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Getting to the NICRF

Where to find us within the Belfast City Hospital Tower Block

The NICRF is located on the U Floor (University floor) of the Belfast City Hospital tower block. At the ground floor entrance, keep to the left and walk past Enquiries and Respiratory Physio. Continue to walk along by the wall of artwork and through the set of glass doors, to the Passenger Lifts. Press U Floor for University Floor. Once you alight from the lift on the U Floor, turn right and follow the sign to the right, to Reception. Press the buzzer for access to the Reception area.

For visitors who prefer not to use the lift, please note that there is a flight of stairs. This is located through a door to the left, just before the lifts.

Please note however that it is seventy steps upstairs, past the Control Floor, Administration and Dining Floors en route. At the University Floor, there is a door which leads to five more steps. Turn left as you come through the door and walk along the corridor which is sign-posted for the NICRF Reception. Press the buzzer for access.

Getting to the Belfast City Hospital


Transport options

   By Bus

From Belfast City Centre, take the 9a, 9b or 9c buses that depart from Donegall Square East and travel along the Lisburn Road. Metro bus timetables are available here. A light on the opposite side of the road to the Jubilee Road, Gate A, Lisburn Road.

   Translink Park and Ride

Translink Park and Ride Timetable shows you the possible routes from various parts of Northern Ireland.

   By Bike

There is Sheffield bike stands outside the entrance to Belfast City Hospital. Also, the Belfast Bikes initiative is in place at the Hospital. Visitors can hire / deposit their Belfast Bike on the Lisburn Road, outside the Macmillan Cancer Centre and bus stop. See Map for locations.

   By Rail

  1. When you alight from the train on the Donegall Road, at the Belfast City Hospital train station, turn left and walk a short distance up the Donegall Road. Turn left at the blue gates, marked “Gate C” and ahead of you is the rear entrance of the City Hospital tower block. Walk towards the entrance marked “To all Wards & Departments”.
  2. Enter the hospital and walk along the corridor, past the Pharmacy and kitchens on the right, until you reach the sign pointing to the right, “Passenger lifts to all Wards. Way out to main entrance”. Through these doors and on the right are the lifts.
  3. Take the lift to the U Floor (University Floor). Upon exiting the lift, turn right and right again, following the signage towards Reception. Press buzzer at the double doors, for access to Reception area.

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   By Air

Belfast is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport . Both are linked to the city by regular bus services. Dublin International Airport is located approximately 100 miles to the south and is served by regular coach services, Aircoach and Goldline Services which depart outside the Arrivals lounge and arrive at Glengall Street, Great Victoria Street Bus Station in Belfast City Centre.

   By Sea

Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries have daily crossings. Services run from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England.

   Car Parking facilities

There are pay-and-display car parks across the City Hospital site. There is a multi-storey car park on the Donegall Road and a car park outside the entrances to the City Hospital Tower Block and Cancer Centre. Please refer to additional information below.

The Trust has car parking charges for the duration of your visit.


NI Clinical Research Facility,
U Floor, Belfast City Hospital,
Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7AB

Tel:+44 (0)28 9504 0342

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