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Europa Hotel

Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 41 minutes ago
10 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and Waterfront Hall are also within ...

£72

£72
Malmaison Belfast

Malmaison Belfast

34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 minutes ago
7 others viewing this property now

Located in the centre of Belfast, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Waterfront Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral. ...

£79

£79
Clayton Hotel Belfast

Clayton Hotel Belfast

22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago
5 others viewing this property now

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

£57

£57
Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

4 Clarence Street West, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 hour ago
27 others viewing this property now

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

£58

£58
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 5 hours ago
18 others viewing this property now

Located in Titanic Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Titanic Belfast and Odyssey Arena. Waterfront Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral are also within ...

£74

£74
Titanic Templemore Apartment

Titanic Templemore Apartment

112 Templemore Avenue, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 1 day ago

Situated in Belfast, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. George's Market, Waterfront Hall, and Odyssey Arena. Ulster Hall and Belfast City Hall are also ...

£71

£71
Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 24 minutes ago
9 others viewing this property now

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Malachy's Church and Ulster Hall. Waterfront Hall and Belfast City ...

£66

£66
Bullitt Hotel

Bullitt Hotel

40a Church Lane, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 22 hours ago

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

£92

£92
Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Malone Lodge Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

60 Eglantine Avenue, Belfast
4.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 18 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now

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

£70

£70
ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

75 University Street, Belfast
3.5 out of 5.0
Last booking: 22 hours ago

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

£42

£42

Pocket Guide: Ulster Hall 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.