Belfast is a city that has been transformed from the dark days of the political troubles to a cosmopolitan city with so much to see and do, including some classic architectural landmarks! Check out our guide to the must see historic buildings of Belfast.
The following are some of the historic buildings that we recommend viewing in Belfast (in no particular order):
Queens Quarter Area – Take a visit to the Queens Quarter Area, the architectural centre of Belfast. The Queens Quarter contains some very impressive buildings including the 100 year old Queens University Buildings, where the impressive Lanyon Building is located – a must see.
A trip to the Queens Quarter is never complete without a visit to the Botanic Gardens, with its stunning glasshouse buildings, including the Palm House, which is Dome shaped and created by Charles Lanyon. Not only are these buildings impressive, you will be astounded by the plant life too!
The Linen Hall Library – a must visit on your trip to Belfast. With its impressive architecture from the 19th century as well as new renovations, plus various artefacts and over 250,000 volumes of books.
Stormont Parliament Buildings – The seat of the present Northern Ireland Assembly. Why not take a stroll around the grounds here?
Grand Opera House Belfast – A listed building, this has undergone major renovations and extension to the concert venues since the early 1980′s. Originally designed by architect Frank Matcham, it was opened in December 1895. Why not catch a show here and enjoy the venue even more?
Belfast City Hall – The City Hall is designed in a Renaissance style and was completed in 1906 after nearly 7 years in the making. Rectangular in shape and constructed with Portland stone, it’s located in the city centre. City Hall is currently undergoing restoration work but it’s scheduled to re-open in 2009.
St. Anne’s Cathedral – Why not take a trip to the Cathedral Quarter of the city and view the impressive Church of Ireland St. Anne’s Cathedral. The whole quarter is a charming area with old cobbled streets, and stunning architecture. The area is pedestrianised so you can stroll
Albert Memorial Clock – The most alluring timepiece in the city, it was constructed over a 5 year period in Victorian style as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. It’s known as Belfast’s own “leaning tower” as it veers slightly to the left!
Harland and Wolff Shipyard – Take a trip to the place where the doomed liner the Titanic was built. There are plans afoot to regenerate the whole area into the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, to further entice visitors!
Crumlin Road Courthouse and Gaol – Why not take a trip to the foreboding Victorian buildings where many prisoners have been housed since it’s opening in 1850. A monument to the scales of justice is atop the building! It closed its doors as a prison in 1996 and since then has been open for tours.
Belfast Custom House – Designed by the esteemed Sir Charles Lanyon, it was built 150 years ago in a Renaissance style. Take a stroll round the pedestrianised square and appreciate the full beauty of the building!
So there you have it – a guide to the must see historic buildings in Belfast!
And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Belfast don’t forget to check out our selection of hotels in Belfast.
If you’ve any comments or questions we’d love to hear from you.