Around Belfast

Culture

Queen’s University is becoming an increasing diverse institution with staff and students from all over the world. Over 15% of our staff population come from outside Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We value the contribution international staff and students make to the community campus and city life.

Belfast city is dynamic, diverse and unique. Belfast City Council recognises that culture, arts and heritage create wealth by supporting jobs, attracting visitors and increasing economic investment. The quality of life in Belfast is enhanced by creating a shared, welcoming and proud city. As a result the City Council has invested on average £1.35 million in culture each year to support approximately 75 organisations and over 100 programmes and projects. Visit the Belfast City Council website for more details.

Culture

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast, located at the heart of Titanic Quarter - only a short walk from Belfast’s city centre, is not only an architectural triumph for the city, but it houses the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.

The iconic six-floor building, featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her, is an unmissable experience which brings history to life in an unforgettable way.

Titanic Belfast

Eating out

There’s nothing like a new city, new restaurants and new culinary experiences. For a city the size of Belfast the choice of places to eat is surprising. We offer everything from fine dining, brasseries and bistros to gastro pubs, cafes, coffee shops and some of the best fish & chips around.

Eating Out

Leisure Facilities

Shift your stay into high gear with a heart stopping, adrenaline fuelled activity. Whether you get your kicks Zorbing, through challenging adventure activities, or just walking, running, cycling you’ll be spoilt for choice. Maybe you’re more of the golfing, boating or bowling type. Perhaps kicking back with a refreshing adult beverage and watching the big match is more your style. We’ve got that covered too. Any way you look at, Belfast is a city that packs a powerful sporting punch.

Sport and Leisure

Shopping

With two huge shopping hubs, and a busy city centre, brimming with high street stores alongside some of our quirkier offerings, Belfast is a hive of activity for the busy shopper. From fashion and footwear to unique gifts, there’s something for everyone.

VisitBelfast.com blog has an Ultimate Belfast Shopping Guide that is well worth the look.

Beyond Belfast Ultimate Shopping Guide

Shopping Guide

Pubs and Clubs

The cobblestoned streets of the Cathedral Quarter are home to bustling restaurants, pubs and arts venues, where modern street art and live music create the legendary Belfast buzz.

People are out in their droves most evenings in the city, sampling the best of what Belfast nightlife has to offer. Why not set your feet moving and your heart racing at one of the city's nightclubs or relax and imbibe in a modern smart and stylish bar or more traditional historical hostelry? Alternatively you may prefer to while away the hours enjoying the food in the comfortable surroundings of the gastro pub. Whatever you seek, Belfast is happy to oblige.

Belfast Nightlife

Arts and Entertainment

Belfast is Music City. Traditional. Classical. Country. Jazz. Blues. Rock. But what really sets us apart from other cities is that our music is ‘of the people’.

Our talent is indigenous, it’s now; it’s here. From Van Morrision to Snow Patrol, Belfast is the happening place to be. But this is nothing new. During the ‘60s we had a groovy rhythm and blues scene. The ‘70s gave us an in your face punk scene. The ‘80s brought a truly new wave of artists. And speaking of artists- we’ve had quite a few theatrical and literary stars as well- Kenneth Branagh, Colin Bateman, Simon Callow, and C.S. Lewis just to name a few. But if you really want to put your finger on the pulse of our music scene or hone up on local writers, a specialised tour is just what the doctor ordered.

Music & Entertainment