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Albert Memorial Clock Tower

Gaze up at the formerly tilting tower that now stands corrected as an integral part of Belfast’s history and traditions.

The Albert Memorial Clock Tower is among the most iconic structures in the city. Rising to a height of 113 feet (34 meters), the 19th-century column blends French and Italian Gothic styles. Marvel at the silhouette of the tower against the red sky at dusk, when the clock face shines in a muted yellow hue.

As you approach the tower, note the Gothic features at its base, including buttresses and lion sculptures. Recent restorations corrected the gradual slanting of the tower, which had been considered Belfast’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Find out about the bomb explosion in 1992 that damaged the structure.

On the western side, admire the statue of Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, who was known for his altruistic missions. Notice he is dressed in robes of the Order of the Garter, which is a chivalrous and prestigious accolade. The clock tower was built in 1865 to honor the memory of the prince, who had died 4 years earlier. Enjoy the colorful floral displays near the structure.

Snap photos of the tall clock tower climbing above the skyline from other parts of the city and use it for its simplest purpose of telling time. Organize meetings with your family or friends at the easily recognizable structure.

Learn about the history of the clock tower, which was once a popular haunt for sailors and prostitutes. Today, it is part of a pleasant area of charming plazas with trees, sculptures and fountains. Read a book, or simply watch people pass by, in the Queen’s Square and Customs House Square.

The Albert Memorial Clock Tower is several blocks west of the River Lagan in the center of Belfast. Cross the river at the Lagan Weir or Bridge End. See the Big Fish mosaic sculpture, the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum and the Northern Ireland War Memorial nearby.


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            Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre

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                The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast RM538
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                The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

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