The George Best Trail (Self guided)
This trail, developed by the Connswater Community Greenway, will bring you up close to east Belfast as it was in George’s day. You’ll see the everyday places that formed part of his daily life - his local school and playing fields, the chippie where he went for a fish supper, the cinema where he watched the most recent films, the ice cream parlour where he’d get a ‘slider’ or a cone. Whilst many places still exist, others are gone. But the warmth and humour of east Belfast folk remains strong, as does the pride they feel for ‘the Belfast boy’.
Start your tour in the Cregagh Estate, where George grew up. You can catch a Metro 6 bus near Belfast City Hall, or ask any taxi driver to drop you off at Cregagh Estate. Then spend 1.5 hours or so exploring the sites on Map 1 - his home at 16 Burren Way, where he grew up and the pitches where he honed his skills.
Map 2 will take you on a 30-minute walk down the Cregagh Road. It has hardly changed since George’s day and you’ll enjoy a bit of craic with the locals. There’s more to see on Map 3 and you might take a taxi over to the Oval football ground, home of Glentoran Football Club. Should you wish to pay your respects to George by visiting his grave at Roselawn Cemetery, details of how to get there are in Section 5 of the trail.
Find out where you can pick up a hard copy of the trail by visiting www.communitygreenway.co.uk/trails