Belfast's enduring musical pedigree has spawned some of the
world’s biggest acts, discover more on this two-day itinerary
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The spirit of Belfast has held an undeniable influence over the landscape of modern music for decades. This city is no wallflower – it sings out loud, and encourages you to join in. It should come as no surprise that it was awarded the prestigious City of Music status from UNESCO in 2021! We’ve put together a legendary music themed itinerary to explore the very best of Belfast.
Explore Belfast’s street art on an immersive walking tour. If you spend any time in Belfast, you’ll know that its walls are covered in art. Often this art has been used to mark territory for one side or the other but recently, alongside this, something transformative has been bubbling. Street artists from across the globe have joined a new breed of Belfast-based street artists to leave their mark on the city. This art speaks of love, of laughter, of anger, of beauty, and of defiance, but most of all it speaks of Belfast and the place that it’s becoming.
Visit the Oh Yeah Centre on your walk back. If you want to get a taste of Belfast’s musical legacy firsthand, then you really must make your way to one of the most renowned music venues in the city. The Oh Yeah Music Centre celebrates the city’s past with music exhibitions and talks from lyrical legends, while encouraging new acts, such as breakthrough star SOAK, to take to the stage for the first time.
Make your way to Cultúrlann, a hub for the arts and Irish language in West Belfast – trad and
contemporary music blend with poetry readings and céilís (pronounced ‘kaylees’) to create a tableau of Belfast’s rich cultural tapestry.
Alternatively, if you are a Van Morrison fan, join The Van Morrison trail. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to visit some of the places that Morrison knew as a child growing up in East Belfast. Many of these places, and the people who lived here, were to shape the character and values of ‘Van the Man’. You will discover on your journey that some of them are referenced in his lyrics and music.
Grab some lunch at Cyprus Avenue. Sharing their name with the famous Van Morrison song, Cyprus
Avenue’s menu is dictated by the seasons, and portraits of the local suppliers who furnish the restaurant with their produce adorn the walls. The food is eclectic, drawing on the travels and influences of the staff, while allowing for a constantly evolving and varied menu with something to please everyone.
Enjoy a pub-crawl through Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Start in the Duke of York, a traditional Belfast
bar crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia of Belfast City. Outside you can get a perfect snap for Instagram under the umbrellas, which light up the street along with the picturesque red benches. Afterwards, go just around the corner to The Harp Bar, which boasts live music every night of the week, and a stylish interior of plush red furnishings. Or if you fancy something a little more up-market, visit Bert’s Jazz Bar with live jazz seven nights a week, a cool art-deco vibe and an expertly crafted cocktail list. Bert’s Jazz Bar is also home to a wonderful French bistro inspired menu, which is perfect for dinner
This is a sample itinerary to offer suggestions and ideas for planning trips. You can contact your local
Tourism Ireland representative for further information.