The Buildings of Belfast – A ‘Heads up’ Architectural Tour


A ‘Heads up’ Architectural Tour

The Buildings of Belfast – A ‘Heads up’ Architectural Tour

Belfast architecture is full of history and many of its buildings have had a fascinating life.  Our old buildings are a physical record of our history and heritage and are a story book in themselves of how Belfast transformed from a town of insignificance to a city of vast importance. This tour incorporates historic buildings from the Georgian (1714-1837), Victorian (1837-1901) and Edwardian (1901-1910) eras to the more modern architecture of a post industrial service orientated city.  You can find out so much about Belfast by just looking up and looking around at its historic buildings. They tell their own stories, not just about the individual buildings and the people who built them but also of the city at that time and about the development of the city.

Our buildings speak individually and collectively of our incredible journey and heritage – they are a part of us as much as we are a part of them. 

Step into another era

Explore Belfast’s Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco past – a rich tapestry of architectural styles that give Belfast its’ distinctive character. 

The city has many different styles of buildings which very often followed what was in vogue at the time, such as Gothic Revival, Romanesque, Baroque, Tudor, Renaissance, Gothic, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.  Each building has a unique story to tell

See true craftsmanship

Spot the weird and wonderful Victorian and Edwardian heads on Belfast’s ornate buildings. They are works of art in themselves and reflect intricate craftsmanship and attention to detail of a by-gone era

Hear about the architects who left an incredible legacy and the merchants and industrialists who built the city 

Discover Belfast’s story through its buildings

Find out how significant historical events such as the ‘Belfast Blitz’ of 1941 and 30 years of “The Troubles” had a devastating impact on our architectural heritage. Not to mention urban renewal, redevelopment and poor planning decisions of the 1960s and 1970s.


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1 - 4 people £120
4 - 6 people £150
6 - 12 people £180
12+ people £225
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Themes: (Architecture, Historic Pubs, Churches, Street Art, “The Troubles”)

Locations: (Titanic Quarter, Cathedral Quarter, Linen Quarter, Queens Quarter)

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