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Located on the Newtownards Road, in the heart of east Belfast, EastSide Visitor Centre provides all the information you need to discover the wealth of visitor experiences on offer in EastSide.

East Belfast was once the beating heart of the city's industrial past with thousands of people employed in the linen mills, rope factories, engineering works and shipyards. Whilst these mills may have now closed and factories been replaced by housing, EastSide is now thriving once again but this time as a hub of culture and creativity.

EastSide boasts some of Belfast's most renowned cafes, bars and restaurants making the area popular amongst locals and attracting those in search of authentic Belfast experiences.

With a number of self-guided trails, starting and finishing from EastSide Visitor Centre, you can either walk in the footsteps of George Best's childhood, soak up the scenery which inspired some of Van Morrison's most famous songs or visit St Mark's Church where C.S. Lewis was christened in January 1899.

EastSide Visitor Centre has also got up-to date listings of events and festivals taking place across east Belfast and beyond.
  • 402 Newtownards Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT4 1HH

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Information centre and cafe with great friendly staff
  • Exhibition telling the story of East Belfast
  • Regular music, open mic nights and performance events
  • Changing art exhibitions and talks
  • Walking tours and self guided trails available

C.S. Lewis Festival

22 - 26 Nov 2019

The C.S. Lewis Festival celebrates the legacy of Lewis through themes of storytelling, imagination and spirituality with events.

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A Journey Beyond Prejudice

Mon, 25 Nov 2019, 1:00pm

Lewis expert Rev. Mercia Flannagan will consider how Lewis’s later Christianity was broadened by his friendship with Tolkien.

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C.S. Lewis Walking Tour

Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 10:00am

Join C.S. Lewis expert, Laura Spence, for a 2.5 hour walk around some areas of east Belfast most associated with Lewis and his family.

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Children and Young Adult Publishing Panel

Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 11:00am

Join authors Myra Zepf and Kelly McCaughrain, plus Grainne Clear of Walker Books as they give honest advice on the world of children’s and YA publishing.

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Christmas Lights Switch On and Market

22 - 23 Nov 2019

Come along to the CS Lewis Square for a two day programme of activities to kick off the festive celebrations!

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Escaping to Narnia

Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 1:00pm

Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham and the voice of the man himself give an insight into the work and character of one of the greatest children's writers.

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Fine and Dandy Market

Sun, 24 Nov 2019, 11:30am

Following on from the success of the previous Narnia-themed markets, Fine and Dandy Markets are delighted to be stepping through the wardrobe again this year.

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God, Jesus and Joni Mitchell’s Blue with Dr Andrew Cunning

Sun, 24 Nov 2019, 6:30pm

Join theologian and Joni Mitchell fan, Dr Andrew Cunning, for an evening unpacking Joni's best album.

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Guided Cemetery Tours – Belfast City Cemetery

Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 1:00pm

Join Peter McCabe as he tells you the stories behind a range of headstones with links to C.S. Lewis.

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Guided Cemetery Tours – Dundonald Cemetery

Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 11:00am

Join Peter McCabe as he tells you the stories behind a range of headstones with links to C.S. Lewis.

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Interactive Musical Adventure

Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 2:00pm

"In your mind, you can find, a whole world of pure imagination... Let’s go somewhere today."

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Jack’s Journey

Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 7:30pm

Jack’s Journey is a whimsical re-imagining of the journeys of C.S. Lewis as he ‘stops’ along the way to his eventual career as the writer of…

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Pure Imagination

Sat, 23 Nov 2019, 7:00pm

A not to be missed evening designed to make you forget about the real world for an hour or two.

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The Imagination Lectures with Padraig O’Tuama and Jan Carson

Sun, 24 Nov 2019, 4:00pm

How can we make the most of our imagination? What is the relationship between imagination and art?

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Book Discussion

Mon, 25 Nov 2019, 6:30pm

Come along to The Lamppost Cafe for an open discussion on 'The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.'

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The Most Magical Library of the Best Stories Ever

22 - 24 Nov 2019

Bring your imagination and your favourite, loveliest words, and join the characters on their quest to save Christmas.

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Through the Wardrobe

Sun, 24 Nov 2019, 10:30am

Come along for a free Narnia themed drop in event perfect for the little ones!

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