Discover ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ with a walk through C.S. Lewis Square, an open space commemorating the Belfast-born author, C.S. Lewis.
C.S. Lewis Square is one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting new public spaces and is part of the Connswater Community Greenway.
You can pick up a free walking map of C.S. Lewis Square from the EastSide Visitor Centre.
You can also follow the C.S. Lewis trail, this will take you to the places that inspired the young C.S. Lewis, one of Belfast’s most famous literary sons, best known for his magical world of Narnia.
Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast on 29th November 1898. He grew up in family homes on Dundela Avenue and Circular Road in east Belfast.
The trail starts at ‘The Searcher’ sculpture outside Holywood Arches Library on the Holywood Road and includes sites such as C.S. Lewis Square (containing 7 Narnia inspired sculptures), St. Mark’s Church, (the Lion’s head door knockers are said to be the inspiration for Aslan) is where his grandfather was rector and where Lewis was baptised, and No. 47 Dundela Avenue, where a Blue Plaque marks the birthplace of where the writer was born.
Featuring seven bronze sculptures from ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, including Aslan, The White Witch, Mr Tumnus, The Beavers, The Robin and The Stone Table, it is a stunning display of public art.
CS Lewis Square is located at the intersection of the Connswater and Comber Greenways, beside the EastSide Visitor Centre. Here visitors can access information on the city’s attractions from interactive screens, interpretative panels and a wall map, connecting people to EastSide’s famous faces, places and industries.
The Centre also includes a coffee bar, named after East Belfast’s famous author C.S. Lewis, affectionately known as ‘Jack’ to friends and family. JACK Coffee Bar features locally sourced produce and showcases products from local artists and food producers.
C.S. Lewis Square is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are fully illuminated.
A stunning mural flanks the square depicting many of Belfast’s famous artists, including Van Morrison, Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy guitarist), George Best, all born in east Belfast.
Free trail maps can be found in EastSide Visitor Centre, The Arches Health & Wellbeing Centre, Connswater Community Centre and Holywood Arches Library.