Music tours of Belfast are our passion! Join your expert music guide for a fun, music-filled walk around cool music venues in the city to hear stories about our music legends past and present, plus our rising stars.
Book a guided walking tour with Creative Tours Belfast if you love music and the arts and want to explore a UNESCO City of Music that is bursting at the seams with music of many genres. Our tours showcase and involve visitors – including local people - in Belfast's vibrant music and arts scenes. With pre-arranged special visits to several venues, we help guests to see, hear and experience the music and creativity of Belfast.
Your guide is an experienced, qualified and fully insured tourist guide. They are passionate about their city and very knowledgeable about its history and about the current music and arts scene. Explore Belfast with one of them to discover links between the historic development of the town and city and its musical and literary heritage. You will visit special spots off the beaten track and see historic and contemporary music and arts venues. You will hear stories about many of the city’s super talented musicians and other artists – past and present. Interesting tales relating to historic buildings and important moments in history involving music will also be woven in. You’ll also get recommendations for current events and rising local stars.
While enjoying both hidden gems and popular visitor sights, tour guests will experience Belfast’s legendary ‘craic’ along the way!
Belfast Music Walking Tour
This is Creative Tours Belfast's most popular tour, delivered in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast’s music hub. This tour lasts two and a half or three hours. Take a musical journey across the city to hear about the wealth of musical talent in Belfast across a wide range of genres, enjoying a specially curated music playlist along the way. From hip hop to classical and punk; opera to folk and electro pop - and everything in between – Belfast is alive with music, making it a vibrant city to live in or visit. You will visit cool venues, hear a host of behind the scenes stories, be introduced to our best-know musicians, including Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Ash, the Ulster Orchestra and James Galway, as well as to a host of rising stars currently based in Belfast. At the end we hope you’ll agree that Belfast really is a City of Music and deserves the prestigious UNESCO City of Music designation, awarded in November 2021.
The tour ends at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, that houses a fascinating collection of music memorabilia in its NI Music Exhibition.
Book one of their tours that has an added performance - on the first Saturday in a month - to enjoy a private performance just for the group at Oh Yeah by a talented local musician
Belfast Music Evening Walk, Cathedral Quarter
This 90-minute evening music walking tour, introduces you to the highlights of the city’s music scene, genres and stars, in a more compact exploration of the city centre and Cathedral Quarter. Scheduled walks are offered from April to September, usually on Thursdays. It leaves you well-placed to continue your evening , perhaps taking up one of the music gigs recommended, a meal, or a drink in the lively cultural heart of the city.
We are also very happy to arrange a private evening walk on a date that works for your visit or group outing.
Belfast Punk Music Walking Tour
Come explore the story of punk music in Belfast, a city where punk meant more, with your passionate punk music loving guide! From the late 1970s, Belfast punk has held a special place in music history, near and far. See legendary venues associated with punk, as shown in the film ‘Good Vibrations’ about the Good Vibrations record shop and label set up by Terri Hooley in the late 1970s, in a time of conflict. You’ll have fun, hear a great punk soundtrack along the way, and also discover the city’s great contemporary punk bands.
Belfast Creatives - Artists, Writers, Musicians: A Private Taxi Tour
Experience the Rich, Cultural Side of Belfast in a Private Taxi
A new private taxi tour experience with a specialist music and arts tour guide accompanying you, is now available to showcase the best of Belfast’s talented visual artists, writers and musicians and the places around the city they are connected to! Tours start from one hour, up to four hours and can be tailored to your interests. A pick-up point can be arranged from your hotel or other city centre location. The longer the tour you book, the more you’ll see and enjoy.
On the tour you will see a range of sculptures across the city and much cool street art – and hear a little about them, as well as seeing art galleries and artist studios, including the home of the Turner Prize-winning Array Collective.
