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7 Of the Most Beautiful Buildings in Belfast

The Northern Irish capital is bursting with history, charm and breathtaking architecture.

The most beautiful buildings in Belfast attract visitors from across the globe to Belfast all year round.

So if you’re ready to be wowed by our favourite buildings in the city, join us on a journey through time…

Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Hall stands in Donegall Square, Belfast.

Designed by architect Alfred Brumwell Thomas, the design is said to be reminiscent of London’s Old Bailey.

Built largely from Portland stone, the exterior of this opulent building is in the Baroque Revival style.

Each of the building’s corners features an impressive tower, while the centre of the building is fitted with a lantern-crowned copper dome.

The distinctive green of the copper dome is in keeping with buildings of the Victorian era in Belfast city centre.

The Grand Opera House

Belfast’s Grand Opera House is truly steeped in history. In fact, the exquisite venue dates all the way back to 1895.

The majestic Opera House’s curtains first rose on the 23rd December in 1895 in celebration of architect Frank Matcham and proprietor Joseph F. Warden.

Frank Matcham was the most popular theatre architect of the era, so it’s no surprise that this striking building is so special.

With an eclectic mix of influences, the oriental twist to the auditorium is certainly one of the building’s most magnificent features.

The venue also boasts a charming blend of Indian inspiration, including the ornate boxes, elephant heads and Indian dancers.

Belfast Castle

Up on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park, you’ll find historic and atmospheric Belfast Castle.

The striking original castle was built by the Normans in the late 12th century but sadly was burned down in 1708.

Offering unrivalled views across Belfast city and Belfast Lough, a new castle was built in the suburbs of the city.

The striking castle that we see today was built by the 3rd Marquess of Donegall.

designed in Scottish baronial style by English 19th century architect Charles Lanyon and his son, this spectacular building is really something else.

Crumlin Road Courthouse

Another of Lanyon’s masterpieces, Crumlin Road Courthouse is without a doubt one of the most beautifully designed buildings in Belfast.

The Grade B listed building was built in the Neo-Palladian classical style, completed in 1850.

With grand and opulent exterior, the entrance of the courthouse boasts eight striking Greek “Corinthian” columns.

The designs of Young and Mackenzie expanded the building between 1905 and 1906.

After finally closing its doors in 1998, the historic venue was left to fall into disrepair.

Set to be restored and transformed into The Lanyon Hotel, the courthouse is one of our most exciting upcoming projects at Signature Living.

Titanic Belfast 

Titanic Belfast is a striking monument to the city’s unique maritime history.

The stylishly modern and visually captivating building is the largest Titanic museum in the world.

In keeping with its theme, the building itself is shaped like the bow of a ship, built to the exact height of RMS Titanic.

The location of the building is also significant; the visitor attraction was built on the former Harland & Wolff shipyard within Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

This was where the one and only RMS Titanic was built, igniting an atmospheric and historic twist to the modern design.

 

Queen’s University of Belfast Lanyon Building 

Sir Charles Lanyon was also the brains behind The Lanyon Building at Queen’s University of Belfast.

The beautiful building opened in 1849 and has become a timeless symbol of the university throughout the years.

Lanyon borrowed design inspiration from the Gothic and Tudor character of universities during the medieval era.

Scottish Mutual Building

Last but not least on our list, we had to include the Scottish Mutual Building, soon to be home to Belfast’s luxury George Best Hotel.

The Grade B1-listed building was designed by architect Henry Seaver, opening its doors back in 1904.

Formerly known as the Scottish Temperance Building, the eclectic building follows a loosely baronial style.

At Signature Living, we’ll be working to restore this beautiful building to its former glory while preserving the heritage of the original architecture.

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