Guided tour

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: Belfast Free Walking Tour
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Learn about Belfast's troubled history on a walking tour with both Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners. Explore their neighborhoods and hear their personal stories.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

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Highlights
  • Explore Belfast's conflict with ex-prisoners directly involved in "The Troubles"
  • Take part in the only tour that explains both the Loyalist and Republican sides of history
  • Hear first-hand accounts from men and women who went to prison for their beliefs
  • Discover Belfast's political murals on foot
Full description

Venture beyond the guide books and explore Belfast through the political conflict known as “The Troubles.” Walk the streets on both sides of the Peace Line with men and women who have served time in the prisons of Northern Ireland for standing up for their beliefs. 

Hear stories from both the Republican and Loyalist communities about the effects of the conflict, and get explanations about the political murals that tell the history and culture of the area from a unique perspective.

Start by meeting a Republican ex-political prisoner for a guided walk along the infamous Falls Road. See visible signs of the community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. 

Then, pass through the electronically-controlled gates to the predominately Protestant area of the Shankill Road, where you will meet a Loyalist ex-political prisoner to investigate the determination of the locals who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom.

For more than 30 years, “The Troubles” have had a powerful impact on the city and its residents. Very few people were unaffected by the violence, and everyone has a tale to tell. Investigate the real stories beyond the history books with first-hand accounts from those intimately involved. 

Explore the world’s largest, outdoor art gallery as you examine the many murals, and get the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall and leave your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

Includes
  • 3-hour guided tour
  • 2 different perspectives on "The Troubles"
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of Divis Tower, Divis Street Belfast

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    Know before you go

    • The tour is approximately 3 hours long and covers a distance of 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • The tour starts at Divis Tower and ends on the Lower Shankill Road, about a 15-minute walk from the starting point
    • This tour may not be suitable for children under 15. It is up to the discretion of the guardian as discussion of extreme violence may occur
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 762 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5

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    Both guides provided a ' warts and all' account of their experience of living through The Troubles. The skill of both guides was to present their accounts of living through the Troubles. By walking, you get a real sense of both communities something I doubt you would experience from a taxi or bus. Highly recommended.

    June 12, 2022

    Very interesting and eye opening. You hear about peace times on the news but it changes your view seeing that people still live in segregation and fear of violence from the other side today. The stories told by both sides gave me a greater understanding of the issues faced in Northern Ireland today. A must do tour for UK citizens with the uncertainty over Brexit, Good Friday Agreement etc. at the moment.

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    June 5, 2022

    This tour was amazing. I learned so much about the troubles and got to hear the info from people directly involved in and impacted by it. Putting real human faces and experiences on history was a powerful experience. One of the coolest things I've ever done was this tour. I loved it.

    May 10, 2022

    Product ID: 107107