The Belfast Cathedral Quarter, steeped in history, is situated in Belfast City. It is usually referred to as the old merchant quarter of the city. The area is dominated mostly by merchant traders and undeveloped visitor services. Historically, the quarter became famous due to its prosperous linen and shipbuilding industry.
St. Anne’s Cathedral or Belfast Cathedral lies in the centre of the quarter. Architect Sir Thomas Drew began the cathedral in 1899 and it was completed in 1904. Cathedral services are held daily from 8:00 am. The cathedral is home to a pipe organ, which is the second largest one in Northern Ireland. The cathedral is blooming with literacy that is still evident to this day. The John Hewitt, a pub directly opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral, contains Belfast’s quotations from famous local writers carved in the stone of the building.
The cobblestone streets of Belfast Cathedral Quarter are a bustling part of the city with plenty of craic to be had. You can go for a stroll around and experience the hugely impressive culture and art scene or even head down to one of the many local pubs or restaurants in the area, which are both traditional and quirky.