About The Trail

“An excellent tour for anyone who wants to learn about the music and the city”

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 stop 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. We start off at 4pm by the cosy fireside of The Dirty Onion bar, and finish up in a private room in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, McHugh’s. There’ll be plenty of ceol agus craic (music and fun) in store and you might just want to bring your dancing shoes….!

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.

Check out our video below for a taste of the Trail experience!

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 may be permitted on the tour but must remain under adult supervision at all times. Please contact us in advance as the tour may not be suitable for younger children.





Since our first Trail in April 2017, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting a wide variety of great people on our tours – from locals to tourists, experienced musicians and dancers to those who’ve never played a note or danced a step before – we’ve had great fun with you all!  Here are a few comments from them. More of our 5 star reviews can be found on TripAdvisor.

An excellent tour for anyone who wants to learn about the music and the city” April 2019

Don’t miss this tour – really interesting and great value July 2018

Great value experience led by two very gifted musicians February 2018

Perfect way to set you up for a weekend in Belfast” September 2017

Highly informative and tremendous fun throughout! April 2017