Cathedral Quarter is the oldest part of the city made up of narrow cobbled streets and alleyways and where “the craic” is guaranteed! This is home to a bustling culture and arts scene, cosy pubs, underground music venues and a host of contemporary restaurants to suit all tastes.
Some of the many attractions you will discover whilst traipsing around these cobbled streets are Oh Yeah Music Centre which houses an exhibition of Northern Ireland’s music history, featuring music legends like Dana and Snow Patrol. This area has gained much popularity as the venue of much-awaited festivals like Festival of Fools, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Belfast Pride. It got its name because of St. Anne’s Cathedral, which lies at its heart.
St Anne’s Cathedral is a fine example of a neo-Romanesque building. You can join one of their superb audio tours and admire the amazing steel spire which can be viewed through a glass platform inside the nave.
Across St. Anne’s Cathedral is the Writer’s Square highlighting Belfast’s rich literary past. Soak up the literary ambience by sampling local ale and whisky from
The John Hewitt bar, named after a famous local poet. Not far from here is the St Anne’s Square, home to a collection of thriving contemporary restaurants and Belfast’s equivalent to the European Plaza.
Walking further on and you will see The Mac, an award-winning, contemporary, multi-arts venue and an ideal rendezvous for the chic and the hip. This is a great stop-over for coffee, lunch or pre-theatre supper.
Another nice cultural venue is The Black Box if you are looking for an underground cultural scene in Belfast. This is where local musicians and poets would have first honed their artistic talents.
There are plenty of attractions and activities around Belfast city centre. Take a look and make the most out of your time in the city.
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