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Open Heritage Online – Rediscovering Donegall Place

Date: 10am - 2pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020


Open Heritage Online – Rediscovering Donegall Place

To coincide with this year's European Heritage Open Days (12-13 September), we are launching our city centre Open Heritage tour in partnership with Ulster Architectural Heritage (UAH).

Each year, Open Heritage promotes understanding and access to built heritage in Belfast during #EHODNI. And this year it goes online!

The first online guided tours will allow you to see the fascinating history of buildings of Donegall Place, either on the ground with your mobile device, or remotely – even from the comfort of your home! 

Donegall Place, around City Hall is one of Belfast’s most iconic streets. Laid out in the eighteenth century as Linen Hall Street, it evolved from a place of substantial private houses to encompass commerce, culture and shopping – and more. Above modern shopfronts you can see a simple Georgian terrace right up to the grandest of Victorian department stores, illustrating Belfast’s growth and character.

Take the tour to delve into the past, learn more about buildings that have been lost, the social histories of Belfast entrepreneurs once known internationally, and also celebrate architectural gems that remain. Follow the evolution of the streetscape and spot the quirky adornments – from a fairytale castle to the head of a Highland Chief!

The tours are available from 12 September 2020. You won't need to download an app to your mobile to access the tour. 

UAH staff will be at the front gates of City Hall from 10am - 2pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September to introduce the tour, and to discuss with you, at a safe distance, the built heritage of Belfast City Centre. 

More Open Heritage Belfast online offerings to come. Follow #OpenHeritageBelfast for updates. For more details visit https://www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/event/launch-open-heritage-online-rediscovering-donegall-place/  (link opens in new window)

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