More than seven million visitors per year arrive in Belfast, looking for everything from a raucous stag or hen night to a tranquil family holiday. As the capital of Northern Ireland, as well as being the largest city in the country, Belfast has the infrastructure to cope with this influx, in terms of transport, cultural facilities and accommodation.
The centre of Belfast is home to a wide-ranging offer of places to stay. The variety is such that it takes in budget-priced, basic hostels as well as gleaming, luxury styled five star hotels and family-run guesthouses and bed and breakfasts that are simple but cosy.
Attractions in Belfast
The key to the appeal of Belfast probably lies in the eclectic nature of the city centre itself. Within the space of a few streets you can wander from the tranquil inner city greenery of Belfast Botanical Gardens to the youthful bohemian vibe of the shops, cafes and bars along the Golden Mile. Some of the best surviving examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture sit alongside stunning modern buildings like the Titanic Belfast centre, and the striking modern art of the Laganside Art Trails.
Business in Belfast
The fact that the country’s key financial and economic institutions are based in the city has made Belfast a favourite destination for business conferences and meetings of all kinds, and a number of venues can be found throughout the city, offering all of the facilities a modern business would expect, plus the chance to sample Belfast life when the work’s been done.
One of the most distinctive venues in Belfast is Clifton House. This appealing, Grade A listed building was originally the Belfast Poor House, founded in the 1770s. In recent years the Georgian building, set in landscaped gardens, has been renovated. This means that it is able to offer all of the facilities – in house catering, for example – of a modern events venue, but do so within an unusually tranquil, intimate atmospheric venue.
Finding Clifton House
The location of Clifton House is just one of the aspects that makes it so appealing. It can be found off North Queen Street, in the heart of Belfast, on Clifton House Mews. Belfast City Hall, the public space of Customs House Square and the bohemian quirkiness of the Cathedral Quarter are all just a short walk away. No matter which part of Belfast city centre your hotels is based in, travelling to Clifton House will be quick and simple, since it is easily accessed from the major route of the A12 Westlink.
Events at Clifton House
The unique ambience of Clifton House makes it the ideal choice for a range of events beyond simple business meetings or conferences. It has also been used for book launches, poetry readings, fine dining events and wedding receptions. The landscaped gardens and interior of the house are well worth exploring even if you haven’t got an event to arrange, and the interpretation centre helps to explain the history of this fascinating building.