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Ulster Hall Vacation Packages (Flight + Hotel)
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Ulster Hall is at the heart of Belfast and at the heart of some of Northern Ireland’s key cultural and political events. The music venue, nicknamed the Grand Dame of Bedford Street by locals, has hosted some of Ireland’s and Britain’s most famous names ever since it opened in 1862.

The building was commissioned with a competition to design a new music venue, and Ulster Hall’s main feature was an enormous pipe organ, to drown out the sounds of the linen factory nearby. The Mulholland organ was restored in the late 1970s and is used at some classical music concerts.

Over last 150 years, Ulster Hall has seen appearances by no less than James Joyce and Charles Dickens, who gave readings from A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield in 1869, and the famous Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso in 1909.

More recently, Led Zeppelin gave the first performance of their most famous song, Stairway to Heaven, at Ulster Hall in 1971 and punk bands like Stiff Little Fingers, the Undertones and the Boomtown Rats performed there as well as Manic Street Preachers, AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.

It is the political rallies that Ulster Hall is more famous for. In the early 20th Century, Lord Randolph Churchill led opposition to William Gladstone’s Home Rule in Ireland bill in the hall, while his son Winston Churchill was locked out several years later when trying to speak in favour of Home Rule. John Tyndall, a Victorian scientist, provoked outrage from both protestant and catholic preachers for putting the case for science over religion. And in 1986, loyalists held a meeting led by Sir Ian Paisley forming an organisation called Ulster Resistance objecting to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The venue is still one of the most active in Belfast and continues to host classical concerts and pop music, craft fairs and political conferences.

Ulster Hall is at the heart of Belfast and at the heart of some of Northern Ireland’s key cultural and political events. The music venue, nicknamed the Grand Dame of Bedford Street by locals, has hosted some of Ireland’s and Britain’s most famous names ever since it opened in 1862.

The building was commissioned with a competition to design a new music venue, and Ulster Hall’s main feature was an enormous pipe organ, to drown out the sounds of the linen factory nearby. The Mulholland organ was restored in the late 1970s and is used at some classical music concerts.

Over last 150 years, Ulster Hall has seen appearances by no less than James Joyce and Charles Dickens, who gave readings from A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield in 1869, and the famous Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso in 1909.

More recently, Led Zeppelin gave the first performance of their most famous song, Stairway to Heaven, at Ulster Hall in 1971 and punk bands like Stiff Little Fingers, the Undertones and the Boomtown Rats performed there as well as Manic Street Preachers, AC/DC and the Rolling Stones.

It is the political rallies that Ulster Hall is more famous for. In the early 20th Century, Lord Randolph Churchill led opposition to William Gladstone’s Home Rule in Ireland bill in the hall, while his son Winston Churchill was locked out several years later when trying to speak in favour of Home Rule. John Tyndall, a Victorian scientist, provoked outrage from both protestant and catholic preachers for putting the case for science over religion. And in 1986, loyalists held a meeting led by Sir Ian Paisley forming an organisation called Ulster Resistance objecting to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The venue is still one of the most active in Belfast and continues to host classical concerts and pop music, craft fairs and political conferences.

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Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $116 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall, and Belfast City Hall. Queen's University of Belfast ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,112 reviews)
"Brilliantly accessibility from the airport bus service stop off at euro bus station 1 minute exactly walk"

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 2021

Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
4 out of 5
20 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $125 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Belfast City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Grand Opera House and Ulster Hall. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $190 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Belfast City Centre, this hotel is steps from Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House. Belfast City Hall and St. George's Market are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (369 reviews)
"Hotel, staff and location of the hotel was amazing!!"

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 2021

Grand Central Hotel Belfast
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Travelodge Belfast Central
Travelodge Belfast Central
3 out of 5
15 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $88 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Travelodge Belfast Central
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
4 out of 5
20 Brunswick Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $125 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Maldron Hotel Belfast City
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $190 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
3.5 out of 5
Hope Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $116 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre
Clayton Hotel Belfast
Clayton Hotel Belfast
4 out of 5
22-26 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $133 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 13
Clayton Hotel Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
Jurys Inn Belfast
4 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $113 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Jurys Inn Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
5 out of 5
Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $184 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 6
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Ten Square Hotel
Ten Square Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Donegal Square South, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $137 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Ten Square Hotel
Malmaison Belfast
Malmaison Belfast
4 out of 5
34-38 Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The price is CA $131 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Malmaison Belfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.