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Europa Hotel

Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 16 hours ago
21 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within ...

£72

£72
Malmaison Belfast

Malmaison Belfast

34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
8 others viewing this property now

Located in the centre of Belfast, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Waterfront Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral. ...

£79

£79
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 13 hours ago
4 others viewing this property now

Located in Titanic Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Titanic Belfast and Odyssey Arena. Waterfront Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral are also within ...

£74

£74
Clayton Hotel Belfast

Clayton Hotel Belfast

22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 17 hours ago
14 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ulster Hall, Belfast City Hall, and Grand Opera House. Waterfront Hall and Queen's ...

£57

£57
Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

4 Clarence Street West, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 34 minutes ago
47 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall ...

£58

£58
Titanic Templemore Apartment

Titanic Templemore Apartment

112 Templemore Avenue, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Belfast, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. George's Market, Waterfront Hall, and Odyssey Arena. Ulster Hall and Belfast City Hall are also ...

£71

£71
Bullitt Hotel

Bullitt Hotel

40a Church Lane, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 11 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square Shopping Centre, St. Anne's Cathedral and Belfast City Hall. Waterfront ...

£92

£92
Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
10 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Malachy's Church and Ulster Hall. Waterfront Hall and Belfast City ...

£66

£66
Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

60 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 15 hours ago
10 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster Museum. Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster ...

£70

£70
ibis Belfast City Centre

ibis Belfast City Centre

100 Castle Street Northern Ire, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 8 hours ago
2 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Court Shopping Centre, Grand Opera House and Belfast City Hall. St. Anne's Cathedral ...

£49

£49

Pocket Guide: Albert Memorial Clock Tower 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.