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Open Heritage Belfast

Open Heritage Belfast (OHB) is an initiative we deliver in partnership with Ulster Architectural Heritage. Its aim is to raise awareness of the city’s heritage, and we do this by organising a programme of heritage-themed activities to coincide with European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) each year.

Open Heritage Belfast 2019

The 2019 programme explores the architectural and archaeological heritage of Castle Place, Belfast.
Castle Place stretches from Cornmarket to Bank Buildings. In the 1600s this area was part of High Street, with the River Farset running through it and the original Belfast Castle with its walled garden located on the south side of the river. 

In recent years the built fabric of Castle Place has changed enormously. Many fine buildings have been lost, like Robb’s Department Store which was demolished in 1988 to be replaced by Donegall Arcade. Others such as Castle Buildings have survived against the odds. 

Today you can see various building styles jostling for space on Castle Place, from Art Deco to Victorian Gothic.

About European Heritage Open Days

Each year, hundreds of properties across Northern Ireland open their doors and many organisations put on events as part of EHOD. It gives behind-the-scenes access to buildings not normally open to the public, and entry to all the events is free. Learn more about European Heritage Open Days.

More information

For more information about Open Heritage Belfast contact:

Tourism, Culture, Heritage and Arts 

Phone: 028 9032 0202 | Email:

Ulster Architectural Heritage

Phone: 028 9055 0213 | Email: | Facebook: @ulsterahs | Twitter: @ulsterahs

Contact us
Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Unit
028 9050 0512