The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast, lies on the east coast of the country and offers an eclectic mix of attractions to visitors. Victorian architecture rubs shoulders with stunning modernist buildings such as the Titanic Belfast exhibition centre and there are shops, pubs, bars and restaurants to suit every kind of visitor.
The same range and depth of choice also applies to the accommodation on offer in Belfast. With more than seven million visitors a year arriving, the infrastructure of the city has developed in a manner to suit every kind of tourist. Whether you’re a family on holiday looking for a cosy, family-run bed and breakfast, a stag or hen party group needing nothing more than somewhere to sleep that’s close to the pubs and clubs or a business person demanding five star luxury while attending a conference, you’ll be able to find a room that perfectly suits your needs.
Shopping in Belfast
The centre of Belfast offers an eclectic range of shopping opportunities, from high street names to independent craft shops offering handmade gifts and souvenirs, but perhaps the broadest range of outlets can be found at the Abbey Centre Shopping Centre. If you book a hotel room within easy travelling distance of the Abbey Centre – which is to say anywhere in Belfast city centre – you’ll be able to take advantage of a wide range of high street names and a selection of places to eat and drink. Families with young children, in particular, will find the Abbey Centre offers a convenient all-weather shopping option.
Finding the Abbey Centre
The Abbey Centre is located on Longwood Road, to the north of the centre of Belfast. Hotels, guesthouses or bed and breakfasts situated around the historic City Hall building are particularly well placed for ease of access. Travelling to the Abbey Centre simply involves taking the M2 out of the centre of Belfast before exiting onto Shore Road at junction 2. From here, the Abbey Centre is clearly signposted. If you don’t have access to your own car, many bus routes run from the centre of Belfast directly to the Abbey Centre.
Facilities at Abbey Centre
Starting with the free parking, and moving on to a selection of over 70 stores, a large food court and ease of access for both wheelchair users and trolleys, the Abbey Centre has been designed to be user-friendly and convenient. This is reflected in the fact that it has been awarded a WorldHost Recognition Award for exceptional levels of customer service, and also by the fact that all of the stores are located on the ground floor.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the centre, there are baby-changing facilities, TV screens located around the food court and all of the management staff at the centre have been trained in first aid and the highest standards of customer service.
When to visit the Abbey Centre
The Abbey Centre is open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays, from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday. Families will particularly appreciate the Kids Club, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month, between 1pm and 4pm, and offers a host of workshops and activities completely free of charge.