The historic Linen Quarter is rapidly becoming one of the most vibrant, must visit areas of the city, with 40 cafés, bars and restaurants, a dozen hotels, and three major music venues.

Located behind Belfast City Hall, the Linen Quarter was once the headquarters of Ireland’s global linen industry. Tourists can still admire the beautiful red brick warehouses, now home to international businesses or award-winning restaurants.

Key attractions include the Crown Bar, Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall, and St Malachi’s Church. Take a walk to enjoy the ambience and stop for some top-quality coffee and cuisine.

Key Attractions

  • Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street

  • Crown Bar, Great Victoria Street

  • Grand Central Observatory (highest bar in Ireland). Bedford Street

  • Flax Field, Bedford Street

  • Ulster Hall, Bedford Street

  • Thomas Thompson Fountain, Bedford Street

  • Ormeau Baths, Ormeau Avenue

  • Limelight, Ormeau Avenue

  • St Malachi’s Church, Alfred Street

Home of Hospitality

With over 40 cafes, bars and restaurants in the district you will not be stuck for choice. The 12 local hotels are also open for coffee, drinks, and food. For detailed listings go to the Linen Quarter website at or pick up a copy of Linen Live at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.

City of Music

The Linen Quarter has a deep-rooted musical heritage. Catch a show at the Grand Opera House or Ulster Hall, or a live band at the Limelight and many bars across the district. Special mention to Fibber McGee’s, who host Irish music seven days a week.

Most of the hotels also have vibrant entertainment programmes that are open to guests and non-residents alike.

Linen Quarter Walking Tour – 1 hour

Start at St Malachi’s Church on Alfred Street. This Tudor revival building has a beautiful fan vaulted ceiling, modelled on Henry VII’s chapel in Westminster Abbey.

Walk down to Ormeau Avenue and stroll past the Ormeau Baths, now one of Belfast’s most successful tech hubs. You can still look in to admire the Victorian tiling and original baths in the foyer. Opposite the Baths is another linen warehouse which now hosts the Limelight, a vibrant live music venue and nightclub which showcases an eclectic mix of national and homegrown talent. Then admire the iconic view down Linenhall Street towards City Hall.

At the end of Ormeau Avenue, opposite the Grade 2 listed BBC building, you will find the Thomas Thompson memorial fountain, a striking example of high Victorian gothic architecture that commemorates one of Belfast’s most famous doctors and founder of the 19th century Belfast Hospital.

Walk down Bedford Street to the Ulster Hall, home to many famous events including political debates and musical history. A story board in the Foyer tells you more. Inside the Hall you will find the Carey Gallery, a free art gallery highlighting the early history of Belfast. The famous Mulholland organ is also worth a look (if the Hall is not in use).

Take a stroll across the road to Bedford Square to admire the colourful Flax Field, a micro site for urban linen production. The adjacent building (Invest NI) is also a key film location for Line of Duty, while the Ewart’s building (under renovation until 2021) was the headquarters of the largest linen company in Ireland.
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Free Drink with the Linen Quarter

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Enjoy a free glass of wine, beer or soft drink when you purchase two courses at participating restaurants in LQ.

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