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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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  • 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.

  • 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
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    4.7 /5

    based on 805 reviews

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    Quite a fascinating tour taking one deep into history, politics, and local neighborhood sentiments. The tour is eye opening as it covers the dark side of Ireland and the vicious history of the Troubles. Both sides of the conflict carry innocent blood on the hands, and that is not touched up. Also amazing is seeing the divide that still continues on after almost 25 years since the Good Friday agreement. Walls, gates and steel barricaded homes. On the Nationalist side, our guide Jack Duffin gave his broad opinion on the historical and social background. For non-Irish it was enlightening. On the Unionist side our guide Mark focused more on the individual bombings and body count. While this is significant, we were hoping for more of a local sentiment and view than just "we will never respect each other nor be friends". Both guides were excellent in their knowledge and great speakers. A trip to Belfast is incomplete without this tour! Thank you Mark and Jack!

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    August 5, 2022

    Enjoyed this experience. I am totally impartial to this but thought the catholic guide was far more informative and and positive about the future whilst the protestant guide although ok found him more bitter and far less optimistic about the future. I assume this must be the sign of the Times unfortunately. Would definitely recommend it.

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    July 26, 2022

    Excellent rating is for first half of tour with Catholic former political prisoner. He was an outstanding guide explaining the history, politics and his own experience. The Protestant guide was overly theatrical, hammering on the gory details of deaths with no context other than the other side is bad and wrong. His half was very disappointing

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    July 20, 2022

    Product ID: 107107