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“Best place to go if you want to do some research”

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Ranked #46 of 225 things to do in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best place to go if you want to do some research”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is down at the Titanic quarter in Belfast it has all the records you would every need to trace your family history it also have a Café in it and it is very easy on the pocket

Visited May 2013
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Find your Irish Ancestors”
Reviewed 14 May 2013

A fantastic building with a wealth of records. Tracing your family in Northern Ireland is not easy, but the staff are most helpful and do their utmost to provide the information needed.
Not a day out for the kids though (unless they want to trace their ancestors!).

Visited March 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful Space”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

The new building is amazing. The place is full of light and air. It is easy to find your way around thanks in part to the helpful staff. They have a vast amount of information which is easily accessed.
The only problem is that there is not a dedicated car park and you have to use the odyssey one which is a bit away, annoying if you are carrying papers in our usually wet and windy weather.

Visited October 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2013

The new PRONI by the new Titanic Quarter is really a great new facility for research. Parking is easy, but a bit of a walk. There is an ATM across the street from parking, were you to need cash, on the wall to the events center. Walking over to PRONI is easy but may be a bit of a distance for elderly. There is a turn around at the front entrance where you can drop off, but not park. When you go in you can get your picture taken for ID and you have this on file with them so it isn't needed to be repeated. There are lockers to store your things and tokens for these are given with the key at the front desk. There is a small cafe that is ok for light snacks, but I find the hotel across the street has better food for those doing days on end research. The main library has several computers that access all records that you then order and go to the next room to retrieve when your number on the screen lights up and tells you what table they will be at for your viewing. If you're doing older research .. before Ireland was divided, you may find records from the south there! There are also books and microfilms to view and do research. They have at least three librarians on staff to help in your search. Happy Hunting!

Visited October 2012
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Belfast, N Ireland
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“New building containing a lot of history”
Reviewed 5 January 2013

I have used the PRO for research since the early-1970's. For those of us who were used to the Balmoral Avenue facilities (in one of the nastiest 1960's blocks in Belfast) the award-winning new PRO is luxury indeed.
A massive entrance area, reception and display space, with stunning artwork by Rita Duffy and Felicity Straker Graham, leads to a comfortable cafeteria. The cloakrooms are excellent!
Lifts and stairs provide access to 1st floor search and reading rooms. The search room is mostly computer terminals and plenty of them. Staff are helpful and deal admirably with confused newbie-visitors and forgetful long-time ones. The reading room is spacious and airy, but the tables are still a foot or so too small for those of us who work with historic maps to spread ourselves properly. As always, there are documents that are temporarily unavailable for reasons which are not always clear,though always good to see stuff away for conservation, however, some documents that are made available can seem too fragile to be handled without encapsulation and there needs to be a way to have fragile/damaged items reported for conservation assessment and treatment as appropriate.
Public transport to Queens Island and the PRO is appalling. Using private transport is awful, too. There are only 2 bridges onto Queens island and the road system through the city is tortuous and confusing. Car parking is at some distance from the PRO and is shared with visitors to other 'attractions' and businesses. This may be an attempt at environmental friendliness, but it brings misery to visitors (and students at the nearby Belfast Met College) carrying book bags and struggling against the wind and weather coming off the lough. Both the PRO and the Met were brought in, by the lure of much-needed new premises, to be part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the former shipyard into a vibrant hi-tech business area. Alas, the investment and development bubble burst leaving the PRO in a mix of new build, including the Titanic Building and (temporary?) wasteland.
It is not a place to visit unless you have research matter to pursue.

Visited June 2012
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