Mary McKee

Mary McKee

I love history and even more I love talking about it. I have a background in research, hospitality and performance; an interesting mixture for an entertaining tour guide. My tour is a mixture of political and social history with pop culture and insider tips.

Belfast: More than Titanic and Troubles
  • On my tour you will learn about the history of Belfast through the strange and wonderful stories of the city.  The tour will take in the beautiful Laganside, past the famous Albert Clock, explore the cultural hub of the Cathedral Quarter, visit some of Belfast's oldest pubs and take in some of its newest artisans at George's Market.  Along the journey discover quirky facts, ghost stories and participate in my selfie and masquerade challenges.  Discover filming locations of the Fall and Sons of Anarchy, plus sights of inspiration for Van Morrison and Oasis.  My tour style is light, fun and enjoyable.  I'm happy to go off the beaten track and to change my tour for your tastes. 

Tour Information

Location
Duration
3 Hours
Departure
11:00
Price per Participant
15.00 USD
Languages
Group size
1 - 10 people
Categories
Transportation
Walking
Includes
Full walking tour of Belfast as described.
Excludes
Any additional drinks or food purchased on tour.
Cancellation

About the creator
Mary McKee

Mary McKee

On my tour you will learn about the history of Belfast through the strange and wonderful stories of the city.  The tour will take in the beautiful Laganside, past the famous Albert Clock, explore the cultural hub of the Cathedral Quarter, visit some of Belfast's oldest pubs and take in some of its newest artisans at George's Market.  Along the journey discover quirky facts, ghost stories and participate in my selfie and masquerade challenges.  Discover filming locations of the Fall and Sons of Anarchy, plus sights of inspiration for Van Morrison and Oasis.  My tour style is light, fun and enjoyable.  I'm happy to go off the beaten track and to change my tour for your tastes. 

Beacon of Hope

Our tour will start at the Beacon of Hope Statue on the River Lagan, where the city began and how it gained its name.  On the River Lagan, Belfast grew into an industrial captial.  We will explore the famous buildings nearby by like Custom House Square and learn what makes the Albert Clock unique. Afterwards we make our way towards the Cathedral Quarter. 

Writers Square

We will stroll along the cobble stones of Hill Street and view the recent additions to the murals of Duke of York. Then we round the corner to the Saint Anne's Cathedral, passed the John Hewitt and stop at Writers Square.  Nora Roberts wrote, "Ireland is a land of poets and legends, or dreamers and rebels.'  Learn some of Belfast's literary history. 

City Hall

After we leave Writers Square, we will walk through the streets of Belfast towards City Hall.  Discover why the city was once known as linenopolis and the architectural design of some of the city's oldest buildings. Inside the Linen Hall Library you will see library's political collection and view all sides of the conflict. 

George's Market

In this nineteenth century market building we can take our time and taste some of Belfast's local cuisine, shop for antiques, check out Belfast aritsts and listen to local musical talent. 

Extended version - University Area

After filling up at George's Market, if you want to extend the tour further, we will saunter south towards Queen's University.  On the way, we will past the legendary Ulster Hall and the BBC studio.  We will walk around the beautiful University buildings and discover the history of student activism.  Next we can explore the gorgeous Botanic Gardens and end the tour at the Ulster Museum. 

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