What had once been named the Palace of Varieties, this innovative design by Frank Matcham stands out as a creative stroke of genius on Great Victoria Street, Belfast. The cream coloured cast stone and red brick exterior echo a creative mixture of Flemish, Baroque, and Oriental charms. The interior auditorium is breathtakingly beautiful, reflecting an Indian style, with elaborate curved balconies and turban-themed canopies. Large golden elephant heads on arches support the richly painted ceiling, which gives the place its handsome and unique Indian character. A beautiful sight to behold.
A fairytale-like castle, set at the foot of the rising slopes of Cavehill, this impressive landmark is steeped in history after being built to replace the older Belfast Castle destroyed by a fire. With the use of sandstone in a Scottish Baronial style, it echoes earlier Gothic medieval charms, with conical roof towers and an aesthetic winding stone staircase leading out to the garden. In the courtyard, the refreshing fountain and beautiful gardens promote tranquility, and visitors are offered splendid views overlooking the city which is why it is one of the most popular city attractions.
Address: Antrim Rd, Belfast BT15 5GR