Location information for Belfast 2019 - IVRPA 360° Virtual Reality Panoramic Photography & 360° Video Conference, June 10-13 2019
Nestled between the hills and the giant cranes of the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast City is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, that has undergone major transformation and rejuvenation, resulting in a modern hub with a deep current of history.
There is plenty see, do and photograph as Belfast is a small, walkable city. If it's your first time visiting, check out the following links to help get you acquainted with the city.
The spectacular Assembly Hall is the heart of the Assembly Building’s conference facilities with its sophisticated audiovisual system, an extensive array of screens and state of the art features.
This remarkable conference space is indeed the most versatile and unique facility of its kind in the city of Belfast. The venue also includes a staging area flanked by two enormous stain glass windows and boasts its own fully functioning church organ!
IVRPA has a joined forces with the Hastings Hotels group to reserve a number of rooms for the 2019 conference at the world famous Europa Hotel located in the heart of Belfast City Centre.
The Europa Hotel is a 4-star hotel offering elegant decor, contemporary bistro, bustling bar and relaxing piano bar lounge. With its prime location, the Europa Hotel is a short three-minute walk from the Assembly Hall, site of the IVRPA conference as well as many of Belfast’s top visitor attractions including the Ulster Museum, Grand Opera House, City Hall, Titanic Belfast, Waterfront Hall and SSE Arena.
IVRPA members attending the conference can book at the Europa with a special rate of £95 for a single or BB/ Double £115.00 BB.
For more information or to make a reservation, send an email to the hotel or call +44(0) 28 9027 1066 and be sure to mention booking ID 156239. A credit card deposit of £50 is required.
Getting to Belfast
Getting to Belfast couldn't be easier. Northern Ireland has three airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin. Coming from further afield? No problem. You can fly direct to Belfast from over 20 European cities and a number of North American locations. And once you arrive, you'll find it's just as easy to get around as it was to get here.
George Best Belfast City Airport
Belfast City Airport is just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Flybe, Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport.
The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Wizz and Norwegian Airlines all fly to and from Belfast International Airport.
The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.
Translink is Northern Ireland's public transport provider. Metro and Glider services operates in the Belfast area, with Ulsterbus and Goldline bus services connecting the rest of Northern Ireland.
Within Northern Ireland
Translink operates Northern Ireland Railways which connects Belfast to various cities and towns in Northern Ireland.
Within Belfast, the main train stations are Great Victoria Street Station and Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station).
The Enterprise Train service connects Dublin and Belfast. It is jointly operated by Translink and Irish Rail.
Getting Around Belfast
Belfast is compact and bijou, so getting around the city is easy on foot, by bike or by taxi. However, if you want to wander a little further afield there's a network of transport options which will get you to your desired destination.
Walking is a great option if you're wanting to see the sights of Belfast City Centre. Book a walking tour with an experienced local guide, or explore using the Belfast Visitor's Map.
Taxis can be pre-booked by contacting a local taxi company. Some have mobile apps which can be used to book a taxi via your phone. Accessible wheelchair-friendly taxis and seven-seater taxis are available from some taxi companies.
Value Cabs Taxi Service
Value Cabs is one of Belfast's largest taxi providers, providing a professional taxi service and sightseeing tours. Wheelchair accessible vehicles and seven-seater vehicles are available. A debit/credit card payment facility is available in each vehicle. Taxis can be booked by phoning +44(0)28 9080 9080 or by downloading the Value Cabs app available for iOS and Android.
Bikes are available for public hire, with over 30 docking stations located across Belfast City Centre. You can register as a casual user or annual subscriber from £5 and the first 30 minutes of each trip is free. To find out more, visit www.belfastbikes.co.uk.
Belfast Visitor Pass
With unlimited travel on all Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus services within the Belfast Visitor Pass Zone for 1, 2 or 3 days you can get out and about and explore more of the city.
The Belfast Visitor Pass will also let you enjoy a whole world of fantastic offers and discounts, from savings on key attractions and tours to special offers and incentives in some of the city's main cultural venues, restaurants, cafés and shops!
Buy the Belfast Visitor Pass at the Belfast Welcome Centre, the two Belfast airport tourist information desks or at any Translink station in Belfast, or buy online at www.translink.co.uk.