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Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

1. Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

Meet your guide, a working Belfast cab driver, and hear about their personal involvement in The Troubles on this car tour. Be welcomed to Belfast and dive into this facinating political conflict from a local perspective. Explore important locations from the conflict like the Falls Road and Shankill Road. See how two communities are still separated by the looming Peace Walls. View many telling political murals and have the chance to write your own name on the wall. Be transported back in time by stories from those who lived through the conflict. Take the same tour as notable public figures like Anthony Bourdain, Vince Vaughn, and George Negus. Experience unique insights from the past and present. Have your burning questions about the city's troubled history answered. Discover how the city has undergone changes and find out about its future. Get recommendations from a local about where to shop, eat, drink, or do for fun.

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

2. 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.

Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

3. 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: Cathedral Quarter Beer Bike Tour

4. Belfast: Cathedral Quarter Beer Bike Tour

Discover the vibrant, art-filled streets of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast on a unique beer bike. Join a group of between 7-16 participants, all working together to complete the tour. Swing by Wellington Place and the Albert Clock en route to the Quarter, where you’ll immediately be part of the heart and soul of Belfast’s most exciting area. Look forward to the unparalleled charm of the Duke of York, The Harp Bar, Mourne Seafood Bar or Kelly's Cellars to refuel during your pedal-powered trip. Soak up the atmosphere and toast your pedal partners in a tour catered to your wishes. If you would like extra drinks for the journey, the pedal vehicle is licensed for customers to bring their own beer, prosecco, and more.

Belfast: Conflicting Stories Political Taxi Tour

5. 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.

Troubles Tour: Walls & Bridges

6. 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.

Belfast Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

7. Belfast Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

On this customized tour of Belfast, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as the places you see. The local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it’s like to be a true local. The more notice you provide, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. With this experience, you won’t just be passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

8. From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

Day 1 Departing Dublin at 09:00, you will travel north towards the border with Northern Ireland. From here, it will be a short journey into the city of Belfast famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the key areas of the city, you will arrive in the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter, where you will have time for lunch and perhaps a visit to the award-winning museum. Other options here include a visit to the SS Nomadic, the last surviving White Star Line steamship, HMS Caroline, the fascinating Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House or perhaps take a black cab tour of the city. Later in the afternoon, you will leave the city and travel into the countryside of County Down for a visit to the world-famous house and gardens at Mount Stewart before arriving in the seaside resort town of Bangor - your base for the next two nights. Day 2   Today, you will follow one of the world’s great driving routes – the Causeway Coastal route through the beautiful scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. The tour follows the coast road from Larne to the world-famous Giant's Causeway. Along the way, you will makes stops in attractive historic villages such as Glenarm and Ballycastle as well as scenic attractions such as the Cushendun Caves and the many viewpoints along this stunning coastline. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to explore the incredible rock formations at Giant’s Causeway. Several places along the route were used as filming location for the TV series "Game of Thrones" and the last stop of the day will be at the stunning Dark Hedges - make sure your camera still has some battery power left.  From here, you will return back to Bangor for another night. Day 3  After another day full of contrasts and fascinating visits, start with a trip along the Ards Peninsula – a great favorite with holiday makers from all over Northern Ireland. At Portaferry, take a boat across the mouth of Strangford Lough to visit Castle Ward with its 18th century mansion, extensive gardens and grounds, estate walks and for "Game of Thrones" enthusiasts, the location of Winterfell and other scenes. From here, it will be a short drive to Downpatrick, site of the burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. You will have time for lunch here and perhaps a visit to Down Cathedral or St. Patrick's center. In the afternoon, the tour will continue along the coast with the brooding granite peaks of Mourne Mountains on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. After a detour into the heart of the mountains through an area of traditional farms with their fascinating field patterns and huge stone walls, you will reach the coast again on the shores of Carlingford Lough for the final stop of the day. From here, you will return back across the border and travel south to Dublin arriving around 19:00.

Belfast: Famous Murals Private Tour

9. Belfast: Famous Murals Private Tour

Learn all about the most recent conflict in Irish history during this unique tour. Meet your private tour guide and get a deep understanding of The Troubles of Northern Ireland. Start the tour in West Belfast and visit the well-known areas of Falls Road and Shankill Road. Stop at many of the famous murals that adorn this part of the city. Listen to the stories behind each mural while you take amazing photographs. Discover both sides of the political and religious divide. Receive an honest and first-hand account of the conflict, the turmoil, the community spirit, the protests, the prison breaks, the peace process and the reconciliation. This tour has been designed for All, regardless of your knowledge of Irelands history, with an easy to understand format, aided with photos and other tools, our customers will leave witha much better understanding of our city, its past, but more importantly...its future

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

10. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

Discover the natural splendor of Ireland’s UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway and explore the Titanic Museum in Belfast with an included admission ticket on a guided day trip from Dublin. Travel by bus, stopping at the Dark Hedges and Dunluce Castle, with free time in Belfast. Visit the Titanic Museum and spend 1.5 hours learning the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Spend 1.5 hours getting up close to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. You will have the time to walk along the cliffs overlooking the Causeway taking stunning pictures, before going for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself. Make a photo stop at the magnificent Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is one of the most photogenic landmarks in Ireland. Stop at the Dark Hedges for 15-20 minutes. This centuries-old lane of beech trees has been featured in films (Transformers) and on television (Game of Thrones). Explore Belfast for around 30 minutes. See the Big Fish, Albert's Clock, St. Anne's Cathedral. You will have time to do some shopping and buy some food before heading back to Dublin.

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Mark and Vedran were simply the best. Mark was the tour guide and he was able to provide deeply insightful facts and funny curiosities about Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the divide between both countries. He told us the tale of Finn McCool and how the Giant's Causeway came to be (we preferred the mythical tale over the scientific one). We couldn't ask for a better tour guide, always cracking a joke and being extremely friendly the entirety of the tour. Vedran was all-around an excellent driver, driving for more than 7 hours throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, keeping everyone safe. We couldn't ask more value from our money than this.

Very impartial, well rounded & educational tour provided by our driver JoJo. Provides a first hand experience with plenty of opportunities for debate and questions. Stopped off at as many sites as possible along the way with a highlight being the poignant peace wall that sadly divides this great city.

One of the best things we did while in the North! Very insightful and interesting. Our driver was very friendly....giving us so much history showing pictures and telling us his own personal experiences and getting us involved taking pictures of us at all the main points! Highly recommended.

This is a must do! Dave (guide) was absolutely brilliant. Driver Stephen was also very good. The trip was so much better than we expected. Dave made it fun and interesting, we learnt a lot! Thanks so much, I will never forget this day trip!

Guide was super informative and was cracking jokes. It was a blast. Great way to learn the history directly from those who lived it.