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Eye to I Heritage Tour

23/09/2023 @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

As part of our 120th Anniversary Celebrations we have developed an Independent Orange Heritage Tour of Belfast

One of the themes of our Anniversary Year is “Why the I” a programme to help our members and the wider community understand the history and legacy of the Order.

As we attract new members and encourage and engage existing ones we need to know our history and the reasons why the Independent Institution was formed. We also need to know what makes us distinct and how we differ from other Loyal Orders. The heritage tour will visit some of the iconic sites associated with the early Independent Order and rediscover the founding fathers and what motivated them. It will also discover the lasting legacy of the ILOI in Belfast and hopefully stimulate interest that will see its revival in the city.

Discover something new and develop a sense of pride in who we are!


Tour Information Saturday 23 September

Bus leaves Ballymoney, Seymour Street
Stopping at Ballymena ( possibly other points on A26)
Arrive Titanic Quarter, Belfast
ffee on arrival and opportunity to visit Titanic Centre ( not the full tour)

Eye to I Tour of sites related to the Foundation of the ILOI in Belfast including the shipyards, Custom House Sq. Sandy Row and South Belfast, Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum with a guided bus tour of other locations such as the former Headquarters Building.

Late Lunch – Connswater and C.S. Lewis Square with 1 hour to enjoy lunch at a range of local restaurants, cafes and coffee shops (lunch is not included in price).
At this point if anyone wishes to stay and sample the local shopping centre and other attractions they will be picked up later. The rest of the group will return too the bus for the final stage of the bus tour and a visit to the Museum of Orange Heritage where items related to the ILOI will be on display and an exciting new exhibition on the Glorious Revolution can be explored.

Leave the Museum 5pm with pickup at Connswater Shopping centre and return journey to Ballymoney via Ballymena.

Returning before 7pm
Cost will be £15 per person with tea/co
ffee included.

All sites visited are accessible and toilet facilities will be available at most locations.

Tickets can be bought from lodges or by emailing mcneillstown@gmail.com , alternatively we have an Eventbrite page promoting the tour with a limited number of online tickets for the general public event –  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eye-to-i-tour-tickets-689183465297?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=ebdsshwebdesktop




8:30 am - 6:30 pm


Imperial Grand Lodge


Titanic Visitors centre
1 Olympic Way
Belfast, BT3 9EP United Kingdom
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