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Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7AP

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4.3 out of 5 (865 reviews)

Host to world leaders and celebrities, Europa Hotel is in the historic centre of Belfast, next to the Grand Opera House and …

£77
Clayton Hotel Belfast
Clayton Hotel Belfast

22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS

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4.1 out of 5 (572 reviews)

Located in Belfast Central District, this spa hotel is steps from Ormeau Baths Gallery and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and …

£86
Holiday Inn Express Belfast
Holiday Inn Express Belfast

106 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP

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4.1 out of 5 (801 reviews)

Located in Queens College District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of …

£59
Dukes at Queens Boutique Hotel
Dukes at Queens Boutique Hotel

65-67 University Street, Belfast BT7 1FY

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4.5 out of 5 (408 reviews)

Located in Queens College District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of …

£82
Ten Square Hotel
Ten Square Hotel

10 Donegal Square South, Belfast BT1 5JD

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4.3 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Located in Belfast Central District, this hotel is steps from Belfast City Hall and Ulster Hall. Grand Opera House and …

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Self Catering Accommodation Belfast
Self Catering Accommodation Belfast

68 Salisbury Court, Belfast BT7 1DD

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5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Located in Belfast Central District, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market …

£145
Harper's Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Harper's Boutique Bed & Breakfast

121 University Street, Belfast BT4 3FN

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4.5 out of 5 (26 reviews)

Located in Queens College District, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's …

£89
The Gregory Guest House
The Gregory Guest House

30 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast BT9 6DX

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4.5 out of 5 (87 reviews)

Located in Queens College District, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster …

£89
Stormont Hotel
Stormont Hotel

Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3LP

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4.3 out of 5 (240 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stormont Parliament Buildings and Knock Golf Club. Pirates …

£68
Somerton House B&B
Somerton House B&B

22 Lansdowne Road, Belfast BT15 4DB

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4 out of 5 (21 reviews)

Situated in Belfast, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fortwilliam Golf Club and Belfast Castle. St. Anne's …

£69
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Pocket Guide: Cathedral Quarter Albert Memorial Clock Tower Hotels

Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland and its capital, being the centre of government, commerce and the tourist industry. More than seven million people per year visit the city, many of them arriving via Belfast International Airport or George Best Belfast City Airport. Visitors range from business people taking advantage of the conference centres in the city to families using it as a base from which to explore the rest of Ireland.

One thing all visitors to Belfast have in common is that they’ll be given a genuinely warm welcome, whichever part of the city they stay in. Whether the accommodation you require is a five star luxury hotel or a budget-priced, family-run bed and breakfast, you’ll discover the fabled Irish hospitality is a fact and not merely a cliché.

Architecture in Belfast

The range of architecture on view in Belfast city centre is eclectic and impressive, and makes exploring on foot an absolute pleasure. Buildings range from the Victorian splendour of the Lanyon Building at Queen's University to the imposing Edwardian façade of the City Hall on Howard Street, and there are smaller gems such as the quirkily titled Crown Liquor Saloon and the Albert Memorial clock tower.

Finding the Albert Memorial Clock Tower

The Albert Memorial Clock Tower is located at Queens Square in Belfast, close to the point at which Bridge End, the A2, crosses the River Lagan, and it is one of the most easily recognised landmarks in the whole of Belfast. The streets around the square are packed with hotels and guesthouses of every kind, from national chains to independent boutique accommodation, so no matter what kind of accommodation you’re looking for you can find something suitable just a short walk from this historic attraction.

The History of the Albert Memorial Clock Tower

The design of the clock tower originally came about following a competition held in 1865, in which entrants were invited to design a memorial to Prince Albert, the late consort of Queen Victoria, who had died in 1861. The winner was WJ Barre, also responsible for the design of Ulster Hall, a concert hall on Bedford Street in Belfast. The memorial is constructed from sandstone and is designed in the Gothic style. It cost £2,500 to build and work on it was complete by 1869.

Design Features of the Clock Tower

The tower is 113 feet high and local legend has it that an intrepid youth climbed to the top of the tower to get a better view of the launch of the Titanic. There are carved heraldic lions around the base of the tower, a statue of Prince Albert himself and the time is marked by the ringing of a two- tonne bell.

The Leaning Clock Tower

For many years, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower leaned over by four feet, making it an Irish rival to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is because it was originally placed on wooden foundations in soft, reclaimed land around the River Farset, although restoration work in recent years has corrected the tilt as well as cleaning the stonework of the tower.

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