Are you planning a trip to Belfast? Whether it’s for a concert, a spot of retail therapy, the buzzing nightlife or just to check out the sights and sounds of this amazing city, a good Belfast Street map will come in very handy.
The following link will give you an excellent map of Belfast city centre. If you zoom in on this map, you’ll be able to see the different locations in the area, or just select one of the areas listed below the map.
There are so many maps highlighting what to do and see in the city, but one of the most informative Belfast street maps is a joint effort from the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau and Translink, one of the main transport bodies in Northern Ireland. The map, which is free of charge, can be picked up from any of the tourist information offices, airports, seaports or indeed, any of the Translink offices, scattered throughout the city.
With a good Belfast street map in hand, it will be much easier to make your way around the city. Top attractions and key visitor information is included and this Belfast street map also gives details regarding Translink bus and rail timetables.
Belfast is a city that has been rejuvenated from the dark days of The Troubles where bombings, assassinations and sectarian violence were rife. It has grown into a cosmopolitan city, that is vibrant and a perfect place for you to enjoy the many attractions and nightlife. The city is adorned with marvellous architecture from the era of Queen Victoria, and was one of the hubs of the growing linen and shipbuilding industries that were so much a part of the Industrial Revolution.
There’s so much to do in the city, and here is a brief guide to where the main attractions are. Belfast is quite an easy city to get around, and from your map, you’ll see that Belfast can be dissected into five areas, chiefly:
Belfast City Centre
The Cathedral Quarter
The Gaeltacht Quarter
The Queens Quarter
The Titanic Quarter
The main roads that lead into the city are the Antrim Road, Holywood Road, Newtownards Road, Crumlin Road, Lisburn Road, Castlereagh Road, Ormeau Road, Malone Road and the Shankhill Road. The city is segmented into two postcodes – BT1 for the area which is located to the extreme north of the City Hall, and south of this area is the BT2 area. The main industrial and docklands quarters are joined in the BT3 area. If travelling from Dublin, take the M1 and then the A1 to Belfast.
Belfast city centre…
Belfast city centre has so much for the tourist to see and do. It’s an area complete with marvellous architecture, great shopping areas and some stunning attractions that are well worth a visit! From your street map you will see some great attractions such as Belfast City Hall, home to the City Council. You can also visit the Linen Hall Library, view art exhibitions and learn more about the history of the city.
Why not enjoy a drink at the Crown Liquor Saloon, one of Northern Ireland’s best known bars, with its marvellous Victorian façade? Saint George’s Market is also a popular place to visit. You can see excellent craft displays, and enjoy the market in its finery on Fridays and Saturdays. Retail hot spots include recently created Victoria Square, and the Donegall Arcade.
The Cathedral Quarter…
This area of Belfast City derives its name from St. Anne’s Cathedral. It’s a charming area with old cobbled streets, and stunning architecture. The area in the main is pedestrianised so you can stroll at your leisure and visit various places of interest including the old banking buildings of Belfast, and charming pubs and restaurants. This is, in effect, the historical heartland of the city of Belfast.
The Gaeltacht Quarter…
The Gaeltacht Quarter is located in the Catholic area of West Belfast, and celebrates the importance of the Irish language to the Catholic people in this area, as part of their cultural identity. If you’re an arts lover, a visit to the Conway Mill is a must! You can take a visit to An Chulturlann, the Gaeltacht Quarters Centre of Culture and Arts, which hosts a theatre and gallery there.
This area, located in South Belfast on your map, is home to Queen’s University Belfast, and is renowned for its architectural splendour. There are many cultural events to be enjoyed here, and many parks such as the Botanic Gardens. You can take a stroll to the Ulster Museum, and learn more about the arts and history of the area.
The Titanic Quarter…
The Titanic Quarter celebrates the importance of Belfast’s shipbuilding industry. Belfast is located at the western point of Belfast Lough, at the mouth of the River Lagan, and this location gave a huge advantage to the growth of sea faring trade and shipbuilding. View for yourself the development of this area, which is still ongoing, and you can learn all about Belfast’s maritime age.
The famous ship, the Titanic, which tragically sunk on its maiden voyage in 1912, was manufactured in Belfast city. There are plans to create a museum to commemorate the great ship. You can also enjoy a visit to the Ulster Transport and Folk Museum here, and learn more about the great ships of the early twentieth century and their creation by Harland and Wolff.
Transport in Belfast…
Remember that Translink provides bus services in the city. These serve all the residential and city areas of Belfast. Translink operates railway services to and from the Greater Belfast area and this service is known as the Belfast Suburban Rail System.
Find out more about Translink.
The Europa Bus Station, Belfast’s main bus terminal, is located at Great Victoria Street, right in the centre of the city, beside the Europa Hotel.
There are two airports in Belfast, the George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport.
Check out our article on Flights to Belfast.
There are plans to introduce a light rail service around Belfast, similar to the Luas in Dublin. This idea is just in the pilot stage at the moment.
If you’re planning a trip to Belfast our advice is to book your accommodation in advance. Have a look at our list of approved Belfast hotels, which can be booked securely online.
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