Discover the Best of Belfast

Discover the Best of Belfast

Our 5* city centre walking tour is your essential introduction to Belfast’s history, culture and people. We may be famous for the Titanic and the Troubles, but there is so much more to discover.

The ‘Best of Belfast’ is a 3 hour walking tour with an expert local guide, exploring what makes the city just so unique. It runs most days during high season. Tickets cost £22 per person.

About The Tour

The tour starts and finishes at our iconic City Hall and is a great way to learn about and explore Belfast. We’ll take you through the quarters in the heart of the city, where our team of passionate local guides will introduce you to hidden history, fantastic street art, beautiful architecture and fascinating stories of Belfast’s citizens from the past and present. Our Vox headsets mean you won’t miss a thing the guide tells you and the 2 mile route is completely flat, so no hills or steps are involved.

Come with us to find out about Belfast’s radicals, rogues, reformers and more. This tour will show you the Best that Belfast has to offer, from pubs and restaurants to music, art, stories – and of course craic!

City Hall, which you will see on the Best of Belfast walking tour
The Big Fish, which you will see on the Best of Belfast walking tour
Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter, which you will see on the Best of Belfast walking tour

What You’ll Do

From the start of the tour you will step into history with stories of old and new Belfast, from the people who built the town and contributed to its success, to those who have attacked it over the centuries.

You’ll walk through the Cathedral Quarter and discover some of the finest street art in the city, together with many of your guide’s favourite bars and restaurants. You’ll also stroll along the waterfront beside the river Lagan with views across to the iconic yellow cranes, Samson and Goliath, in the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built over 100 years ago.

You’ll pass by historic buildings such as St. Anne’s Cathedral, the Custom House, the Assembly Rooms and Kelly’s Cellars and hear their stories, and you’ll stand at the spot where Belfast first got its name.

Other highlights include famous landmarks such as the Salmon of Knowledge, the Albert Clock, the Beacon of Hope, the Troubles Memorial and the Spirit of Belfast, where you will hear everything from local legends to contemporary social history and get to appreciate why Belfast is still such a unique city today.

After that, you’ll explore the historic Entries at the heart of the city centre and see how they have now been turned into an outdoor art gallery, before finishing back at City Hall.

The River Lagan which you will see on the Best of Belfast walking tour
High Street, which you will see on the Best of Belfast walking tour
Saint Annes in the Cathedral Quarter, which you will see on the Best of Belfast walking tour

Our Guides

Our dedicated and qualified guides are all Belfast born and bred. They bring their own unique sense of humour and their own stories to their tours too, making the time fly and providing a lot of laughs along the way.

By the end of the tour your guide will be like a new friend, you’ll feel connected and at home in the city and ready to make the most of your stay.

Highlights include:

  • Explore Belfast’s rich history – visit the Cathedral Quarter, the Waterfront and the historic Entries

  • Discover our music scene, from where to hear the best Irish trad sessions to the importance of punk

  • Stop by the River Lagan, see the famous cranes and learn about the Titanic (and its luckiest survivor!)

  • Uncover hidden architectural gems, from Georgian elegance and Victorian grandeur to modern masterpieces

  • Discover Belfast’s best local eateries, from traditional recipes to contemporary flavours

Read our reviews!

“Thanks to Paul who is ridiculously knowledgeable, is brilliant craic, tells a great story and brings the warmth and welcome of Northern Ireland to the tour.”

“A wonderful experience – If you can only do one walking tour, do this one, you will not be sorry, a fascinating walk with Steven our guide who was knowledgeable, funny and clear in speaking.”

Pat & John, Tripadvisor review

“Thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour around Belfast with James as our guide. James was great craic and brought the tour to life. So knowledgeable and professional but also injected his sense of humour into the tour which we all really enjoyed.”

“Perfect for first time visitors in Belfast. Takes you around the central city and gives you a good overview of the history and present of the city. Also great recommendations on restaurants and cafés. Steve is brilliant!”

“Exceptional tour, probably the best city walking tour I’ve ever been on. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you will not regret it.”

“The whole experience was made more enjoyable and memorable thanks to our wonderful guide Steve who unfolded history interspaced with human elements which were so positive and inspiring….and humorous.”

“From start to end, it was a joy! Book this tour!”

“Steve was a fantastic and knowledgeable tour guide! Even on a very wet and windy day he powered through and kept us laughing all the way through. I can highly recommend this tour for an all round view and history of the beautiful city that is Belfast! ”

“Fantastic insightful tour for first time visitors!”

“Brilliant tour, well worth it. Tour guide was very informative, a great mix of old and new knowledge and information.”

“A fascinating tour packed with hidden gems and history.”

“Woven with so many good yarns, this “Best of” tour is tops!”

Stephanie K, Tripadvisor review

“Perfect Introduction to Belfast – This was an excellent tour. Our guide, James, was everything a tour guide should be: funny, informative, local, and passionate. He provided a wealth of information and recommendations as we circled the center of Belfast. This tour revealed just how fascinating Belfast is. For our half term break we only scheduled a day stop in Belfast between Dublin and Derry, but this tour has piqued our interest and definitely makes us want to come back and experience more of Belfast.”

“Architecture, history, street art and Ireland/Belfast stories told with passion. We really enjoyed the experience and recommend this tour. Such a complex history of this city explained in clear stories.”

“We went on a fantastic walking tour with Steve. As we strolled through Belfast we learned about the history of the town, the people, and the development of this city. Steve is a wealth of knowledge. This is a great way to start your visit in this beautiful city.”

“Steve was lovely. Really informative wholesome tour. A mixture of old and new, good pointers for places to go. Great stories. Neutral on the history…. Highly recommend.”

“A “must do” tour before anything else in Belfast! – Our guide, Steve Malone, was perfect. I can’t recommend DC Tour more. Take the Best of Belfast Tour before you do anything else. Steve has made our time here better than I could imagine. Thank you, DC Tours. Thank you, Steve, for sharing your lifetime of experiences! I hope our paths cross again. Thank you both for the headset use. It allowed us to walk and listen to Steve with clarity. Amazing.”

“Fantastic tour. Steve was absolutely brilliant, knowledgable, friendly and good craic!!! Thanks so much Steve, would recommend this tour to all.”

Tour Info

  • Scheduled tours run 3 or 4 days per week, mostly around the weekends and start at 10.00am.

  • We use a high quality Vox tour guide audio system to guarantee you don’t miss a word.

  • Our starting point is the front gates of Belfast City Hall.

  • Your guide will be wearing a black jacket or t-shirt with the DC Tours logo on the left breast.

  • The tour covers 2 miles and lasts 3 hours (including a coffee / comfort break).

  • All tours run come rain or shine. Guests should wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella just in case.

  • The tour is wheelchair accessible. Belfast City Centre is completely flat, so no hills or steps are involved.

  • The tour runs throughout the year, check the calendar for availability.

  • Tickets cost £22 per person for all ages 12 and up. (You do not need to buy a ticket for children under 12 unless you want them to have an audio headset during the tour).

Ready to take the Best of Belfast Tour?

Ready to take the Best of Belfast Tour?

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