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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
Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast
Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Belfast BT7 2JB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (774 reviews)

This city center hotel is a short distance from the Ormeau Baths Gallery, St. Malachy’s Church, CitiGolf, and Ulster Hall.

£77
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 (885 reviews)

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

£59
The Merchant Hotel
The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street, Belfast BT1 2DZ

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4.8 out of 5 (196 reviews)

Located in Belfast City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Transport House and St. Anne's Cathedral. …

£179
Pearl Court Guesthouse
Pearl Court Guesthouse

11 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RT

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (220 reviews)

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

£40
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 …

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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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Maryville Apartments
Maryville Apartments

93 Maryville Street, Belfast BT7 1AE

3.5 out of 5.0

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

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College Central Apartments
College Central Apartments

4 College Street, Belfast BT1 6BD

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Belfast City Centre, this apartment is steps from Linen Hall Library and Belfast City Hall. Grand Opera House an …

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Bullitt Hotel
Bullitt Hotel

40a Church Lane, Belfast BT1 4QN

4.0 out of 5.0

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

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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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