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City Cemetery 150th anniversary guided tours

Date: 1 Aug 2019
Time: Various
Venue: City Cemetery

Hear the fascinating stories of some of the people who helped shape Belfast's rich history with a series of free walking tours to mark the cemetery's 150th anniversary.

As spaces on each tour is limited, registration is essential. To register your interest, email with the tour name and time.

Belfast City Cemetery Tour - *This tour is fully booked

12 noon, City Cemetery

Tom Hartley will lead a special tour of the site revealing some of its fascinating history and heritage. 

A former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Tom is the author of several books on Belfast’s burial grounds and an established expert on the subject.

Women in History Tour - *This tour is fully booked

2pm – 3.30pm, City Cemetery

Lynsey Gillespie and a team of staff and volunteers from PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland) will lead visitors on a very special tour of the City Cemetery developed to highlight the many incredible stories of women over the last century and a half.

Visitors will learn of the educators, innovators, artists and ordinary women whose lives reflect the untold stories of so many others.

The Trees of the City Cemetery Tour

2pm - 3pm, City Cemetery

Ben Simon will lead a very special tour revealing one of the natural beauties of the site – its trees. 

Meet at the main entrance gates of the cemetery for a gentle walk under the branches of mature pines, limes, beech and sycamores planted in Victorian times, past yews and cypress trees grown to mark graves together with younger mixed woodlands, exotic specimens and avenues of hornbeam and birch.

Ben Simon is the author of “If Trees Could Talk: The Story of Woodlands Around Belfast”. The tour will be followed by a talk on the woodlands of Belfast at the Falls Bowling Club at 3.30pm.

The Trees and Woodlands of Belfast (Talk)

3.30pm - 4.30pm, Falls Park Bowling Pavilion

Environmentalist and author Ben Simon will lead a special tour of City Cemetery looking at the site’s rich assortment of trees. The tour will be followed by a special talk on The Trees and Woodlands of Belfast. This is a rare opportunity to learn how trees have shaped the landscape of the city and make up some of the city’s oldest residents.

For more information on any of these events, or to register your interest you can email

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