With two airports and regular daily flights to most major UK cities, Belfast is more accessible than you think. In fact, it's only an hour from London and only 40 minutes from Manchester and Liverpool. Check out our 'getting here' guide to make your trip here even easier.
Why not stay on for the weekend in Belfast and experience this diverse and vibrant city? Check out one of our neighbourhoods, each bringing a piece of culture to Belfast:
City centre: Belfast City Hall is the centre point of the city and visitors can enjoy a free tour of this iconic building, relax in the surrounding grounds and visit the Titanic Memorial Garden. Explore the main shopping district and the award-winning St George’s Market, as well as an abundance of cool cafes, great pubs, trendy bars and an amazing restaurant scene. Start off in the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre to pick up information, book tours and make the most of your visit.
Cathedral Quarter: Taking its name from St Anne’s Cathedral, this historic trading quarter is packed full of fascinating architecture, cobblestoned streets, buzzing beer gardens and trendy warehouse restaurants. It contrasts the old with the new, with St Anne’s Square, home to the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) and a piazza of welcoming eateries, alongside some of the oldest streets in Belfast. Full of colourful street art, this area of town is a buzz with music, entertainment and fun at night.
Gaeltacht Quarter: The focus of Irish language, music and culture is in the west of the city. Many visitors come to see the area’s famous political murals and peace wall but there’s plenty more to discover. An Chúlturlann, the Quarter’s culture and arts centre, contains an excellent restaurant, theatre and gallery. Explore the stunning Clonard Monastery or enjoy the 3 mile Divis Summit Trail on Divis Mountain, with spectacular views over Belfast.
Linen Quarter: The Linen Quarter is the area south of Belfast City Hall, which was once the home of the White Linen Hall. Belfast, once nicknamed “Linenopolis”, was the world leader in the production of linen in the 19th century. Today you can enjoy the architecture of the old linen mills which house a mix of offices, chic bars and award-winning restaurants. This is a great part of the town to enjoy dinner and drinks before an entertaining show at the Grand Opera House.
Queen's Quarter: The leafy area spread around Queen’s University is home to a treasure trove of eclectic shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and art galleries. Visit the collections of the Ulster Museum, stroll around the Victorian Palm House in the stunning Botanic Gardens, take in an art-house movie at the Queen’s Film Theatre or enjoy great live music or stand-up comedy at the Empire Music Hall. The neighbouring Lisburn Road offers designer shopping, cafés, artisan delis, salons and wine bars, while Botanic Avenue has lots of student hang-outs, coffee shops and restaurants.
Titanic Quarter: Steeped in memories of a bygone era when Belfast was a world centre of maritime trade, shipbuilding and commerce, the Titanic Quarter is now a fun and energetic urban waterfront development. Visit or take a tour of the many historic and state of the art Titanic visitor attractions, be wowed by science in W5 and catch a show, concert or ice hockey game at the SSE Arena.
The hop on and hop off bus tour throughout Belfast is a great way to see the sights. Enjoy unlimited travel for 48 hours with more frequent departures than any other tour. See here for more details:
Taste of Belfast
We have a wide range of restaurants to choose from, you would be able to find the perfect one for your weekend:
Some of our students write blogs of their experiences in Belfast, why not try one of their recommendations?
Asian food spots to try near campus
Vegan Friendly Joints in Belfast
5 Restaurants our students recommend
Explore Northern Ireland
If you want to check out more outside of Belfast here are some experiences out students have had venturing out in Northern Ireland:
5 places to visit in NI
Game of Thrones tour:
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