Things to do in Shankill Road

Our most recommended things to do in Shankill Road

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. 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: Murals Taxi Tour

2. Belfast: Murals Taxi Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of the Troubles in Belfast on this taxi tour and see some of the city's most iconic murals. The murals depict the most important events and figures in Belfast's political history.  Get picked up from your hotel and head to your first stop, Divis Tower. Learn about its importance during the Troubles and take some photos. Continue to the International Wall and learn about the wall's current murals.  At your next stop, the Peace Wall, hear its history and write a message on the wall. Continue to West Belfast to see several political murals and hear their stories. Stop at Bombay Street to see where the Troubles started and visit the memorial garden. Learn about political segregation at Crumlin Road Gaol before continuing to Lower Shankill, Belfast's main Protestant area. Here, see the Shankill's most important murals and learn about their history before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Belfast: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

3. Belfast: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

Immerse yourself in Belfast's troubled political history through its murals on a guided black taxi tour. Listen to challenging narratives and personal recollections from your accredited guide as you journey through the most important locations in the city's past, including the Falls and Shankill Roads. Visit the International Wall which marks entry into Republican West Belfast. Learn about its murals that show support of various oppressed communities. As you drive around this area, listen to remarkable stories from your guide. Your next stop is the Hunger Strike Mural featuring Bobby Sands. Continue your tour by entering Loyalist Belfast, starting by signing your name on the Peace Wall before driving along the Shankill Road. Here, see many memorial murals of UVF and UFF Volunteers and learn about the Battle of the Boyne as explained through the William of Orange mural. Finish your tour with a visit to some of the city's lesser-known murals before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

City Sightseeing Belfast 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4. City Sightseeing Belfast 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast - The open-top bus tour gives you the chance to ride around the city, whilst hopping on and off at many different bus stops around Belfast at your own leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, birth place of the RMS Titanic, and now an exciting new development for the city. The tour then continues onward to visit the impressive Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then you'll make your way back into the city center to visit the political areas of the Shankhill Road as well as the political Wall Murals and peace lines at Falls Road. The tour then makes its way through the Queens University area back to the city center. Route Tour stops: 1. Belfast City Hall 2. SSE Arena 3. Titanic Quarter 4. HMS Caroline 5. Titanic Belfast 6. St George’s Market 7. Great Victoria Street 8. Dublin Road 9. Shaftsbury Square 10. Queens University 11. Eglantine Avenue 12. Cultúrlan McAdam Ó Fiaich 13. Falls Road 14. International Wall Mural 15. Belfast Peace Wall 16. Spectrum Information Centre 17. Shankill Memorial Garden 18. Crumlin Road 19. Donegall Street.

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

5. Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

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.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip with Titanic Belfast Entry

6. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip with Titanic Belfast Entry

Leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day trip that boasts spectacular views from start to finish. Visit both Titanic Belfast and the Giant's Causeway and soak up the coastal scenery of Northern Ireland. From Dublin, go first to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed via exhibits that explain her construction, launch, and history in 9 different galleries. You’ll also be swept away to the Giant’s Causeway. While there, marvel at this jewel of the Antrim coast, the legends of giants, and the unique geological structure composed of thousands of hexagonal stones and symmetrical columns. Enjoy plenty of time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to walk along the cliffs overlooking the causeway, take stunning pictures, and go for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself.

Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

7. Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

Explore Belfast with a driver that has lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets on this taxi tour. Take a deep dive into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in an iconic taxi.  Begins at the corner of Falls and Shankill Road at the epicenter of the conflict between the Roman Catholic population and its Protestant brethren. Drive past the Peaceline wall which divides the two sides of the communities. Listen as your guide points out the meanings of the murals and art that you'll see painted onto the side of these walls. Belfast may be known for its troubles, but your guide is here to share stories about the people and history that make this city truly unique. Have your needs catered to and your questions about Belfast answered. Find out about the conflicts and learn about great restaurant to try out. Guides are real taxi drivers, so trust them, they know the city well. 

