Queen’s Quarter Area Guide
Tue 19 May 2015
Queen’s Quarter is the area where Queen’s University is set, Northern Ireland’s largest University. The area stretches from Stranmillis College to Botanic Avenue. It is a very popular area for students to live in who attend either Stranmillis College or Queen’s University, as there is an array of cafes, shops and pubs, as well as being close to Queen’s Student Union, Botanic Train Station and walking distance to Belfast City Centre and Belfast City Hospital. It is also popular with students attending the University of Ulster with its regular bus link from Botanic Avenue to the campus and
Queen’s Quarter is very convenient to Belfast City Centre taking around 20 minutes to walk or 10 minutes by car or bus. There a number of bus routes directly into the City which are dotted along the way, so it’s very easy to jump on a bus at any time. Queen’s Quarter is also 10 minutes’ walk from the Lisburn Road, where the Belfast City Hospital is situated. There a huge amount of shops, restaurants and cafes along this vibrant road.
Queen’s Quarter has a vast amount of restaurants and cafes, the most popular Deanes @ Queen’s with the famous Northern Irish Chef Michael Deane, Café Conor & Molly’s Yard. There are also many cafes if you wish a simple cup of coffee and traybake, Clements Coffee, Cinnamon & Café Renoir.
A Great Night Out
Queen’s Quarter has two of the most famous, well known pubs of Northern Ireland, The Botanic Inn, or ‘The Bot’ as the locals fondly know it as, was established in 1897 and still one of the most popular pubs for students. The Eglantine Bar or ‘The Egg’ is directly opposite The Botanic Inn. Both pubs are very conveniently located to most of the student housing close to Queen’s University, so it’s a very short distance to get to and from for a safe night out.
The Queen’s Festival, formed in 1962, together with Lyric Theatre, Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), Whitla Hall and events in ‘No Alibi’ Bookshop, Bookfinders and many other places. Many of the places are well worth a visit for their architectural merit alone.
Queen’s Quarter is home to Botanic Gardens, beside Queen’s University. Botanic Gardens hosts a number of culinary events throughout the summer. There is also the Queen’s PEC, Physical Education Centre which has a fantastic 25m six-lane swimming pool and diving pool as well as poolside sauna.
Shops & Markets
Botanic Avenue, Dublin Road, University Road offer an abundance of entertainment, shopping and speciality services including some of the best charity shops. Whatever you are looking for can be found in the Queen’s Quarter. Also from time to time, there is food fests in Botanic Gardens next to the Ulster Museum.
Queen’s Quarter is a great place to live in or visit and wander around its streets and soak up the atmosphere.