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RORY'S Belfast City Walking Tour

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Experienced guide in NI, covers historical, political, maritime and industrial tours in Belfast and the North Coast of Northern Ireland.

My name is Rory O’Kane and I am a qualified tour guide and a member of Tour Guides Northern Ireland. I have been involved in the Travel and Tourism industry for 35 years as a travel agent, a holiday representative abroad and a tour guide. I have worked with some of the biggest companies such as Thomas Cook, Airtours, Expedia and Titanic Belfast where I received an award for outstanding customer service from the CEO.

My tours are designed to meet the needs and interests of my clients. I presently lead walking and coach tours of Belfast’s historical, political, maritime and industrial past; I am a ‘step on coach’ guide or where transport is required I am happy to arrange a private driver or a private hire coach company to suit all budgets.

My Causeway Coastal tour is a full day travelling along the most scenic route in the world. We pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty with ample photo stops along the way, giving you an opportunity to create everlasting memories of your trip. 

This tour is very personal to me as I grew up in the scenic seaside resort of Ballycastle and it was my late father who coined the phrase “The Causeway Coast”.

My tours are designed to go in line with my mission statement. “KEEP COMING BACK”

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Do not miss out on the opportunity to really discover Belfast with a guided tour of the city.
Step back in time with Rory’s stories and learn about the rich history, the politics and the
architecture as you take in the vibrant streets, the sights and sounds and what makes this
city unique. The in-depth knowledge of your qualified TGNI guide, will bring the city to life
in an entertaining and informative journey from the troubled times of the past to its
exciting future.

Highly recommended by the UK’s prominent travel expert, Simon Calder, Rory will “unlock
the city” and leave you wanting to keep coming back.

Employing a state-of-the-art tour guide system, the experience is provided
in a relaxing and Covid-compliant manner.

Highlights include;

  • Belfast City Hall: The jewel at the heart of Belfast, this magnificent Grade A listed building dates from 1906.
  • Belfast’s Entries: A series of historical laneways at the heart of the commercial sector.
  • Blitz Square: Outside of London, the site of the greatest number of lives lost during the blitz of 1941.
  • The Albert Clock: Our leaning Tower, erected in 1865 as a memorial to Queen Victoria’s late husband.
  • The Cathedral Quarter: A very attractive area of the city packed with busy pubs and home to a thriving nightlife.
  • St. Anne’s Cathedral: A stately building and site of the largest free-standing Celtic Cross in Ireland
  • Writer’s Square: A celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich literary heritage
  • The Crown Bar: A truly unique place steeped in history and a must-see for the thirsty traveller.

Tour times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 11a.m.
Tour price: £15 per adult / £8 per child


Tours take approximately 2 hours and begin in front of The City Hall Main Gates.

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Terms & Conditions

To meet current Covid-19 requirements the tour is conducted entirely outside and to adhere to distancing requirements a radio system is used. Participants are advised to bring their own personal earphones, though a single ear piece can be provided which is sanitised before and after use. Hand sanitiser is also available for participants, and group numbers are capped at 14 per tour, in line with current regulations, anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms should not book onto the tour.

  • Participants must be able to walk for up to 2 hours on flat ground using mostly walking/cycle paths , the walking tour is wheelchair accessible (footpaths and ramped area's) but participants are strongly advised to wear comfortable foot ware and dress appropriately for the weather, NB. The tour takes place outside so warm clothing and waterproofs are essential.
  • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18 or over).
  • Tours will go ahead rain or shine, if Rorystoursni deems the weather to be unsuitable for tours, they will contact participants beforehand and a re-schedule or refund will be offered. NB. Refunds will only be offered if tours are cancelled by Rorystoursni.
  • Participants thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or behaving aggressively or abusively will not be permitted on the tour and will not be offered a refund.
  • Dogs are welcome though must be kept on a lead at all times and owners will be responsible for them and cleaning up after them (In line with local Bylaws). 

Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour time to allow for the handing out radio sets and briefing.

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Customer Ratings

★★★★★ Average Rating: 5 1 Rating
  • ★★★★★5 Wonderful tour topped off with a lovely pint
    Review by Enya M. in Sep 2021 - RORY'S Lower Ormeau Road Walking Tour

    Myself and my partner booked this walking tour on our week off as a way of learning about the local area. The tour is a fantastic way to connect with …

    Myself and my partner booked this walking tour on our week off as a way of learning about the local area. The tour is a fantastic way to connect with the Lower Ormeau Road area and to gain a strong understating of the who, what and where of the Gas Works. I would highly recommended this quirky tour as this is an area of Belfast we had always walked through, but, knew so little about! Additionally, we are going to pair this tour with the upper Ormeau Road tour, to really learn about the whole area. Sometimes, it's lovely to act like a tourist on your own doorstep :)