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Open Heritage Belfast: Take the tour!

Or find out more…Each year for European Heritage Open Days, Open Heritage promotes understanding and access to built heritage in Belfast. This year Open Heritage goes online! The first of our online guided tours 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, grandiloquently bookended by 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, 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!

*Important Update** Due to new #Covid19 recommendations, UAH will not be in attendance at the gates of City Hall to help you to get started with our new online #OpenHeritage tour tomorrow 12th and Sunday 13th September.

Good news! You can take the tour from the comfort of your own home. Click the image above to get started. Follow UAH for updates, help and further information on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

More Open Heritage Belfast online offerings to follow. Keep up to date. Follow #OpenHeritageBelfast for updates.

People's Gallery 'Rediscovering Donegall Place' - Open Heritage Belfast part of EHODNI 2020

As part of the virtual online tour of 'Rediscovering Donegall Place' we would like to give you the opportunity to record your thoughts and memories of place. Use this form to supply UAH with any information you would like to share with us, this could be a memory, photograph or story. We would love to hear how you are connected or feel about Donegall Place. By providing consent to use the information you have provided we will be displaying information on the People's Gallery on the online tour - subject to approval.
  • We will only use your email if we need to contact you further about the information you have provided.
  • Drop files here or
    If you would like to tell us more about your connections, memories or stories associated with Donegall Place, please upload photos, images or documents here for the People's Gallery.
  • Use the box above to share your memories, stories or anecdotes about Donegall Place. For example, did your family have a shop there? Do you remember visiting the department stores?
  • In these difficult times UAH is trialling new means to engage with our members and supporters. We would appreciate any feedback or comments you would like to provide on this type of outreach and engagement. Or perhaps, you would like to share your thoughts on how Donegall Place has changed or may change in the future?





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