Belfast Walking Tours

  • Titanic Belfast and the Titanic Hotel Belfast (to left).
  • Looking east to the Titanic Quarter from the west bank of the Lagan.
  • Map of Belfast in the mid 19th century.
  • Cruise liner MSC Virtous, alighted at D1 dock in Belfast, July 2021.
  • Former Shaftesbury Square Hospital, Great Victoria Street.
  • Former TB Institute, Durham Street, Belfast.
  • Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square.
  • Stormont Parliament Buldings.
  • Titanic Belfast visitor centre, Titanic Quarter.
  • Scottish Provident Institution, 1-11 Donegall Square West, completed in 1902.
  • Shaw's Bridge, South Belfast, built in 1707.
  • SS Nomadic in the Graving Dock, Belfast.
  • St Anne’s Cathedral, Cathedral Quarter. Church of Ireland cathedral.
  • St Georges’ Church, High Street. Church of Ireland church, erected in 1816.
  • St Mary's Catholic Church, Chapel Lane, Belfast. erected in 1784.
  • Memorial to Operation Banner, Belfast City Hall.
  • The Spirit of Belfast sculpture, Arthur Square, Belfast, known as the 'Onion Rings'.
  • HMS Caroline, Alexandra Dock, Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT, a cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw combat service in the First World War.
  • The King’s Hall, south Belfast, a former events ground that is being redeveloped.
  • Mayfair Building, Nos. 5-11 Arthur Square, Belfast.
  • Lanyon Building, Queens University Belfast, South Belfast. Designed by Sir Charles Lanyon and opened in 1849.
  • Belfast Cenotaph, City Hall, Belfast.
  • Belfast Coast of Arms, Belfast City Hall. The Latin motto means "In return for so much, what shall we give back?"
  • WWII bomb crater, Stormont Estate, east Belfast, made during the 1941 Luftwaffe air raid.
  • Castle Buildings, High Street, Belfast, built in 1905.
  • Art Deco Elephants on the 1933 Burton's Menswear Building, Ann Street, Belfast.
  • Belfast Cenotaph, City Hall, Belfast.
  • Customs House, Custom House Square, Belfast.
  • Customs House, Custom House Square, Belfast.
  • Barnett Demense, south Belfast, opened to the public in 1951.
  • The Lynn Building, Queen’s University Belfast, built in 1913; it is now the home to The Graduate School.
  • Former Northern Bank offices, Victoria Street/Queen's Square, Belfast.
  • Dunnes’ Store, 3-11 High Street. Former Woolworth store,
  • Joy Street, Belfast; developed between 1825 and 1840.
  • Saint Malachy's Catholic Church, Alfred Street in Belfast's Linen Quarter.
  • University Road Methodist Church., built in 1864–65.
  • Titanic Memorial, Belfast City Hall,.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast.
  • Plaque to Belfast born singer Ruby Florence Murray at the Ulster Hall.
  • The Giant's Ring, Ballynahatty, near Shaw's Bridge, south Belfast, a 2700BC henge.
  • Mary Peters athletics track, south Belfast.
  • Titanic Belfast and the Titanic Hotel Belfast (to left).
  • Titanic Belfast vivitor centre (left) and the Titanic Hotel Belfast (left).
  • Former TB Institute, Durham Street, Belfast.
  • St Aiden’s Church Hall and Donegall Road Public Library, Donegall Road, south Belfast.
  • SS Nomadic in the Graving Dock, Belfast.
  • Badge of the Belfast Titanic Society.
  • Titanic Belfast visitor centre, Titanic Quarter.
  • Merchant Hotel, Waring Street, Belfast, a former bank is now a five-star hotel.
  • Northern Whig Buildings, High Street, Belfast.
  • Mount Eden Park Regional War Room, Mount Eden Park, south Belfast, a 1950s nuclear bunker.
  • The Spirit of Belfast sculpture, Arthur Square, Belfast, known as the 'Onion Rings'.
  • Memorial to Operation Banner, Belfast City Hall.
  • Ballatrade of the Robinson & Cleaver’s (former) Department Store, corner of Donegall Place/Donegall Square.
  • Robinson & Cleaver’s (former) Department Store, corner of Donegall Place/Donegall Square.
  • Malone House, Barnett Demesne, south Belfast.
  • The King’s Hall, south Belfast, a former events ground that is being redeveloped.
  • HMS Caroline, Alexandra Dock, Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT, a cruiser of the Royal Navy that saw combat service in the First World War.
  • Fisherwick Presbyterian, Malone Road, south Belfast. It was founded in 1897.
  • Salmon of Knowledge sculpture, west bank of River Lagan, Belfast.
