The Belfast Suffragettes

Our grannies’ grannies lived in interesting times. While the main political issue in Belfast leading up to World War I was definitely Home Rule, the campaign for equal votes led some women to launch attacks on Unionist homes and public properties.

By |2024-05-12T21:02:51+00:00May 12th, 2024|

PTQ – What Shall We Give…..

The one thing that makes James Ellson's chest swell with pride when he talks about it during our Best of Belfast tour is the fact that, along with two of his former Methody pals, he edited PTQ in 1988.

By |2024-04-03T10:14:12+00:00April 2nd, 2024|

The history of Belfast’s Europa Hotel in three great videos

Donzo recently made a video with Irish travel website Ireland Before You Die about the history of Belfast’s famous Europa Hotel. Watch his three minute potted history and then dive a little deeper with a BBC archive report from the 1970s and an in-depth documentary by Al-Jazeera.

By |2024-01-23T13:20:06+00:00January 20th, 2024|

The Belfast home bakery – a visitor’s guide

Have you ever wondered how our guides maintain their incredible stamina and athletic physiques? Complex carbohydrates are a vital source of energy for tour guides, and the best place to find them - whether you’re a guide or a guest - is in a home bakery, a uniquely Northern Irish institution.

By |2024-01-23T13:33:29+00:00November 14th, 2023|

Colin Middleton – Belfast’s surrealist painter

There are plenty of us who would say that you need to have a fair level of surrealism about you to live in Belfast. But Colin Middleton, who is the subject of a new exhibition in the Ulster Museum, was once described as Ireland’s Greatest Surrealist, so this show bound to be worth a visit.

By |2024-01-23T13:38:10+00:00October 30th, 2023|

Thomas Hart, a Titanic mystery

Two names on the Titanic Memorial at Belfast City Hall have asterisks against them - John Horgan and Thomas Hart. But what are the asterisks for? I did a bit of digging and here's what I found out.

By |2024-01-23T13:47:23+00:00September 21st, 2023|
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