About The Trail

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. Exclusive Traditional Music Trail offers are available at both restaurants – please see our Venues section for details.

If planning to dine before the tour please aim to finish at least ten minutes before commencement of the trail.

Climbing stairs will be necessary on the tour. If you have any concerns about accessibility please contact us at: info@belfasttradtrail.com

Children will be permitted on the tour but must remain under adult supervision at all times