In the capital of Northern Ireland the districts are called quarters (from the French word quartier). Are neighborhoods where the guilds of the old industrial offices, were gathered, they had its own church and their own market. Today, three of the four quarters that preserves the city (Cathedral, Queen’s and Titanic) are in the center and clustered the main cultural attractions. These six routes run through streets where the recent and past history coexists with cultural vanguard proposals which placed Belfast between the most interesting cities in Europe.
1. Titanic Quarter (a movie neighborhood)
The nerve center of the harbor district of Belfast is the Titanic Belfast, a museum that chronicles the construction and the traverse of the famous ship sunk in 1912. Nearby is the Pump-House, the shipyard of the Harland and Wolf company, where was manufactured the transatlantic ship . Beside her, the S.S. Nomadic ship collects his travels during the two world wars. The Odyssey, a shopping and entertainment center, is a good choice to spend the afternoon.
2. Queen’s Quarter
The Belfast University is the center of a district where predominate the green areas, cafes, vintage clothing shops, bookstores and art galleries. Inside the campus is the Naughton Gallery, a space dedicated to visual culture, and the Ulster Museum, which traces the history of Northern Ireland. The Botanical Garden, with its greenhouse of the nineteenth century, offers long walks between exotic species.
3. The walk along the Lagan River
The Barge, a barge converted into a maritime museum, is one of the newest attractions in the city. Part of the route follows the north bank of the Lagan and passing next to The Big Fish, a huge fish ceramic which is near the bridge of Queen. Following the river south on Stranmilis Embankment, up to the Botanic Garden, you arrive at Lagan Valley Regional Park.
4. Saint Georges Market
On the mornings of Friday, Saturday and Sunday is advisable to lost among the stalls of this market from the 1896. Strolling by Victoria Street will reach Victoria Square, a shopping center with top brands of technology and fashion. Higher up is the Albert Clock, a clock tower from 1865. If we continue through the Hamilton Street to the Great Victoria Street, we find the historic pub The Crown Liquor Saloon (1826).
5. Donegall Square
The Town Hall stands in the square where converge the arteries of the old Belfast. On one side, the Titanic Memorial Garden remembers those killed in the wreck. Across the square is the Linen Hall Library, a library of 1788. The walk through the area discover walls painted with political slogans, a snack of Mural Tour by the city. A few steps away, the Grand Opera House (1895) shows his Victorian audience.
6. The oldest Belfast
The Cathedral Quarter is the oldest part of the city. Around the Cathedral (1899) you find cobblestone streets with pubs, art galleries and design and historic hotels like the Merchant Hotel, a building art deco of 1857. The Metropolitan Arts Centre is a must visit, like the Oh Yeah Music Centre and the Belfast Circus School, the epicenter of the Arts Festival that takes place here in April.