A dedicated music centre in the heart of Belfast, visit the Oh Yeah Music Centre to see the NI Music Exhibition and hop onboard the Belfast Music Tour Bus.
Belfast Music Bus Tour
Take a bus journey through the Heart of this Newly appointed UNESCO Rock and Roll City. Sit back, relax and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk to punk and Hollywood sound tracks.
The Belfast Music Tour is a journey across the city that reveals the music, the artists and the landscape that have brought character to the city. This is definitely a tour that many of your guests will want to know about! The two hour trip starts outside Oh Yeah in Gordon St and makes its first stop at the beautifully restored Ulster Hall, home to the Ulster Orchestra and also host to Led Zeppelin in 1971 for the world premiere of ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
The Tour takes in the site of the Maritime Hotel, where Van Morrison and Them made their debut in 1964. The Bus then heads south to remember the amazing career of Ruby Murray. West Belfast is home to the folk dynasty the McPeake Family and their timeless ballad ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ and also the late fiddle champion Sean McGuire as well as Bap and Brian Kennedy. The bus then crosses Shore Road, former stomping ground of the flautist James Galway.
East Belfast has been celebrated in a score of Van Morrison songs – Hyndford St and Cyprus Avenue, passing Orangefield and the six bells of St Donard’s Church and also crossing the haunts of Gary Moore. Blues talent Eric Bell and songwriter David McWilliams are also appreciated on Route.
The final leg of the tour takes us down Ormeau Road, former haunt of David Holmes, who provided the soundtrack to Ocean’s Eleven and many other films. We pass the Belfast Waterfront, scene of the pivotal ‘Yes’ concert in 1998 with Ash and U2. The final moments pay tribute to the harpers convention of 1792 and the location where The Undertones recorded Teenage Kicks in 1978. The tour finishes at Oh Yeah Music Centre and its music exhibition.
The Tour, authored and organised by Oh Yeah has been rated sixth in a chart of the top ten music tourism destinations in the UK.
For non-scheduled private, group or corporate tours contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details, availability and prices.
Bus Tour Tickets
Ticket price: £17
Tickets are available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre (9 Donegall Square North) via phone 028 9024 6609 and online at visitbelfast.com/tickets.
Tour duration: Approx. 2 hours
Departure point: Pick up at the front of Oh Yeah Music Centre
NI Music Exhibition
Free, open daily:
- Monday - Friday 10 - 5pm
- Saturday 12 - 5pm
Admission is free.
Times may change during quieter or busier times. Details will be updated on Oh Yeah website to reflect any changes.
The exhibition consists of four elements including a series of storyboards plotting the history of Northern Ireland music from folk to Snow Patrol and audio visual displays showing the likes of Them, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and Gary Moore.
A ‘Legends’ series of wall displays hail the great achievers in Northern Ireland music while exhibition cases showcase some unique rock and roll memorabilia, including the Fender guitar that Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol used to write ‘Run’ and ‘Chasing Cars’, a vintage street sign of Cyprus Avenue, made famous in a Van Morrison song, and a specially arranged exhibit of Gary Moore memorabilia kindly donated by his family.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Belfast Bus Tour & Music Exhibition tipped as a must see by National Geographic
- Belfast Music Tour listed in Top 10 music landmarks by Visit Britain
- Oh Yeah recommended by Tom Robinson as one of 6 places to visit in Belfast
- The only permanent exhibition for popular music in NI
- Learn about our iconic venues, rich musical heritage and on-going vibrant music scene.