Welcome to Belfast City Cemetery

Peter McCabe offers customised tours of Belfast City Cemetery. Explore the graves of sports stars, maritime men and women, and more from across the world.

Opened in 1869, Belfast City Cemetery is one of the oldest public burial grounds in the city. One could tell many tales amongst the tombstones. There are stories of celebrated locals, people from across the world and founding fathers of the city. A closer look reveals links to the city’s maritime past and connections to the Titanic.

Peter McCabe is the man to tell those tales. A local history enthusiast, he hopes to turn locals and tourists to taphophiles. Over the last number of years, Peter has researched several tours throughout the City Cemetery. Find out more about Peter McCabe’s Belfast City Cemetery Tours and book a place today.

World Tour

World Tour

Travel the world without leaving the walls of Belfast City Cemetery. From the USA, Canada, and South America to China, India, Australia, and beyond, the cemetery tells the life and times of many people of the world.

Angels Tour

Angels Tour

Belfast City Cemetery is well-known for its stone angels. Many of these spectacular statues adorn plinths throughout the graveyard. Most of these stunning pieces commemorate children taken too early.

Blue Plaque Tour

Blue Plaque Tour

Many of those who lived and died in Belfast are important enough in history to have blue plaques in their honour. In the city cemetery their graves range from the spectacular and ornate to the modest and unmarked.

Ecclesiastical Tour

Ecclesiastical Tour

Belfast’s City Cemetery is the resting place of many ministers, particularly from Methodist and Presbyterian backgrounds. There are also graves of missionaries from across the world with fascinating tales.

Maritime Tour

Maritime Tour

Explore the graves of those lost at sea in local accidents as well as victims of the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania. Belfast City Cemetery also features many graves of those involved in the shipping industries.

Builders Tour

Builders Tour

Modern Belfast is still graced by many spectacular buildings. Belfast City Cemetery is the resting place of many of those responsible for them. Visit the graves of the architects and masons who made the city.

Trade Tour

Trade Tour

Northern Ireland’s capital city has long been a thriving industrial hub. Belfast City Cemetery pays tribute to those who shaped the city from manufacturers and commercial giants to the men of the shipyards.

CS Lewis Tour

CS Lewis Tour

Explore the Belfast or CS Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. Visit the graves of his parents, grandparents, uncles, friends, and neighbours. Belfast City Cemetery offers views towards the legendary writer’s East Belfast.

Ulster-Scots Tour

Ulster-Scots Tour

The connections between Northern Ireland and Scotland are well-documented. Many of those of Scottish descent who played a part in the foundation of today’s Belfast are buried in the City Cemetery.

Sports Tour

Sports Tour

Several sports stars lie in Belfast City Cemetery. You can find champion boxer Rinty Monaghan, record-breaking soccer and tennis players. There is even a socialist cricketer whose son joined the IRA.

Ireland Tour

Ireland Tour

Explore the thirty-two counties of the Emerald Isle. Through Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, from Donegal to Cork, people from every county have made Belfast their final resting place.

Strange But True Tour

Strange But True Tour

Old and new graves in Belfast City Cemetery have many quirky features and there is a range of weird and wonderful sights. Join Peter on a tour. In most of these cases, it must be seen to be believed.