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Albert Memorial Clock Tower
Vacation Travel Guide

Gaze up at the formerly tilting tower that now stands corrected as an integral part of Belfast’s history and traditions.

The Albert Memorial Clock Tower is among the most iconic structures in the city. Rising to a height of 113 feet (34 meters), the 19th-century column blends French and Italian Gothic styles. Marvel at the silhouette of the tower against the red sky at dusk, when the clock face shines in a muted yellow hue.

As you approach the tower, note the Gothic features at its base, including buttresses and lion sculptures. Recent restorations corrected the gradual slanting of the tower, which had been considered Belfast’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Find out about the bomb explosion in 1992 that damaged the structure.

On the western side, admire the statue of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, who was known for his altruistic missions. Notice he is dressed in robes of the Order of the Garter, which is a chivalrous and prestigious accolade. The clock tower was built in 1865 to honor the memory of the prince, who had died 4 years earlier. Enjoy the colorful floral displays near the structure.

Snap photos of the tall clock tower climbing above the skyline from other parts of the city and use it for its simplest purpose of telling time. Organize meetings with your family or friends at the easily recognizable structure.

Learn about the history of the clock tower, which was once a popular haunt for sailors and prostitutes. Today, it is part of a pleasant area of charming plazas with trees, sculptures and fountains. Read a book, or simply watch people pass by, in the Queen’s Square and Customs House Square.

The Albert Memorial Clock Tower is several blocks west of the River Lagan in the center of Belfast. Cross the river at the Lagan Weir or Bridge End. See the Big Fish mosaic sculpture, the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum and the Northern Ireland War Memorial nearby.

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Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $191 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23

Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)

"Lovely hotel. Had to ask for vip upgrade. Wasn’t automatically offered."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $62 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,549 reviews)

"The hotel is very well positioned and convenient for central Belfast. Rooms are spacious and clean. Very reasonably priced."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

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The Flint
The Flint
4 out of 5
48 Howard street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $77 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in Belfast City Centre, this guesthouse is steps away from Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (415 reviews)

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Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

The Flint
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Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $191 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $62 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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The Flint
The Flint
4 out of 5
48 Howard street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $77 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
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AC Hotels by Marriott Belfast
AC Hotels by Marriott Belfast
4 out of 5
Donegall Quay, Belfast Harbour, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $110 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
AC Hotels by Marriott Belfast
Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast
4 out of 5
34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $112 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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The Merchant Hotel
The Merchant Hotel
5 out of 5
16 Skipper Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $330 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22
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Custom House Square: Cathedral Quarter
Custom House Square: Cathedral Quarter
4 out of 5
2 Ulster Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Bullitt Hotel
Bullitt Hotel
4 out of 5
40a Church Lane, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $140 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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1 Fitzrovia
1 Fitzrovia
3.5 out of 5
3a Donegall Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1 Fitzrovia
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