Take a step back in time and discover some of the rich and varied heritage on offer on the streets of Belfast.
History buffs will not want to miss these fascinating walking tours, organised by the Linenhall Library, which shed light on the industry and the people that helped shape the city.
n Linenopolis tour:
Over a century ago, Belfast was the hub of the world’s linen trade, and the city was abuzz with warehouses, mills and shops producing, selling and trading the material.
While the factories have long since closed, evidence of the boom and bust trade that led to the city being dubbed ‘Linenopolis’ is still there.
This guided tour aims to explore the trade which made Belfast an industrial power house, and takes in some of the buildings that were specifically built to accommodate this thriving and crucial period in the city’s history.
n Blue Plaque tour:
Take a dander round the city centre and learn about some of the men and women who helped make Belfast the place it is today.
The Ulster History Circle places commemorative blue plaques in public places, in towns and villages all over Northern Ireland, honouring those who made a significant contribution to society.
This tour highlights the influential people who helped shape Belfast’s development, including the shipyard poet Thomas Carnduff, whose blue plaque is located at the Linen Hall Library where he worked as a caretaker.
Both tours take place on the first Wednesday of each month, starting October 6, with the Linenopolis tour at 11am and the Blue Plaque tour at 2pm.
They each last around an hour and are priced at £10 each.
However, those who choose to take part in both tours on the same day will only pay £15.
n To book your place, contact Linenhall Library on 028 9032 1707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org