Showing posts with label Architecture Tours. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Architecture Tours. Show all posts

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Photo Diary - Family Friendly Urban Photo Walk - 7, 8, 14, 15 March 2015

As part of Family Friendly Belfast 2015 all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. The images below are from the series of walks which took place on 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th March 2015.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Upcoming events at PLACE during September 2014

September 2014 is shaping up to be a busy month at our new premises on Lower Garfield Street. We have a number of free talks and walks scheduled throughout the month. Visit for more information and to book.

PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Heritage Tours: Rediscover the Strand

Heritage Tours | August - December 2014

The Strand Arts Centre, a not-for-profit cinema and arts centre, is hosting a series of heritage tours once a month until December. The tour is led by the Strand's expert projectionist and film enthusiast Alan McClurg. Explore the unique Art Deco architecture and traditional movie theatre and go behind the scenes to see the workings of an original 35mm film projector.

  • 30 August, 12.30pm
  • 13 September, 12.30pm
  • 18 October, 12.30pm
  • 8th November, 12.30pm
  • 20th December, 12.30pm

Availability is limited to 10 people so booking is essential. To book, please visit, phone 028 9067 3500 or call in to the Strand at 152-154 Holywood Road, Belfast. Cost: £3 per person. For further information please click here for the Strand Heritage brochure.

Credit: Strand Arts Centre.

EHOD Tours | Sat 13 & Sun 14 August 2014

The Strand Arts Centre is opening for European Heritage Open Days 2014 and offering tours of the distinctive art-deco building. For more information please visit or phone 028 9067 3500.

Credit: Strand Arts Centre.

About the Strand Arts Centre

The Strand began as a movie theatre in 1935 designed in an art deco style, with design influences from the nearby shipyards. After closure for a period in the 1980's the building was purchased by the current landlord’s father and re-opened in 1986 as a variety theatre seating over 1,000 people. By 1989 a complete internal refurbishment of the Strand provided a four-screen cinema. A refurbishment of the external facade in 1999 by Robinson Patterson Partnership (RPP) architects emphasised the art deco facade and attracted an RIBA award. The Strand is now a not-for-profit Cinema & Arts Centre, running and hosting film, comedy, music, theatre and various live events.

Credit: Strand Arts Centre.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Walking Tour of Bangor's Built Heritage | Sun 4 Aug

On Sunday 4th August Ian McQuiston and Joe Drew, current and former Chairmen of FABB (For a Better Bangor), will lead a walking tour of Bangor's built heritage. The tour is part of the Open House Festival 2013.

Following in the footsteps of Columbanus, the tour travels from the Abbey to the Long Hole, tracing the town’s Christian beginnings through to its zenith in Victorian and Edwardian period. Experience the changing face of Bangor and enjoy the many fine buildings, including the Town Hall, churches, banks, hotels and the unique Post Office. Appreciate the restored Walled Garden and imaginative reuse of the Harbour Master’s building. Learn about Charles Lanyon's railway station, discuss the future of the vacant Courthouse, and debate the future possibilities for Queen’s Parade and the former Leisure Centre site.

Date: Sunday 4th August
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Car Park opposite Bangor Bus & Train Station
Tickets: £5 each. Click Here to book.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Ormeau Road Architecture Tours | 24 - 26 August 2012

PLACE blue badge tour guide Rosie Hickey will lead three Architecture Tours this weekend as part of the Household Belfast  festival. Household Belfast is an event that encourages audiences to re-negotiate the way in which they view and interact with art in the city. It offers an opportunity to experience new work in unrestrictive, non-commercial and un-institutionalised contexts by inviting members of the public into selected artists’ homes.

Tours depart the former Ormeau Bakery at the corner of Ava Avenue
and Ormeau Road Friday 24th, 6pm, Saturday 25th, 2pm and Sunday 26th, 12pm.

The tour of the Ormeau Road has been carefully researched and prepared by Rosie who is a PhD student at Queens University and an Architectural Historian with an eye for detail.

The tours depart from the former Ormeau Bakery at the corner of Ava Avenue and Ormeau Road. There will be a tour at 6pm Friday 24th, 2pm Saturday 25th and 12pm Sunday 26th.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Preview: Art Deco Belfast Tour

In advance of the tours starting this Saturday, our tour guide Frances gives us a taster of the fascinating PLACE Art Deco Belfast walking tour in Belfast in August 2011. Thanks to Arts Extra on BBC Radio Ulster for the interview, and thanks to our volunteer Roisin at PLACE for putting the video together.

