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Belfast City Council’s community and cultural hub at 2 Royal Avenue provides a free creative space in the heart of the city centre.
It’s a warm indoor public park where you can take some time out, socialise with friends, hold a business meeting or come in and work for the day. Feel free to enjoy your packed lunch on the comfortable seating inside or grab a tasty snack at the kiosk.
Delivering on many of the ambitions of the Belfast Agenda, Cultural Strategy and Bolder Vision, 2 Royal Avenue is an accessible and inclusive building designed to create a sense of calm and provide for people of all ages and abilities.
Surrounded with plant life and fitted with bespoke artworks, the space includes:
• Yallaa kiosk, with a selection of hot and cold artisan food
• the ‘Cosy’ - a fun playful space for children to explore
• Belfast-themed library with books for all ages
• sensory dome
• Belfast notice board
• variety of comfortable seating
• free WiFi
• baby changing areas
• study areas
• meeting tables
• a grand piano
Yallaa offers a range of contemporary Mediterranean and Arabic dishes with a local twist. All food and drinks are prepared locally and sourced sustainably.
The 2 Royal Avenue building was designed by WJ Barre between 1864 and 1869. Originally the building was the head office of the Provincial Bank of Ireland.
Barre was a prolific Irish architect who built many well-known buildings in Ireland in a Gothic Revival style. His best-known works include the Albert Memorial Clock and Ulster Hall. When Barre died following a short illness in 1867, at the age of 37, the architecture firm Turner and Williamson completed the building.
The impressive seven-bay façade is missing an elaborate sculpture that was intended for the pediment. A key feature is the beautiful, circular dome over an octagonal arcade. It is supported by corbelled columns that lead up to a Gothic gallery.
In the 1990s, the building was converted into a Tesco Metro store, with architects from the firm WDR and RT Taggart carrying out the restoration.
The 2 Royal Avenue venue is being operated by the welcoming team at MayWe.
It is available to book for community and cultural events and on occasion for commercial hire. To ask about booking the venue, please email 2RoyalAve@maywe.co.uk for an expression of interest (EOI) form.
There is an accessible toilet on site.
Wheelchairs are available for all guests visiting the venue. These are free of charge to borrow but are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The venue has a sensory dome for visitors with sensory issues or anyone who needs a quiet play space.
There is light and sound display within the dome and fidget toys and headphones are available on request.
This venue is dog-friendly and assistance dogs are permitted across all areas.
Visitors can access a quiet room if they need to.
The venue entrance is on flat ground for easy access for those with accessibility needs.
- Guide dogs permitted
- Toilets for disabled visitors
- Wheelchair hire
- Open Mondays
- Open Sundays
- Cater for vegetarians
- Picnic Area
- Serve breakfast
- Serve lunch
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
Children & Infants
- Accept children (Minimum age)
- Baby changing facilities
- Children's outdoor play area
- Children's play area
- Accommodation nearby
- Event venue
- Family Fun
- Pets accepted
- Secure cycle storage
- Wi-fi available
Parking & Transport
- Frequent bus services
- Station nearby
- Taxi rank nearby
- All major credit/debit cards accepted
- Dogs Welcome Inside
- In town/city centre
- Non smoking establishment
- Unique venue
- Marketed as gay friendly
- Marketed as green/environmentally friendly