Queen's campus is close to the city's famous Golden Mile of pubs, clubs, restaurants and entertainment venues. Travelling to and from Belfast is much easier and more economical than you may imagine. Most major British cities are within an hour's flying time from Belfast's two splendid airports. Budget airlines fly frequently to many British, European and North American destinations at cheap fares.
The Paul Rankin's Cayenne Restaurant in Shaftesbury Square near the university is excellent which has a Michelin star. Also, the Barking Dog on the Malone Road, the Beatrice Kennedy on the University Road, and the Deanes at Queens are all within 3 minutes walking distance from the conference Venue, they are very good but also quite pricey.
Slightly further away (5 to 10 minutes walking distance), there are lots of resturants and cafes on the Botanic Avenue, the Stranmillis Road, and the University Road. Also, Lisburn Road has a variety of restaurants and cafes too. In the city center, alone the alleyways just beside the Merchant Hotel, there are lots of good resturants too. So does the streets behind the City Hall. Cafe Vaudeville on the Arthur Street in the city centre is a Luxebar and Dining establishment. The Carrick Pub/Bar on the Chichester Street, beside the City Hall, is a very traditional Irish pub which had won the "Belfast Tourist/Visitor Pub of the Year 2011".
Northern Ireland has an amazing variety of landscapes, cultural attractions and leisure opportunities as well as an intriguing - and famously complex - history. Although compact in size, this endlessly intriguing region has an astonishing variety of scenery, cultural attractions and leisure opportunities.
Conference Venue: The ECSQARU 2011 conference will be held at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. The main conference venue for plenary sessions is at Council Chamber/Canada Room. Parallel sessions are held in Council Chamber/Canada Room and the Old Staff Common Room (OSCR) respectively, both within the Lanyon Building.
Lunches will be held at Great Hall: The Great Hall at Queen's was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in February 2002. The Great Hall had suffered a number of unsympathetic alterations over its 150 year history detracting from the vision of its original architect, Sir Charles Lanyon. The first task of the Queen's Foundation was to secure £2.5 million to restore the Hall to its original design and recreate a prestigious space at the heart of the University.
The Conference Reception will be held in Belfast City Hall with a guided tour.
The Conference Banquet will be held in the Stormont Parliament Building with a guided tour inside parliament meetings rooms and other historical rooms. Please view the virtual tour for a small part of the ground floor of the building.