Golden Mile walking trail is Belfast’s newest FREE attraction

The new attraction has been launched in a bid to get more people exploring the sights of the city on foot.

Spanning from City Hall to the Ulster Museum, with 20 stops along the way, the Golden Mile walking trail is Belfast’s newest free attraction.

The trail, launched by Linen Quarter Business Improvement District (LQ BID), is an initiative encouraging more people to explore the city on foot.

Creators hope the new attraction will encourage more people into the city while providing much-needed support to local businesses.

Walk the Golden Mile – take in the sights and sounds of Belfast City

Walk Belfast's Golden Mile.
Credit: Twitter / @LinenQuarterBID

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease across Northern Ireland, the Golden Mile walking trail has been launched as Belfast’s newest free attraction.

With something for everyone to enjoy along the way, the trail provides the perfect day out with family or friends. No matter how familiar you are with the city, the trail is the perfect way to discover something new.

Along the way, you’ll get to check out some of Belfast’s best art galleries, museums and entertainment venues. These include the Naughton and Carey Galleries, the historic Grand Opera House, the Empire Music Hall, and Queen’s Film Theatre.

A celebration of outdoor sculpture – not to be missed

You will see outdoor sculptures along the Golden Mile walking trail.
Credit: Flickr / William Murphy

Also included along the Golden Mile walking trail, Belfast’s newest free attraction, are various outdoor sculptures. Check out the Flying Figures, Eco, and the Thomas Thompson Fountain. All fascinating attractions you may ignore as you walk through the city alone.

You will also get to discover some of the city’s most iconic architecture along the way. Some of the highlights are the Queen’s University Lanyon Building and the unique Ulster Museum.

Taking time to discover the city in this way will allow you to see Belfast’s streets in a new way.

A thriving tourist destination – the return of tourism post-pandemic

Queen's University's Historic Lanyon Building is included in the tour.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Pre-pandemic, Belfast was a thriving tourist destination for attractions such as Titanic Belfast and the Crumlin Road Gaol. Thus, creators hope the Golden Mile walking trail will encourage tourists back into the city as restrictions are eased.

Chief Executive of National Museums NI and Chair of Visit Belfast, Kathryn Thomson, said,

“The Golden Mile Walking Trail is a great addition to our city’s activity programme as we continue to promote Belfast as a tourist destination.

“With many people choosing to stay at home this summer, providing affordable and enjoyable experiences for locals is an important part of supporting the city’s recovery.”

Support for local businesses – helping the city recover

The Golden Mile walking trail will take you from City Hall to the Ulster Museum.
Credit: Tourism Northern Ireland

The Golden Mile walking trail map details over 70 local cafés, bars, restaurants, and hotels. Thus, providing much-needed support to local businesses.

LQ BID plans to expand the walking trail further as they work to keep Belfast’s Linen Quarter as a vibrant spot to be enjoyed by tourists and locals.

The new attraction also reflects the city’s increased emphasis on sustainable initiatives and focusing on what’s on offer locally. For example, the trail encourages people to explore Belfast on foot, thus promoting zero-carbon travel.

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