Guided tour

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: Belfast Free Walking Tour
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Learn about Belfast's troubled history on a walking tour with both Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners. Explore their neighborhoods and hear their personal stories.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

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Experience

Itinerary
3 hours
  • Divis Tower

  • Falls Road

  • Shankill Road

  • Peace Walls

  • Shankill Road

Meeting point
Main stop
End point
Highlights
  • 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.

Includes
  • 3-hour guided tour
  • 2 different perspectives on "The Troubles"
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of Divis Tower, Divis Street Belfast

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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 may not be suitable for children under 15. It is up to the discretion of the guardian as discussion of extreme violence may occur
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 860 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5

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    To listen to the two guides - one an ex IRA man and the other an ex loyalist paramilitary man gave me a much better understanding of why the troubles began , and continued. You need to feel it to properly understand and the IRA man in particular was superb. Well worth the money and much better than the black cab trip ( so long as you can stay on your feet for 3 hours). About 20 in our group and the thoughts of the others all added to the day.

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    September 16, 2022

    We came to Belfast for this tour and it did not disappoint. What we loved was both perspectives literally on each side of the wall. The tour guides were thorough, informed, and told us fascinating stories. It was so important for us to learn this history and this tour exceeded our expectations.

    September 10, 2022

    Really interesting with two guides from both sides of the conflict giving their experience of events during the troubles and an insight into their beliefs and hopes for the future. The contrast as you move from Falls Road to Shankill Road is incredible brings home how divided these communities still are today.

    August 28, 2022

    Product ID: 107107