Belfast Culture & Heritage
St. Annes Cathederal/Cathedral Quarter. Designed in Hiberno-Romanesque style, the magnificent St. Anne’s Cathedral took 77 years to complete, and it was worth the wait! Surrounding St. Anne’s Cathedral, the ecclesiastical heart of the city, Cathedral Quarter is full of fascinating architecture, from distinguished buildings to cozy pubs and trendy warehouse restaurants. Intriguing buildings are tucked down narrow cobbled streets and alleyways that give the area its intimate charm. The Cathedral Quarter is the focus of Belfast’s burgeoning arts and crafts scene, and home to many visual and performing artists and groups. With the University of Ulster close by there are plenty of artistic students adding to the atmosphere.
Belfast Cathedral. Belfast Cathedral at Malone Lodge Hotel, Northern Ireland Discover the treasures of this Hiberno-Romanesque cathedral on a site where there has been Christian worship since the 1700's. The Cathedral maintains an Anglican and Irish ethos and identity in daily worship, providing community and church services. The main section of the cathedral was consecrated in 1904, and various parts have been added such as a new spire. The Cathedral contains the largest Celtic cross in Ireland, beautiful mosaics and stained glass on Celtic themes, and sculptures by Rosamund Praegar and Maurice Harding. The Cathedral Choir sings on Sundays. Visit www.belfastcathedral.org.
Titanic Quarter. The famous Titanic was built in Belfast, so immerse yourself in Titanic-related activities. Visit the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum with its permanent Titanic exhibition or Lagan Lookout where a replica of the ship, accompanying the exhibition, is on display. Enjoy the world’s only authentic Titanic Boat Tour around the shipyards of Harland & Wolff in Belfast Harbor, birthplace of the legendary luxury liner, with pickup points at the Waterfront Hall Odyssey Centre. The abandoned shipyard in Belfast is now the heart of the revitalized Titanic Quarter, featuring a heritage project dedicated to the famous ship. Reflect on the tragedy of the Titanic at City Hall's Titanic Memorial, an impressive stone sculpture - unveiled in 1920 - that faces the shipyard where the Titanic was built.
Queen's Quarter. With Queen’s University at its center, Queen’s Quarter is filled with character and charm. One of the most alluring areas of Belfast to explore, Queen’s Quarter is endowed with architecture, bursting with artistic creativity and overflowing with shops, bistros, attractions, and a vibrant nightlife. The fusion of academia, entertainment, culture and commerce creates this dynamic neighborhood. Queen’s Quarter has a lively calendar of cultural events, including the Belfast Festival at Queen’s each autumn, featuring theatre, dance, music, literature, comedy and visual arts - the largest festival of its kind in Northern Ireland. For entertainment, Queen’s Quarter boasts funky bars, comedy venues, and pubs with live music and traditional Irish jams. Lace up your walking boots and immerse yourself in the unique history, heritage and culture of Queen’s Quarter.