Belfast – en vogue!

The Old Rectory Guest House
Posted on 15th, March, 2017


Welcome to our new website! We have been running as a guest-house for over 20 years now and despite being very fond of our old website, we thought after 10 years it could do with an update.


New to the Old Rectory

We have had a busy time here over the last few months! We’ve recently installed new double glazed windows throughout, refurbished several of the rooms, had new photos taken and updated our menu to include even more vegetarian and vegan options. Some examples of our new additions are – our home-made potato fadge (potato bread), stuffed with stewed apple, served with fresh berries and maple syrup and our vegetarian Belfast omelette.


Belfast – en vogue!

Belfast has recently featured in a number of travel articles, from pieces in the Independent and the Metro, to a write-up on ‘Why Belfast is the emerging capital of cool’ in the Qantas In- flight magazine, and it is easy to see why. The city has a burgeoning & varied food scene, exemplified by offerings such as, fresh, local seafood at the ever-popular Mourne Seafood; traditional Mexican street dishes found at Belfast’s very own burrito chain – Boojum; and the exquisite home-grown fare served at the Muddlers Club, tucked away in the Cathedral quarter.


It’s not just the prospect of good food that is attracting visitors though. ┬áThe art, culture, history and music available in Belfast mean it is second to none for a city of its size. There’s live music every night, from blue grass to traditional Irish; street art walking tours every Sunday (; Northern Ireland’s last surviving Victorian covered market runs every weekend (St Georges Market); and don’t forget, the world’s leading tourist attraction is right here – Titanic Belfast!


Titanic Belfast and more…

Titanic Belfast recently won the title of World’s leading tourist attraction at the 2016 World Travel Awards, which is an amazing achievement, particularly when you consider it was up against the likes of Machu Picchu, in Peru and Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania! Over 70% of all visitors to Northern Ireland visit the exhibition and it is clear why this is the case. It is a fascinating exhibition, with everything from rebuilt interiors and excavation footage, to personal accounts of the people involved in the ship’s design and construction – if you are interested at all in this fated ship or ship building in general, then this is the attraction for you.


In terms of museum experiences Belfast boasts more than just the Titanic exhibition. The Crumlin Road Gaol, for example, which dates back to 1845, offers tours of the buildings and grounds provided by excellent guides, who give you an incredible insight into what life was like for prisoners up until the prison closed its doors in 1996. Alternatively if you are looking for something a little more modern, the MAC offers international art exhibitions, live theatre and general artsiness! Situated in the Cathedral quarter near plenty of lovely bars and restaurants, it is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.


Whatever you are interested in, I am positive that you will find something fun and different to do here in our little pocket of the world. If you would like any information about a stay at the Old Rectory Guesthouse please just drop us an email at and we’ll get right back to you!