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Where to stay in Belfast

Where to stay in Belfast

While not a particularly large city, Belfast is divided into four major quarters – the Titanic Quarter, the Cathedral Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Gaeltacht Quarter – in addition to the city centre itself. Each of these areas boasts unique locations, landmarks and activities for visitors to check out, but they’re also home to some of the best places to stay in Belfast.

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Ground view of an Old City Hall in Belfast

City Centre

The Belfast city centre is home to many of the best restaurants in the city, as well as some of its best shopping complexes. Filled with luxurious, five-star hotels and new developments, it's one of the best areas to stay in Belfast if you're looking to keep things central. Staying in the city centre puts you close to a little bit of everything, including transport hubs for when you want to visit other quarters.

Titanic Quarter

Named for the ill-fated ocean liner that was originally built in Belfast, the Titanic Quarter has become one of the city's primary entertainment districts. Home to trendy hotels, bars, theatres, galleries, museums and more, this district is for those who crave an understanding of Belfast's modern history while still enjoying a casual time out with locals.

Cathedral Quarter

The Cathedral Quarter, so named for the many churches it contains, is a developing district in Belfast. Home to some of the city's oldest and most revered buildings, it nevertheless works hard to eschew any stuffiness that its historic architecture might suggest. Now filled with interesting new hotels and accommodation, this area is perfect for anyone looking to stay in an area with history but also a modern cultural vibe.

Queen's Quarter

The Queen's Quarter is the cultural hub of the city. Art galleries, museums, parks, fine-dining, trendy nightlife, incredible shopping… the Queen's Quarter doesn't mess around. For those looking to tour Belfast's many beautiful and well-appointed museums, this is absolutely where you should be staying. History on your doorstep.

Gaeltacht Quarter

If you really want to steep yourself in Irish culture, Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter is where you do it. Home to hard-core practitioners of traditional Irish life and language, this is where you should stay if you want an authentic experience. Bring a translating dictionary with you if you don't speak Gaelic because the locals can and do speak it fluently.

Frequently asked questions

When packing for a trip to Belfast, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some GBP and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka plenty of  layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a raincoat, walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and an umbrella. While we pray you’ll have a rain-free stay, it’s highly likely you’ll get a sprinkle or two during your stay.


Belfast is an incredibly walkable city, so you shouldn’t have any issues navigating all the sites. With this in mind, travellers generally opt to stay in Central Belfast, Cathedral Quarter and Queens Quarter.


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While Belfast isn’t winning any prizes for year-round sunshine, it does give travellers the chance to experience all four seasons. Summer offers the hottest temps and long, sunny days between June and August, while winter will bring the cold, rain and snow between December and February. If you’re not a fan of the cold and are keen to make the most of your days in Belfast, we recommend visiting between May and October.


When you’re not sampling Guinness and exploring the lush Irish countryside, spend your time in Belfast meandering through world-class art galleries, learning the history of Crumlin Road, visiting Belfast castle and enjoying a bit of craic with the locals.


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