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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.

Belfast: City Centre Beer Bike Tour

2. Belfast: City Centre Beer Bike Tour

Cruise the bustling streets of Belfast City Centre on a unique beer bike. Join a group of between 7 and 16 participants, all working together to move the bike through town. From Royal Avenue to Cornmarket, City Hall to the Opera House, use your own energy to pedal throughout the city.  Soak up the atmosphere and toast your pedal partners on a tour catered to your wishes. Sneak in a stop at a traditional public house such as Kelly’s Cellars, Mourne Seafood Bar, Bittles, or Robinsons. If you would like extra drinks for the journey itself, the pedal vehicle is licensed for customers to bring their own beer, prosecco, or more — or you can contact the local operator to order drinks ahead of time.

Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour from Belfast

3. Giant's Causeway Full-Day Guided Tour from Belfast

On this full-day excursion to the Giant’s Causeway you’ll leave Belfast at 09:45 with your Irish guide and fellow travel partners for a drive through the rolling farmland of County Antrim to the northern coast of Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty. Take an exhilarating walk across the rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island for a real cliff-top experience. This 30-meter deep and 20-meter wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands. Consider crossing at your own risk for a small optional charitable donation to the National Trust, the registered UK charity that maintains the bridge. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the causeway was built buy the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool! A new and ultra-modern visitor center is now open and provides visitors with unique audio guides and earphones that relate the story of the rock formations in many different languages. You’re guaranteed 2 hours at the Giant's Causeway on this tour before returning to Belfast.

Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

4. Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

With this tour package, you will be given a personal tour from your guide about what life was like as a teenager living in Belfast during its troubled past. Hear how the city has turned a corner and is now looking towards a brighter future. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities for taking photos and a chance to sign your name on the world famous peacewall, that has divided the city's communities for over 45 years. See the raw side of Belfast city on this tour. Your guide will take you to all the most important areas in Belfast.

Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

5. Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

Learn the turbulent 20th-century history of Belfast on an award-winning sightseeing tour. Visit 8 sites in the city center where some of the most tragic events of The Troubles took place. Learn what it was like to live in the city when the threat of bombs was ever-present.  Walk through the developing Cathedral Quarter, with St. Anne's Cathedral at its heart, and hear about the peace process and regeneration that has taken place in the city since the ceasefires of the early 1990s. Get a feel for the real history of the city and be transported back in time through detailed storytelling. The guides are amongst the most knowledgeable conflict historians in Northern Ireland and the tour is recognized as being unbiased, objective and historically accurate. It is suitable for all visitors, regardless of how much or little they may already know of the troubled past.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

6. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach towards the basalt rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Stop to take photos of historic Dunluce Castle and then visit the Bushmills Distillery visitors center to learn more about the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Hear the legend of the giant Finn MacCool at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy exclusive access to the Giant's Causeway visitors center and a guided walking tour of the site. Brave the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Stretch your legs in the beautiful village of Carnlough on the stunning Antrim Coast Road. End with a short stop at Carrickfergus Castle before arriving back in Belfast.

Belfast: Conflicting Stories Political Taxi Tour

7. Belfast: Conflicting Stories Political Taxi 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 people who have spent time in prison 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. Hear about the history and culture of the era from two unique perspectives. Start by meeting a Republican ex-political prisoner for a drive along the infamous Falls Road. See visible signs of the community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. Pass through the electronically-controlled gates to the largely Protestant area of the Shankill Road, where you will meet a Loyalist ex-political prisoner/local British soldier to get the Loyalist perspective. Investigate the real stories of The Troubles beyond the history books with first-hand accounts from those intimately involved. Sign the Peace Wall and leave your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

Game of Thrones & Giant's Causeway: Guided Tour from Belfast

8. Game of Thrones & Giant's Causeway: Guided Tour from Belfast

If you are a fan of the thrilling TV series, 'Game of Thrones,' then this tour is for you. Visit some of the iconic sites from the series in Northern Ireland with an expert guide, and hear all the insider gossip about the cast and crew. Departing from central Belfast, walk into the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her 'shadow assassin,' and learn gossip about the morally dubious King Joffrey Baratheon. Continue your journey north to Renly's encampment where the mighty Brienne of Tarth battled and overcame Loras Tyrell. Along with many other exciting 'Game of Thrones' related venues, enjoy a visit to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. Although it hasn’t been featured in 'Game of Thrones,' the spectacular site is a must-see. On your journey back to Belfast, enjoy one final stop at the Dark Hedges and explore its natural archway of intertwined trees where Arya Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing.

Belfast: Political Murals, Street Art, and Peace Gate

9. Belfast: Political Murals, Street Art, and Peace Gate

On this 2-hour walk, you will discover some of the modern street art, by international street artists, for which Belfast is now becoming known. After meeting your guide, head into the west of the city to view some of the more controversial political murals. Hear how Northern Ireland is working with locals to create peace. You will also see a project called re-imaging, which aims to put street art or murals up that the local communities want to share with all that pass by.

Troubles Tour: Walls & Bridges

10. Troubles Tour: Walls & Bridges

At the Meeting Point, headsets are distributed. You visit Belfast City Hall before walking to the Peace Walls a journey of some 20 minutes. Along the way, as you walk past scenes of the recent troubled past, you receive a detailed, objective commentary covering the history and background to the 'Troubles'. At the International Wall, you have time for photographs of Belfast's famous murals. After that you walk through the security gates to Belfast's 'Peace Walls'. There is plenty of time for questions. After the 'Peace Walls' you walk back to Belfast City Centre. You see St Anne's Cathedral and move through the vibrant Cathedral Quarter which is full of cafes, bars, music and modern murals. You meander through the famous Entries. They, like much else in the city have secrets hidden in plain sight. Belfast has a radical, hidden history and you visit the sites of a past you won't know. You walk towards High Street, where you will see the Albert Clock before visiting a historic church. From the outside, it doesn't seem imposing but as you step inside, you step back 240 years to a different time when the Church was at the centre of Irish history. The tour concludes within sight of Belfast City Hall. The pace is reasonable, you will cover approximately 4 miles whilst being entertained, engaged and informed. You will also receive plenty of insider tips on things to see and do, this is not a standard sightseeing tour although there are plenty of opportunities to do that. It is part walking tour, part theatrical experience. Belfast is a City of Contrasts and the tour reflects that. You will be entertained, engaged and informed.

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What people are saying about Belfast

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4.8 / 5

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We covered a lot of ground on this tour, seeing many murals. I feel we went into areas of the city that we would have missed on or own. Marty, as a native, had a very insightful interpretation of The Troubles and how times are changing for the better. Definitely have a new understanding about this period in Belfast’s history.

Excellent tour! Our guide was very neutral, interesting and informative. We were able to see a lot of the city, the sights, and get a lot of historical data. I'm glad we chose this tour.

Good coach travel with Paddywagon. Clear info on timings and plenty of warning so we knew what to expect. Interesting and varied info provided by the driver.

Only one little thing endure guide tells everyone they can walk down then up to end then up the stairs to come out on top

Excellent day out. Beautiful views and the tour guide was full of knowledge.