Crumlin Road Courthouse

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Coordinates: 54°36′29″N 5°56′35″W / 54.608°N 5.943°W / 54.608; -5.943

The courthouse in August 2011

The Crumlin Road Courthouse was designed by the architect Charles Lanyon and completed in 1850. It is situated across the road from the Crumlin Road Gaol and the two are linked by an underground passage.

The courthouse closed in June 1998.[1] It was sold to local investor Barry Gilligan in September 2003 for £1. His plans for the courthouse included redeveloping it as a tourist attraction and a hotel,[2] but these plans never progressed.

On 12 March 2009, the courthouse suffered significant damage in a fire[3] and a series of further fires in August 2009 caused further massive damage to the structure,[4] prompting questions into the cause and leaving the future of the building in question.

In March 2017, Lawrence Kenwright, from the Signature Living Group, bought the site and announced plans to develop the listed building into a hotel.[5][6]


The former Crumlin Road Gaol building directly opposite the courthouse has become a very popular visitor attraction.[7] During this first decade of the 21st century, there has been much published and talked about as to how the area can be regenerated for people of the vicinity and Belfast as well as visitors to the city.[8] [9]


  1. ^ N I Courts Service Archived 2009-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ BBC News
  3. ^ BBC News
  4. ^ Belfast Telegraph
  5. ^ "Crumlin Road courthouse to be converted into hotel". BBC News. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Belfast's Crumlin Road court to become hotel". Belfast Telegraph. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Crumlin Road Gaol". Visit Belfast. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  8. ^ "draft Crumlin area plan" (PDF). Belfast City Countil. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Belfast Masterplan 2004". Belfast City Council. Retrieved 4 August 2017.

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