Belfast is Northern Ireland’s largest city. Its fortunes have transformed fortunes over the past decade, with a redeveloped city centre and old dockland areas. Tourism is growing – around 9.5million people visited the city last year – while major events like the MTV Awards and World Police and Fire Games have helped raise its profile as a leisure destination. Retail, aerospace and utilities are the biggest business sectors.
Name: Titanic Belfast
Address: Queen’s Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP
Tel: 028 9076 6386br> Web: www.titanicbelfast.com
One of the city’s most visited attractions, the striking Titanic Belfast museum is at the heart of the regenerated waterfront and tells the story of the ill-fated liner, which was built here. Five conference and reception rooms host up to 2,000 people and include the Titanic Suite with a full-scale replica of the ship’s Grand Staircase. PRICE Delegates rates vary.
Name: Crumlin Road Gaol
Address: 53-55 Crumlin Road, Belfast BT14 6ST
Tel: 028 9074 1500
The notorious Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845. Following an extensive renovation project, the listed building reopened as a museum and multipurpose event space a couple of years ago giving guests the chance to dine in the old C-Wing or meet in the prison governor’s office. PRICE Half-day room hire from £50.
ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Queens University Belfast
Address: University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN
Tel: 028 9024 5133
The imposing Grand Hall is one of Belfast’s most prestigious venues and with its art, high ceilings and wood panelled walls, is an imposing setting for a dinner or reception for up to 220 people. Other event spaces include Riddel Hall, and the Sir William Whitla Hall, with seating for up to 1200. PRICE DDR starts from £25.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Fitzwilliam Hotel
Address: Great Victoria Street, Belfast
Tel:028 9044 2080
One of the city’s sleeker hotel options, the five-star boutique Fitzwilliam is next to the Grand Opera House. As well as 130 designer bedrooms, facilities include a restaurant, bar and private dining room for 20. The largest of five meeting areas can host up to 55 delegates. PRICE DDR starts at £45 including lunch.
Name: Assembly Buildings
Address:Fisherwick Place, Belfast BT1 6DW
Tel:028 90 417 200
In the central Cathedral quarter, the grand gothic exterior of the Assembly Buildings enjoyed a refurb a few years ago and the centre is known for its topnotch technical facilities. Ten suites include the Assembly Hall which can seat up to 1,150. PRICE DDR starts from £25.
OUT OF TOWN
Name: Culloden Estate & Spa
Address:Bangor Rd, Holywood, Belfast BT18 OEX
Tel:028 9042 1066
This luxury hotel – the Hastings Hotels group's flagship property (pictured above left) – is a 15-minute drive from the centre of Belfast and enjoys views over Belfast Lough. There are eight meeting and event spaces – the largest can host 700 theatre-style. PRICE DDR starts from £45.
Belfast has two airports: Belfast International is 20 miles from the city centre while George Best Belfast City Airport is about two miles away. Both handle flights from the likes of easyJet, BA and Flybe. Belfast can also be reached by ferry from Liverpool (around eight hours) and Scotland (around three hours).
See: For further information contact Visit Belfast on 028 9023 9026 or visit www.visit-belfast.com