Jewels in the Crown

National Trust properties in and around Belfast

Crown Liquor Saloon
Central Belfast has many watering holes but none quite like the Crown. Famous for its unique atmosphere, gas lamps, cosy snugs, and of course fine ales and wines, not to mention the delicious lunch-time fare, and with its rich glass, wood and tile ornamentation, it is one of the finest examples of a high Victorian public house.

Plans are being drawn up for major restoration work to be carried out, an investment estimated at £400,000. The project will include cleaning the ceiling and restoring glass in the doors and windows, as well as tackling the graffiti on the woodwork.

The Crown is on Great Victoria Street and can be contacted on +44 (0)28 9027 9901.

Divis and Black Mountain
With spectacular panoramic views over Belfast, Divis and Black Mountain is a haven for those seeking the wild countryside experience. It is a 1 500 acre mosaic of upland heath and blanket bog - home to a wealth of flora and fauna. On a clear day there are views of Strangford Lough, the Mournes and the Sperrins, as well as Scotland and Donegal.

Note: Check before visiting Divis and Black Mountain, as there will be major restoration work ongoing in the early part of 2005. For more information contact Minnowburn Farm on +44 (0)28 9049 1002.

Patterson’s Spade Mill
Listen to the hammers, smell the grit and witness the thrill of the only surviving water-driven spade mill in Ireland. A guided tour with the spade maker is highly popular with all ages and includes seeing a traditional spade being made, complete with the original hammers, turbine and press.

Afterwards you can be measured for your own customised, handcrafted spade. Spades can also be purchased by mail order and a re-shafting service is available. A trip to Patterson’’s is a short hop off the M2 motorway.

For more information contact the mill on +44 (0)28 9443 3619.

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