The venue is open from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday.
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 grab a tasty snack at the kiosk.
Delivering on 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
- 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 www.maywe.co.uk/2ra (link opens in new window)
|Monday to Saturday
||10am to 5pm
||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.
History of the 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.
Our 2 Royal Avenue venue is being operated by the welcoming team at 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, please email 2RoyalAve@maywe.co.uk for an expression of interest (EOI) form.
Getting to 2 Royal Avenue
The 2 Royal Avenue venue is in a central city centre location, accessible via Metro 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 the venue.
Accessibility at 2 Royal Avenue
- 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.
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