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Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

1. Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

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.

City Sightseeing Belfast 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. City Sightseeing Belfast 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast - The open-top bus tour gives you the chance to ride around the city, whilst hopping on and off at many different bus stops around Belfast at your own leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, birth place of the RMS Titanic, and now an exciting new development for the city. The tour then continues onward to visit the impressive Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then you'll make your way back into the city center to visit the political areas of the Shankhill Road as well as the political Wall Murals and peace lines at Falls Road. The tour then makes its way through the Queens University area back to the city center. Route Tour stops: 1. Belfast City Hall 2. SSE Arena 3. Titanic Quarter 4. HMS Caroline 5. Titanic Belfast 6. St George’s Market 7. Great Victoria Street 8. Dublin Road 9. Shaftsbury Square 10. Queens University 11. Eglantine Avenue 12. Cultúrlan McAdam Ó Fiaich 13. Falls Road 14. International Wall Mural 15. Belfast Peace Wall 16. Spectrum Information Centre 17. Shankill Memorial Garden 18. Crumlin Road 19. Donegall Street.

Belfast: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

3. Belfast: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

Immerse yourself in Belfast's troubled political history through its murals on a guided black taxi tour. Listen to challenging narratives and personal recollections from your accredited guide as you journey through the most important locations in the city's past, including the Falls and Shankill Roads. Visit the International Wall which marks entry into Republican West Belfast. As you drive around this area, listen to remarkable stories from your guide. Your next stop is the Hunger Strike Mural featuring Bobby Sands. Hop back into the taxi to travel to Bombay Street's Clonard Martyrs Memorial Garden. Continue your tour by entering Loyalist Belfast, starting by signing your name on the Peace Wall before driving along the Shankill Road. Here, see many memorial murals of UVF and UFF Volunteers and learn about the Battle of the Boyne as explained through the William of Orange mural. Finish your tour with a visit to some of the city's lesser-known murals before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Belfast: Black Taxi, Crumlin Road Jail Tour

4. Belfast: Black Taxi, Crumlin Road Jail Tour

Sit back and relax in the comfort of a black taxi and learn about the history and contemporary character of the city of Belfast. Join an expert guide who will take you around West Belfast where you can learn the stories behind Belfast’s famous wall murals. Get the full picture of the tumultuous history of the city, and discover the story behind the famous Peace Wall which separates different communities and traditions. After the tour, you will be escorted to the Crumlin Road Prison. Discover the history of this famous jail on a self-guided tour. Afterward, you will enjoy a meal and a drink at a popular local eatery.

Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

5. Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

Take a tour through the biggest open art gallery in Europe and see the story of Belfast unfold along the walls. Explore major historical sites on this 1.5-hour Black Taxi Cab tour and understand "The Troubles" with a local guide who experienced them. Make your way along the Loyalist Shankill Road, the Republican Falls Road, and finally, to the peace walls that separate them. Stop along the way to capture photos of these incredible murals while your guide explains the history and conflict they represent. Finish your private tour at a souvenir shop, and feel free to ask your guide any questions about the communities and history in the area.

Belfast: Famous Murals Private Tour

6. Belfast: Famous Murals Private Tour

Learn all about the most recent conflict in Irish history during this unique tour. Meet your private tour guide and get a deep understanding of The Troubles of Northern Ireland. Start the tour in West Belfast and visit the well-known areas of Falls Road and Shankill Road. Stop at many of the famous murals that adorn this part of the city. Listen to the stories behind each mural while you take amazing photographs. Discover both sides of the political and religious divide. Receive an honest and first-hand account of the conflict, the turmoil, the community spirit, the protests, the prison breaks, the peace process, and reconciliation. This tour has been designed for all, regardless of your knowledge of Ireland's history, with an easy-to-understand format. Learn with photos and other tools, and gain a much better understanding of the city, its past, and its future.

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What people are saying about Belfast Murals

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,991 reviews

Had a fantastic time. Hugh Jordan was every thing we needed in a tour guild. Very knowledgeable about the troubles, great story teller, and with a sense of humor... While keeping his own political views neutral. I felt like he reflected both sides in a historical way that really showed different perspectives. Completely recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in the Irish story of Belfast.

So interesting to hear both sides of the troubles. Tour lasted almost 3.5hrs and involved a lot of standing around and listening. Takes in the Falls rd and Shankhill rd. guides speak with great passion on how the troubles affected them and their community.

A fantastic tour with guides Poderick and Mark. A tragic, must- do tour. We took a lot out of this tour and would highly recommend it to travellers to better understand the true horrors of the Troubles..

Excellent tour so interesting and great to get both perspectives of this very sad state of affairs

Honest views from both guides but diametrically opposing opinions.