About East Belfast

Located on the eastern bank of the River Lagan, East Belfast is the former industrial centre of the city and is home to many local landmarks and historical hotspots.
Full of beautiful residential areas, beautiful parks, the world-famous Titanic Museum, and the stunning Stormont Estate, this part of Northern Ireland’s capital is a fantastic place to call home.

Things To Do

From trendy venues to unique cafés, there is so much to see and do in East Belfast!

Residents and visitors can enjoy a stroll through the picturesque Belmont Park or the gorgeous Stormont Estate, home to beautiful gardens, a variety of walks, fitness and adventure trails, a playground, historic buildings and monuments.

A weekly park run also takes place at the estate, as well as wide variety of events throughout the year.

Visitors can also rediscover the ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ at the CS Lewis Square, which features seven bronze sculptures from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. On the first Saturday of every month, this vibrant space hosts Urban Market NI where visitors can browse the stalls, sample delicious foods and enjoy a great community atmosphere.

For families and young children, there are also plenty of activities! With Streamvale Open Farm and We Are Vertigo’s inflatable park nearby, you won’t be short of things to do.

The recently opened Banana Block is a living museum and events space set within a historic linen mill and inspired by the curious connection between Belfast and bananas.
On the last Sunday of each month this venue plays host to ‘East Block Bazaar’ a market for local makers and vintage sellers. Offering a hive of artisan food spots and small businesses including Bodega Bagels, Sound Advice Records and Hearty Growers - it’s one not to be missed!

From award winning exhibitions to the historic docks, the Maritime Mile is a wonderful way to uncover the stories of Belfast’s maritime past. Of particular note is the Titanic Belfast Museum, which was named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2016.

Golf lovers will also be happy to learn that both Shandon Golf Club and Knock Golf Club are excellent options for those wishing to spend more time on the greens and fairways.

Schools

East Belfast boasts several leading primary and secondary schools meaning every child has space to thrive.

Greenwood Primary School, Strandtown Primary School and St. Joseph’s Primary School are within walking distance of Ballyhackamore village. Other notable primary schools in the area are Victoria Park Primary in Sydenham, Belmont Primary in Belmont, St. Michael’s in Ravenhill, and Lead Hill Primary in Castlereagh.

East Belfast is also home to several excellent secondary level schools. Strathearn School and Campbell College both offer a range of programs and opportunities for students, including academic, athletic and artistic pursuits. In Knock, Our Lady & St. Patrick’s College is a co-educational grammar school which aims to prepare its students to play an active and responsible role in society. Grosvenor Grammar provides a co-educational and inter-denominational learning environment, whilst Ravenhill’s Park School caters for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties from all areas of greater Belfast.

Eating & Drinking

East Belfast’s vibrant foodie scene offers plenty to choose from!

Whether you fancy trying the TikTok famous Flout pizza, classic seasonal food at the award-winning Cyprus Avenue, or fresh local dishes at The Hoose Bistro, there is something for everyone.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and many locals rave about General Merchants, located on the Upper Newtownards Road, just a short walk from the Stormont Estate.

For a traditional ‘Ulster Fry’ and warm atmosphere, the Orchard Café at the Holywood Arches does not fail to deliver, and Oliver’s Café, located in the bustling Belmont village, offers a wide variety of homemade traybakes and scones, making it perfect for those on the go.
There are also a number of fantastic spots for coffee lovers to get their daily caffeine kick. 28 Gilnahirk in Cherryvalley is a multi-roaster coffee, and Guilt Trip Donuts & Coffee offers delicious treats on Orangefield Lane.

For those who like to stay out later, East Belfast is also home to a plethora of trendy bars and friendly pubs. Bull House East, Belfast’s first permanent taproom, serves over 20 craft beers, organic wines and locally sourced spirits.

Renowned gastro-pub Horatio Todd’s, located in the vibrant Ballyhackamore village, also offers a cosy, warm atmosphere, making it the perfect place to spend quality time with friends.

Travel

Located conveniently close to the city centre, there are numerous options for travelling to and from East Belfast including Translink’s Park and Ride Glider service which links East Belfast to the city centre.

Another popular option for travelling throughout the area is cycling. With dedicated cycle lanes and bike friendly roads, East Belfast strives to make every cyclist’s journey a safe and enjoyable one.

Cyclists and walkers alike can utilise the Comber Greenway. This direct, traffic-free link runs from the city centre through the heart of East Belfast meaning it's a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

For those going farther afield, Belfast City Airport is just a 5-minute drive from the city centre. Named the UK and Ireland’s Most Convenient Airport, passengers can choose to fly to 31 popular destinations across the UK and Europe.

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