Accompanying Persons Tours
Along with the daily itineraries planned and detailed below, accompanying persons will also be permitted to attend the following functions during the conference:
The Official Opening – which takes place in The Waterfront Hall between 9.00am – 10.00am on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.
The Civic Reception – which takes place in City Hall from 7.00pm on Tuesday evening 2nd October 2018.
Site visits – which have been arranged under the themes of People, Place, Participation, and Prosperity, Planet, Peace. All site visits will start at 10.30am on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from the Waterfront Hall. It is estimated the tours will return to Belfast City Centre by approximately 12.45pm. Delegates will receive lunch as part of their chosen site visit. An overview of each site visit is available on our website https://www.healthycitiesbelfast2018.com/site-visits
Farewell Dinner – which takes place at the famous Titanic Museum on Thursday evening 4th October 2018.
MONDAY OCTOBER 1ST - SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF BELFAST
DEPARTURE: 2 pm
DURATION: 1.5 HOURS
The Belfast City Sightseeing Hop-on / Hop-off Open-top bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at Belfast city and allows to explore every area and district of this unique place. The tour lasts approx 1 hour 30 minutes.
The Belfast City Sightseeing tour is the only open top tour in Belfast which is 4* rated by the NITB (Northern Ireland Tourist Board) and is the ONLY World Host accredited tour for excellence in customer service.
This is the only operator to offer a multi-lingual service available in six languages including, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Mandarin.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 2ND - TITANIC MUSEUM AND CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL
Depart for Titanic Museum at 11 am, Admission and tour of Museum.
Depart for Crumlin Road Gaol at 12.45 pm
Lunch at Crumlin Road Gaol at 1.30 pm
Admission and tour (start at 2:15 pm)
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. The self guided journey begins on entering the building's giant atrium, where the visitor is surrounded by the four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience. As you journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition, you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Highlights include breath-taking views to the slip-ways where the Titanic was launched and the Voyage to the bottom of the sea in the unique Ocean Exploration Centre with live links to contemporary undersea exploration.
CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845, and closed its doors as a working prison after 150 years in service in 1996. The Gaol has re-opened as a visitor attraction after extensive renovations and today you can take a guided tour of the prison. Discover over 150 years of history and follow in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners as you make the journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian Era prison. The guided tour will allow you to explore the building’s colourful past and gain a unique and memorable insight into the daily lives and routines of both prisoners and prison officers over the Gaol’s existence. Your tour guide will inform you about the Gaol’s history including when women and children were imprisoned, the executions that were carried out, its more recent history and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.
WEDESDAY OCTOBER 3RD - CITY HALL TOUR
Arrive at City Hall at 3pm
In 1888 Queen Victoria granted Belfast the status of the city and it was agreed that a grand and magnificent building was required to reflect this new status. City Hall opened its doors on the first of August 1906, at a time of unprecedented prosperity and industrial might for the city. The incredible building cost £369,000 to complete, the equivalent around 128 million pounds today but remains an extraordinary beacon of success and civic pride for Belfast.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 4TH - GIANTS CAUSEWAY DAY TRIP
Lunch at the Causeway Hotel
Return via Coastal Route at 5 pm
DURATION: 9AM - 5PM
Here you can speak with the local people, watch the audio visual on the history of the Causeway and visit the gift shop. Experience the causeway’s 40,000 stone columns, mostly hexagonal, formed millions of years ago with the cooling of molten lava. In addition to their sheer number, what makes the columns so fascinating is their uniformity. It is as if the columns were carved by human hands, or perhaps truly by a giant. Exploring the cobblestone-like paths, it will be easy to see why Giant’s Causeway is a World Heritage Site, a National Site and a National Nature Reserve.