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Places of Interest - University Area

Botanic Gardens

Located next to Queen's University, Botanic Gardens are an important part of Belfast's Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists.

It contains two important buildings, the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine, as well as a children's playground, a bowling green, walking routes, a rose garden and assorted tropical plants, mature trees and flower beds. The park is often used for events, as well as band recitals, concerts and opera performances.

Ulster Museum

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum which is located inside Botanic Gardens. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.  From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to hands on activities, the museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast. 

For opening times and 'Whats On' information visit

Queens University Welcome Centre and Naughton Gallery

The Welcome Centre is located in the Lanyon Building at Queen's University.  Recently refurbished it hosts a regular programme of exhibitions and serves as an information point for visitors and tourists, as well as offering a varied selection of souvenirs and gifts. 

The Naughton Gallery is also located in the Lanyon Building. The gallery hosts a rolling programme of works from the University's own collection, touring exhibitions and shows by local and international artists.

Information on opening times and current exhibitions can be found here

Places of Interest - Belfast and Beyond

Belfast Welcome Centre

47 Donegal Place, Belfast

The Welcome Centre is a great first stop for visitors to Belfast.  It provides information on all the tourist attractions and places of interest in Belfast and Northern Ireland.  It also houses a gift shop with lots of locally produced gifts and souvenirs.

Titanic Belfast 

Located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world famous ship's construction, Titanic Belfast is the World's Largest Titanic Visitor Experience.  Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state of the art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in History.

Opening times and ticket prices can be found here:


Opened in April 2012, The Metropolitan Arts Centre, or The MAC, is Belfast's newest arts venue.  It will house 2 theatres, 3 art galleries, various rehearsal/dance spaces as well as a cafe and bar. It is located in St Anne's Square, in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, which is within walking distance of Belfast City Centre and various bars, cafes and restaurants.

For more details on opening times and whats on visit:

Local Shops and Amenities

Spar Petrol Station
Malone Road Open 24 Hours

Post Office
University Road
Located opposite Botanic Gardens

Tesco Supermarket
Lisburn Road
Open Monday - Friday 07.00 -21.00, Saturday 07.00-20.00, Sunday 13.00-18.00

Asian Chinese Supermarket
189 Ormeau Road

Places of Worship

St Brigid's Catholic Church - Windsor Avenue

Fisherwick Presbyterian - 4 Chlorine Gardens

Saint John's Church of Ireland - 141 Malone Road

Belfast Synagogue - 49 Somerton Road

Belfast Islamic Centre - 38 Wellington Park

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