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Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

From £23 per person

Learn about Belfast's troubled history on a 3-hour walking tour with both Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners. Explore their neighborhoods and hear their personal stories and the stories of their communities on both sides of the physical wall.

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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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    Important information

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    • 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 641 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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    Guides were both very good and the two guides had very different styles. The tour was very informative and hearing real accounts from both perspectives was a real eye opener and crucial to getting an understanding of what occurred. There isn't a lot of walking but more standing listening at different key locations. It is a long time on your feet so comfy shoes are key.

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    18 September 2021

    Brilliant tour - probably the best I’ve ever been on. Got the perspective literally and metaphorically from both sides of the divide from people who were involved in the Troubles. (Rocky is a former an IRA man who served time). If you want a firsthand account of what happened and why this is a must. Finished the tour better informed but sadly not more optimistic about the future.

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    4 September 2021

    This tour was such a great experience. With the three hour tour we heard from a former IRA member as well as a former British Army soldier. We got two very different perspectives on the same history. We walked through a Republican neighborhood and a unionist neighborhood and saw the 45 foot wall that divides them. An exceedingly educational and moving experience.

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    29 August 2021

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