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Friday, 1 July 2011

Belfast Past & Present: Donegall Square

This Saturday 2nd July sees the start of a new PLACE walking tour. Throughout July our passionate guides will be touring Donegall Square to take you on an architectural and social journey through this area's fascinating history.

Frances guides our guests around Donegall Square. Photo by Neil Galway.


Do you walk through Donegall Square regularly? Think you know Donegall Square? Well.... Did you know... when you walk through Donegall Square, you're being secretly watched by a pack of lions, some friendly dolphins and even two mythical sphinxes? Neither did I until I took this tour!

Home to some of Belfast's most important institutions, the old and the new rub shoulders in Donegall Square. Robinson & Cleaver, Northern Bank, Scottish Provident: all these and many more beautiful buildings, from Victorian to Modern, are to be found here. To give you a flavour of the rich history associated with Donegall Square we've dug up some wonderful photos of Donegall Square from the past 100 years.

The old Linen Hall on the site of the current City Hall. Via belfastcitycouncil on Flickr.com

Postcard of the Robinson Cleaver Building from the 1890's.
Via belfastcitycouncil on Flickr.com.

Donegall Square in the early 20th Century.
Via harrypope on Flickr.com.

Belfast City Hall in 1962.
Via Lindsay Bridge on Flickr.com.

Donegall Square West in 1982 with the old City Bus buses.
Via Claire Newcastle on Flickr.com.

City Hall grounds in June 2011 with the new Big Screen and the grand
Scottish Provident Building in the background.  Photo by Gary Potter.

Donegall Square in June 2011. Photo by Gary Potter.


Belfast Past & Present: Donegall Square Architecture Walking Tour
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11am
Thursday 14th and 28th at 6pm
Cost £6
Tour departs PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast.

Book your place online: click here.

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