How To Get To Belfast
Belfast is very accessible. There are direct flights from the UK and most European cities. There is even more choice if you fly into Dublin Airport. If you arrive at Dublin Airport there are buses to Belfast every half hour. The bus only takes about 1 hour 30mins and it will drop you off across the street from the conference venue. For more details see this wikitravel page…
Where To Stay
The closest hotel is Jurys Inn Hotel. This hotel is right next to the conference venue.
Belfast has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. You can get a hotel room from only €50 a night. In addition to the Jurys Inn the Europa Hotel, Ibis are all only a minute or two walk from the conference venue. Belfast City Centre is very walkable. Just make sure to check how close the hotel is from the venue on Google Maps. If you book ahead you can get some great deals. Tripadvisor gives you a good guide to the best hotels. There are also quite a few Youth Hostels.
Dr Thérèse Cullen, an expert on Saint Patrick and the Patrician tradition, will lead a tour of the major Patrician sites around Downpatrick, County Down on Saturday 6 September, especially for participants of the conference. She will provide commentary on key sites, speaking about the archeology and history of those sites, featuring a visit to Saul, St. Patrick’s grave, Down Cathedral, Inch Abbey, Slieve Patrick and Struell Wells. Lunch will be provided as part of the cost.
Depending on bookings and demand, the tour will either be full-day (10 am-4.30 pm) or half day. Cost £45 for full day and £30 for half day. It will start and finish in Belfast. Places are limited.
If you are interested, please email Dr Cullen directly and indicate whether you prefer a full or half day tour: