South Belfast centres on the River Lagan in Belfast. Today, it is a mixed area containing many of the city's more exclusive areas as well as Queen's University.
The main demographic of the area is seem a young, cosmopolitan and middle-class. Inner-city working-class areas such as The Markets in the Ormeau make up several suburban estates. This part of Belfast contains Northern Ireland’s largest concentrations of students and ethnic minority groups.
Throughout the Second World War, the area saw use as a staging post for the US Army and many large houses and estates became military headquarters. The south of the city escaped severe damage during the Belfast Blitz of 1941.
Places of Interest
The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.