Belfast is one of the few places that has managed to turn around its reputation from past conflict. The city has changed drastically in recent years and has even become one of the most popular cities to visit. It is now the 15th largest city in the UK and the second-largest in Ireland with a growing population of 295,000. It may have a small resident population, but visitors are never stuck for anything to do with plenty to explore—the Ulster Museum, City Hall, the Titanic Quatre and let’s not forget the fabulous Victoria Square shopping Centre. The vibrant capital of Northern Ireland’s rich industrial heritage has shaped its culture, which is best portrayed at any of the preserved historical buildings. For a city so rich in culture and history, here are our chosen venues to impress any corporate attendee.
The Merchant Hotel
Situated right in the heart of Belfast’s city centre and only minutes from Victoria Square Shopping Centre, the Ulster Museum and the Titanic Quarter, The Merchant Hotel is a spectacular building, dominating the surrounding area. The stunning hotel features an art deco inspired design while still managing to keep a sophisticated touch. And if that wasn’t enough, their stunning luxury spa, rooftop gymnasium, meetings and events suites or a fabulous jazz bar might be. From their 16 person small boardroom to the 200 delegate suites, this is the ideal venue for small to medium sized events, offering a modern luxurious touch.
Just 10 minutes from the city centre is Belfast’s most prestigious building—Belfast Castle. The impressive stone building stands an impressive 6 stories high and is reflected on the Scottish baronial style. The mixed parkland and mature woodland estate is situated near Cave Hill, one of the highest spots in Belfast, offering superb views of the city and lakes. The native wild life, visitor centre, antique shop, restaurant and castle tavern will keep attendees entertained for hours. Accommodating up to 200 guests and offering a variety of event packages, this is a venue dreamt of in real estate heaven!
Located in the heart of Belfast, the architectural triumph that is the Titanic Belfast houses the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. The six stories feature nine interactive galleries that stimulate your senses by use of special effects, full-scale reconstructions and innovative features to relive the story in an insightful and exciting way. They can cater for 600 banquet style in the Titanic suite, or 2,000 delegates for exclusive hire. Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, this iconic building is an unmissable step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service.
The last remaining White Star Line ship, the SS Nomadic has been exceptionally restored to its former glory. Celebrating over 100 years of maritime and social history, this transatlantic experience is fully equipped with interactive features, projections and more. Prepare to be transported back in time, to a time of first and second class lounges surrounded by authenticity and elegance. Available for exclusive hire, this lasting legacy of Belfast’s shipbuilding industry is an exciting, interactive insight to a time not so long ago. Multiple saloons for private dining is the perfect idea for small to medium sized corporate dinner meetings.
One of the very last mansions to be built in Ireland, Cultra Manor is set at the very heart of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. The Edwardian manor dates back to 1902 and has retained its traditional architectural splendour and even original period features as part of the grand interior. Accommodating up to 150 guests for a banquet style event in one suite alone, this venue is the perfect spot for medium sized breakfast or lunch seminars in a classic setting. The manor is also equipped with essential audio and visual technology suitable for any conference. It is also possible to hire the entire manor with private access to the surrounding grounds. And after the event, delegates can enjoy the attractions of the museum, just around the corner.
Grand Opera House
Since opening its doors in 1895, the Grand Opera House has welcomed some of the most influential and popular singers, comedians and actors including Luciano Pavarotti, Laurel and Hardy and Gracie Fields. Presenting everything from musicals, drama, opera and ballet, it has earned its title of Northern Ireland’s premier theatre. Known for its 100 capacity theatre space, three bars and most notoriously for its majestic Victorian main auditorium designed by Frank Matcham, it’s no wonder it has been preserved and protected for over a century. Its striking exterior is as impressive as the ornate interior, now superbly equipped to host meetings or conferences of any size.