Linen Quarter



Linen Quarter

Linen plays a central role in the Belfast story, bringing huge wealth and employment, driving rapid population growth and directly contributing to Belfast achieving city status in 1888. By the second half of the 19th century Belfast boasted the largest linen industry in the world and was known as “Linenopolis”.  Many of the beautiful red brick buildings in Linen Quarter were built to house the offices and warehouses of the industry. Hear their stories

This tour incorporates everything from the Moorish architecture and history of the Grand Opera House to the story of the Europa Hotel, the most bombed hotel in the world.  The Victorian splendor of the Crown Liquor Saloon and the Georgian excellence of Royal Belfast Academical Institute. It also includes thought provoking public art and the story of world leading scientists and inventors.

Uncover the history

Learn more about how linen brought wealth and employment to Belfast, how Belfast’s population surged and how Queen Victoria awarded Belfast city status in 1888.

Amazing architecture

The Linen Quarter is best known for its beautiful red brick buildings once used as Linen warehouses. The quarter also boasts some of the finest mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture anywhere in the city.

Observe thought-provoking sculptures

See the city through an artists’s eyes as you discover the stories behind pieces of public art.

Learn more about Belfast’s History and Heritage

The Linen Quarter has connections to world renowned scientists and innovators. Follow the blue plaques to learn more about the people who have shaped Belfast into the city it is today.


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1 - 4 people £120
4 - 6 people £150
6 - 12 people £180
12+ people £225
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Historians, art lovers, architecture buffs, pub frequenters – 

Whatever you’re into, there’s a Belfast Walking tour for you.


6 - 10 Hours

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