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Belfast house buying guide

Want to buy a house in Belfast but unsure where? Our house buying guide will tell you all you need to know about buying in Belfast. If you want to see how you could boost your budget, create a free Tembo plan for a personalised recommendation or try out our Mortgage Calculator.

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Where should I buy in Belfast?

The capital of Northern Ireland and the second largest on the island itself, Belfast is a compact, buzzy city that attracts students and young families. It's rich and colourful history makes it an interesting place to live, as well as a growing services industry which attracts many businesses and professionals. More affordable that a lot of UK cities, Belfast is a smart choice for those wanting a city lifestyle without the expensive price tag.

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Cathedral Quarter

On the fringes of Belfast city centre, the Cathedral Quarter is known for its artsy, cool atmosphere, and underground music scene. Centred around a cobblestone pedestrian street, you'll find a king's choice of pubs, bars and speakeasies, as well as coffee shops and cafes.

It's also an area known for the arts, exemplified by the Umbrella Passage mural, portraying famous, local faces under a colourful canopy of umbrellas. You won't have to walk far for live music, stand-up comedy and art exhibitions in this part of the city!


A short walk or cycle from Belfast's city centre, the Cathedral Quarter is perfect for those who want to be within the city. There are also bus routes for walking-free options. A 20 minute walk from the city's train station, it's also easy to catch a train out of Belfast for day trips or weekends away.

Local Schools

There is a shortage of schools in the Cathedral Quarter, but there are nearby schools within the city including Bunscoil Mhic Reachtain, St Mary's Primary School and St Malachy's Primary School.

Secondary school wise, nearby there is St Mary's Primary School, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol Cathedral Choir School and City of Bristol College.


Deriving its name from St Anne's Cathedral, the Cathedral Quarter historically was the centre of Belfast's trade district, particularly shipbuilding and linen industries. It still homes some of Belfast's oldest buildings and thoroughfares, including Waring Street and Hill Street. The area fell into a state of disrepair in the 20th century, but since then has developed into the city's "cultural quarter". Today, its quirky streets are the go-to place amongst locals and tourists.

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Data sourced from Zoopla's June 2023 House Price Index and Rightmove property prices. Accurate as of 06/07/2023.