A unique new tourist attraction in east Belfast promises to cast a fascinating perspective on the childhood of football legend George Best.
The late Manchester United and Northern Ireland star has wowed fans around the world, but her humble beginnings at the family home of the Cregagh Estate are still a source of fascination.
The family home at Burren Way is already available for visitors to book overnight stays, having been purchased by the EastSide Partnership in 2011 to promote the footballer.
Selected 37 times for Northern Ireland, Best went on to become one of football’s first celebrities and was known around the world before his death in 2005 at the age of 59.
Now, thanks to a charity regeneration project alongside EastSide Tourism, visitors to NI and beyond will get a glimpse of the 1960s.
The whole house has been renovated to look what it would have been in 1961, when a fifteen year old George left his home to begin his remarkable rise in Manchester.
From old school reports to personal family photos, visitors will be able to learn more about the great footballer and his origins while being in the same setting that young Best would have known.
The house is filled with memorabilia and photographs of some of Best’s greatest footballing moments, including winning the European Cup with Manchester United in 1968, as well as the Ballon d’Or the same year.
EastSide Tourism also announced that a new audio tour is being developed in partnership with George’s sister, Barbara McNarry.
Chris Armstrong of EastSide Tourism said: “George Best House’s retro renovation will take visitors back to the 60s at a very special and important time in George’s life.
“It is a unique experience for fans of George Best.”
Caroline Bell of TourismNI added, “Tourism NI is delighted to have funded our Experience Development Program for this very distinctive and engaging experience associated with one of Northern Ireland’s sporting legends.
“This will add to the range and quality of visitor experiences in East Belfast and meet the growing demand for local and authentic tourism offers. “
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