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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Architecture Tours at European Heritage Open Days 2013

This year during the European Heritage Open Days weekend there are a number of architecture tours (including 8 free PLACE walking tours) across Northern Ireland. The Architecture tours during EHOD 2013 are free to attend but booking is required by phoning 028 9054 3022.


Walled City Partnership Tour of Derry~Londonderry
Walled City Partnership delivers Northern Ireland's largest Townscape Heritage Initiative. Walking tours through the walled city's north eastern quarter take in over twenty five historic buildings repaired under the scheme, and tell the story behind its success.

Departs 13 Magazine Street, Derry~Londonderry. Sat 14 Sept, 11am & 2pm and Sun 15 Sept, 11am & 2pm (tour lasts 45 mins)




The MAC Guided Tour

The MAC is Belfast’s recently built arts venue - selecting, creating and mixing up music, theatre, dance and art. Designed by highly commended architects, Hackett Hall McKnight, the MAC includes two theatres, three art galleries, cafe and bar and much more.

Departs The MAC, Saint Anne's Square, Belfast. Sat 14 Sept, 10am & 11am (tour lasts 1 hour)



Lyric Theatre Guided Tour

Northern Ireland’s only producing theatre, re-opened in May 2011 after a £15.1 million fundraising campaign. The new Lyric Theatre features a 389 seater Danske Bank auditorium and Naughton Studio, as well as a Café Bar and several smaller workshops and meeting spaces.

Departs Lyric Theatre, Ridgeway Street, Belfast. Sat 14 Sept, 11am and Sun 15 Sept, 10am (tour lasts 30 mins)



Buildings of Young and MacKenzie Walking Tour

A walking tour of some of the main commercial, institutional and ecclesiastical buildings, mostly of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, by prolific Belfast architects Young and Mackenzie - a versatile firm which was active for well over a century from circa1860. The tour will include access to the impressive interior of the Assembly Hall at Presbyterian Church House. Led by architectural historian Dr Paul Harron.

Departs Belfast City Hall. Sat 14 Sept, 2.30pm (tour lasts 2 hours)




Linenpolis: Belfast's Linen Quarter

This guided tour through the Linen Conservation Area will explore Belfast's linen heritage through the warehouses and factories built when the linen industry was at its height, but also through the lives of ordinary people, their domestic housing, churches, schools and public baths. Attention will also be given to the types of building stone used and its current condition.

Departs Charlotte Street Car Park, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast. Sat 14 Sept, 11am


Riddel Hall Architecture Tour

Riddel Hall is a Tudoresque Gothic style building by Lynn, built in 1913 as the first hostel accommodation for female Queen’s students. The Grade B1 listed building has been sensitively conserved to provide executive Education facilities for the University’s Management School.

Departs Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast. Sat 14 Sept, 10am, 11am & 12noon (tour lasts 45 mins)




Falls Leisure Centre Architecture Tour

This RIBA and RIAI regional award winning innovative building, brilliantly uses glass, light and colour, and is designed with the pool and pavement separated only by a glazed screen.

“Kennedy FitzGerald’s Falls Leisure Centre is a brave and deliberate break with Belfast’s siege mentality architecture” states Jan-Carlos Kucharek, of the RIBA Journal (May 2005).
Departs Fall Leisure Centre, 15 - 17 Falls Road, Belfast. Sun 15 Sept, 1pm




Grove Wellbeing Centre Architecture Tour

Winner of the ’08 ‘Best Community Care Design’ of the Building Better Healthcare Awards, and designed by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects, the Grove is the first community building of its kind in the UK to combine health, leisure and library services under one roof. Locating three public agencies in one centre is an innovative concept and the briefing process sought to maximise potential service synergies with shared spaces. The building was also the winner of RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2009 ‘Exhibition Award - Leisure Category’. 

Departs Grove Wellbeing Centre, 120 York Road, Belfast. Sun 15 Sept, 3pm (tour lasts 1 hr 30 mins)



Down Arts Centre Architecture Tour

Grade B1 listed building in Downpatrick Conservation Area was built in 1882 by John Mulholland, the first Lord Dunleath, and designed in a Ruskinesque Victorian Gothic style by William Batt. DAC has been sensitively conserved and remodelled to accommodate a range of art forms. This tour is led by a conservation architect.

Departs Down Arts Centre, 2 - 6 Irish Street, Downpatrick. Sat 14 Sept, 10:30am & 11:30am (tour lasts 40 mins)

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