12 Jan Albert Clock , Belfast
The Albert Clock was constructed between 1865 and 1870 as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s late Prince Consort – Prince Albert. You will see it clearly on any Belfast tours.
It stands 113 feet tall with a statue of the Prince in robes of a Knight of the Garter standing on the western side of the tower.
A two tonne bell is housed in the tower.
It was designed by William J Barre , who also designed Belfast’s Ulster Hall and it is described as a mix of French and Italian Gothic styles. The impressive sculpture of Albert is by S.F. Lynn.
The Albert Clock was built on wooden piles on marshy reclaimed land around the River Farset in Belfast.
Due to susidence the top of the tower leans four feet off the perpendicular and is known colloquially as Belfast’s “Leaning Tower of Pisa “.
Being situated close to the docks , the tower was once infamous for being frequented by prostitutes plying their trade with visiting sailors.
However in recent years regeneration has turned the surrounding Queen’s Square and Custom’s House Square into attractive, modern public spaces with trees , fountains and sculptures !!! No more ladies of the night !!
Dont miss it on any Ireland tours !!