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Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 107107
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
Full description
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"

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Meeting point

Outside Divis Tower, Divis Street, Belfast (the tall apartment building at the bottom of the Falls Road).

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Important information
Know before you go
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 589 reviews

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We started with the Republican guide Eugene straight on to the Falls Road a walking history. Eugene gave a brief history of his upbringing and the conditions in Belfast circa 1969 He had excellent local knowledge and his descriptions of events were palpable It’s very difficult to describe because the place names resonate so vividly I was in my late teens in the mid seventies and the events which unfolded on these streets were a world away from my upbringing in Northern England but the sense of history was extremely powerful I cannot begin to imagine what it must have been like back then it’s a foreboding place today every minute of your life would be on a knife edge Having said that I would recommend anyone with a interest in social and political history to join the walk

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March 11, 2020

Very insightful; however, there are improvements to be made. We were outside in the pouring rain and cold for 3 hours. A quick warm up stop in the middle of the tour is needed. Also, the IRA guy was far too adamant in trying to convert us to his ideology. More facts less preaching, although I understand the complexity of the issue.

March 6, 2020

We are so pleased we took this walking tour. It was very thought provoking and provided an insight I never imagined a tourist would gain, first with Rocky in the Falls Road area, and then handed over at the Peace Wall gate to Mark to wander through the Shankill Road area to hear the other side of the story. Their stories were told with such passion, but were, as you'd expect shocking...we are still talking about it now, it gripped us that much. It is brilliant that such a tour exists, and is THE tour for anyone with any interest in knowing what went on during the Troubles alongside seeing some of the places where key events took place.

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March 2, 2020

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Belfast Free Walking Tour

Product ID: 107107