James Connolly Visitor Centre

Overview

1h 30min
Áras Uí Chonghaile is an award-winning modern, inspirational, visitor centre based in the heart of Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter and located only yards from where James Connolly, a man of formidable ideas and remarkable vision, lived on the Falls Road. From his birth in Edinburgh in 1868 to Irish parents, through to his death in Dublin 1916, his role as a pioneer of the early trade union movement and his extraordinary travels throughout Britain and America, the centre offers a thought provoking insight into James Connolly’s life, his politics and the impact he had on the history of the Island of Ireland. The James Connolly Experience is an audio tour which will guide you from the interactive exhibition, which tells Connolly’s story, to the unique library, Leabharlann Uí Chonghaile and through the art and historic collections. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the tour will introduce you to many interactive features and historic artefacts and will immerse you in the story of James Connolly as you make your way through the Centre. The centre has also launched a ground-breaking new heritage trail using augmented reality. The free downloadable app from both iOS and Android App stores allows local citizens and visitors alike to uncover the hidden story of James Connolly in Belfast and present them with the city's heritage at their fingertips.

Current opening times

Monday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Facilities

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Paid Visit
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Guided Tours
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Toilets
  • Food On Site
  • Wifi
  • Retail On Site
  • Audio Guide Available
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Arts & Culture
  • Galleries & Museums
  • Heritage Sites
  • Kids
  • Solo Visitors
  • Friends
  • Mature visitors
  • Historical
The James Connolly Experience will guide you around from our exhibition to our unique library, Leabharlann Uí Chonghaile and through our art and historic collections.

Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the audio tour will introduce you to many of our interactive features and historic artefacts and will immerse you in the story of James Connolly as you make your way through the Centre.

The James Connolly Heritage Trail immerses you in Connolly’s Belfast. Trace Connolly’s steps across Belfast, beginning at City Hall and ending at Áras Uí Chonghaile on the Falls Road. This walking tour, supported by our ground-breaking augmented reality app which will transport you back in time to bring Connolly’s Belfast to life. Approximate 2.5hours duration.
The visitor exhibition tells the story of Connolly from his birth in Edinburgh in 1868 to his death in Dublin in 1916. It explores his role as a pioneer of the early trade union movement and his extraordinary travels throughout Britain and America and his organising closer to home in Belfast and Dublin - all on behalf of the working man and woman, their rights, working conditions and pay. Explore Connolly, a man of remarkable ideas and writings, a man with a unique vision of Ireland as a socialist republic, a workers republic, a man dedicated to his belief that the cause of labour is the cause of Ireland, the cause of Ireland is the cause of labour. Learn of the citizen army he founded to protect workers, of his influence on the text of the Easter Proclamation, his bravery and leadership in the Easter Rising and of his subsequent court-martial, death sentence and execution. This is the story of a truly remarkable man.

Contact details

  • 374-376
  • Falls Road
  • Belfast
  • United Kingdom
442890991005
info@arasuichonghaile.com