Northern Ireland’s capital city is a magnetic place. Sparkling with a cosmopolitan sheen, an exciting food scene and a vibrant cultural landscape, Belfast is a warm and welcoming destination that rewards visitors with its charm and complex history.

Belfast’s intimate scale makes its neighbourhoods, divided into quarters, blissfully easy to navigate and a joy to explore on foot. From Titanic Quarter’s epic maritime history to the Gaeltacht Quarter’s traditional Irish roots, each district has something unforgettable to offer visitors. Take the time to discover Belfast and you won’t be disappointed.

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Belfast's cultural riches

The vibrant Cathedral Quarter is home to an array of art destinations that rank among the most interesting things to see in Belfast. To immerse yourself in all things Irish, head to at the Gaeltacht Quarter’s Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, an arts centre that celebrates Irish language and culture. Put the world-class Metropolitan Arts Centre at the top of your list of what to do in Belfast for superb art, theatre, music and dance events and exhibitions. For a more intimate arts experience nearby, browse Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery, Northern Ireland’s principal centre for contemporary photography. You’ll find works by both local and international photographers in a sleek contemporary setting.

Other top attractions in Belfast include two historic concert halls right in the centre of the city. Head to the sumptuous, Victorian-era Grand Opera House for performances in dance, drama and pantomime. Meanwhile, the Ulster Hall, “the Grand Dame of Bedford Street”, has hosted legendary events since the 1860s, ranging from a reading by Charles Dickens to Led Zeppelin’s debut of “Stairway to Heaven”. These days, expect popular stand-up comedians as well as A-list rock bands and pop musicians gracing its iconic stage.

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