Dublin: Belfast Titanic Quarter & Giant's Causeway Tour

8. Dublin: Belfast Titanic Quarter & Giant's Causeway Tour

Travel through the Boyne Valley on a full-day scenic tour from Dublin, and discover the home of the 5,000-year-old Hill of Tara, the ancient capital of the High Kings of Ireland. Hear about the Battle of the Boyne between the Catholic King James and the Protestant Dutch King William of Orange, a chapter in Ireland’s history that still resonates and is closely tied to the story of Belfast. Upon arrival in Belfast you have the option to take a political sightseeing tour by iconic black cab (taxi) OR visit the Titanic Experience and Quarter to explore the shipyards where the great ocean liner was built. For the black cab tour you will see sites that have played a key role in the city’s political history, such as the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods. Learn about the industrial roots of Belfast, and the 4 decades of civil unrest in the late 20th century. Sign the peace line, the towering wall that divides the communities, and read the political murals. A guide will relate their own family experiences to give your tour a more personal touch. Alternatively, go to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s new Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed, via exhibits that explain her construction, launch and history in 9 different galleries. Your destination is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway, formed more than 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions. Known for its distinctive rock formations that span nearly 18 miles (29 kilometers) of coastline, you can hike to the formations known as “The Wishing Chair”, “Giant's Boot”, and “Giant's Organ.” Learn the legend of the Irish giant Finn McCool, said to be the Causeway's creator. Before your return drive to Dublin, make one last stop at the picturesque ruins of Dun Luce Castle, located next to Bushmills Village, home of the famous Irish whisky. This is where you have the option to have lunch in a number of venues located at the Causeway. With 2 hours there is ample time to lunch and walk this fabulous coastal landscape. Typically the tour would visit the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. However, it is currently closed to the public and it is not yet clear as to when it will reopen. As an alternative attraction, you will visit the very popular Dun Luce Castle. This iconic historical castle dates back over 500 years and its location on the Cliff Edge of the North Atlantic makes it one of the most dramatic settings in Europe. The castle has been frequently used over the years in many movies, most recently in the tv series Game of Thrones. There will be paid admittance to visit and peruse the castle and grounds for 45 minutes. Continue along the Antrim Coastal, driving past spectacular scenery of stony shores, wooded glens and sheltered harbors. See the remains of Dunseverick Castle, and admire views of the Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day, see Scotland in the distance. The route back to Dublin is different than the route taken to the Causeway earlier in the day, giving you different scenery to enjoy. Arrive back in Dublin City Center at 20.30 and enjoy the rest of your evening. The tour guide will be on hand to help you with any directions or information you need.

Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

9. Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

Take a tour through the biggest open art gallery in Europe and see the story of Belfast unfold along the walls. Explore major historical sites on this 1.5-hour Black Taxi Cab tour and understand "The Troubles" with a local guide who experienced them. Make your way along the Loyalist Shankill Road, the Republican Falls Road, and finally, to the peace walls that separate them. Stop along the way to capture photos of these incredible murals while your guide explains the history and conflict they represent. Finish your private tour at a souvenir shop, and feel free to ask your guide any questions about the communities and history in the area.

Belfast: City, Giant's Causeway Tour w/ Titanic Museum Entry

10. Belfast: City, Giant's Causeway Tour w/ Titanic Museum Entry

Embark on a day tour from Belfast and discover some of the highlights of Northern Ireland. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Get up close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. Learn from our guides how the Causeway was formed by the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Stop at the Dark Hedges, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. Make a stop at Dunluce Castle for a quick photo opportunity. This ruined Castle is edged by a cliff with magnificent views of the sea. Visit the Titanic Museum and learn the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. Return to Belfast in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Shankill Road

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Was brilliant from start to finish, the guide Martin, was excellent, had a real good knowledge about the troubles and was a brilliant learning experience for 2 people who Didn’t know much about had happened. Would 100% recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about Northern Ireland history and the stories behind the troubles

Amazing tour. Hugh was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions. He gave a really balanced view of the conflict and we learnt so much! We would definitely recommend. Thanks Hugh.

Our driver Cecil was very knowledgeable about both sides of the conflict and remained impartial throughout the tour. And all round Nice guy, nothing was too much bother.

A really informative, eye opening and thought-provoking tour. Bring an umbrella and go to the toilet before it starts!

It was a fun and informational tour through Belfast. Would highly recommend.