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2 Royal Avenue

  • Expressions of interest

    In autumn 2021, we acquired the former Tesco Metro premises at 2 Royal Avenue.

    We wanted to address the challenges impacting on the city centre and find an appropriate way to use and preserve this listed heritage building to help regenerate Belfast city centre and support our local economy.

    Building on this foundation, we are now carrying out soft market testing through an Expression of Interest, to inform the next stages of the process for the longer term sustainable use of this space

  • The venue

    Our community and cultural hub at 2 Royal Avenue provides a free creative space in the heart of the city centre. It’s a warm indoor public park where you can take some time out, socialise with friends, hold a business meeting or come in and work for the day. Feel free to enjoy your packed lunch on the comfortable seating inside or buy a tasty snack at the kiosk.

    Delivering many of the ambitions of our Belfast Agenda, Cultural Strategy and Bolder Vision, 2 Royal Avenue is an accessible and inclusive building designed to create a sense of calm and provide for people of all ages and abilities.

    Surrounded with plant life and fitted with bespoke artworks, the space includes:

    • Yallaa kiosk, with a selection of hot and cold artisan food
    • the ‘Cosy’ - a fun playful space for children to explore
    • a Belfast-themed library with books for all ages
    • a sensory dome
    • a Belfast notice board
    • a variety of comfortable seating
    • free Wi-Fi
    • baby-changing areas
    • study areas
    • meeting tables
    • pods
    • a grand piano

    Our 2 Royal Avenue building is also dog-friendly.

    For more information about what’s coming up at 2 Royal Avenue go to MayWe (link opens in new window)

  • 2 Royal Avenue opening hours

    The venue is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.

  • Getting to 2 Royal Avenue

    The 2 Royal Avenue venue is in a central city centre location, accessible on Metro bus and Glider routes.

    Bus and train stations serving the wider Northern Ireland area are a short walk away. Visit the Translink website (link opens in new window) for bus and train timetables.

    Accessible parking spaces are available on Castle Place and Donegall Place. There is a bicycle parking rack outside.

  • Yallaa kiosk

    Day Opening hours
    Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
    Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

    You can get refreshments and sweet treats at the Yallaa kiosk (link opens in new window), operated by Yallaa Kitchen (link opens in new window).

    Yallaa offers a range of contemporary Mediterranean and Arabic dishes with a local twist. All food and drinks are prepared locally and sourced sustainably.

  • Accessibility at 2 Royal Avenue

    • You can access the venue from the main entrance at 2 Royal Avenue or from the rear entrance at Bank Square.
    • There is an accessible toilet on site.
    • Wheelchairs are available for our guests visiting the venue. These are free of charge to borrow but are on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • The venue has a sensory dome for visitors with sensory issues or anyone who needs a quiet play space.
    • There is light and sound display within the dome and fidget toys and headphones are available on request.
    • This venue is dog friendly and assistance dogs are permitted across all areas.
    • Visitors can access a quiet room if they need to.
    • The venue entrance is on flat ground for easy access for those with accessibility needs.
  • History of 2 Royal Avenue building

    The 2 Royal Avenue building was designed by WJ Barre between 1864 and 1869. Originally the building was the head office of the Provincial Bank of Ireland.

    Barre was a prolific Irish architect who built many well-known buildings in Ireland in a Gothic Revival style. His best-known works include the Albert Memorial Clock and Ulster Hall. When Barre died following a short illness in 1867, at the age of 37, the architecture firm Turner and Williamson completed the building.

    The impressive seven-bay façade is missing an elaborate sculpture that was intended for the pediment. A key feature is the beautiful, circular dome over an octagonal arcade. It is supported by corbelled columns that lead up to a Gothic gallery.

    In the 1990s, the building was converted into a Tesco Metro store, with architects from the firm WDR and RT Taggart carrying out the restoration.

  • Venue usage

    Our 2 Royal Avenue venue is operated by MayWe.

    Our venue at 2 Royal Avenue is available to book for community and cultural events and on occasion for commercial hire. To ask about booking the venue, email for an expression of interest (EOI) form.

  • Information on 2 Royal Avenue events

    Follow 2 Royal Avenue on:

    ​Or go to MayWe (link opens in new window).

Contact 2 Royal Avenue

For more information and advice, get in touch.

2 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1DA

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