This Saturday ( 11th) is “European Heritage Open Day”. It aims to provide access to many of the buildings we walk past everyday in Belfast but rarely get a chance to explore.
It promises to be a very special weekend indeed.
The buildings range from Historic private homes, to the BBC studios, Pump houses, Gate Lodges and Churches. Personally I’ll be focusing on some of the buildings that are more difficult to gain access too throughout the course of the year. From the Lanyon designed Arthur Street Masonic Hall to the Victorian splendour of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office (and maybe sinclair seamans chruch if I have time!) and Custom house.
I’ll also be paying a visit to Clifton House originally Belfast’s Poor House an amazing building in its own right but also full of history and trying to find out a bit more about the many of the ordinary citizens of Belfast who ended up within its wallls
You can find out more details here about the buildings involved, opening times etc. It's not just Belfast, buildings will be open all over Northern Ireland
There will also be “Hidden History” walking tours of Belfast, starting at the City Hall, these guided walking tours will include insights into the archaeology and development of the city, historic buildings, exciting episodes, characters and anything else of interest. Led by expert guide and author, Ruairi O’Baoill.
The best part? It’s all on your doorstep and everything is free of charge. So get involved this Saturday and see a bit of Hidden Belfast! It promises to be a busy day!