Learn about Belfast's troubled history on a 3-hour walking tour with both Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners. Explore their neighborhoods and hear their personal stories and the stories of their communities on both sides of the physical wall.
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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
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"
When you get there
Outside Divis Tower, Divis Street, Belfast (the tall apartment building at the bottom of the Falls Road).
• 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 is not suitable for children under 14 years old