks and outdoor spaces, browse the numerous galleries and specialist boutique shops, or take in a show at one of south Belfast’s many live music and arts venues finished off with a visit to the Ulster Museum.
Queen’s Quarter is the heart of South Belfast and is situated around one of the oldest universities in the UK. Whatever you want to do, you can find it in Queen’s Quarter – culture and arts, architecture and open spaces, great food and fine dining, along with café culture and vibrant night life.
There is a full range of theatre, music, comedy and dance venues in the area: Queens Film Theatre, Empire Music Hall, Crescent Arts Centre, the Lyric Theatre and Ulster Museum. South Belfast is home to the world class Belfast festival at Queen’s as well as festivals which demonstrate the city’s rich cultural diversity such as the Belfast Mela.Nightlife
South Belfast is one of the most popular and lively areas to socialise in Belfast. Whether you feel hungry or fancy a trip to the theatre, a night clubbing, or quiet drink with your friends – from Dublin Road and Shaftesbury Square to Lisburn Road and Ormeau Road, South Belfast has it all.
South Belfast is home to specialist and boutique shops. The Lisburn Road has a wealth of designer stores and boutiques, along with fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. Botanic Avenue and Stranmillis have a bit of everything while Ormeau Road, Finaghy Road and Sandy Row take you a bit closer to that sense of the real Belfast.
Just a few minutes walk from Queen’s Quarter you will find the elegantly restored St Georges Market. First built in 1896, it is the oldest operating market in Ireland. Variety, food, garden, arts and craft markets are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Lisburn Road, Botanic Avenue, Ormeau and Stranmillis Road are filled with bustling cafes and award winning restaurants to suit every budget, not to mention every palette.
Outdoor space and recreation
South Belfast is home to some of the most breathtaking parks in Northern Ireland, including:
- The world class Botanic Gardens opens daily until dusk, as does Ormeau Park.
- The Lagan Valley Regional Park covers miles of the most scenic stretches of the river Lagan.
- Lagan Meadows is a wetland habitat with waymarked habitat trail.
- Belvoir Forest Park has a large arboretum, riverside walks and many bird boxes.
- Barnett Demense features a nature trail and a famous daffodil collection.
- Minnowburn Beeches is a scenic riverside area.
- Lady Dixon Park houses the International Rose Garden with over 25,000 shrub roses - a marvellous place to visit in the summer.
South Belfast is also home to a number of excellent golf courses. These include Malone Golf Club, Balmoral Golf Club, Belvoir Golf Club, Dunmurry Golf Club and Ormeau Golf Club.
Culture and History
The recently renovated Ulster Museum, in Botanic Gardens, is the city’s largest museum and exhibition space. The museum houses an extensive collection of Northern Irish art and material relating to local archaeology, history, industry and natural science.
South Belfast’s Neighbourhoods
South Belfast is made up of numerous established neighbourhoods, all of which have contributed something unique to the political, social and economic history of the city. A number of these areas have developed brief walking tours, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a social history of Belfast first hand. For more details on these tours please contact South Belfast Partnership Board.