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.
Culture and history, a vibrant night life, great food and shopping, South Belfast has never been more exciting, offering something for everyone.
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. Queen’s visitor Centre is an excellent first stop and a walk around the University is well worth doing. The Naughton Gallery, on the first floor of the ornate Lanyon Building, often displays selected works from the university fine art collection and includes work by many notable Irish artists.
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 want a good meal and 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 from antiques to designer fashion, gifts and craft shops to shoe shops, delicatessens to interior design stores, unique jewellery shops to florists and specialist book stores. 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. Donegall Pass has a number of antique stores selling everything from Georgian furniture to silver, clocks and paintings.
Just a few minutes walk from Queen’s Quarter you’ll 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. There are also many excellent sandwich bars where you can enjoy a substantial lunch at a rock bottom price. If the weather’s good why not take your lunch to one of South Belfast excellent parks?
Outdoor Space and Recreation
South Belfast is home to some of the most breathtaking parks in Northern Ireland.
- 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.
- Take a walk along the River Lagan path, from the city centre, through some of these wonderful open spaces.
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. Adjacent to the museum is the ancient and beautiful Friars Bush walled graveyard – Belfast’s oldest Christian site. Add to this Union Theological Seminary, Malone House, Barnett Demense and the Gasworks and you get an idea of the history of South Belfast. There are also many galleries, exhibition and performance spaces across South Belfast.
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.