Guided tour

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Guided 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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3 hours
  • Divis Tower

  • Falls Road

  • Shankill Road

  • Peace Walls

  • Shankill Road

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  • Hear about the conflict with ex-combatants directly involved in The Troubles
  • Embark on a tour that explains both the Loyalist and Republican side of history
  • Hear first-hand accounts from people who grew up in this area
  • Discover Belfast's political murals on foot
Full description

Venture beyond the guidebooks 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 were intimately involved as combatants in the period known as The Troubles. 

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 Shankill Road, where you will meet with either a Loyalist ex-political prisoner or an ex-member of the security forces who is from the area. 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"

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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 931 reviews

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    A fascinating tour from both sides of the troubles. Both guides were knowledgeable, welcoming and honest about their experiences. It was a bit of an eye opener for someone who was born in Britain with Irish relatives. I would highly recommend this tour to those visiting Belfast.

    March 27, 2023

    Take the walking tour! You will gain unique insights into the conflict from two different perspectives. While this conflict may no longer be in the global headlines, the tour guides make a strong case for why the conflict could flare up at any time, including the significance of historical memory. This is one of the best tours I attended and I applaud the tour guides for their honesty, knowledge, and frank assessments of the critical reasons underpinning the conflict.

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    March 27, 2023

    A very informative tour, different perspectives, emotional and historical and delivered in a way that everyone can understand. It is powerful and very interesting giving people an insight in to what caused the troubles, what is going on now and how it lingers throughout generations and hopefully what can be done to stop it continuing in history. Recommend this tour, guides we had we excellent and welcomed any questions no matter how hard or emotive thy were. Excellent tour.

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    March 27, 2023

    Product ID: 107107