Destination CQ is a local Business Improvement District (BID) which is a democratically established organisation that focuses on delivering specific improvements needed by local businesses and organisations in a defined area. The Destination CQ BID area extends beyond Cathedral Quarter to Smithfield and Union, Corporation Square and the River Lagan.
Belfast's Cathedral Quarter is the city's buzzing, creative heart and soul. This is where Belfast's vibrant cultural life and imagination bubbles visibly to the surface. Home to a dizzying array of eateries, unique independent shops, pubs, festivals and arts and entertainment venues of every kind, the Cathedral Quarter is where brilliant memories are made by locals and visitors alike. A walk around the ever-changing Cathedral Quarter will give you an exciting glimpse into Belfast's burgeoning new city identity.
The Cathedral Quarter is home to annual festivals such as:
- Culture Night (September)
- Belfast International Arts Festival (October)
- Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (May)
- Belfast Comedy Festival (September or October)
- NI Science Festival (February)
- YAA Children's Festival (March)
- Festival of Fools Circus Festival (May)
- Belfast Pride Festival (July or August)
- Sound of Belfast Music Festival (November)
Home to cafes and restaurants such as Ox, Coppi, Hadskis, 21 Social, The Grand National Cafe, The Northern Whig, The Dirty Onion, 4th Wall and Tedfords, Cathedral Quarter is a perfect spot for dining to meet all your needs.
Don't forget all of the traditional and quirky pubs featuring The Harp Bar, The Sunflower Bar and McHughs among the others.
You have also got a lot to choose from in regards to your stay in the area, with hotels including The Merchant Hotel, Malmaison and Ramada Encore.