This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Belfast, including self-guided tours and small group tours.
WHAT ARE FREE WALKING TOURS?
Free walking tours are name-your-own-price tours you can take without paying an upfront fee. These tours allow you to pay what you think your walk with the local guide was worth.
According to online reviews, €5 to €15 is the amount that most people claim to pay per adult if they enjoyed the tour.
Free tours generally cover the historic center of the city.
For themed tours, such as those dealing with the troubles, street art, food, or Game of Thrones, you are likely going to have to pay upfront for a tour.
Likewise, keep in mind that these free walking tours are popular due to their reputations and affordability. This means you might have over 30 guests per guide on any given tour time, particularly in the high tourist seasons.
If you want to avoid a crowded tour, or you would like a themed tour, you might want to consider a small-group walking tour. Here are just a few.
FREE WALKING TOUR COMPANIES OF BELFAST
Below are our top 3 picks for pay-what-you-like walking tours of Belfast.
Several of the companies listed below also offer other walks that do have an upfront cost, such as themed and pub tours.
Belfast Free Walking Tour
Belfast Free Walking Tour offers tours daily, most of which are for English-speaking travelers, some for Spanish-speaking travelers.
You’ll get to see the most famous landmarks of the city on your walk, including the Cathedral Quarter, Albert Clock, the Big Fish, Belfast City Hall, and City Laneways.
You can also find paid pub tours, cab tours, and other themed tours that center on Belfast’s history or culture.
The local tourism board, Visit Belfast, offers free walking tours every day at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm from City Hall.
The guides are all locals and love to help visitors explore local history and hotspots.
Original Europe Tours
The Original Belfast Free Tour will help you explore Northern Ireland's capital in 2.5 hours.
They go past historic landmarks and share local legends, history, and myths.
If you'd rather be in complete control of your walkthrough Belfast, a self-guided tour is a great option for you.
Self-Guided Art Walk
If you're fascinated by street art, take the Bumbling Tourist's self-guided art tour.
There is an accompanying Youtube video if you'd like a preview, as well as photos and an interactive map to help you find all the murals around the city.
There is also a guided tour of street art that you might consider.
Free City Highlights
You can walk around the city with this Ireland.com list of the best free spots to explore. From catching traditional music to finding a market, you'll find it in this guide.