A Walk Through Historic Belfast

3.75 hours | Belfast | B F S - 3 8 5
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Belfast (walking tour)
Originally named 'Beal Feirste' - Gaelic for 'mouth of the sandy fjord' - Belfast was founded in the 17th century and prospered in the industrial age, becoming famous for its shipyards and linens. The city has seen decades of political strife but has rebounded and now boasts a vibrant waterfront district and lively pub scene. Your narrated walk takes you past a host of popular sights and historic landmarks showcasing Belfast's industry and elegance, a rich and varied past, and 19th-century buildings that are a reminder of its prosperous past.

St Anne's Cathedral (Belfast Cathedral)
One of Belfast's most treasured buildings, St. Anne's Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is a must-see for its architecture, stone carvings, ornate glassworks, and historic significance. The foundation stones of St. Anne's were first laid in September 1899, and this Romanesque building boasts five large pillars on each side of the central nave, huge stained-glass windows depicting characters from the Old Testament, and a black and white marble floor that represents virtue and vice. Four archangels are carved high in the corners of the nave, and the Cathedral's mosaics of Italian glass were made by two sisters. St. Anne's also displays exceptional needlework.

The Duke of York
A cobblestone street leads you to the front door of the Duke of York, an authentic pub voted Top Whiskey Bar in Ulster. Belfast pubs have been the cornerstone of Belfast social life for centuries. Music, hearty fare and lots of 'craic' (the term for fun and conversation in Irish). A hearty welcome extends to all who enter, and locals and tourists alike will no doubt be drawn to tales of local lore. The walls are decorated with portraits of local characters, original mirrors and memorabilia. Be sure to snap a photo of Liam Neeson looking over your shoulder! If you ask for 'a pint' in an Irish pub, you will be given a pint of stout, the black beer brewed by Guinness.

What you will see along the way:

From St. Anne's Cathedral, commence the walk to see the Spanish Civil War memorial, down Donegall Street, past St. Patrick's Catholic Church, around the corner to the Old Poor House to the painted curbstones that once marked territory and the art murals on Union Street, where you'll also find the Sunflower Bar. See the Library, the Belfast Telegraph office, where Stars and Stripes was printed in WWII, and St. Mary's Catholic Church, built in 1783. Cross Royal Avenue into Rosemary Street and continue your stroll to take up into Hill Street, named after Moses Hill, to the Cathedral Quarter and the small alcove in Commercial Court, where you will find painted portraits of local characters, before heading into the pub.

Special Notes:

Notes:
The minimum legal drinking age in Ireland is 18; passengers under 18 will not be permitted an alcoholic drink.

This is a walking tour and the surfaces vary - there will be steps, level pathways, cobblestones, inclines. Access to the Cathedral is available to the physically challenged. Both the exterior and interior is equipped with ramps. There is a rest room facility and a lift to the lower floor of the Cathedral Centre. There are many steps within in the pub that will need to be negotiated for guests to explore the history of the pub

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Board your motorcoach and travel to City Centre

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:15

Visit St Anne's Cathedral

Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Commence walking tour through the City

Transport type:
Walking
Travel time:
01:45

Visit the Duke of York Pub for drink of choice (pint of beer, glass of wine or soft drink)

Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
21
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Reboard the motorcoach and return to the ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:15