The Mother Churches and other Churches Tour
The Mother churches and the other churches
Belfast has a fascinating collection of places of public worship, some of which date back two centuries or more. All of them reflect the beliefs and motivations of those who built them. The churches are reflective of the city’s origin, growth and development and are inter-linked with our social and political history. The cultural mix in Belfast is a result of Scottish migration and an influx of people from rural Ireland in the 19th century with a predominant blend of Anglican, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches. Other migrations and doctrinal differences have enriched the mix of Christian denominations and this too is reflected in the build heritage of our city
See magnificent churches
Explore the beautiful and unique architecture of the Anglican, Presbyterian, Catholic and Methodist churches. From grand cathedrals to hidden parish gems, you’ll see churches in all shapes and sizes. This tour also includes ecclesiastical and religious murals.
Learn about Belfast’s Christian heritage
The city is a cultural mix of Scottish migration and an influx of folk from rural Ireland in the 19th century. Other migrations and doctrinal differences have enriched the mix of Christian denominations and this is reflected in the build heritage of Belfast.
Understand how religion shapes Belfast
Hear about the warm ecumenical spirit and cooperation between the different faiths in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and how, as the population of Belfast increased, religious tolerance decreased.
Learn more of Belfast’s story
Each church reflects the beliefs and convictions of those who built them. Church history plays a crucial role in our city’s history – join us and find out more.
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Historians, art lovers, architecture buffs, pub frequenters –
Whatever you’re into, there’s a Belfast Walking tour for you.
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