Visit Us

The Golden Thread Gallery reopens on Tuesday 25th May, with our regular opening hours 11-5 Tuesdays to Fridays, and 11-4 on Saturdays. We will be open for walk-in visitors, but we have some new safety measures in place under the current Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Maximum capacity is 80 visitors at one time. We may ask you to wait outside for a short time if we are at capacity.
  • Please go to reception first, so we can take your contact details for track & trace.
  • All visitors are requested to wear a mask / face-covering at all times, unless you have a medical exemption.
  • Please sanitise your hands upon entry and when leaving the gallery.
  • Only one toilet is available for visitor use at this time.
  • If you (or any member of your party) have been feeling unwell, or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not enter.

Our other safety measures include hand sanitisers throughout the gallery with signage to guide you through the exhibitions. Disposable masks are available from our front desk for a donation of £1.

We will have one accessible bathroom available to visitors only. If you have any other accessibility needs, please let us know in advance and we will do our utmost to facilitate you.

If you have any questions or concerns, or need help, please ask one of the team! We want to make your return to the gallery as enjoyable and safe as we can!

We’re signed up to the “We’re Good To Go” tourism industry standard mark, the scheme designed by the UK’s national tourist organisations to reassure visitors that we have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing.

Accessibility and Social Story

We want to make all our visitors welcome, and are committed to making the gallery as accessible as possible. Should you need assistance in planning your visit please ask at reception, or contact us in advance on

Exhibition guide

The gallery is happy to accommodate groups and offers guided gallery tours free of charge. Please contact the gallery at least one week in advance if you wish to make a booking. During gallery opening hours staff are here to answer your questions.

Wheelchair users

  • The gallery space is fully accessible for wheelchair users, with a ramp entrance and level landing.
  • Blue Badge parking is available outside our venue, with a drop kerb.
  • There is a wheelchair accessible toilet in our venue.


Braille versions of our exhibition guides can be provided, please request in advance.

Audio description

We offer audio descriptive tours of our exhibitions, please book at least one week in advance.

Large print handouts

All exhibition handouts are available in large print from Gallery reception.


An audio T-Loop is available at reception – the hearing aid user needs to switch their hearing aid to the ‘T-position’. T-Loop is an assistive listening system that takes a sound source and transfers it directly to hearing aid without background noise, interference or distortion.

Family Friendly Venue

We welcome visitors of all ages! Buggies and prams can be left beside reception. Breast-feeding mums are welcome. Please note: some exhibitions may require parental discretion.

Baby Changing Unit

Baby changing facilities are available in our accessible bathroom.

Sensory Issues – noise and lights

Gallery staff at reception can advise you about exhibition content, including lights / darkness / sounds and other sensory elements. We also have sets of ear defenders available to borrow at reception.

Access and Interpretation Guide For the Golden Thread Gallery PDF LARGE FORMAT

Visitors with autism We’ve created a unique social story to help make visiting the gallery, understanding safety measures and engaging with visual art, easier and more enjoyable for young visitors who have autism. You can download it here:


Finding Us

The gallery is on the edge of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and the old Sailortown district, just across the Dunbar Link. There are safe pedestrian road crossings at several points along the road, with convenient public parking available at Dunbar Street (pay and display), High Street and St Anne’s Square.

The Golden Thread Gallery is accessible by public transport – see the journey planner on

If you have any questions, please do let us know. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Golden Thread!

*Please wear a face-covering on your visit unless medically exempt, in which case you may be asked to provide details.

What’s On

Contact Us

Golden Thread Gallery
84- 94 Great Patrick Street,

Tel. +44 (0)28 90 330920

Opening Times:
Tuesday – Friday
11am – 5pm
11am – 4pm

Free Admission