18/05/2011

Tourism Website Praises Top Belfast Tour

A Belfast music tour is one of the top ten 'must see' music attractions in the United Kingdom, according to the official tourism website, VisitBritain.ie.

The Belfast City Council-backed Belfast Music Tour takes you through the many significant areas of interest where legends of rock and pop were made and played in the Capital.

According to the VistBritain website, the tour visits "the legendary Ulster Hall where Led Zeppelin first performed Stairway to Heaven" along with Van Morrison’s birthplace and Cyprus Avenue (the tree-lined street that features in many of his songs). The website also remarked on the more underground aspects of the tour that took in the areas where punk classics like Stiff Little Fingers' Alternative Ulster and The Undertones' Teenage Kicks were conceived.

The weekly tour, which came sixth in the UK wide top ten is listed alongside landmark sites such as the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the 'British Music Experience' at London's O2 Arena and Abbey Road studios.

Other national landmarks include two legendary venues – King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and Salford Lads Club, birthplace of the 'Madchester' scene – the iconic Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Spillers, the oldest record store in the world, also in Cardiff.

The Belfast Music Tour leaves from Katy Daly's bar on Ormeau Avenue at 2pm every Saturday.

Organized by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, the tour takes in many of Belfast's own musical landmarks, such as the birthplaces of James Galway, Van Morrison and the late Gary Moore, and historic venues such as the Maritime Hotel and Ulster Hall.

Tickets for the tour can be obtained from the Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Place, or via www.belfastmusic.org

(DW/KMcA)

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