Sinclairs Dept Store, one of the buildings on this month's Art Deco tour. Photo by Daniel Donet.
Join us for the Art Deco Belfast tour this August: The Art Deco 2011 season runs from 6th-28th August. For more information and to book tickets, visit

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Free Tours of Belfast Metropolitan College's College Square East Building (Wed 27 - Fri 29 July)

By Gary Potter

To mark the "end of an era", as Belfast Metropolitan College moves out of the Old Technical College located in College Square East, the college has organised tours of the building with local historian Henry V Bell. The free tours run at 12pm tomorrow (Wednesday), Thursday and Friday and will feature the magnificent Central Hall, the buildings many stained glass windows, the fully working steam engine, manufactured by Musgraves of Belfast in the early 20th Century, and much more. No booking is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Last week I went along to one of the tours led by local historian Henry V Bell...

Upon entering the grand Portland Limestone building a member of the college team provided a warm welcome and directed us up the main staircase to the Great Hall. Here the tour began with a presentation by Henry to set the context for the 30+ attendees.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Victorian Banks Architecture Tour - photo diary

Our placement student Victoria went on a PLACE Architecture Tour today, and took some photos along the way...

Today I went on the Victorian Banks architecture tour. I found the tour to be very interesting and informative. I took some photos of the buildings as I went along on. Below are a few of the Victorian Bank buildings that feature in the tour.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Summer at PLACE

As the sun shines on the last day of August we take a look back over our packed summer-schedule at PLACE.

Miguel Martin kicked off the proceedings at the Out of PLACE unit with his ghoulish adaptation of Belfast’s Corn Market, the first in the ‘Paint by Numbers’ series - members of the public were then invited to colour in and bring life to Miguel’s outline. Ryan O’Reilly was up next with his graphic ‘Day or Night’ and architect Eva McDermott’s interactive installation ‘Home’ concluded the series of live paintings - thanks to all the artists and members of the public who contributed!

Janis Steadman then gave us all green finger fever, helping young and old to make use of old roller boots, hats and even an old pram through planting. Once the planting was complete we took our moving garden through the city ending with a tea party at a secret location. Continuing on the garden theme, Andrew Kenny took up residency in Out of PLACE creating miniature hanging planted sculptures which then were distributed around the city and given new homes by members of the public.

Out of PLACE was not only host to the visual arts this summer; local talent Escape Act with the help of The Streetwise Samba Band lead a merry troupe of revellers through Belfast city centre. After a crash course in the basics, members of the public were ready to join the band and get the streets of Belfast pumping with music - no parades commission necessary! Escape Act then preformed an intimate gig in the Castle Lane unit attracting hoards of curious shoppers into what was once a deserted shop unit.

On a more serious note, PLACE also held a series of lunchtime discussions and lectures. Supported by Bagel: Bagel, our lunchtime visitors included Naomi Long (MP), architect Ciaran Mackel, Italian architecture collaborative Stalker, Bernard Clarke of Translink and many many more. We discussed issues of design, policy and community engagement throughout the three talks, ‘Reconnecting the City’, ‘Walking for a U-turn’ and ‘The Road to Nowhere’. Again our thanks go out to all the speakers who kindly attended.

Throughout the summer PLACE continued to deliver its weekend architecture walking tours including , ‘Belfast Churches’, ‘Art Deco Tour’ and a tour of Donegall Square. You can also still visit the Contested Spaces exhibition until 2nd October in PLACE, comprising a series of digital sculptures created by members of the Frank Design team.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our fun-filled summer schedule and we hope to see you all at our many upcoming autumn and winter events!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Saturday 3rd July, 11am - Belfast Art Deco tour!

PLACE Architecture Tours

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Belfast: Art Deco
Walking Tour
Sat 3rd July 2010, 11am

Explore pre-war Belfast’s icons and hidden gems with our tour guides!
Departs out of PLACE, 9 Castle Lane (opposite Lush & Starbucks)

Strictly limited places available. To book: email [email protected] or phone 028 9023 2524.

Adults £5
Concessions £3
Under-12s free!

Please wear comfortable footwear, and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Payment by cash or cheque (made payable to PLACE), preferably in advance of the day. Please arrive in good time - tour departs at 11am sharp! Tour will last approx. 1 hour.

Please note the earlier start time of 11am and the change of departure point: all tours will now depart out of PLACE, which is located at 9 Castle Lane (beside Cornmarket and opposite Lush & Starbucks - see a Google map) at 11am.


And coming up on 24th July @ 11am, Belfast Churches - Architecture Walking Tour. More details soon!

Friday, 4 June 2010

Saturday 12th June - Belfast Art Deco tour!

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Belfast: Art Deco
Walking Tour
Sat 12th June 2010, 12.30pm

Explore pre-war Belfast’s icons and hidden gems with our tour guides!
Departs PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, BT1 5EE (beside the back of Boots)

Strictly limited places available. To book: email [email protected] or phone 028 9023 2524.

Adults £5
Concessions £3
Under-12s free!

Please wear comfortable footwear, and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Payment by cash or cheque (made payable to PLACE), preferably in advance of the day. Please arrive in good time - tour departs at 12.30pm sharp! Tour will last approx. 1 hour.