Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories
The opportunity to experience a tour of a lifetime.
Unknown to most, modern-day Belfast remains a divided city. 40 kilometers of a physical wall, up to ten meters high in some locations divides two religious communities living side by side. For more than 30 years, the controversial time is known as "The Troubles" has had a powerful impact on the city and its residents. Very few people, if any, were unaffected by the violence that plagued the area, and everyone has a story to tell. We invite you to hear first-hand accounts from both sides of this conflicted region. This is a unique opportunity for you to discover the real story you won't get from history books; shared by people who were intimately involved in this turbulent period of modern history. Republican and Loyalist ex-prisoners or ex-British soldiers share their own stories
Explore- up close, the world-famous murals of the city and understand the stories behind them.
per adult from
2 hours 15 minutes
What's included :
- Two Guides
- Private transportation
- Two taxis
What's excluded :
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: 139 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AF Northern Ireland
This tour is unique as it may be one of the only tours in the world where enemies in a recent conflict work together to tell you a factual account of recent history, their own personal involvement and the ongoing work to maintain the delicate peace accord known as The Good Friday agreement.
You will be met by a Republican ex-prisoner who will accompany you along the Falls Road area and share his personal story of his involvement and you will have the opportunity to explore the history of The Conflict. Visiting two Gardens of Remembrance and Bombay street where the the sectarian bitterness exploded in August 1969
Here you will have the chance to photograph the world-famous murals and witness visible signs of this community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. The section of the tour will finish at the electronically control gates that still close on a nightly basis.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Shankill Road, Shankill Rd, Belfast Northern Ireland
We depart the Catholic area of the Falls and pass through electronically controlled gates leading to the predominately protestant area of The Shankill Road. We meet with a Loyalist ex-combatant who will accompany you through the streets of the area while sharing their personal story and visit several scenes of sectarian bombings and murals dedicated to people from the locality. You will witness the determination of the locals who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall, leaving your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and The Dalai Lama.
The driver will return you back to the city center
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Hotel ibis Belfast City Centre, 100 Castle St, Belfast BT1 1HF, UK
Return Detail :City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS, UK
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- This Tour may not be suitable for children under 16 years at the parents discretion.
- Please be aware that discussion of murder and violence may be explained in graphic detail.
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- This is a private tour in your own private vehicles that are sanitized before every tour
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.