Whether you are planning a conference for 500 delegates, or an incentive to reward 50 hard-working staff, the city of Belfast and the surrounding areas in Northern Ireland have all the necessary elements for a fantastic MICE programme!
Northern Ireland is very accessible; fly in to Belfast International Airport or arrive in Dublin, which has excellent global flight access and is only a two hour drive away. The superb hotel accommodation ranges in style from boutique to luxuriously elegant; choose to stay close to city centre hotspots, or in the peaceful surroundings of the countryside. With world-class conference facilities such as Waterfront Hall and unique venues, such as Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol and Ballywalter Park to name but a few, Northern Ireland is an ideal destination for MICE
A wide range of unique and unusual activities and visitor attractions will add extra excitement to an incentive trip. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, a visit to Castle Ward is a must, which served as the setting for Winterfell, home of the Stark family in Season One.
Crumlin Road Gaol closed its doors as a working prison in 1996, and after extensive renovations re-opened in November 2012 as a visitor attraction and confrence centre. The Gaol housed men, women and children, murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners. Guests walk in the footsteps of 25,000 prisoners on this tour and experience what life was like for those who ended up incarcerated here. The Gaol Circle & Wings, the hub of the gaol, provide a truly unique setting for a gala dinner or event.
At Titanic Belfast, nine galleries cover the story of Titanic with an insightful and innovative visitor experience. From intimate mezzanines to exclusive takeover of the entire building, there is a wide range of event space options at Titanic.
The Ballywalter Estate is home to Lord and Lady Dunleath, and has been in the family’s ownership since it was built in 1846. The versatile reception rooms offer a flexible setting for formal dinners, conferences, courses, seminar and board meetings.
All of the delicious food at Ballywalter is prepared by Lady Dunleath and her in-house team, made with produce from the Estate and local suppliers. The food is complemented wonderfully by vintage wines from the House Cellar, and this combination ensures guests have a memorable dining experience!
There are extensive grounds for outdoor pursuits and team building events; the house itself is surrounded by 30 acres of pleasure grounds, and it is situated within the walled demesne of around 270 acres. The total Estate runs to over 1200 acres.
Northern Ireland is quite compact; some of Ireland’s most remarkable scenery such as the Giant’s Causeway, the Mourne Mountains and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge are just a short drive from Belfast, and can be easily incorporated into a programme!