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House of Fraser is one of the most popular department store chains in United Kingdom. Their Belfast chapter is a huge facility at Victoria Square that boasts of a large underground parking space. Offering a wide range of branded apparel and accessories for women, men and children, House of Fraser is known for its vast selection of beauty products and home accessories. Choose from eclectic labels like Vero Moda, Oroblu, LK Bennet, Burberry, Vera Wang and many more, all under one roof! For more details, check the website or call +44 844 800 3705.
The Grand Opera House is one of the city's great signature buildings. Restored to its Victorian glory in 1980, it is a masterpiece in gilt and plush scarlet. The pièce de la résistance of this lavish interior being the elephants that support the boxes. The venue maintains its operatic traditions, with regular visits by some of the world's greatest opera companies. In recent years, the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet have both performed at this venue as well as artists taking part in the annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. Ticket prices vary per performance.
There is no dearth of hotels in the city center area of Belfast but if you seek relaxed and cozy stay without having to shell out a huge price, then book a room today at the Premier Inn. Quality service at a reasonable price is the motto of this hotel. Being centrally located, Premier Inn facilitates your recreation as it is less than half a mile away from places such as the Botanic Gardens, Lyric Theatre and Grand Opera House. Tourists can truly enjoy a stay here for you can get all the information required for sight-seeing from the experienced local staff present. Spend your days exploring the city and come back to a room that serves as a haven at a humble budget. Call +44 871 527 8068 for more.
This 19th-century sandstone, Gothic beauty was constructed on reclaimed, swampy land causing it to lean four feet. A memorial to Prince Albert, it was designed by noted Irish architect, W J Barre. Overlooking the River Lagan, Albert Memorial Clock Tower rises 113 feet (34.44 meters) in Queen's Square. Heavily decorated, it features heraldic lions, flying buttresses, floral elements, a clock and bell. A sculpture of the late Prince in the Most Noble Order of the Garter robes by SF Lynn adorns its western side. Due to its weak foundation, the tower started to lean even more, causing it to become unstable and almost topple over. After an extensive renovation to conserve and restore it in 2002, this historic landmark stands proudly albeit with a slight yet stable lean.
The MAC or Metropolitan Arts Centre is the latest addition to the Belfast art scene. Featuring theaters, art galleries, boardrooms, rehearsal spaces, offices for resident artists and so forth, the MAC is a popular events center. From music, movies, children's workshops to dance performances, it touches base with diverse aspects of visual and performing arts. Apart from the regular events like art exhibitions, it also hosts artist talk series and tours of this center. For more details and event schedule, check website.
Odyssey Bowl is a good place for a game of bowling with friends or family. This bowling alley is a good place to let of some steam and have a good time, and they even have glo-bowling, when the alley is turned into a neon display of lights and one has to bowl in the dark. One can also indulge in a game of pool or arcade, or have a snack and drink at the on-site restaurant. The venue is also a good place for birthday parties and other celebrations.
W5 refers to "who, what, where, when and why," and is the name of this latest museum to open in the city. Meant for kids, this is the place to bring them on a rainy day. Have a go at playing a laser harp, building a robot, defying the lie detector or just try hanging out in the wind tunnel. You will find W5 inside the Odyssey, Belfast's millennium landmark project and the latest architectural addition to the spectacular waterfront skyline.
The SSE Arena is Northern Ireland's largest indoor venue. With a seating capacity of 20,000, it offers facilities to host international concerts, sports events, and exhibitions, all under one roof. The complex also has a W5 interactive discovery center, the Sheridan IMAX Cinema, a multiplex cinema, a hydraulic running track and a main floor that can be converted into a rink for ice hockey events. You can book your tickets on-line or by telephone. Now isn't that something to look forward to on your next visit to Belfast!
No trip to Belfast would be complete without a visit to Queen's. The building was designed by Charles Lanyon and completed in 1849. All three buildings share architectural similarities. Call the Queen's Visitor Centre to learn more about the institution and its history. You can buy an assortment of Queen's memorabilia here. As with many universities, the surrounding area is vibrant, with an emphasis as much on having a good time as serious, diligent, rigorous academic study.
Nestled in a corner of the iconic Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum is one of Belfast's most prestigious establishments with a spectacular collection art, ethnography and archaeology sourced from all across the globe. Formally established in the year 1929, this elegant four-story structure is located within walking distance of Queen's University's plush campus. The main highlights of the museum include riches recovered from the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship salvaged off the Giant's Causeway. Its top-floor gallery displays a series of exquisite British and Irish artwork.
Titanic, the British liner has remained ever popular through literature, movies, exhibits and folk songs. Considered to be the biggest experience relating to the Titanic in the globe, Titanic Belfast showcases the complete story of this passenger line - right from its inception to its unfortunate sinking through stunning, interactive displays, including artifacts such as the launch day tickets and last luncheon menu. Set on the former shipbuilding site where the Titanic and Olympic were built, Titanic Belfast is among the city's most prominent landmarks. Resembling an iceberg and hulls of a ship, this striking architectural masterpiece is encased in 3000 contrasting shaped aluminum plated sheets in intricate geometrical patterns. It is not only an ode to RMS Titanic but also to the city's maritime heritage. The historic slipways feature life-size frameworks of the Titanic and Olympic while its plaza is outlined with a map of its journey with LED lights and tiles.
A beautiful remnant of the city's Victorian past, the Botanic Gardens was established in 1828 as a private garden by the Belfast Botanical and Horticultural Society. After the Belfast Corporation purchased it in 1895, it has been one of the city's most loved public green space and meeting place for tourists and locals alike. Spread across 11.33 hectares (28 acres), the park is a vibrant medley of roses, rare oaks, exotic trees and blooms. The arched cast-iron glasshouse Palm House and the sunken Tropical Ravine are some of its prominent features. The gardens regularly play host to concerts, festivals and other live performances, making it an idyllic cultural venue as well. However, the one thing while visiting this place is that opening times vary.