Many great writers across the centuries are associated with Belfast and you’ll visit spots associated with some of them. Become acquainted with Jonathan Swift and how this city influenced ‘Gulliver’s Travels’; visit C S Lewis Square to encounter characters from Narnia; hear about poets, including Nobel Prize recipient Seamus Heaney and Belfast’s poet laureate Sinead Morrissey. Plus, see some of the places written about by our contemporary, successful novelists, including Man Booker Prize winner Anna Burns. And we won’t forget our theatres and playwrights.
The taxi will also take you to where a few of our best-known musicians were born, educated or first performed, including Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Ruby Murray and Gary Moore. You’ll see recent street art pieces recognising the importance of punk to Belfast, as well as passing some of the city’s iconic music venues. Your guide will outline what’s on during your stay - after all, Belfast is a designated UNESCO City of Music!
To enquire about this private taxi tour for your group of one to five people, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Dolores +44 (0)7305 754028, saying where you would like to be collected from and what length of tour you would like a price for.
Private Group Tours
If the music tour dates advertised do not work for your Belfast visit, don’t worry. Creative Tours Belfast offers competitive rates to organise a music or other themed tour, at a time and date to suit your group. A group can be from 4 to 20 people.
Any of the tours listed here, including the popular music tour, may also be booked for conference, corporate, and other groups. A tour can be tailored to meet your requirements: from 90 minutes in length to a full day.
To explore a private or group tour please email Dolores: email@example.com
Other tours available:
Cathedral Quarter Arts Trail
This tour offers a thorough and fun exploration of the Cathedral Quarter, often called the cultural quarter of Belfast. Stroll down narrow entries, cross open squares, view historic and landmark buildings, to discover public sculptures and street art, learn about many of the city’s famous writers and hear about our wealth of current music.
‘Artists and Activists: Belfast Changemakers’
This guided walk around Belfast’s historic centre, now known as the Cathedral Quarter, will show you artworks or emblems that speak to the campaigning work of some of our changemakers across the years. These few streets bear witness to artists and activists from the 17th century to more recent days who have helped to bring about change across many areas.
Belfast’s Historic Entries, Street Art and Music
Explore the city’s oldest area, by the banks of the Lagan and Farset rivers, strolling through its narrow streets, known as ‘entries’. Belfast is one of the world’s top city destinations for colourful street art painted by both local and international artists. The modern street artworks in the entries shed light on many fascinating stories from Belfast’s past. You’ll also visit the city’s music hub to view its NI Music Exhibition and hear why Belfast is now a designated UNESCO City of Music.
The Merchants who Grew a City
A walking tour focused on Belfast’s industrial heritage, that brings to life the stories of key early merchants who contributed to the industrial heritage of Belfast in the linen, shipbuilding, whiskey, and newspaper industries. Discoverthe important roles played in Belfast’s growth by its rivers and port.
This walking tour takes in the bustling area surrounding Queen’s University. The tour will begin by visiting the main campus of the university, examining some of its best-known and historic buildings. You will also walk around the beautiful Botanic Park with its Palm House and Tropical Ravine, see the Ulster Museum, and explore Botanic Village.
Your Tour Guide
Dolores Vischer of Creative Tours Belfast has lived in Belfast for much of her life and loves to show visitors why she is passionate about this special place. Dolores is a Belfast Green Badge Tourist Guide, a qualification awarded by the UK-wide Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG). She is a member of ITG and also of the Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association. She has a Masters Degree from the University of St Andrews in English with French and Spanish (and has reasonable spoken French and Spanish).
Dolores is a passionate and knowledgeable music and arts fan. She plays the Bodhran and drums and has both drummed and sung in bands, as well as singing in the Cathedral Quarter Choir and is part of the OTH Music Collective.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Specialist expertise in music, especially the current scene across many genres and can give recommendations for what's on.
- Their tours are fun and entertaining – weaving in stories of local people past and present.
- Music tours often end with a private performance by a local rising star of our music scene.
- Meet and talk to local people and gain access to places you mightn’t otherwise find.
- Your guide is passionate about the music & arts of Belfast, fully-insured & holds an internationally-recognised qualification.