Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland, as well as being the largest city in the country and the seat of government. It is also the commercial heart of the country and the chief draw for tourists. Over seven million people per year visit Belfast, made up of tourists keen on exploring the city itself, visitors who want to use it as a base to explore the surrounding countryside and those looking to take advantage of this burgeoning business centre.
Like most large cities, Belfast is made up of several different areas and districts, each boasting its own distinctive atmosphere and personality. From the high end shopping offer of Lisburn Road to the bohemian bars, clubs and shops of the Cathedral District, Belfast offers a hugely varied range of attractions and has hotels of every type from which to explore them.
The Central District
The central district is based around Belfast Central Train Station, on the bend of the River Lagan, and is home to some of the city’s most famous pubs, clubs, shops and art venues. The range of hotels on offer in the Central District runs from five star luxury hotels, national chains, boutique accommodation, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to budget rooms suitable for families seeking somewhere to stay with their kids. No matter what brings you to Belfast, and the size of the budget at your disposal, you’ll be able to find the perfect accommodation.
Business in Belfast
The business centre of Belfast is based around Donegall Street, and Donegall Square is the location of City Hall, the seat of government in the city, as well as being the starting point of major thoroughfares such as Royal Avenue and High Street.
Conference venues within Belfast’s Central District range from the high tech architectural pyrotechnics of the Waterfront Conference Centre to the quirky individuality of the Crumlin Road Gaol and the Victorian splendour of the Theatre Royal. Stay in a Central District hotel and your delegates will only be a short walk away from the venue as well as being ideally placed to spend the evenings enjoying some traditional Irish down time.
Shopping in the Central District
The streets that make up the Central District of Belfast are packed with shops catering to every kind of consumer. Along Donegall Place and Royal Avenue and around Cornmarket, you’ll find the usual high street names and household labels, while Lisburn Road has earned the nickname of the Diamond Mile, thanks to its plethora of boutique shops, high end jewellers and exclusive art galleries.
Nightlife in the Central District
The Central District is packed with pubs, clubs and bars of every type, from traditional Irish boozers featuring live music and basic bar food to high end gastropubs and the likes of The Crown on Great Victoria Street. This is a spectacular tiled building dating from the 1820s and is the only working pub in the UK to be owned by the National Trust.
Staying in the Central District
The hotels along the River Lagan combine a metropolitan setting with stunning views over the water, while those set further back, around streets like Howard Street and Franklin Street, are right in the heart of the buzz of city life, just minutes away from the shops, pubs and restaurants.