The Belfast Metropolitan Area is divided into six districts with parts of the city belonging to both County Atrim and County Down. Belfast city is also subdivided into quarters which are distinctive cultural zones. Cathedral Quarter is designated as the key cultural destination, home to historic buildings, trendy warehouse restaurants, and the Custom House Square, one of the main venues for outdoor festivals and entertainment. In the Titanic Quarter, you’ll find the Titanic Belfast, a museum and monument dedicated to the rich maritime history of Belfast. Queen’s Quarter hosts the annual Belfast Festival at Queen’s, whilst in the Gaeltacht Quarter, you’ll see Falls Road and its famous International Wall which portrays the city’s stance on world politics. Otherwise, the City Centre is not only the business district area, but is where you'll find several attractions including the Belfast City Hall on Dunegall Square and the Belfast Cathedral.
Belfast offers a wide range of activities for every type of visitor, whether you’re a history buff, culture seeker, or nature lover. Visit the Ulster Museum and admire its varied collections related to both art and the natural sciences. Stop by at the Crumlin Road Gaol and join a guided tour to see how life was for prisoners at The Crum. If you have kids in your party, the W5 is a good fit, thanks to its interactive exhibits and live science experiments. The Belfast Zoo is also a recommended stop when you rent a car in Belfast. Drive your rental car to Cavehill, explore the magnificent Belfast Castle Estate, and enjoy outstanding views over Belfast Lough and the city. Other fantastic viewpoints are Divi and Black Mountain in Belfast Hills. Walk around, spot local wildlife, and explore archaeological ruins before heading back to town. If you still want to burn off some energy, head to the Botanic Gardens, amble along the park and marvel at the collection of tropical plants.
The city is located at the mouth of the River Lagan with many minor rivers traversing around Belfast. On the north and northwest are several hills, the most notable of which are Black Mountain, Cavehill, and Divi Mountain. Cavehill is often believed to be the inspiration for 'Gulliver’s Travels', because Jonathan Swift believed the area resembled a sleeping giant. To the southeast are the Castlereagh hills overlooking Belfast. The town itself is composed of parks and clean residential neighbourhoods. Belfast has a temperate climate with rare significant extremes in temperature and precipitation. Owing to its proximity to the sea, the climate in Belfast is milder in comparison to other places in the world at the same latitude. Winters are cold and wet whilst summers are cool.
Flights to Belfast land at one of its two airports. It takes two hours and 30 minutes to reach Belfast by plane if you take a non-stop flight from London. For visitors who are planning to rent a car in Belfast, you can pick up your vehicle at the parking of Belfast International Airport or George Belfast City Airport. Drivers must be at least 21 years of age and must have held their licences for at least two years. Surcharges may be applied to drivers 23 years or under and those who are 70 or older. The Irish drive on the left and overtake from the right. Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limits are 70mph on motorways, 50mph on open roads, and 40mph in the city or built-up areas. The legal alcohol limit is 80mg per 100ml of blood. Seat belts are mandatory and it is forbidden to use the mobile phone whilst driving.