Categories: things to do

When we are able to travel again, why not book in for a staycation in Belfast City? It has the perfect mix of culture, shopping, restaurants and pubs, all within walking distance. Not only that but it has become a famous filming location for many popular TV shows over the last few years!

Who isn’t gripped each Sunday evening watching our favourite characters fight off bent coppers, all in the beautiful surroundings of Belfast? The hit show keeps pulses racing with action packed car chases, nail biting cliff-hangers and of course Ted Hastings infamous one liners.

The shows popularity and cult following of Superintendent Hastings, DS Arnott and DS Fleming has grown immensely over the years, with fans catching a glimpse each week of Belfast landmarks. The actors themselves have shared their own fondness of Belfast, and who better to be their Tour Guide than Enniskillen native Adrian Dunbar AKA Ted Hastings. Martin Compston has said how he always feels so welcome in Belfast and loves to come back. While Vicky McClure has missed the Belfast Nightlife filming during the pandemic. We round up the famous Belfast landmarks below, be sure to have your camera at the ready!


1. Royal Avenue, Belfast

Famous in its own right, there is no better starting point for tourists than the mile long shopping area of Royal Avenue, which ends at the beautiful and iconic Belfast City Hall. However, its also home to Belfast Central Library, which fans will know as the outside of the Police Headquarters. 

2. Bedford Street 

Not to be forgotten the Invest NI building, and more importantly the Tourism NI offices have been used as filming locations for the inside of the AC-12 Headquarters, as well as the famous underground car park where many secrets and disguises have been found out. Just a short walk from Bedford Street there is popular restaurant James St. where filming also took place in Series 3.


3. Cathedral Quarter 

Cathedral Quarter is a famous hotspot in Belfast for those seeking some food, a bit of craic and a pint or a glass of wine. Enjoy the cobbled streets, filled with bars and restaurants which also feature in the hit TV show. If you are lucky you may even spot the cast when they are off duty, as they’ve been known to enjoy a pint in The Spaniard or birthday celebrations in Six by Nico. 


4. St Annes Cathedral

The beautiful St Annes Cathedral was featured in Series 2, serving as the backdrop of a funeral for 3 police officers. The iconic building, which is over 100 years old, is well worth a walk around, taking in the beautiful stained glass windows. 


5. The Titanic Hotel - Titanic Bar

The Titantic Quarter in Belfast is one of the most visited locations in Northern Ireland. Fans of Line of Duty will know that The Titanic Bar appeared in the Series. The Titanic Quarter is a must see for fans and tourists to Belfast, where you can stand at the location where the infamous Titanic was built. You can also walk by the SS Nomadic, the boat that brought passengers over to the Titanic, as well as visiting HMS Caroline. If you are interested in learning more of the history of Belfast and the Titanic take the time to visit Titanic Belfast. 

6. Tedfords

No trip to Belfast would be complete without trying some local seafood. Tedfords was used in Series 2 of the show, a beautiful restaurant overlooking the Waterfront and the River Lagan. You can almost hear Ted Hastings infamous line, ‘I didn’t float up the Lagan in a bubble.’


7. Royal Courts of Justice

The Royal Courts of Justice have been used for a few famous shows filmed in Northern Ireland including Dublin Murders and of course Line of Duty. The building itself is situated beside the River Lagan, why not take a short walk down along the river, taking in the scenery such as the ‘Big Fish,’ before stopping at St Georges Market for some fresh local produce.


8. McElhattons Bar

Series 2 filming took place in McElhattons Bar (also known as The Front Page), and rightly so as it is just around the corner from the AC-12 offices. A traditional 19th Century Belfast bar, if these walls could talk, they would have a story or two. Enjoy a pint of Guinness by the bar! Not a stranger to the limelight McElhattons Bar can also be seen in the famous film Mickybo and Me.

9. Belfast Street Art Tour

Although not featured in Line of Duty, if you spend any time in Belfast you’ll know that it’s walls are covered in art. Follow Adam on this incredible tour, as he unlocks the stories of how he has brought street artists from across the globe to join a new breed of Belfast based street artists leaving their spectacular and colourful mark throughout the city! You may come across some artwork involving Ted Hastings infamous one liners, perfect for a cool Instagram post!

10. The Graffiti Underpass

Where all the whisperings and secret meetings occur between the Officers and other dodgy characters, no trip to Belfast would be complete for fans of the show without getting a picture of the infamous meeting point. Situated beside the Albert Memorial Clock, walk down through the underpass on your way to the 'Big Fish' and The Royal Courts of Justice.

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