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Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7AP

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4.3 out of 5 (942 reviews)

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

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Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast

34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GH

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4.2 out of 5 (298 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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Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre
Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre

20 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD

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4.1 out of 5 (973 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps from MAC Theatre and St. Anne's Cathedral. Belfast City Hall and …

£47
ibis Belfast Queens Quarter
ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

75 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL

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4.1 out of 5 (401 reviews)

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

£39
Belfast Luxury Lets
Belfast Luxury Lets

3 West Central park, Belfast BT2 8ED

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is steps from St. Malachy's Church and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Gran …

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Alfred St Apartment
Alfred St Apartment

Apartment 80, Belfast BT2 8EA

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of St. Malachy's Church and Ulster Hall. Belfast Cit …

£70
Bass Buildings
Bass Buildings

38 Alfred Street, Belfast BT2 8EA

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of St. Malachy's Church, Ulster Hall, and Belfast …

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Belfast Apartment
Belfast Apartment

68 Salisbury Court, Belfast BT7 1DD

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5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

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

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Pearl Court Guesthouse
Pearl Court Guesthouse

11 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RT

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3.9 out of 5 (211 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster …

£40
Bullitt Hotel
Bullitt Hotel

40a Church Lane, Belfast BT1 4QN

£104
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Pocket Guide: Belfast Central District Ulster Hall Hotels

Ulster Hall is at the heart of Belfast and at the heart of some of Northern Ireland’s key cultural and political events. The music venue, nicknamed the Grand Dame of Bedford Street by locals, has hosted some of Ireland’s and Britain’s most famous names ever since it opened in 1862.

The building was commissioned with a competition to design a new music venue, and Ulster Hall’s main feature was an enormous pipe organ, to drown out the sounds of the linen factory nearby. The Mulholland organ was restored in the late 1970s and is used at some classical music concerts.

Over last 150 years, Ulster Hall has seen appearances by no less than James Joyce and Charles Dickens, who gave readings from A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield in 1869, and the famous Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso in 1909.

More recently, Led Zeppelin gave the first performance of their most famous song, Stairway to Heaven, at Ulster Hall in 1971 and punk bands like Stiff Little Fingers, the Undertones and the Boomtown Rats performed there as well as Manic Street Preachers, AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.

It is the political rallies that Ulster Hall is more famous for. In the early 20th Century, Lord Randolph Churchill led opposition to William Gladstone’s Home Rule in Ireland bill in the hall, while his son Winston Churchill was locked out several years later when trying to speak in favour of Home Rule. John Tyndall, a Victorian scientist, provoked outrage from both protestant and catholic preachers for putting the case for science over religion. And in 1986, loyalists held a meeting led by Sir Ian Paisley forming an organisation called Ulster Resistance objecting to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The venue is still one of the most active in Belfast and continues to host classical concerts and pop music, craft fairs and political conferences.

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