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Spinning Yarns, Exploring Belfast’s Linen Quarter

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A guided walk of a vibrant Belfast district, combining heritage, entertainment, history, culture and craic!

From the heart of the linen industry in the 1800s, to a vibrant and distinct quarter in Belfast city centre today, this fun and informative walking tour links past and present, helping you see what’s on the streets in a new light and just how much there is to do and enjoy in this unique district.

Along the way, your experienced Belfast tour guide will share many entertaining ‘yarns’ – stories of people and events across 250 years that relate to what you are seeing.

You will find out about the importance of the linen industry to Belfast, and how it earned us the global title of ‘Linenopolis’, from tales about the splendid linen warehouses that today house new business ventures, tech companies and hotels.You will hear how the town of Belfast grew across the 1800s and what exciting developments are now reshaping the Linen Quarter as a vibrant area for 21st century hospitality and socialising.

You’ll see some of its earliest entertainment venues, including the iconic Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House, that are still integral and popular venues in today’s Linen Quarter, as well as other historic buildings including St Malachy’s Church and The Crown Bar. The stories connecting street art and public statues on Great Victoria Street and our past will be teased out, and you’ll hear what part a river under your feet played. Plus, as a vibrant UNESCO City of Music, you’ll hear about some of today’s great local musicians, as well as yarns about big name visits of the past.

This new walking tour has been developed by Creative Tours Belfast in association with the Linen Quarter BID (Business Improvement District).

Spinning Yarns, Exploring Belfast’s Linen Quarter is part of the Tourism NI Embrace a Giant Spirit Collection of experiences.


Practical Details

The tour begins outside the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street . Please arrive five minutes before the advertised start time.

The tour will end at cool, new outdoor boardwalk, Flaxx, in Brunswick Street.

The tour will last for two hours (except on 1 August, when it will run over lunch time and last for 90 minutes).

You will walk c1.5 miles on flat ground.

The tour will take place, whatever the weather! Please come prepared and in comfortable shoes.

1st of August – Tour departs from Bankmore Square, by the entrance Totem.

Tour dates;

  • Thursday 1 August at 12.30pm
  • Sunday 4 August at 10.30am
  • Sunday 11 August at 10.30am
  • Sunday 18 August at 10.30am

The tours run throughout the year, you can find more dates and book here.

Event Address: Bankmore Square, by the entrance Totem

Advanced Booking is Required

Suitable For: Adults 18+

Event Details

Starts: Thu 1 Aug at 12:30 pm

Ends: Thu 1 Aug at 2:00 pm

Craft Type: Multiple

Event Location: Belfast City

Event Type: Studio Tour, Maker Talk

Price: £18