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  2. County Antrim
  3. Belfast

Historic Belfast Walking Tour an Insiders Guide

Product ID: 223770
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Discover Belfast's fascinating story - from a small Irish settlement to the ultimate Victorian city. Witness the recovery from 30 years of conflict as you explore entries and alleys and hear how politics, religion, and rebellion have shaped the city.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the amazing history that led to Belfast becoming the capital of Northern Ireland
  • Enjoy the unique insights, anecdotes, and personal experiences of local guides and hear local banter and craic that will entertain you along the route
  • Admire the fascinating and rich Victorian architecture
Full description
The tour starts after you meet at the front gates of Belfast's City Hall. Your guide will help you understand how the city developed from a small settlement to the Northern Powerhouse in Ireland. You'll hear about the major industries based in Belfast and how they played a part in the partition of Ireland. After you get your bearings at the city hall you'll visit the Titanic Memorial and the war memorial plus the main sites associated with the Linen industry and the Victorian period. You'll discover the major figures from Belfast and find out how religions impacted Ireland and Ulster in particular.

You then move to some of the oldest parts of town including the Cathedral Quarter and High Street areas. Your guide will point out some amazing street art along the way and tell you the stories behind some of the stand-out pieces. You'll hear about famous people, times and places and you'll discover how the legacy of the troubles has changed the landscape of the area.

You then visit the Laganside (waterfront) area and learn how the city has changed in recent years and how the Titanic disaster has been turned into a success that has stimulated tourism and business in Belfast. Your guide will tell funny and some moving stories that will help you understand how Belfast's people survived the Troubles conflict and how they still live in a place that has hidden political and social divisions. Your tour will end back at the gates of the City Hall.
  • Small group tour
  • Voice amplifiers
  • Professional guides
What’s Not Included
  • Excludes food and drinks

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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the front gates of Belfast City Hall opposite Visit Belfast Information Office. Visit Belfast Information Centre is the drop-off/pickup point for Cruise Shuttle bus. Look for Guide with distinctive Blue Umbrella and supplier branded clothing.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Rain gear
Know before you go
• The tour lasts 2 hours
• The pace is gentle
• Comfortable shoes recommended
• Raincoat or umbrella recommended in case of rain
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Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 10 reviews
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Walking Tours Belfast

Product ID: 223770