The Belfast City Bike Tour is an up close and personal way to tour Belfast. With tours starting at 10am most weekend mornings, it’s an environmentally friendly way to see the City centre.
On a bitterly cold morning in February 2012 I met up with our tour guide at the Bike Tour HQ and joined a mixture of tourists and locals eager to get cycling. We all got on the surprisingly comfortable California Cruiser bikes, with the cool wrap around handle bars, and headed out on the road.
The tour went into the Cathedral Quarter, over to the Titanic Quarter to view the Nomadic and Titanic Belfast, back to St George’s Market for a short break before heading through the City Centre to the Crown Bar and the Ulster Hall. We then passed through a quiet residential area on route up what felt like our first big hill to Botanic Gardens, then to Queen’s University for a photo stop, and on to Sandy Row and back to cycle HQ.
At almost 7 miles and 3 hours, we definitely got to places no other tour can reach and it was a lot of fun. It certainly wasn’t a doddle, but it was much easier than I expected. I had forgotten how much fun cycling was and my bike will be getting rescued from the garage very soon.
Jerome our guide has a superb knowledge of Belfast and right from the start, he was pointing out lots of interesting facts and pieces of information I never knew before.
You just have to try out this tour! It is fantastic value at £20 and the perfect way to see our compact city.
For more information check out their website www.belfastcitybiketours.com
Belfast City Bike Tours are based at Norm’s Bikes in Smithfield Market, behind Castle Court.