|About||Irish Heartbeat Tours gives the opportunity for people to discover the places in NI that has inspired songs such as 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 'Coney Island'.|
Van Morrison themed half-day tours available - 'Brown Eyed Girl' Tour & 'Coney Island' Tour - details as follows:
Van Morrison - 'Brown Eyed Girl' Belfast Tour
For more than fifty years Sir George Ivan Morrison has literally provided a soundtrack for the lives of many people from across the world. The 'Brown Eyed Girl' Irish Heartbeat Tour gives the opportunity for people to discover the places in Belfast that has inspired ‘local’ songs such as 'Brown Eyed Girl', 'Bright Side of the Road', 'Cleaning Windows', 'On Hyndford Street', 'Orangefield', 'Madame George', 'A Sense of Wonder' and the iconic 'Cyprus Avenue' plus many others all of which are evocations of his early life.
However, no story of Van Morrison would be complete without the mention of The Maritime Hotel, the birth-place of the Belfast rhythm 'n' blues scene, where Van played with Them singing classics such as 'Gloria' and 'Baby, Please Don't Go'. The Maritime effectively launched the career of Van Morrison and put the city on the musical map. The site of where the Maritime Hotel stood is included on the half-day guided tour. From central Belfast the tour travels across to the heart of Van-Land (East Belfast).
In East Belfast we will take in the following points of interest and a must-see for any Vanatic / Vanorak - East Bread Street, Elmgrove Primary School, Abetta Parade, The Hollow (Beechie River & Connswater), Hyndford Street, Grand Parade, Orangefield Park, Belfast & County Down Railway, Cyprus Avenue and St Donard's Church. (Separate arrangements can be made for those with mobility issues). Along the way there may the chance for some 'soul food' such as a Paris bun, gravy ring, wagon wheel, barmbrack, snowball or even a pastie supper!
The Van Morrison 'Brown Eyed Girl' Irish Heartbeat Tours meeting point is outside the front of the Europa Hotel, Belfast and costs £85 per group tour (industry standard rate). We prefer small intimate groups of 1-4 people but can take further numbers on the port