Getting to PRONI and opening hours

Find out about The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) opening hours and how to get there.

Open Monday to Friday

  • open each weekday, Monday to Friday, apart from public holidays
  • open on Thursday evenings from mid-January through to early December
  • PRONI does not close over lunchtimes

Preservation Week

PRONI's annual Preservation Week runs from Monday 9 December to Friday 13 December 2019 this year.

During this time there will be no access to original documents, however you can still view microfilms and use the resources located in the public search room. 

Holiday opening hours December 2019 and January 2020

In addition to public holidays (25 to 27 December 2019 and 1 January 2020), PRONI opening hours will also vary from standard on the following days: 

Thursday 12 December 2019: 10.00 am to 4.45 pm
Thursday 19 December 2019: 10.00 am to 4.45 pm
Tuesday 24 December 2019: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Thursday 2 January 2020:  10.00 am to 4.45 pm

PRONI standard opening hours

Day

Opening hours

Document ordering times

 

Monday

9.00 am to 4.45 pm

9.00 am to 4.15 pm

Tuesday

9.00 am to 4.45 pm

9.00 am to 4.15 pm

Wednesday

9.00 am to 4.45 pm

9.00 am to 4.15 pm

Thursday

10.00 am to 8.45 pm

10.00 am to 8.00 pm

Friday

9.00 am to 4.45 pm

9.00 am to 4.15 pm

Public holidays until March 2020

  • Wednesday 25 December 2019
  • Thursday 26 December 2019
  • Friday 27 December 2019
  • Wednesday 1 January 2020
  • Tuesday 17 March 2020

Access records onsite

  • no appointment is necessary 
  • you must register as a PRONI visitor in order to access records onsite - you can do this when you arrive - remember to bring photographic ID

Address

Location map showing PRONI and its surroundings

PRONI postal address is:

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
2 Titanic Boulevard
BELFAST
BT3 9HQ

Travelling to PRONI

By Bus/ Glider

Metro Buses

Metro Buses 94, 94A and 946B serve PRONI and Titanic Quarter also departing from Wellington Place.

Metro Bus 94 serves PRONI and Titanic Quarter departing from Wellington Place adjacent to the Glider Halt outside Tim Horton’s.

For PRONI alight at the Citibank building after passing the SSE Arena and through the traffic lights. You will find PRONI by taking the next left off Sydenham Road. This takes you into Titanic Boulevard and PRONI is on the left hand side.

For the return journey to Belfast City Centre Metro Buses stop at the Bus Stop on Sydenham Road just opposite the end of Titanic Boulevard and close to the junction with Old Channel Road. 

Buses to the City Centre throughout the day are half hourly at around 20 minutes past each hour and 50 minutes past each hour.  PRONI Reception staff will be happy to confirm the next departure as you leave the building.

Generally buses to the City Centre throughout the day will be due at the Queen’s Road Bus Stop between 15 minutes and 20 minutes past each hour and also between 45 minutes and 50 minutes past each hour.

However note that in the evenings between 3.50pm and until 5.35pm there will be no Metro buses going to the City Centre stopping at the Bus Stop to the rear of PRONI on Queen’s Road.  

If you wish to travel to the City Centre by Metro Bus between these times then use the Bus Stop on Sydenham Road at the front of the former Carillion building just opposite the end of Titanic Boulevard.  Buses are due here around 4.20pm, 4.50pm and 5.20pm.

Glider

The Glider Service - G2 serves Titanic Quarter.  For the majority of each day the Glider operates to Titanic Quarter every 10 minutes to and from Wellington Place.

The nearest Glider stops to PRONI are a short 5 minute walk away from PRONI at

  • the front of the SSE Arena
  • close to Titanic Belfast / Belfast Met  

Note that the Metro Bus Stops are closer to PRONI than the Glider Stops.

By rail

Titanic Quarter Station is only a short walk from PRONI, about 10 minutes away on foot. If travelling from Belfast, cross the footbridge onto Sydenham Road. Turn left from the footbridge onto the Sydenham Road then take the first turn on the right onto Titanic Boulevard. PRONI is on the left hand side.  

Belfast Central Station is about 20 minutes walk away. Head towards the SSE Arena, Belfast. Pass the SSE Arena, Belfast on your left then go past the junction and turn left at the Citibank building onto Titanic Boulevard. PRONI is on the left hand side.

For further information on bus or rail travel within Northern Ireland and for timetables, visit the Translink website.

By car

PRONI is about 1½ miles from Belfast City Hall. Cross Queens Bridge and keep left, passing the SSE Arena, Belfast on your left. Pass through the junction and Titanic Boulevard is on the left immediately after the Citibank building. PRONI is on the left hand side.

