Lisburn Road

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The Lisburn Road is a main arterial road linking Belfast and Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

The Lisburn Road is now an extension of the "Golden Mile" with many shops, boutiques, wine bars, restaurants and coffee houses. The road runs almost parallel to the Malone Road, the two being joined by many side roads. It has established itself as an exclusive shopping destination within Northern Ireland.

At the most northerly end of the Lisburn Road lies Shaftesbury Square, a busy traffic junction featuring a large TV screen billboard which prompted The Rough Guide To Ireland to dub it "a poor man's Time Square". The actual Lisburn Road runs from the nearby Bradbury Place to Balmoral Avenue, beyond which it becomes Upper Lisburn Road. The Upper Lisburn Road extends south to reach Finaghy, at which point it becomes Kingsway and then in Dunmurry it becomes Queensway, before finally becoming the Belfast road in Lisburn.

History

The road was laid in 1817-19. It attracted shops and the Malone Road was left residential.Weatherall 2002. South Belfast Terrace and Villa. Cottage Publications. ISBN 1 900935287 In the past, it was a predominantly working-class area. Over the past 15 years it has developed into a cosmopolitan area.This is mainly due to the proximity of Queen's University, and a high number of expensive shops and restaurants. The Belfast City Hospital is also located on the road. The relative absence of......
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