Great Northern Hotel, about 1911
©National Railway Museum/ Science & Society Picture Library
The Great Northern Hotel, Rostrevor, County Down, about 1911. Alongside the hotel are the Temperance Refreshment Rooms, which catered for customers who did not drink alchohol. Rostrevor is on the coast of Northern Ireland and at the foothills of the mountains of Mourne. Tourists could get to Northern Ireland by taking a train to Heysham or Stranraer and catching a connecting boat to Belfast. Railway companies produced large numbers of scenic photographs like this. They were used to decorate carriages and waiting rooms, and were reproduced in publicity material intended to promote railway travel.