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Packed full of information on EastSide's key attractions, famous faces and places. Come in and sample local delicacies from Jack Coffee Bar.

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 Whilst these mills may have now closed and factories been replaced by housing, EastSide is now thriving once again but this time as a hub of culture and creativity.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 including the EastSide Arts Festival 2021.
  • CS Lewis Square
  • 402 Newtownards Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT4 1HH
EastSide Visitor Centre
  • CS Lewis Square
  • 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

CS Lewis Square Tour

4.09 KM
31 Jul - 28 Aug 2021

Join Blue Badge tour guide Lolly Spence on a guided walking tour of C.S. Lewis Square and hear all about adventures in Narnia.

EastSide Visitor Centre
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‘Kickstart Your Imagination’ Workshop with Jan Carson

Sat, 07 Aug 2021, 10:00am

In this interactive creative writing workshop, Belfast-based novelist Jan Carson will help you explore and develop ideas for new stories.

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A Dozen Men’s Stories from Dundonald Cemetery

Sun, 15 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

This guided 90-minute walking tour of Dundonald Cemetery will involve ‘meeting’ 12 different characters, including Horatio Todd, Henry Joy McCracken and others.

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A Wet Weekend in the North: Sarah Moss & Jan Carson in conversation with Hugh Odling-Smee

Sun, 08 Aug 2021, 3:00pm

Join much-loved English writer, Sarah Moss and Belfast's own Jan Carson for an irreverent, honest and engaging chat about holiday parks in literature.

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Billy Boy by Rosemary Jenkinson

5.5 KM
07 - 08 Aug 2021

Belfast actor John Travers shines in this high energy play by Rosemary Jenkinson, inspired by the real-life stories of young bonfire builders in East Belfast

Strand Arts Centre
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Bingo Bonanza Ballroom Blitz

Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

A wonderfully fun evening filled with laughter, cabaret, games, live bingo, lots of banter and amazing prizes to be won!

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Bird Box Making Workshop

Thu, 05 Aug 2021, 11:00am

Make a home for your feathered friends! Join Adrian Woodley at this special workshop to make your own bird box with expert support. Materials and tools…

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Bob Dylan: Birthday 80 Revisited

Wed, 11 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

A special night to mark the 80th birthday year of one of the world’s most celebrated songwriters – Bob Dylan.

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CS Lewis Walking Tour

4.09 KM
Mon, 09 Aug 2021, 12:00pm

Blue badge tour guide, Lolly Spence, will outline the early life of CS Lewis, explaining how his Ulster upbringing remained a source of inspiration

EastSide Visitor Centre
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George Best House Tour

4.09 KM
06 - 13 Aug 2021

Step inside the family home of footballing superstar George Best, as it would’ve been in the summer of '61 when 15 year old George left to…

George Best House
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Go Fly Your Kite

4.97 KM
Fri, 06 Aug 2021, 11:00am

Using a blank canvas you will design and theme your own kite. Once built why not take your kite out for a test flight in the…

Victoria Park
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EastSide Arts Festival 2021

0.19 KM
05 - 15 Aug 2021

With more than 80 events sharing the theme of connection, EastSide Arts Festival 2021 has a diverse programme of online and in-person events coming up this…

Various Locations
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Greenway Celebrations

4.97 KM
Sun, 15 Aug 2021, 1:00pm

The Greenway Celebrations are back again as a part of the EastSide Arts Festival 2021 and this year they will be in Victoria Park.

Victoria Park
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Louise Nealon in Conversation with Jan Carson

Wed, 11 Aug 2021, 7:30pm

Belfast-based writer Jan Carson talks to bestselling Irish novelist Louise Nealon about her ground-breaking debut novel Snowflake.

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Murder She Got Wrote Off

06 - 07 Aug 2021

Struggling to readjust after lockdown? Why not continue drinking heavily, while watching your favourite detective show? But this time with added strangers!

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Northern Protestants: Susan McKay in conversation with Dr Andrew Cunning

Tue, 10 Aug 2021, 7:00pm

Susan McKay discusses her new book, Northern Protestants - On Shifting Ground, which is receiving stellar reviews and went straight into the bestsellers lists.

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Punk Threatens No One

Thu, 12 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

Punk Threatens No One brings together, in one night, three bands to watch out for in NI’s music scene. Problem Patterns, Strange New Places and Gender…

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Roselawn Cemetery Tour with Peter McCabe

Sat, 07 Aug 2021, 11:00am

This 90-minute socially distanced walking tour of the cemetery will call at the grave of George Best, and a number of other extraordinary local people.

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Street Art Walking Tour

Tue, 10 Aug 2021, 7:00pm

Join Seedhead Arts for a special ESAF tour of street art in the east and the stories behind the work.

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It’s a Marvellous Night – Celtic Soul play Moondance

4.25 KM
Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 8:30pm

Moondance features Celtic Soul and an acoustic set from Ken Haddock, Matt McGinn and Amanda St. John

CS Lewis Square
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Colin Hassard Launch – Age of the Microwave Dinner

Sun, 08 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

Join Colin Hassard for this very special poetry and music show where he will be performing from his debut poetry collection Age of the Microwave Dinner

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Cocoons Live

9.97 KM
Thu, 12 Aug 2021, 9:00pm

EastSide Arts Festival brings you the first ever Cocoons Live, where top local musicians will perform together, live on stage for the first time.

