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Address: Stranmillis Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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The way to start your Belfast visit

Be certain to schedule a visit to this little cemetery. The story it tells of the history of Belfast and indeed Northern Ireland is incredible. A little peaceful oasis, too.

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Catherine C
Two Bridges, Devon, UK
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Two Bridges, Devon, UK
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

Be certain to schedule a visit to this little cemetery. The story it tells of the history of Belfast and indeed Northern Ireland is incredible. A little peaceful oasis, too.

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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I booked a visit with a member of Belfast City Council guides. It lasted just over an hour. The ground is uneven so it really isn't suitable for wheelchairs or for people with walking difficulties. It is small but has a very interesting history and some very interesting people are buried there. If you have an interest in odd stories... More 

1 Thank Ella P
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

Firstly our tour guide Adrienne was excellent and very witty and knowledgeable. Friar's Bush is tucked away just off the Stranmillis Road in South Belfast near Queen's University. Highly recommended if you are visiting ( or not ) Belfast and want to know about some of the characters who have shaped our history in their own ways. You can combine... More 

1 Thank Anthony Q
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Like something out of a macabre horror movie complete with ancient slopping headstones, hawthorn trees and spooky atmosphere, Friar's Bush Graveyard is a perfect Tim Burton style dream. I had the chance to visit with a few friends for a guided lunchtime tour on Tuesday 5 July 2016. Our tour guide Adrienne was fantastic, walking and talking us around the... More 

2 Thank CiaraSlevin
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2016 via mobile

My wife and I did the Halloween Tour of the Friars Bush. Spooky at night, especially when you know that this was where lots of cholera victims were laid to rest. Also the inventor of Belfast Bap Barney Hughes rests here.

Thank BelfastFoodTravelMan
Thebes, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

Ordinarily, appointments are needed to tour the cemetery. However, we were walking past and noticed the gate unlocked, so we gave it a try. We rang the caretaker's bell and, as luck was with us, there was a small group touring at the time, so he let us enter. He showed us the common burial plots of plague victims, and... More 

4 Thank Shapley_Hunter
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2015

I was lucky enough to have Eamon Phoenix conducting a tour we did one Hallowe'en. Dr Phoenix, unlike so many historians, really has the skills and ability to bring history alive and make it interesting. Most noteably, the grave of Barney Hughes, the hugely successful baker who invented the Belfast Bap, is contained in Friar's Bush. The mass grave, Plaguey... More 

1 Thank Daytripper24182
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 December 2014 via mobile

I had to give some notice when booking my appointment - 3 days wasn't enough notice so I settled on 2 weeks in advance which was today! The staff member was there to unlock the gates at 09:00 as requested & he remained within the graveyard until I was ready to leave. There are no proper paths so you will... More 

3 Thank Original T-Bird
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

I love visiting graveyards so when I seen this one I had to see it. You do have to book a appointment but within 15 minutes of me calling I was let in to see it. I took a lot of photos but was very upset when I got home to find out only 5 saved to camera (very weird)... More 

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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Fascinating glimpse into the past. Visited this cemetery during European heritage day in September when such places are opened to the public. Incredibly sad to see the life expectancy of children 100 plus years ago. Realise how lucky we are. Beautiful and haunting. Not manicured like some cemeteries but well worth a visit if you can.

1 Thank saraBelfast

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