ISTR 2020 – Accommodation & Transport

Queen’s University Belfast, May 29thand 30th, 2020

Conference Accommodation Deals

Malone Lodge Hotel

4* boutique hotel

10-12 minutes’ walk to conference venue

Offer: we are happy to offer 20 rooms per night for delegates. The rate for Thursday night will be £86 BB and the rate for Friday night will be £96 BB both for single occupancy.

The booking code is 3969121. Guests can call the hotel directly, quoting the code to avail of the discounted rooms. They will just need to use their credit card details to guarantee the rooms and payment will be taken on arrival.

Offer valid until 1st May 2020.

Tel:      028 9038 8000




Ten Square Hotel

4* boutique hotel in Belfast city centre – 16-18 minutes’ walk to conference venue

£90.00 per room per night inclusive of Full English Breakfast, available on 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of May 2020.

We will hold an allocation of:

5 rooms on 27th May

10 rooms on 28th May

10 rooms on 29th May

5 rooms on 30th May

Offer valid until 27th April 2020

This is bookable by calling our Central Reservations line on 028 90 2008 and quoting ‘Irish Society Conference’.


Andras Hotel Group offer

(various locations and ratings – see below)

Offer: 15% off Best Flexible Rates for the participants in all our hotels.

Rates would be subject to change based on the public rates on the day of booking. The discount would be available until 5 days prior to arrival.

Guests can email or call the in-house reservations teams quoting Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference to book their own accommodation. A credit or debit card number with a valid expiry date will be required at the time of the booking. Individual reservations will be subject to a 48-hour cancellation policy.

The discounted rates are only available when booking directly with the hotels, up until 5 days prior to arrival; our office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. Bookings can be made by phone or email:

Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre: (4*) 028 90 878 796;

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City (3*): 028 90 891 894;

Crowne Plaza (4*): 028 90 891 897;

Ibis Belfast City Centre (3*): 028 90 891 941;

Ibis Belfast Queen’s Quarter (3*): 028 90 878 791;

Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre (4*): 02890878793;


Campus Visitor Accommodation:

Stranmillis University College rooms (20-minute walk to conference venue):

Offer: 20 Single Standard Bedroom with shared bathroom facilities.

10 male rooms and 10 female rooms available.

The price is £40.00 bed and full breakfast per person per night.

All delegates should book via email to quoting QUB Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference

OR Telephone 02890-384377 or 02890-384251.

Offer valid until 15th May.

QUB Elms BT9 Visitor Accommodation (15-minute walk to conference venue):

£40 per night including a “grab and go” continental breakfast



Flying to Belfast

Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport which are both linked to the city by regular bus services. Dublin International Airport is located approximately 100 miles to the south.

Getting to Queen’s from George Best City Airport:

Belfast City Airport is only 10 kilometres from the city centre.  The easiest way to get to Queen’s University is to take a taxi.  A taxi from the airport to the University or to the City Centre is approximately £9.00.

There is also an Airlink bus service every 20 minutes from the Airport terminal to the Europa bus station.  The service, Flexibus route no 600, operates between 05.30 hrs and 21.45 hrs, and costs £2.00 for a single journey.

See the Belfast City Airport website for further information about travelling to the city centre from the City Airport.

Getting to Queen’s from Belfast International Airport:

Belfast International Airport is approximately 30 kilometres from the city centre.  There is a bus service (opens in a new tab) between the airport and city centre which runs at every hour during the night and then at 10-30 minute intervals during the day from early morning.  The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and a single fare costs £7.00.  The route terminates at the Europa bus station on Great Victoria Street.

Getting to Queen’s from Dublin Airport:

There is an excellent bus service which runs directly from Dublin airport to the Europa bus station on Great Victoria Street.  The bus departs from Dublin airport every hour and if you take the direct bus the journey will take around two hours. Click here (opens in a new tab) for more information about the bus service from Dublin airport.

Taking the ferry to Belfast

Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries make multiple daily crossings from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England. The two main Belfast routes are from Liverpool and Cairnryan, both provided by Stena Line. An alternative route runs from Holyhead to Dublin, with excellent motorway connections between there and Belfast.

Visit the websites:


Taking the bus and train

Queen’s is a five-minute walk from Botanic Train Station on the Bangor, Larne, Newry and Derry~Londonderry lines. A connection to Dublin is just one stop away, via Belfast Central Station. Coach and bus services arrive at Great Victoria Street, which is also connected by rail (or alternatively is a ten-minute walk).

All public transport in Northern Ireland is organised by the Translink company Visit their website for more information on fares, timetables, journey planners and online ticket bookings. Below is a list of their main services:

  • NI Railways:Northern Irelands train service provider has services running from Portadown, Bangor, Larne, Derry / Londonderry, Portrush and Dublin.
  • UlsterbusUlsterbus is a public transport operator in Northern Ireland and operates bus services outside Belfast.
  • Ulsterbus GoldlineProviding direct services to and from cities across Northern Ireland, including Derry / Londonderry, Coleraine, Newry and Armagh.
  • MetrobusProviding travel throughout the greater Belfast area.


Map to Conference

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