Hastings Stormont Hotel
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Dragtastic Wrap Party

Sun, 15 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

Join Lady P and a host of cabaret stars from across Ireland as they pull down the final curtain on the 2021 EastSide Arts Festival .

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The Night Institute presents EastSide Electronics

4.25 KM
Sat, 14 Aug 2021, 7:00pm

The Night Institute brings EastSide Electronics back to CS Lewis Square this August, for their first outdoor electronic music gig in east Belfast.

CS Lewis Square
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Tim McGarry’s the Long and Short of It Live

9.97 KM
Fri, 06 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

Historian David Hume and comedian Tim McGarry turn their attention to a topical and controversial subject - the creation of Northern Ireland.

Hastings Stormont Hotel
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Under the Influence – Gareth Dunlop and Friends

4.25 KM
Thu, 12 Aug 2021, 8:30pm

Five songwriters share the songs that changed their lives. Featuring Gareth Dunlop, Grainne Duffy, Nathan O’Regan, Rachel McCarthy and Anthony Toner.

CS Lewis Square
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Van Morrison Walking Tour

4.25 KM
Thu, 05 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

Enjoy a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the places that the singer knew as a child growing up in this part of the city.

CS Lewis Square
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Who Needs A Bridge? A Hedgehog Poetry Press Showcase

Fri, 06 Aug 2021, 7:30pm

An event showcasing poets from the Hedgehog Poetry Press, as they celebrate the connections between them and their homelands of Scotland and Ireland.

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Thu, 12 Aug 2021, 7:30pm

Join Paul, Emma and Andrea for a fascinating discussion about writing, art, climate change and the environment.

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Yardmen Walking Tour

4.09 KM
Mon, 09 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

This tour will take you along the Newtownards Road, and highlight the lives and times of the shipyard workers of days gone by.

EastSide Visitor Centre
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A Dozen Women’s Stories from Dundonald Cemetery

Sun, 08 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

Join local actor Mary Lindsay and local taphophile Peter McCabe for a 90-minute tour of Dundonald Cemetery.

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Connecting Through Song: Workshop with Amanda St. John

4.09 KM
Sat, 07 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

Pick up tips and insights in this unique interactive workshop, from one of Northern Ireland's most acclaimed performers and songwriters, Amanda St John.

EastSide Visitor Centre
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Festival Fun Day: Still I Rise – Signed Storytelling

4.09 KM
Sat, 14 Aug 2021, 12:00pm

Still I Rise Diversity Storytelling will read books from all over the world that celebrate diversity, tolerance, and acceptance.

EastSide Visitor Centre
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Gary Moore 10th Anniversary Concert

4.25 KM
Sun, 15 Aug 2021, 8:30pm

Spend an evening celebrating the music of one of the city's greatest sons, in this special tenth anniversary concert, performed live in CS Lewis Square.

CS Lewis Square
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Green Yoga

4.97 KM
Sun, 08 Aug 2021, 11:00am

Take the time to relax and look after your wellbeing, whilst surrounded by nature at this special Green Yoga session, accompanied by live harp music.

Victoria Park
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‘Lit Up Inside’ Walk at Cregagh Glen

4.8 KM
Sat, 14 Aug 2021, 12:00pm

Join Mark Doherty for a guided walk through nature, history and music in the Castlereagh Hills and Cregagh Glens that inspired Van Morrison

Museum of Orange Heritage
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Mary Coughlan Sings Billie Holiday

9.97 KM
Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

Ireland’s greatest ever jazz singer, Mary Coughlan, celebrates the life and music of Billie Holiday, in the style of her time.

Hastings Stormont Hotel
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Mixed Bill Comedy Night

Sat, 14 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

EastSide Arts presents top notch comedy talent from across Northern Ireland for an evening of laughs at Vault Artist Studios.

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The West Ocean String Quartet

Sun, 08 Aug 2021, 7:00pm

West Ocean String Quartet launch their new album, Atlantic Edge, and celebrate their first concert in over 18 months.

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Newtownards Road Heritage Trail Launch

4.09 KM
Tue, 10 Aug 2021, 11:00am

The EastSide Partnership launches their new Newtownards Road Heritage Trail.

EastSide Visitor Centre
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Photography Walking Tour with Carrie Davenport

4.97 KM
Tue, 10 Aug 2021, 10:00am

Take a guided photo walk around Victoria Park with professional photographer Carrie Davenport.

Victoria Park
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The Half Cut Cabaret

Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 8:00pm

The Half Cut Cabaret is a BYO, low-fi cabaret, joyfully channelling the angry, dirty, rebellious spirit of true cabaret.

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Ropes ‘n’ Whiskey Walk

4.09 KM
Sat, 07 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

This is a waterside stroll back in time to discover more about the former industries of the Connswater River.

EastSide Visitor Centre
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‘The East in the West’ City Cemetery Tour

Sat, 14 Aug 2021, 2:00pm

A guided walking tour of Belfast City Cemetery with Peter McCabe. This tour calls at the final resting places of 20 people from EastSide.

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Plant and Play Roadshow

Thu, 12 Aug 2021, 11:00am

From arts and crafts to scientific experiments and planting seeds, you will learn something new and have fun while you plant and play!

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Spit, Speak, Spill

Fri, 13 Aug 2021, 7:00pm

Spit, Speak, Spill is a showcase of blistering spoken-word poetry, curated & hosted by Abby Oliveira.

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