People & Places

  • Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square.
  • Dunnes’ Store, 3-11 High Street, Belast.
  • Robinson & Cleaver’s (former) Department Store, corner of Donegall Place/Donegall Square.
  • Ballatrade of the Robinson & Cleaver’s (former) Department Store, corner of Donegall Place/Donegall Square.
  • Scottish Provident Institution, 1-11 Donegall Square West, completed in 1902.
  • St Mary's Catholic Church, Chapel Lane, Belfast. erected in 1784.
  • St Georges’ Church, High Street. Church of Ireland church, erected in 1816.
  • The Spirit of Belfast sculpture, Arthur Square, Belfast, known as the 'Onion Rings'.
  • Northern Whig Buildings, High Street, Belfast.
  • Merchant Hotel, Waring Street, Belfast, a former bank is now a five-star hotel.
  • Mayfair Building, Nos. 5-11 Arthur Square, Belfast.
  • 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?"
  • Maggie May’s, Malone Rd, south Belfast.
  • Former Northern Bank offices, Victoria Street/Queen's Square, Belfast.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Belfast.
  • Plaque to Belfast born singer Ruby Florence Murray at the Ulster Hall.
  • Clifton House Poor House, north Belfast.
  • Ulster Museum, Queen's Quarter.
  • St Anne’s Cathedral, Cathedral Quarter. Church of Ireland cathedral.
  • Royal Irish Rifles Memorial to those lost in the Boer War, Belfast City Hall.
  • Central Panel, Scottish Provident Institution, 1-11 Donegall Square West. completed in 1902.
  • Scottish Provident Institution, 1-11 Donegall Square West, completed in 1902.
  • Memorial to Queen Victoria, Belfast City Hall, unveiled by her son, King Edward VII in 1903.
  • Queen's Univeristy Belfast Coat of Arms, on front gate in front of the Lanyon Building, QUB.
  • Samson and Goliath cranes in the Harland and Woolf ship yard that dominate the Belfast skyline.
  • Albert Memorial Clock, Queen's Square, Completed in 1869 and in memory of Queen Victoria's late Prince Consort,
  • The Titanic Kit is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Tony Stallard, located in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.

This one-and-a-half 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 city.

You will discover the amazing public art, iconic buildings and unique history of the city.

The walking tour will visit the City Hall grounds, the main commercial centre of Belfast and pass through the Cathedral Quarter, the cultural and nightlife hub of the city.

The tour will talk about pivotal individuals whose lives shaped Belfast’s history. These include Mary Joy McCracken, the anti-slavery activist who campaigned against 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 was Lord Mayor of Belfast for 17 years; and Waddel Cunningham, a merchant prince of Belfast who tried to establish the Belfast Slave Ship Company in 1786.

Book this Belfast walking tour via email


START: The tour is 1.5 hours long and departs from The Salmon of Knowledge (The Big Fish).

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 1.5 hours later underneath the Statue of Queen Victoria, Belfast City Hall (postcode BT1 5GS).

COST: 20.00 GBP per adult (16 and over); minimum group is 5 adults, maximum is 15.

INCLUDED: tour guide.

EXCLUDED: refreshments/transport.