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Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast

34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GH

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4.2 out of 5 (306 reviews)

Located in the center of Belfast, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Transport House, Waterfront Hall …

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Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7AP

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4.3 out of 5 (963 reviews)

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

£90
Park Inn by Radisson Belfast
Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

4 Clarence Street West, Belfast BT2 7GB

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4.4 out of 5 (1,105 reviews)

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

£69
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast

Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7AP

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3.9 out of 5 (993 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Crown Liquor Saloon and Grand Opera House. Ulster Hal …

£68
Malone Lodge Hotel & Apartments
Malone Lodge Hotel & Apartments

60 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast BT9 6DY

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4.3 out of 5 (493 reviews)

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

£70
Dream Apartments - The Obel Building
Dream Apartments - The Obel Building

62 Donegal Quay, Belfast BT1 3NG

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Obel, St. Anne's Cathedral, and Waterfront Hall. …

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Clayton Hotel Belfast
Clayton Hotel Belfast

22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BT2 8HS

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4.1 out of 5 (617 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ulster Hall, Belfast City Hall, and Grand Oper …

£80
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7HR

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4.6 out of 5 (1,043 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Crown Liquor Saloon and Grand Opera House. Ulster Hall and …

£106
ibis Belfast City Centre
ibis Belfast City Centre

100 Castle Street Northern Ire, Belfast BT1 1HF

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4.1 out of 5 (713 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Court Shopping Centre, Grand Opera House, and …

£59
ibis Belfast Queens Quarter
ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

75 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL

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4.1 out of 5 (412 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Film Theatre and Queen's University of Belfas …

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Pocket Guide: Belfast Crumlin Road Jail Hotels

Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is a place rich in history. As the largest city in Northern Ireland, as well as the capital, it is home to the major institutions of government, finance and the media, and has been a major European metropolis since the era of the industrial revolution.

Exploring the streets of Belfast on foot is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of appreciating the many historic buildings within the city centre. Finding a hotel, inn or guesthouse within walking distance of iconic locations such as City Hall, Clifton House and the Lanyon Building will make it easy to take a trip back in time, all while partaking of 21st century attractions such as the pubs, bars and restaurants around every corner.

Accommodation in Belfast

Literally every type of accommodation can be found within the boundary of the city of Belfast. From gleaming five star luxury to cheap and cheerful backpackers’ hostels, rooms of all type are on offer, allowing you to pick and choose on the basis of your requirements and your budget.

Attractions within Belfast

The historical nature of many of the buildings in the centre of Belfast is something that appeals to many of the seven million people who visit every year, and in particular the way in which old and modern are integrated side by side. Customs House Square, for example, the space in front of the Victorian edifice of the Customs House, has been renovated and refigured as a pedestrianised 21st century venue for open air events of all kinds. Another part of Belfast that combines old and new is Crumlin Road Gaol.

Finding Crumlin Road Gaol

As might be expected, Crumlin Road Gaol is located on Crumlin Road, just over a mile outside the centre of Belfast. The drive to the jail will take less than 10 minutes, and for those without a car there are regular bus routes from the centre to the jail.

The History of Crumlin Road Gaol

The imposing edifice of the jail was originally completed in 1845, with the first prisoners arriving the next year. In 1854, Robert Henry O'Neill became the first prisoner to be executed at the jail. Rather gruesomely his body, along with those of 14 other executed prisoners, is still buried in an unmarked grave in the grounds of the jail.

Modern Crumlin Road Gaol

The jail closed its doors in 1996 and, after extensive renovations it was reopened as a historical visitor attraction and events venue. Public tours take place throughout the day, seven days a week, and last approximately an hour and 15 minutes. You’ll be shown places such as the governor’s office, the hospital, the hanging cell and the graveyard.

Especially brave souls can come back when the sun goes down, having booked a place on one of the jail’s spooky paranormal tours. Crumlin Road Gaol is reputed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Belfast, and these tours and investigations look into this other-worldly side of the jail.

As well as tours, the jail plays host to concerts and performances, and can also be hired to provide a unique and memorable backdrop for your own conference, party or event.

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