The MAC Belfast | Metropolitan Arts Centre
10 Exchange St, Belfast BT1 2LS
The conference will take place in the Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC), a venue right at heart of Belfast’s cultural hub, the Cathedral Quarter.
Facilities and Services at the conference venue
- Conference sessions and workshops will be held exclusively in English. No interpreter service will be provided.
- Catering will be included for morning and afternoon breaks and over lunch;
- Free Wifi is available at the venue
- We are aiming to have a paperless event. Therefore, all conference materials, such as programme and speaker profiles, will be available in advance on the conference website. The link to the site will be forwarded to you in early March.
Travelling from Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is situated 18 miles north-west of Belfast and is easily accessible via the major road and motorway network.
The International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the Belfast International Airport, are available for hire 24 hours a day 7 days a week outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby. For bookings, contact the Belfast International Airport Taxi Company on +44 (0)28 9448 4353; For more information and to book online visit www.belfastairporttaxis.com
Regular bus and coach services are available from the front of the terminal building to Belfast. For all Airport bus timetables please visit the Translink website.
- Airport Express 300 - a regular service (every 15-20 minutes) operates on weekdays and weekends. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit.
- From the Airport to Belfast - All coaches will travel from Belfast International Airport, stopping at Royal Avenue, and the Belfast Europa Buscentre.
- From Belfast to the Airport - From the Belfast Europa Buscentre to airport.
- Approximate journey time 30-40 minutes subject to traffic conditions.
Travelling from George Best City Airport
The airport is on the eastern edge of the city, approximately 3 miles from Belfast City Centre.
Approved taxis operate from the Airport taxi rank outside the terminal building. Wheel-chair accessible taxis are available. The approximate cost of a taxi to Belfast City Centre from Belfast City Airport with our approved taxi provider is £10.00. For more information or to book a taxi, (028) 90 809080 or visit the Value Cabs website.
Translink operates a rail service (0600-2300) Monday-Saturday to Belfast Central Station and Victoria Street Stations every 20 minutes. The service is hourly on Sundays (0900-2200). A shuttle bus service operates between the airport terminal and the nearest rail halt at Sydenham. Please go to the airport information desk and ask for the service. You will be instructed to wait by the taxi rank where the shuttle bus will collect you. The same service operates between the rail halt and the airport terminal. There is a telephone at the halt to request the service. Use this freephone service to dial: 07701281835. Visit the NI Railways website for further information.
The Airport Express 600 operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 40 minutes on Sunday from outside the airport to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city of Belfast. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 0545 and 2125.
Park securely at Saint Anne’s Square multi-storey car park, right beside the MAC on Edward Street. It’s open 24 hours.
For more information see the Q-Park website.
Other Useful Information
Country Code: the code to the UK is +44
For all emergency services, dial 999
Time Zone: Northern is part of the United Kingdom (UK), therefore Belfast is in the same time zone as London - GMT
Currency: The currency is Sterling. However, if you travel to Dublin, the currency is the Euro
Using Money in Northern Ireland: Belfast has numerous ATMs and bureau de change. Visa, Mastercard, American Express cards, etc, cards are accepted at every establishment that accepts payment by credit card.
Please check whether your home bank has authorised your card for international use if you plan on using a debit card.
Power Supply: In the UK the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Adapters are widely available.
Climate: Northern Ireland is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and has a mild and temperate island climate. The average temperature in Belfast, in April is a little cool at 8 °C (46.4 °F). Afternoons can be quite mild with average temperatures reaching 12 °C (53.6 °F), whereas evenings and nights are generally cool with an average low of 4 °C (39.2 °F).