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Belfast Traditional Music Trail

3 Hill Street, Belfast

Available all year

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★★★★★ (5/ 5) 7 Reviews

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The Belfast Traditional Music Trail is a unique way to experience Irish music. With two professional musicians as your guides, walk through cobbled alleyways, past famous landmarks and on to private bars in some of the city’s oldest buildings. At each of the three stops you will be treated to a performance of traditional tunes, songs and stories, all of which make up your own personal ‘session’. 

Enjoy a local beer, cider, whiskey or Guinness while learning about the instruments, language, customs and history that make up Ireland’s vibrant musical tradition. Join us on this interactive experience and discover why Belfast is considered one of Ireland’s best cities for Traditional Irish Music. Our Trail lasts around 2 ½ hours and will take place in Belfast’s vibrant and centrally located Cathedral Quarter. Starting off at 4pm by the cosy fireside of The Dirty Onion bar, you will meet the musicians and be guided to a private room in the iconic Duke Of York public house. Here you can relax with a drink surrounded by a wealth of Belfast artefacts, and enjoy music, stories and songs from the Irish tradition. 

The Trail then moves on to one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, McHugh’s, where there will be more ceol agus craic (music and fun!) in store. Total walking distance will be roughly 900m, the walking pace will be light and we aim to keep our group together at all times. Should you wish to eat before embarking on the trail we recommend the Yardbird chicken rotisserie restaurant upstairs at The Dirty Onion. If you wish to eat after the trail, McHughs restaurant serves great Irish cuisine with a modern twist.

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    Terms & Conditions

    Is a minimal age required to attend this event? 

    While the Trad Trail is designed with adults in mind children are permitted but must remain under strict adult supervision.

    Is my ticket transferable? 

    If you wish to allow another person to use you ticket please ask them to quote the name of the person who purchased the ticket on arrival at the trail. 

    What is your refund policy? 

    Sorry, but trad trail tickets are non-refundable 

    What happen in case of bad weather? 

    As Belfast can be quite cold and wet at any time of the year we advise that you bring a rain coat with hood.

    If you have any questions please get in touch at info@belfasttradtrail.com or call us on 028 90 288818 Mon-Fri 9-5pm. 

    Customer Reviews

    • The traditional music trail tour was fantastic! ★★★★★5 Review by Rich M We had a party of six and enjoyed excellent music, discussion of musical traditions and instruments, and even step dancing. The pubs we visited were friendly, busy, and having a private room to listen to the musicians made the whole tour feel very special. The area covered is very small so no worries walking, and because of the tour time we plenty of time to have a pint or two before, and also a nice dinner and drink after. This is a gem of a tour and while I know some tourists would say Dublin is the real place for music, I think this tour and the Belfast music scene is more manageable, intimate, and memorable (as I have done similar tours in Dublin). With that said, do this tour!
    • I had a really good time on this tour! ★★★★★5 Review by Emy I had a really good time on this tour, guided by Conor and Deidre—Irish trad musicians themselves who play the bagpipe, flutes and guitar, and who are friendly, easygoing company. They'll walk you through the ins and outs of Irish trad music and instruments while performing a number of tunes in three different pubs. I liked being part of the general buzzy pub crowd in Dirty Onion while they played, but being able to listen to them play in a private, cosy upstairs room at the Duke of York was also a real treat and I definitely came away with a greater appreciation for the music. While walking from pub to pub, Conor and Deidre also pointed out a few relevant sites of significance that will explain a little of the city. And there was a basic dancing lesson at the end, which I was shockingly bad at but nonetheless had fun doing! One thing I might suggest, though, is that I would also have been interested in the histories/stories of the pubs we went to. Thanks again for a great experience!
    • Brilliant way to experience the musical side ... ★★★★★5 Review by Peter F Brilliant way to experience the musical side of the city! The Belfast Trad Trail was an entertaining, engaging and enjoyable way to experience the music scene in Belfast. The hosts/tour guides were very welcoming, and it was great to do a small tour of the some of the Belfast bars that feature traditional Irish music. The dancing at the end of the tour was a great surprise!
    • Alternative way to visit the Cathedral quarter ★★★★★5 Review by Laura S What a lovely alternative way to visit the Cathedral quarter in Belfast, and learn and enjoy musical instruments, traditional music, storytelling and Irish dancing. It was a pleasure to take this tour and invite my friends from Wales and Canada to experience it with me. The musicians and dancer are so welcoming and informative, very humble people and to share their company and hear their stories is a great pleasure and charming experience. Made me very proud to share the culture of this small part of the world with my friends. A great tour not to be missed if you are a local or visiting from overseas. Highly recommended.
    • Great way to spend a Saturday night. ★★★★★5 Review by Amal We joined the trail last minute, having seen the flyer in our hotel lobby on our arrival. Jason and Chris were really funny and very knowledgeable guides. They're really talented as well. We learnt a lot about instruments, melodies and history of Irish traditional music. Would really recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting Saturday evening.