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Top Music Experiences

As a tourist and music fan in Northern Ireland you are spoilt for choice with real music experiences - get hands on at one of our brilliant music tours or experiences!

Belfast & Derry~Londonderry are home to a number of tourist experiences which focus on music and are easily accessed.  The Belfast Music Tour allows you to see the streets that inspired Van Morrisson to write some of his best loved songs, the spot where 'Teenage Kicks' was recorded, and the Ulster Hall where Led Zepplin played 'Stairway to Heaven' live for the very first time.

The Oh Yeah Centre, the Belfast Music Exhibition and The Nerve Centre are must sees for any music fan visiting Northern Ireland. 

Using the Belfast Music iPhone application is a great way to explore Belfast's musical history on foot at your leisure.  Free to download, the app is a font of information about music in Belfast.  Narrated by journalist and broadcaster Stuart Bailie you can choose whether to complete this rock'n'roll city in a day or at your own pace.

The Limelight in Belfast is another must-see for music loving tourists in the city. One of the most iconic venues in town, The Limelight’s walls are covered in signed photographs of the bands who have played there over the last 21 years, as well as memorabilia and concert posters.

Gweedore is a legendary name in Derry/Londonderry and the North West, the Gweedore has long enjoyed a reputation both as a mecca for pop and rock music and as the perfect venue for that other favourite local obsession, the long, languid chat over a pint of stout.

Explore Northern Ireland’s music venues at your leisure, there is always something going on...  Or simply pull up a stool in one of the many pubs and tap your foot to a traditional session.

Places To Visit

Ulster Hall, Belfast

Built in 1862, the Ulster Hall has been entertaining the citizens of Belfast for more than 150 years. Fondly known as Belfast's 'home of music' the venue was completely restored in 2009.

The Nerve Centre, Londonderry/Derry

The Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre, boasting a wide-ranging programme of arts events, cutting edge projects, creative learning centres, training opportunities and state-of-the-art production facilities.

Limelight 1 & Limelight 2, Belfast

Established as one of the most famous venues for live music in the country, The Limelight Complex has recently enjoyed a multi-million pound refurbishment. The venue, now encompasses The Limelight & Limelight 2 venues, as well as Katy's Bar.

Belfast Music Exhibition and Tour, Belfast

Explore Belfast's proud musical heritage with a dedicated exhibition and guided bus tour.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

Oh Yeah Music Centre is a converted warehouse in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. In a short space of time it has become a focus for music making and music enterprise in Northern Ireland.

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