  • Art Deco Elephants on the 1933 Burton's Menswear Building, Ann Street, Belfast.
  • Castle Buildings, High Street, Belfast, built in 1905.
  • Belfast Cenotaph, City Hall, Belfast.
  • Customs House, Custom House Square, Belfast.
  • Customs House, Custom House Square, Belfast.
  • Danesfort House, south Belfast, now the US Consulate in Northern Ireland.
  • Danske Bank, Donegall Square West in Belfast. This was the location in December 2004 robberly of £26.5 million.
  • Former Drawing Rooms for the Harland and Woolf shipyard; now the Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter.
  • The Lynn Building, Queen’s University Belfast, built in 1913; it is now the home to The Graduate School.
  • Maggie May’s, Malone Rd, south Belfast.
  • Former Northern Bank offices, Victoria Street/Queen's Square, Belfast.
  • Palm House, Botanic Garden, south Belfast; designed in 1840 by Charles Lanyon.
  • The Titanic Kit is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Tony Stallard, located in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
  • Plaque to Belfast born singer Ruby Florence Murray at the Ulster Hall.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast.
  • Danesfort House, south Belfast, sesigned by W.J. Barre in 1864 for linen baron Samuel Barbour.
  • Titanic Memorial, Belfast City Hall,.
  • Dunnes’ Store, 3-11 High Street. Former Woolworth store,
  • The Giant's Ring, Ballynahatty, near Shaw's Bridge, south Belfast, a 2700BC henge.
  • The Giant's Ring, Ballynahatty, near Shaw's Bridge, south Belfast, a 2700BC henge.
  • Mary Peters athletics track, south Belfast.
  • Central Presbytarian Church, May St, Belfast; built in 1829.
  • Clarence House, May St, Belfast, constructed 1865-67 to a design by Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon.
  • Saint Malachy's Catholic Church, Alfred Street in Belfast's Linen Quarter.
  • 1-3 Arthur Square, Belfast, built in 1888.
  • Assembly Rooms, North Street and Waring Street. Built in 1769, it is now a listed building and currently derelict (July 2020).
  • Campbell College Belfast, east Belfast. Built in the early 1890s, famous pupils have included novelist C.S. Lewis and musician Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol).
  • Samson and Goliath cranes in the Harland and Woolf ship yard that dominate the Belfast skyline.
  • Church of St John the Evangelist, Parish of Malone, Diocese of Connor. Located on the Malone Road,
  • Gift of life sculpture, Botanic Gardens. This sculpture commemorates those who have given people a chance to live through organ donation.
  • Former Donegall Rd Public Library, Donegall Rd, south Belfast.
  • Sandy Row Orange Hall, south Belfast, rebuilt in 1910.
  • St Aiden's Church Hall, Donegall Rd, south Belfast.
  • Ella Pirrie statue, Belfast City Hospital. Superintendent and Head Nurse at the Belfast Union Workhouse Infirmary.
  • Campbell College Belfast, east Belfast.
  • A map of Belfast in 1791.

Welcome to my website! I’m Dr Tom Thorpe, a Belfast resident, Belfast Green Badge Tour guide and local historian.

I lead a variety of Belfast walking tours around the city centre. These include:

  • People & Places: a general introduction to the fascinating individuals, places and events that have shaped Belfast’s history.
  • Diseases & Drs: learn about Belfast’s medical past detailing the plagues and pestilence that affected the health and wellbeing of the population from the 1750s.
  • Buildings & Bricks: explore the rich and diverse religious, municipal and commercial architecture of the city centre.
  • Queen’s Quarter: discover the interesting buildings, gardens and public art around Queen’s University in south Belfast.
  • Belfast Blitz during the Second World War: learn about the aerial bombing raids which extensively damaged Belfast’s city centre and claimed over 1,000 lives during April and May 1941.
  • Titanic Quarter and Maritime Belfast: a voyage through Belfast’s historic Titanic Quarter to discover the city’s docks, shipyards, naval heritage and how the Titanic was built.

I also do bespoke tours for individuals and groups

For more information, contact me on contact@drtomstours.com or use the form here.

Why choose me?

For more information, contact me on contact@drtomstours.com or use the form here.