Great Victoria Street Station
On 12 August 1839, thousands gathered in Great Victoria Street to watch the opening of the first railway in Belfast – the Ulster Railway linking Belfast with Lisburn. The coming of the railways gave a new impulse to the growth of Belfast and helped fuel its spectacular development as an industrial city.
The present railway station and bus terminus stands on the site of the former Great Northern Railway Station, 1848, since demolished. One vestige of the GNR’s influence does however remain. In the 1880s, Michael Flanagan took over the Railway Tavern, an inconspicuous travellers’ inn opposite the GNR and created the Crown Bar. A gem in Belfast’s architectural crown, it is a rare and remarkably intact survivor of the 19th century gin palaces.
The Grand Opera House, opposite the Crown Bar, displays similar high Victorian artistry. Designed by the leading theatre architect, Frank Matcham, the Grand Opera House is a glorious expression of the skills of Victorian architects, painters and craftsmen and has continued to delight Belfast audiences since it first opened in 1895.
Contemporary Belfast offers much of interest as well.
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• Crown Bar
• Grand Opera House
• Belfast City Hall
Erected by Belfast City Council.
Location. 54° 35.671′ N, 5° 56.075′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. Marker is at the intersection of Great Victoria Street (Northern Ireland Route A1) and Amelia Street, on the left when traveling north on Great Victoria Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17-21 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 7GN, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker (a few steps from this marker); Crown Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Opera House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Great Victoria Street (about 120 meters away); Howard Street (about 150 meters away); Buildings & Housing
Also see . . .
1. Belfast Great Victoria Street railway station at Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Grand Opera House, Belfast. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Virtual Tour. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Visit Belfast. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Architecture • Entertainment • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.