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Area Guide - Strangford Arms
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Recent extensive renovations and remodelling have created a new aura at the Strangford Arms Hotel, transforming this exceptional Victorian hotel into a vibrant, chic and contemporary venue with fantastic state-of-the-art facilities. The steady investment over the past few years has re-invented the hotel into a thriving social and business cornerstone of the North Down community. Guests are able to relax in one of the 39 en-suite bedrooms or unwind with drinks and dinner in the award winning LeWinters' Bistro, Bar and Restaurant. LeWinters offers superb cuisine which is enhanced through the renowned friendly service which staff provide. At the weekend, guests and tourists can mingle with locals to enjoy live entertainment and the trendy nightlife that the hotel has to offer. The hotel's modern conference and banueting facilities were specially designed for corporate and professional events as well as private functions and weddings. Residents and delegates can enjoy the use of complimentary Wireless Internet (WiFi) access as well as ample on-site free car parking at the hotel.
This hotel is the perfect base for guests exploring the many delights of North Down's top attractions and venues such as Castle Ward, Mount Stewart, Castle Espie and Exploris Aquarium. The hotel is also an idyllic location for golf breaks as it is surrounded by some of Northern Ireland's top Golf Courses, with Clandeboye, Holywood, Scrabo and Royal Belfast Golf Clubs practically on our doorstep.
Whether the visit is for business or pleasure, the Strangford Arms Hotel has the personal touch to make it a trip to remember.
A Guide to Belfast
Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital city, is a bustling and lively place with plenty of things to see and do. The city has seen lots of investment and regeneration over recent years, and has established itself firmly as an attractive tourist destination.
Getting There and Away
To and from Belfast International Airport:
Situated 19 miles / 30km north west of the city centre.
To and from Belfast City Airport:
Situated 3 miles / 5km north east of the city centre.
There are numerous ferry services operating from the UK to Belfast. There are 4 main points of arrival:
West Bank Road
2 main train stations:
Great Victoria Street Station
Belfast has 2 bus stations:
Europa Bus Centre
Laganside Bus Centre
There are a wide range of tickets available:
Smartlink cards are also available:
2 ways of using these cards:
Bus Tours also available:
Belfast Castle and Cave Hill
Cave Hill, Belfast BT15 5GR
Visitors' Centre is open Monday to Sunday 09:00-22:30
The Crown Liquor Saloon
46 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BA
Monday to Saturday 11:30-23:00
FREE (Though it is advisable to purchase drinks or food whilst on the premises).
Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AB
Bellevue Estate, Antrim Rd, Belfast BT36 7PN
March 31st to September 30th 10:00-19:00
Saint Anne's Cathedral
Belfast's Cathedral contains the largest Celtic cross in Ireland and also excellent examples of stained glass windows and mosaics.
Monday to Saturday 10:00-16:00
FREE (donations appreciated)
Where to Stay
Belfast has developed significantly in terms of the accommodation it has to offer, especially in terms of boutique, luxury and larger hotels. While a lot of accommodation is located in South Belfast (near the University), the centre and the port area are fast developing.
LateRooms.com has 50 Belfast hotels which offer great deals at a wide range of properties. So, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, it is well worth taking a peek at some of the discount hotels that we can offer.
Where to Eat
Please find below a guide to restaurants and places to dine to suit a range of budgets.
Restaurant Michael Deane & Brasserie
36-40 Howard Street, Belfast BT1 6PF, +44 (0)2890 331134, +44 (0)2890 560000
7 Ascot House, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB, +44 (0)2890 331532
The Potthouse Bar and Grill
1 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LB, +44 (0)28 90244044
53 Dublin Road, Belfast BT2 7HE, +44 (0)2890 323713
35-39 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB, +44 (0)2890 439690
Conor Café Bar
11A Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9, +44 (0)2890 663266
34-38, Victoria Street, Belfast, Bt1 3GH, +44 (0) 28 90220200
Queens Espresso Café
17 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7, +44 (0)2890 242312
46 Upper Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6FD, +44 (0)2890 339966
95 Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1FG, +44 (0)2890 311300
Belfast's nightlife is constantly developing, and has a strong pub and club culture. The bar scene is also picking up the pace, with lots of modern, trendy venues emerging. The majority of bars and pubs can be found along the famous Golden Mile (stretching from the centre down to the university district), while many more can be discovered around the Entries (alleyways around Anne Street). Clubs are predominantly located around the University area in South Belfast.
103 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 4PB (Central)
30 Bank Street, Belfast BT1 1HL (Central)
1 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB (Central)
43 Franklin Street, Belfast BT2 7GG (Central)
The Chelsea Wine Bar
346 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GH (South)
44 Dublin Road, Belfast BT2 7HN (Golden Mile)
The Stiff Kitten
1 Bankmore Square, Dublin Rd, Belfast BT7 1DH (Golden Mile)
2-12 Wine Cellar Entry, Belfast BT1 2NQ (Entries)
17-19 Pottinger's Entry, Belfast BT1 4DT (Entries)
23-27 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6RU (University Area)
For a more comprehensive list featuring specific bars and nights, it's worth picking up a copy of The Big List, a free publication found in tourist information offices.
Theatre & Entertainment
Belfast's theatre scene is fairly comprehensive with plenty of choice to suit a variety of tastes. The city also plays host to a plethora of festivals throughout the year that attract many locals and visitors alike. The Big List (free publication located in tourist offices) is also a good source of information.
Queen's Quay, Belfast BT3
Grand Opera House
Great Victoria Street, BT2 7HR
Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7FF
Ridgeway Street, Belfast BT9 5FB
2 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3WH
For the Kids
Odyssey, 2 Queen's Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ
Monday to Thursday 10:00-17:00
The Rope Walk, Portaferry, Belfast BT22 1NZ
Monday to Friday 10:00-18:00
Belfast Children's Festival
The festival usually takes place in late May or early June.
Not yet released.
Dundonald International Ice Bowl
11 Old Dundonald Road, Belfast BT16 1XT
The ice-rink and bowling lanes have a wide range of opening times with afternoon and evening sessions.
Prices vary depending on the activity you wish to pursue.
Belfast has a wide variety of shops - major high street chains, large shopping centres and small, unique craft shops.
CastleCourt Shopping Centre
Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1DD
5-7 Castle Junction, Belfast BT1 1GA
The Spires Centre and Mall
Wellington Street, Belfast BT1 6DW
You will find many small boutiques and designer shops located on Lisburn Road in the south of the city.
Archives Antique Centre
88 Donegall Pass, Belfast BT7 1BX
The Wicker Man
12 Donegall Arcade, Belfast BT1 1PT
St George's Market
May Street, Belfast BT1 1NN
Gay & Lesbian
Belfast's gay and lesbian scene is not as developed as in other capital cities but you will still be guaranteed to find somewhere to go virtually every night of the week, especially around the Cathedral Quarter (located around Saint Anne's Cathedral). For advice and resources visit www.queerspace.org.uk.
2-16 Dunbar Street, Belfast BT1 2LH
22-28 Skipper Street, Belfast BT1 2DZ
96 Donegal Street, Belfast BT1 2GW