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Visiting Belfast Waterfront

Learn of the incredible history of the Belfast waterfront and stay near.

One of the city’s most iconic venues, Belfast Waterfront is a multi-purpose entertainment and business conference centre on the banks of the River Lagan. The venue hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Whether you’re attending a conference, watching your favourite band play, or catching a comedy show, read on to discover more about Belfast Waterfront before your visit.

The Waterfront’s History

While planning for the venue began back in 1989, the building wasn’t completed until 1997. The impressive structure was designed by local architects, with its circular auditorium based on the famous Philharmonic Hall in Berlin. 
One of the building’s most unique and cleverly designed features is its domed copper roof, which, over time, will turn green to match another of Belfast’s landmarks: the green-domed City Hall. 


As one of Belfast’s most popular live music venues, the Waterfront’s impressive auditorium has hosted some of the world’s most famous faces and acclaimed stars on its stage over the years and continues to do so today. 
Whether you’re looking for rock, pop, classical orchestras, or opera, you can find it all on the hall’s calendar of events, including upcoming shows from musicians such as Nile Rogers & Chic, and Katherine Jenkins. 
Alongside live music, the venue is also host to theatre, ballet tours, must-see musicals, and a variety of stand-up comedy throughout the year. Upcoming shows include funnymen Jimmy Carr and Ed Byrne!


While predominantly known as Belfast’s music venue, if you’re planning a business conference or exhibition, Belfast Waterfront is also an excellent choice. 
Inside the venue, you’ll find the ICC Belfast, an excellent space for a variety of business conferences and events. From its 330 seat studio to its boardrooms, meeting rooms and halls, the Waterfront has a range of event spaces to choose from.
Looking for hotels near Belfast Waterfront? Here at Accor Hotels, we’ve got the perfect ones to choose from.

ibis Belfast City Centre Hotel

Distance to Belfast Waterfront: 0.8 miles
Situated just a 15-minute walk from the venue, our ibis Belfast City Centre is just one of our centrally located hotels near Belfast Waterfront. Whether you’re visiting the Waterfront on business or pleasure, this contemporary hotel is an ideal choice. 

ibis Belfast Queens Quarter Hotel

Distance to Belfast Waterfront: 1.1 miles
Out ibis Belfast Queens Quarter is just a 23-minute walk from the venue. Just five minutes from the centre of Belfast, you can explore all the local nightlife on your doorstep, too.

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