INTERESTING FACTS
ABOUT BELFAST

Belfast is home to Ireland’s tallest building (and bar!)

Belfast’s Obel Tower is the tallest building in Ireland, standing at 85m with 27 floors. Hastings Grand Central Hotel is the second tallest building, with 23 floors and a height of 80m, making the luxurious Observatory Bar on the top floor the tallest bar in Ireland with some of the most spectacular city views you’ll ever see.

Belfast was nicknamed Linenopolis

In the 1800s, industry in Belfast was booming. Among shipbuilding and the production of rope and tobacco, the city paved the way in the world’s linen industry. By the end of the 19th Century Belfast was known as the world’s linen capital and was nicknamed Linenopolis. Many of the city’s linen houses were in the district now known as the Linen Quarter.

Titanic was longer than the height of the world’s tallest building

Belfast was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, the world’ most famous ship which, when it was constructed in the early 1900s, was longer than the height of the world’s tallest building at 882 feet and six inches in length. Weighing 46,328 tonnes, Titanic was to be the largest manmade moveable object the world had ever seen. Read more Titanic facts here >>

The symbol of Belfast is a seahorse

Pointing to the city’s maritime history, the symbol of a seahorse has strong connections with Belfast. Early merchants printed the creature on their coins throughout the 17th Century, and two seahorses still feature on Belfast’s coat of arms. You’ll also spot seahorses around the city, including the seahorse sculpture at Belfast’s port and the glowing seahorse logo on the side of the lofty Grand Central Hotel.

Led Zeppelin first played Stairway To Heaven here

The historic Ulster Hall, which dates back to 1862, is where Led Zeppelin famously took to the stage to debut Stairway to Heaven in March 1971.

You can dine in a Victorian office cubicle inside the Titanic Hotel

Titanic Hotel is housed in the former headquarters of Harland and Wolff. The beautifully restored Victorian building contains the Drawing Offices where RMS Titanic was dreamed and designed, and in the Wolff Grill Restaurant you’ll find an original Victorian office cubicle that can be booked for private dining!

CS Lewis was born in Belfast and the surrounding landscapes likely inspired The Chronicles of Narnia

Writer and theologian, Clive Staples Lewis was born in east Belfast in 1898 and later attended Campbell College, a private boys’ school that’s still open today. Among his most famous works were The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of fictional children’s books believed to have been inspired by hills, forests and castles around Belfast and across Northern Ireland. 

 

Belfast is home to one of the largest optic lights ever made

Did you know, the Great Light on Belfast’s Maritime Mile has the largest lenses ever made, emitting what was one of the strongest lighthouse beams in the world? The light is over 130 years old, weighs 10 tonnes and is seven metres tall!

Belfast has 3,000 acres of parks

The perfect city for going for a stroll – Belfast has an enormous 3,000 acres of lush green parks. From manicured gardens like Botanic Gardens to the forested Belvoir Park and Colin Glen, the city has a huge variety of green space.

WHO NEEDS A VISA TO ENTER NORTHERN IRELAND?

You may need a visa to visit the UK to study, work, visit or join family.

There are different visas depending on:

  • where you come from
  • why you want to come to the UK
  • how long you want to stay for
  • your personal circumstances and skills

Before you apply, you must check if you need a visa and what type you need. Depending on your nationality, you might not need a visa to visit or transit through the UK.

Your application must be approved before you travel.

For more information on applying for a visa to enter the UK, visit https://www.gov.uk/.

 

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LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE BELFAST AIRPORT

Situated in the heart of Belfast City Centre, the Europa Hotel is just 3 miles from Belfast City Airport and 16 miles from Belfast International Airport. There is a railway station within a 5 minute walk from the hotel called Great Victoria Street Station.

Getting to/from Europa Hotel Belfast from the Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is easily accessible by various means of transport, including taxis, trains, buses and car hires – click this link to view transportation options available from the Belfast International Airport

Getting to/from Europa Hotel Belfast from Dublin
There are numerous transportation options available from the Dublin Airport to Belfast. Please view the Visit Belfast website which contains information about transportation options. In addition, Irish Rail provides train services between Dublin and Belfast (approximately 2.5 hours, 180km).