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The central focus of Belfast lies around City Hall, which heads the main shopping district from Donegall Square right through to Royal Avenue. Head north along Donegall Place and east down High Street, you’ll find the Entries, home to many an old Pub, including White’s Tavern, which claims to be the oldest pub in Belfast.
Head south of City Hall and you’ll run into Great Victoria Street where you’ll find an area referred to as the Golden Mile. The Grand Opera House, Crown Liquor Saloon, Robinson's Bar and a plethora of restaurants and bars take up residence in this area.
Queen’s University neighborhood is home to the Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, and Stranmillis Village, which is full of shops, bars and restaurants.
East is where you’ll find the waterfront, complete with Waterfront Hall and the Lagan Lookout.
West and north of the city is where you'll find most evidence of the religious divide. Here you will be well aware which streets are Protestant and which are Catholic according to the flags and murals on display. Although this may seem intimidating, there is no reason to avoid the area. Common sense and tact come into play if you decide to visit. One of the guided tours is an excellent choice.