A guided walk through the centre of Belfast to explore the famous personalities and locations that have shaped the city’s history.

About this event

This two-hour Belfast history walking tour is an introduction to the story of Belfast; from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1613 to the present-day modern metropolitan city. You will discover the people and places that have moulded Belfast’s complex and often messy history.

You’ll meet pivotal individuals such as Mary Joy McCracken, the anti-slavery activist who campaigned for the abolition of slavery for over 70 years; her brother Henry, executed for treason in 1798; Crawford McCullagh, son of a tenant farmer who became a millionaire draper and Lord Mayor of Belfast; and Waddell Cunningham, a merchant prince of Belfast who tried to establish the Belfast Slave Ship Company in 1786.

You will also see some of amazing public art and iconic buildings that are unique to the city. We shall visit the Belfast City Hall, a giant fish, the location where Belfast got its name, art nouveau and art deco architectural gems and visit Belfast’s tilting clock that has the ‘time and inclination’.

The walking tour will visit the Linen Quarter, where the City Hall is located, the main commercial centre of Belfast and pass through the Cathedral Quarter, the cultural and nightlife hub of the city. It is aimed at a general audience and seeks to be an introduction to the city and the people, places and events that had made Belfast what it is today.


Dates can be booked from the dropdown menu/button to the right. Dates that tours are running are:

20 May 2022, Friday, start 15.00

27 May 2022, Friday, start 15.00

17 June 2022, Friday, start 15.00

24 June 2022, Friday, start 15.00

8 July 2022, Friday, start 15.00

15 July 2022, Friday, start 15.00

22 July 2022, Friday, start 15.00

29 July 2022, 2022, Friday, start 15.00

12 August 2022, Friday, start 15.00

2 September 2022, Friday, start 15.00

9 September 2022, Friday, start 15.00

16 September 2022, Friday, start 15.00

23 September 2022, Friday, start 15.00


START: The tour is 2 hours long and departs from Belfast City Hall.

MEET: at The Salmon of Knowledge (The Big Fish), Donegall Quay, Lagan River bank (postcode BT1 3NG). This is by the Lagan Weir footbridge and behind the Customs House.

END: Approximately 2 hours later underneath the Statue of Queen Victoria, Belfast City Hall (postcode BT1 5GS).

COST: 18.50 GBP per adult (16 and over); minimum group is 5 adults, maximum is 15.

INCLUDED: tour guide.

EXCLUDED: refreshments/transport.

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