Official tourism website for Northern Ireland

If Buildings Could Talk Tour

Donegall Square North, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 5GB

Book Tickets Online


Yes, your tour guide Barney Gribben used to work in construction. Maybe that’s where his inimitably down-to-earth style comes from. A native of Belfast, you’ll find him a witty and informative companion. What’s more, his tour comes with a promise. 

That’s because when you join Barney on this leisurely walk you are guaranteed to see and hear things about Belfast that most visitors will never be aware of. In fact, even to people born and bred in the city, many of Barney’s stories will come as a revelation.

Of course you’ll learn about the famous sites: the Crown Liquor Saloon, The Grand Opera House and the Europa Hotel. He’ll show you Belfast's most Instagrammed spot too. But what you’ll hear will all be from Barney’s very individual perspective. And you’ll never see these places in quite the same way again.

Best of all, though, are the hidden gems. The stories that only Barney, with his eagle eye for the odd, the unusual and the hidden, could spot. Fountains, water pipes, clocks - they all tell Barney their secrets. Then he passes them onto you.

You will hear - and you will hear clearly because Barney uses a microphone - about a bank robbery. About a stick-up in a bar. About Paddy who bought everyone a drink from his winnings on the horses. And about poor John who was caught up in four different bomb attacks. 

Perhaps he’ll point out a very particular clock, too. Or is it a glockenspiel? Anyway, keep watching because every other hour… - yes, there they are, ten characters from Alice in Wonderland making their automated way past the clock face. (You’ll have to come back later if you want to see King David and the baby Jesus.)

People who have already enjoyed this tour have called it ‘the most entertaining tour in Belfast’. They have also called it ‘cheap’. But as Barney points out, they actually mean ‘really good value’

Book Tickets

If Buildings Could Talk Tour

Tripadvisor Traveller Rating

Tripadvisor Traveller Rating - 158 reviews158 reviews

Add If Buildings Could Talk Tour to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 7714 684 804

Check availability for If Buildings Could Talk Tour (opens in a new window)

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Belfast City Hall

    Completed in 1906, Belfast City Hall is a magnificent Baroque Revival 'wedding cake'…

    0.04 miles away
  2. Linen Hall Library

    Founded in 1788, Linen Hall Library is a truly unique institution. As the oldest library…

    0.06 miles away
  3. Royal Ulster Rifles Museum

    The museum tells the story of the Royal Ulster Rifles from 1793 to 1968. From the raising…

    0.16 miles away
  4. 2 Royal Avenue

    Belfast City Council’s community and cultural hub at 2 Royal Avenue provides a free…

    0.17 miles away
  5. First Presbyterian Church

    Thomas Andrews, who attended this delightful church with his wife Helen, must have loved…

    0.21 miles away
  6. Presbyterian Historical Society

    History of Presbyterianism in Ireland and its congregations, including congregational,…

    0.24 miles away
  7. Belfast Exposed

    Born from engagement with the community, Belfast Exposed houses contemporary photography…

    0.3 miles away
  8. Belfast Print Workshop

    The longest established resource in Northern Ireland for artists wanting to work in the…

    0.35 miles away
  9. Albert Memorial Clock

    Designed by the architect William J Barre, the figure of Prince Albert was sculpted by…

    0.34 miles away
  10. Ulster Historical Foundation

    The Ulster Historical Foundation, est. 1956, is a not-for-profit educational charity.…

    0.36 miles away
  11. A man dressed up in a uniform from the Second World War standing in the gallery of the Northern Ireland War Memorial.

    Discover the story of Northern Ireland during the Second World War. The Northern Ireland…

    0.37 miles away
  12. Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne

    Belfast Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St. Anne, has stood for over 100…

    0.4 miles away
  13. The Belfast Barge

    Belfast’s first floating visitor attraction, moored on the River Lagan, just minutes from…

    0.41 miles away
  14. Golden Thread Gallery

    Welcome to Golden Thread Gallery, Northern Ireland's leading contemporary visual arts…

    0.52 miles away
  15. St Patrick's Church Belfast

    The Gothic Revival St Patrick's was designed by Timonthy Hevey and Mortimer Thomspon and…

    0.55 miles away
  16. Sinclair Seamen's Presbyterian Church

    Built in 1856 at a cost of £4,500 in memory of Mr John Sinclair.

    0.63 miles away

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss