Belfast has an expanse of green spaces and parks that are perfect for soaking up the sun and getting plenty of fresh air, but there are plenty of lesser known walking trails right in the city centre that are worth discovering too.
Get together with a friend and delve into Belfast’s vibrant street art scene, or follow the Titanic Trail and Maritime Mile into a bygone shipbuilding era. Retrace the steps of Belfast’s famous figures on George Best, CS Lewis and Van Morrison walking trails, or take an audio tour of the city centre and, of course, pick up a coffee and tasty takeaway treats along the way!
Uncover the story of the Titanic as you journey from the Titanic Memorial Garden at Belfast City Hall, through the city to the Titanic Quarter where you’ll learn about the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices, SS Nomadic and much more. The Titanic Trail is a free, self-guided walking trail marked on a map you can download to your phone.
Belfast has incredible street art and you can discover a lot of it on a stroll from the city centre to the Cathedral Quarter. From classic pieces that have been part of the city for years to new works in the historic Entries, take a walk and see what you discover! We’ve plotted a few key pieces on the map below, but this ever changing artistic landscape is always offering something new.
The Maritime Mile captures the heritage of Belfast’s waterfront, running from Sailortown past the Big Fish, SS Nomadic, Titanic Belfast, Titanic Slipways, Great Light and much more. It represents one navigational mile of water and 10 kilometres of accessible waterfront, where you can walk, cycle, run and play in the footsteps of giants. Follow the Glass of Thrones Trail along the way too!
CS Lewis Square Interactive Trail
Become an explorer on the CS Lewis Square Interactive Trail, where your mission is to find answers to mysterious clues hidden in familiar landmarks. Developed by EastSide Greenways this family friendly trail – which celebrates 70 years of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – transports you to Narnia in east Belfast’s CS Lewis Square and includes fun activities perfect for kids. Download the trail map.
Located south of Belfast City Hall, the Linen Quarter is full hidden treasures. Discover them all on a self-guided walking tour that includes St Malachi’s Church, the Victorian Ormeau Baths, the Grade 2 listed BBC building, the Ulster Hall and the Flax Field on Bedford Street – a micro site of urban linen production. Read the full walking tour description here.
Though the Cathedral Quarter’s pubs and restaurants may still be closed there’s plenty of public art and architecture to discover among the cobbled streets. See the coloured hanging umbrellas in Commercial Court and an abundance of street art throughout the district. Pick up a takeaway coffee and bring little ones to play in the Cathedral Gardens – a colourful park full of interactive and musical attractions next to the breath-taking Belfast Cathedral.
George Best Self-Guided Trail
This trail, developed by the Connswater Community Greenway, gives you the chance to discover east Belfast as world-famous footballer George Best would have seen it. You’ll see his local school and playing fields, the chippie where he went for a fish supper, the cinema where he watched the most recent films and the ice cream parlour where he’d get a ‘slider’ or a cone. Download the trail map from Connswater Community Greenway website.
Van Morrison Trail
Go on a journey through the east Belfast of Van Morrison’s youth. This trail, developed by Connswater Community Greenaway, offers a glimpse of some of the places the Belfast-born singer knew as a child growing up. You can download a trail map from communitygreenway.co.uk – look out for QR codes at some locations. Simply scan each QR code on your phone to download a short song extract related to that location!
Self-Guided Audio Tour
DC Tours has created an immersive audio tour to take you on a journey through Belfast’s history, culture, architecture and stories. The ‘Best of Belfast City Trail’ is available on the DC Tours app and it is packed full of information, pictures, audio and video. It also includes a GPS mapping feature to guide you along the way! Find more information and download the app here.