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Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7AP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (871 reviews)

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

£77
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast

Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7AP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (915 reviews)

Located in the heart of Belfast, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. …

£59
Holiday Inn Express Belfast
Holiday Inn Express Belfast

106 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HP

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (813 reviews)

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

£59
Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast
Botanic Rest Bed & Breakfast

7 Cromwell Road, Belfast BT7 1JW

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (259 reviews)

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

£39
Tara Lodge
Tara Lodge

36 Cromwell Road, Belfast BT7 1JW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (253 reviews)

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

£83
Premier Inn Belfast City Centre Alfred Street
Premier Inn Belfast City Centre Alfred Street

ALFRED STREET,, BELFAST BT28ED

Situated in Belfast, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Malachy's Church and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Gran …

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Self Catering Accommodation Belfast
Self Catering Accommodation Belfast

68 Salisbury Court, Belfast BT7 1DD

4.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

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

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Springfield B&B
Springfield B&B

16 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7AG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (33 reviews)

Situated in Belfast, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dover Street Millennium Park, Grand Opera House, and Ulste …

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Belfast City Backpacker Hostel
Belfast City Backpacker Hostel

53-55 Malone Avenue, Belfast BT9 6EP

2.0 out of 5.0
2.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

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

£22
Queens University Belfast - Elms Village
Queens University Belfast - Elms Village

Elms Village, 78 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 5BW

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (106 reviews)

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

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Pocket Guide: Cathedral Quarter Big Fish Hotels

The city of Belfast is located on the east coast of the country, on the floodplain of the River Lagan. As well as being the largest city in Northern Ireland it is also the capital, and is home to the main political and economic drivers of the country.

More than seven million visitors a year arrive in Belfast, drawn by an eclectic mix of high end culture, traditional Irish nights out, stunning architecture and the chance to explore the glorious surrounding countryside. There are hotels and guesthouses of every shape and size in the centre of Belfast, running from simple but comfortable hostels for backpacking students exploring Europe, to top of the range five star luxury establishments. Whether you’re here to simply have a good time, to attend a business conference or to partake in some of the art and entertainment on offer throughout the year, you’ll be able to find a room within easy walking distance of your field of interest.

Belfast and the Waterfront

The sea and water in general have played a huge part in the history of Belfast. Its harbour on the shore of the River Lagan leads out to the Irish Sea. The Harland and Wolff shipyard was the original home of the legendary but tragic ship the Titanic, and its massive cranes, Samson and Goliath, dominate the skyline. Throughout the years hundreds of sailors have frequented Belfast, doubtless helping to create and cement its reputation for being the place to head to for a lively night out.

The Big Fish

The importance of the water to the story of Belfast is underlined by the symbol that appears on much of the tourism literature – the Big Fish. This, also known as the Bigfish, is a 32 feet long printed ceramic sculpture of a salmon that can be found on Donegall Quay, close to two other Belfast landmarks, the Customs House and Lagan Lookout. It is a popular meeting point for people and provides irresistible as a tourist photo opportunities.

The Creation of the Big Fish

The sculptor was commissioned in 1999 as a means of celebrating the regeneration of the River Lagan. It was created by John Kindness and a close look will reveal that the tiles cladding the outside of the Big Fish aren’t merely painted blue. Instead, each of the ceramic scales is covered in text and images telling some of the history of Belfast. The material used ranges from contemporary newspaper headlines to content dating from Tudor times. As well as sourcing images from the Ulster museum, the artist asked local schools to contribute, and the children’s drawings provide a cheery counterpoint to the more serious material.

Art Along the Lagan

The Big Fish isn’t the only work of art along the banks of the Lagan. Stay in a hotel or guesthouse close to the waterfront and you’ll be able to explore an Art Trail that doubles as a pleasing walk along the banks of the river and takes in exhibits such as a giant ceramic map of the UK, a bronze statue of a cooper celebrating the history of brewing in Belfast and a herd of bronze sheep.

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