Fountain Centre, a hidden gem in the heart of Belfast City.

A place to shop, socialise and unwind

The Alice Clock

The Alice Clock, situated on the piazza at Fountain Centre, is the only automaton clock in Ireland.  It was created to celebrate the Millennium 2000. 


24 bells play on the hour, from 9.00am to 6.00pm. Every three hours, religious figures emerge to commemorate the birth of Christ – King David is followed by John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary, holding the infant Jesus.


Every other hour characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland rotate around the three mosaic panels designed and executed by Berni Sutton of Coney Island, Co Down.  They depict the progress of the day – morning, noon and night. 


Architects, Fitzpatrick and Mays of Dublin, designed the project and commissioned the clock from Otto Buer of Lübeck, Germany.


The Piazza and Fountain

Travelling up the escalator at Fountain Centre leads you to the beautiful and tranquil Piazza. 


At the far end is the Children's Fountain, created by local sculpture, Marjorie Fitzgibbon. The fountain marked the opening of Fountain Centre in 1978 and depicts three children playing in the water. The statues perch on rocks hand selected from the Wicklow mountains, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.


Sit on the Piazza and enjoy a true italian coffee and panini from Cafe Nero, or maybe pop into Sawers for a sandwich from their delicious deli or create your own picnic from the selection of fine foods. The wooden benches along the Piazza are an ideal spot to relax and people-watch down below. In the afternoon, the Piazza is a perfect suntrap.

Look After Yourself!

Fountain Centre is populated by independent, unique retailers. From gifts, jewellery and accessories to unique and specialised crafts, you'll find lots to inspire you here.


Gifts, Crafts and Homeware: Utopia, Spacecraft


Fine Food: Sawers


Jewellery, Accesories and Clothing: Ellisons, GD1, Regatta


Bridal: Lizze Agnew


Children's Education: Learning Space


For a full list of all our retailers, head to the 'Retailer's tab at the top of the page.



Whether it is a new hair do or trim that you need, or a bit of colour for the summer months, Vision Hair and Tanning Salon will look after you. If the hair is all in order, then spoil yourself or someone special to some fabulous beauty treatments in the Fountain of Beauty.


Hair and beauty checked? What about those shoes? Belfast's very own cobbler is right downstairs! Est. in 1975, these cobblers are specialised in the art of shoe making and shoe repair. Call by for advice, you'll see their hard working atomaton cobbler in the window keeping an eye on things.


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