Top 20 Impressive Buildings in Belfast.

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Top 20 Impressive Buildings in Belfast.

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Northern Ireland. It is the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second-largest on the island of Ireland. Belfast suffered greatly in the Troubles: in the 1970s and 1980s, it was reported to be one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

By the early 19th century, Belfast became a major port. It played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, becoming the biggest linen-producer in the world. By the time it was granted city status in 1888, it was a major center of Irish linen production, tobacco-processing, and rope-making. Shipbuilding was also a key industry; the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which built the RMS Titanic, was the world’s biggest shipyard. Below is a list of The Top 20 Impressive Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland. more



1) Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall      image source

Belfast City Hall is the civic building of the Belfast City Council. Constructed in 1906 and built mainly from Portland stone and is in the Baroque Revival style. It covers an area of one and a half acres and has an enclosed courtyard. Featuring towers at each of the four corners, with a lantern-crowned copper dome in the center. more

2) The Albert Memorial Clock

The Albert Memorial Clock
The Albert Memorial Clock     image source

The Albert Memorial Clock is a clock tower situated at Queen’s Square in Belfast, Northern Ireland? It was completed in 1869 and is one of the best-known landmarks of Belfast. As a result of being built on wooden piles on marshy, reclaimed land around the River Farset, the top of the tower leans four feet off the perpendicular. more




3) Belfast castle

Belfast castle
Belfast castle

Built by the Normans in the 12th Century, the original Belfast castle sat within the city of Belfast itself. In 1611, the Baron of Belfast, Sir Arthur Chichester replaced the old castle with one made of stone and timber, building on the same spot as the original castle. Belfast Castle is open to the public daily with a visitor center, antique shop, restaurant, and a playground. more

4) The King’s Hall

The King's Hall
The King’s Hall        image source

The King’s Hall was a multi-purpose venue located in Belfast and consisted of 6 event venues. The King’s Hall is owned by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, who moved to the venue in 1896 from their previous showgrounds in the Belfast Corporation Markets area, and subsequently moved out in 2012 and the venue has been abandoned since then. more




5) Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings often referred to as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont Estate area of Belfast, it is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for the region. The Executive or government is located at Stormont Castle. In March 1987, the main Parliament Building became a Grade A Listed building. more

6) Saint Peter’s Cathedral

Saint Peter's Cathedral
Saint Peter’s Cathedral     image source

Saint Peter’s Cathedral,  Belfast. Is the Roman Catholic cathedral church for the Diocese of Down and Connor, and is, therefore, the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor? It is located in the Divis Street area of the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland and construction began in the 1860s. It is home to St Peter’s Schola Cantorum (Choir). more




7) The Crescent Arts Centre

The Crescent Arts Centre
The Crescent Arts Centre    image source

The Crescent Arts Centre is an arts center based in a Victorian-era listed building in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1980, and the building was extensively refurbished between 2008 and 2010. The Centre hosts a wide range of arts and entertainment events, as well as classes in dance, music, verbal and visual arts, and community outreach programs. more

8) HMP Belfast

HMP Belfast
HMP Belfast      image source

HMP Belfast, also known as Crumlin Road Gaol, is a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast and is also known as the Crum. The Crumlin Road Courthouse, which is currently derelict, stands opposite the Gaol. A tunnel under the main road connects the two buildings and was used to transport the prisoners to the courthouse. more




9) The Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House     image source

The Grand Opera House is a theatre in Belfast, designed by the most prolific theatre architect of the period, Frank Matcham. It opened on 23 December 1895 According to the Theatres Trust, the “magnificent auditorium is probably the best surviving example in the United Kingdom of the oriental style applied to theatre architecture”. more

10) St Anne’s Cathedral

St Anne's Cathedral
St Anne’s Cathedral     image source

St Anne’s Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is a Church of Ireland cathedral in Donegall Street, Belfast. A cathedral is a place where a bishop has a seat but Belfast Cathedral is unusual in having the seats of two bishops – the Bishop of Connor and the Bishop of Down & Dromore. more

11) Stormont Castle

Stormont Castle
Stormont Castle    image source

Stormont Castle is a manor house on the Stormont Estate in east Belfast which is used as the main meeting place of the Northern Ireland Executive. Between 1921 and 1972, it served as the official residence of the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. However, a number of prime ministers chose to live at Stormont House. more




12) Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is a visitor attraction opened in 2012, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. It tells the stories of the Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912, and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. more

13) The Ulster Hall

The Ulster Hall
The Ulster Hall      image source

The Ulster Hall is a concert hall and grade A listed building in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Situated on Bedford Street in Belfast city center, the hall hosts concerts, classical recitals, craft fairs, and political party conferences. more




14) The Ulster Museum

The Ulster Museum
The Ulster Museum     image source

The Ulster Museum, located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, features material from the collections of fine art and applied art, archaeology, ethnography, treasures from the Spanish Armada, local history, numismatics, industrial archaeology, botany, zoology, and geology. more

15) Belfast Waterfront

Belfast Waterfront
Belfast Waterfront     image source

Belfast Waterfront is a multi-purpose conference and entertainment center, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Many plays take place every year, in the 350 seated capacity studio, including operas, pantomimes, and musicals. more

16) John Bell House

John Bell House
John Bell House

John Bell House was built in the early 1900s and designed by Samuel Stevenson. It was one of the first buildings in Belfast to have electricity and was once home to Belfast Metropolitan College. It is named after the renowned and award-winning physicist who famously corrected Ein­stein with Bell’s Theorem.




17) Queen’s University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast      image source

Queen’s University Belfast, is a public research university in Belfast, U. K. The university was opened in 1849 as Queen’s College, Belfast. Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland. Today, Queen’s is ranked in the top 173 universities in the world, with the second-highest ranking in Ireland. more

18) The Merchant Hotel Belfast

The Merchant Hotel Belfast
The Merchant Hotel Belfast      image source

The Merchant Hotel Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast city center’s historic Cathedral Quarter a short distance from a host of  Attractions including Victoria Square shopping center, the Ulster Museum, the Titanic Quarter and The Waterfront Hall. The Merchant Hotel is one of the finest hotels in Belfast. more




19) Church House

Church House
Church House      image source

Church House in Belfast,  is the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The building is located near the center of Belfast and was built in 1905, in the Gothic style, it was opened by the Duke of Argyll. Church House is dominated by a 40m high clock tower, which contains Belfast’s only peal of 12 bells. more

 

20) The Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown Liquor Saloon
The Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown Liquor Saloon, also known as the Crown Bar, is a pub in Great Victoria Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Refurbished in 1885, and at least twice since, it is an outstanding example of a Victorian gin palace, and one of Northern Ireland’s best-known pubs. It is owned by the National Trust. more

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