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Creative Tours Belfast specialises in organising guided walking experiences that showcase and involve visitors in Belfast's vibrant creative and arts scenes, with particular expertise in music.

Explore Belfast with an experienced, entertaining and qualified local tour guide to discover special spots off the beaten track. Belfast has a wealth of super talented musicians and other artists - and Creative Tours Belfast loves to share their work with guests. While enjoying both hidden gems and popular visitor sights, tour guests will experience Belfast’s legendary ‘craic’ along the way!

Belfast UNESCO City of Music Tour

This is their most popular tour, delivered in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre. Guests see and hear why Belfast was awarded the prestigious UNESCO City of Music title in November 2021.  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. Music is played at every stop – and there’s a private performance by a local musician, often a rising star of the local scene!

Bespoke Private Tours

The music tour, or one of the three tours below, may be booked at a competitive rate and at a time to suit a group of friends or family, and for conference, corporate, and other groups. (Group sizes, 4 to 16 people.) Tours can be from two hours to a full day in length, arranged to meet your requirements. To discuss these please email Dolores: creativetoursbelfast@gmail.com 

  • Belfast City Highlights – Historic Entries, Street Art and Music
    Explore the history of the oldest cobbled streets of this vibrant city, see colourful street art and hear why Belfast is now a UNESCO city of music!

  • The Merchants who Grew a City
    A walking tour 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. Discover how important Belfast’s rivers and port have been.

  • Introducing Belfast Tour
    This tour gives an enjoyable introduction to Belfast’s key buildings, areas and popular attractions, alongside information on the history of the town that developed into an industrial Victorian city and what makes Belfast tick today.


Your Tour Guide
Dolores 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 first and foremost a passionate and knowledgeable music and arts fan. She 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 holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of St Andrews and has reasonable spoken French and Spanish.
  • Central Belfast
  • Belfast
  • Antrim

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Specialist expertise in music, especially the current scene across many genres - plus in-depth knowledge of all the arts.
  • Their tours are fun and entertaining – weaving in stories of local people past and present.
  • Music tours 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 full-insured and holds an internationally-recognised qualification.
  • Belfast UNESCO City of Music Tour

    This popular tour is delivered in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

    Guests will see and hear why Belfast was awarded the prestigious UNESCO City of Music title in November 2021.

    From hip hop to classical and punk; opera to folk and electro pop – and everything in between – music plays a significant and important role in the fabric of Belfast, making it a vibrant city to live in or visit.

    The tour begins with a visit to the iconic Ulster Hall, a legend in the history of Belfast’s entertainment scene. The route then explores music venues including traditional bars and clubs, historic buildings, open air performance spaces, the city’s newest performance space (2 Royal Avenue), our main arena venues – and even a church!  At each stop, the focus is on a different genre of music or aspect of our music heritage.

    Along the way guests hear stories about iconic music moments, characters and local legends – past and present – and find out about some rising stars of our contemporary music scene across a range of genres.

    Music is played at every stop.

    The tour concludes with a visit to Belfast’s own dedicated music hub, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, with a chance to browse the centre’s Music Exhibition, which features memorabilia from Northern Ireland musicians including Snow Patrol, Van Morrison and Stiff Little Fingers.

    Guests then settle down to enjoy a special, private performance by a local musician, often a rising star of the local scene!

    Practical Details

    • The walking tour will last three hours and cover up to 2 miles.
    • The tour will take place in all weathers – come prepared please!
    • Your guide is a qualified and insured Belfast Green Badge Tourist Guide – and a complete music fan!
    • The tour will start outside the Ulster Hall, on Bedford Street, and end with a 40- minute visit to the Oh Yeah Centre.
    • A half-hour private performance by a local, talented musician is included.
    • Tickets cost £20 plus booking fee. Advanced booking is required.
    • The tour runs of a Friday or a Saturday, 3 times a month, from 1-4pm. For dates click here.
  • Belfast City Highlights – Historic Entries, Street Art and Music

    Take the Belfast City Highlights Tour for a taste of Belfast’s special vibe and to see many of the top spots of interest! For visitors new to the city, it’s a good way to explore the oldest parts of the city centre and discover what you’d like to learn more about.  The tour takes in cobbled streets and historic ‘Entries’ or alleyways and locates the city’s oldest public houses. Guests will see colourful and abundant street art along the way and listen to music snippets by some of the city’s many great current musicians to find out why Belfast is a UNESCO City of Music.

    This leisurely walking tour begins at the ‘Salmon of Knowledge’ (Big Fish) sculpture on Donegall Quay and ends by Belfast’s oldest public house, Kelly’s Cellars.

    This two hour tour may be booked privately for any group.

  • The Merchants who Grew a City

    A walking tour on Belfast’s Industrial Heritage.

    Starting from the ‘Big Fish’ this tour visits the place where shipbuilding in Belfast began and ends after two and a half hours at City Hall.  The tour takes in the oldest parts of Belfast and guests will hear about some of the key figures from the 1700s to the early 1900s who pioneered new and successful businesses that resulted in the growth and industrialisation of Belfast. Men like William Ritchie, Francis Joy, Thomas Mulholland, Waddell Cunningham and John Dunville, have each left their legacy.  Hear how new industries were developed, including printing and paper making; shipbuilding, linen; whiskey distilling; rope and tobacco manufacture.  Belfast grew from a small town with a population of only 25,000 people in 1808, into a prosperous Victorian city with a population of almost 350,000 by 1901. Come and explore our city’s industrial heritage and the part played by our rivers and port.

    This two and a half hour tour may be booked privately for any group.

  • Introducing Belfast Tour

    Meeting by Queen Victoria’s statue in City Hall grounds, this tour gives an enjoyable overview of the development of this city from a small settlement to an industrial Victorian city – and beyond.  As you stroll, a range of architectural styles in the city’s many historic buildings will be pointed out to guests. They will explore the oldest streets, entries and church, hear about the city’s liberal past, and find out about many of the public art pieces on display. The tour ends at the Big Fish on Donegall Quay.

    This two hour tour may be booked privately for any group.

Belfast UNESCO City of Music Walking Tour and Performance

20 Aug - 10 Dec 2022

Take a leisurely walking tour to explore Belfast's rich music scene, taking in some off the beaten track venues. Discover why Belfast is a UNESCO City…

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Belfast UNESCO City of Music Walking Tour

02 - 30 Sep 2022

Take a leisurely walking tour to explore Belfast's rich music scene, taking in some off the beaten track venues. Discover why Belfast is a UNESCO City…

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