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Culture Guide To Belfast

Culture in Belfast There’s plenty to interest culture vultures in Belfast, from the latest happenings at The Odyssey [map] entertainment centre to the fascinating People’s Museum. Find out just what makes Belfast tick by visiting some of its real treasures.

Much of Belfast’s community congregate around and inside the imposing Belfast Cathedral [map], Donegall Street, in the very heart of Belfast. This is one of the most visited free attractions in the city and is a really beautiful building. This Anglican (Episcopal) Cathedral was built using original Irish marble, and has lots of stained glass to give it a truly wondrous feel. It is famous for having the largest pipe organ in Northern Ireland and the largest Celtic cross in Ireland. Groups are welcome to take advantage of guided tours and individuals are welcome within the Cathedral at any time, but it’s worth visiting on a Sunday between 11am-3.30pm to hear the heavenly voices of the Cathedral choir.

Fernhill House is The People’s Museum [map] and represents a new style of museum that is taking off across Belfast. Located on Glencaim Road, this neighbourhood museum tells the poignant story of Belfast’s Shankill district of Belfast. Displays include photographs and first person testimony in the words of those who lived, loved and died in this historic area. You can also see a recreation of a typical Ulster kitchen of the 1930s and there’s a tea room in which to sit and contemplate this museum's highlights.

If you think that you might have connections to Belfast’s culture head to the Ulster Historical Foundation [map], College Square East. This non-profit organisation was founded in 1956 to promote Irish history and genealogy with a particular interest in Ulster culture. The Foundation offers an ancestral research service to members of the public and publishes books about genealogy as well as organising conferences and giving lectures.

Get right up to date with the vibrant culture of Belfast by checking out The Odyssey, Queen’s Quay. This is one of Belfast’s most exciting tourist attractions and is home to four different areas of fun.
Children and adults alike love W5 Interactive Science Centre [map], the first of its kind in Ireland, giving everyone the chance to get up close and personal with nature and environmental issues, as well as joining in on a host of experiments. The Arena is sometimes an ice rink and sometimes a live music venue, whilst The Pavilion is the place for shopping, eating, drinking and relaxing. There’s also the incredible Imax here, and if you enjoy cinema on an enormous scale, this is the venue for you.

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