If approaching by the M1 Motorway from the west, continue onto the Westlink and then onto the M3 (heading towards Bangor). At junction 1 take the A2 exit to Belfast (the exit for the SSE Arena, Belfast), turn left towards Sydenham Road then take the first right onto Sydenham Road. Turn left onto Titanic Boulevard immediately after the Citibank building and PRONI is on the left hand side. .

If approaching by the A2 Sydenham bypass from the east, take the exit on the right towards Dee Street. Turn left at Dee Street then at the roundabout take the first exit onto Sydenham Road. After about half a mile turn right into Titanic Boulevard. PRONI is on the left hand side.

If approaching from the north by the M2, continue onto the M3 (heading towards Bangor). At junction 1 take the A2 exit to Belfast (the exit for the SSE Arena, Belfast), turn left towards Sydenham Road then take the first right onto Sydenham road. Turn left onto Titanic Boulevard immediately after the Citibank building and PRONI is on the left hand side.

If you are using a sat nav to find your way to the PRONI building, use the postcode BT3 9HQ (Titanic Boulevard).

Parking

Parking is available at the SSE Arena, Belfast. See the SSE (formerly Odyssey) Arena website for details of prices. The SSE Arena, Belfast also offers a pre-paid parking service which you may wish to consider if you are a regular visitor.

There are other car parks available in Titanic Quarter close to PRONI, including at Belfast Metropolitan College and the Gateway car park at the Premier Inn.

The location of Titanic Quarter car parks can be viewed in this map. 

The Parkopedia website provides details of other car parks in the Belfast city centre area.

There are two disabled parking spaces available to Blue Badge holders free of charge opposite the main entrance to PRONI. In addition, there are sixteen parking spaces on Titanic Boulevard which are pay and display to all, including Blue Badge holders.

By air

It is possible to fly direct into Belfast from most major European cities and many international destinations.  Belfast has two local airports – Belfast International Airport, which services both domestic and international flights; and George Best Belfast City airport, which caters mainly for domestic air traffic.

George Best Belfast City Airport is about 4 miles from Belfast city centre.

Belfast International Airport is about 20 miles from Belfast City Centre.

Belfast is easily accessible from Dublin International Airport and City of Derry Airport by car, bus or rail.

By sea

Ferry crossings operate from the UK mainland into Larne and Belfast ports in Northern Ireland and into Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Rosslare ports in the Republic of Ireland.

Ferry crossings also operate from Cherbourg and Roscoff in France to Rosslare in County Wexford.

By bicycle or on foot

Titanic Quarter is about 1.3 miles from both Belfast City Hall, with a walking time of about 25 minutes. Visitors can cross one of three bridges, including the Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge.

There is a cycle and walking route connecting the Comber Greenway with the wider National Cycle Network via Titanic Quarter. The route includes the reopened Fraser Street and new crossings at King's Road, Beersbridge Road, Dee Street and Sydenham Road.

There are a number of public bicycle parking facilities on Queen’s Road, located to the rear of the Arc Apartments and at the entrance to Belfast Metropolitan College.

The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme also offers bikes for rent 365 days a year from 6am to midnight daily. There are 30 docking stations located throughout the city centre, including a dock at Odyssey/Sydenham Road. Visit the Belfast Bike Scheme website for further details.

Driving distance to Belfast City Centre 

Location Miles Driving time
George Best Belfast City Airport 4 c.20 mins
Belfast International Airport 20 c. 40mins
Coleraine 56 c.1hr 15mins
Omagh 67 c.1hr 20mins
Derry~Londonderry 70 c.1hr 40mins
Enniskillen 82 c.1hr 45mins
Dublin 100 c.2hrs
Galway 195 c.4hrs 40mins
Rosslare 207 c.4hrs 30mins
Limerick 225 c.4hrs 50mins
Cork 260 c.5hrs 45mins

Other attractions in Titanic Quarter and beyond

PRONI is located in the heart of Belfast’s historic Titanic Quarter and we are only a short walk away from a host of unique visitor attractions, including the world famous Harland and Wolff cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath' and the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction.  

You can also visit Titanic’s dock, Pump House and slipway; the SS Nomadic and HMS Caroline; the Odyssey Pavilion and W5 science and discovery centre; as well as Titanic Studios where hit HBO show Game of Thrones is filmed.  For a more active and adventurous experience, visitors can try wakeboarding on the Lagan, take a segway tour of the area or visit T13 Urban Sports Park.  The Wee Tram offers a hop-on hop-off excursion around all of these activities and more.

For further visitor information, see the Titanic Foundation website.

Tourist information

For more information about what to do, what to see and where to stay during your visit, try the Visit Belfast websiteDiscover Northern Ireland official website of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), will provide details on what to see and do throughout Northern Ireland and the Discover Ireland website provides tourist information for all of Ireland.

 

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