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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. Enjoy a welcome to Belfast while learning about how they are now dedicated to delivering an unbiased account of this dark period. Encounter locations like the Falls Road and Shankill Road, two communities still separated by the looming Peace Walls. You will see many telling political murals, and share in stories from those who lived through the conflict. Enjoy an experience with a maximum of 5 participants, though groups can be as small as 1-3. Notable people who have undertaken this same Black Cab Tour in the past include Anthony Bourdain, Vince Vaughn, and George Negus, to name but a few. Experience unique insights from the past and present. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions about the city's troubled history, its changes, and its future, or give recommendations for food and entertainment.

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

2. Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

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.

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

3. 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: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

4. 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. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop, the world-famous Crown Liquor Saloon, a designated National Trust property. Travel by black taxi to the Falls Road, where you can see the Welcome Wall which will set the scene for the rest of your tour. Visit the International Wall which marks entry into Republican West Belfast. As you drive around this area, listen to remarkable stories from your guide. Your next stop is the Hunger Strike Mural featuring Bobby Sands. Hop back into the taxi to travel to Bombay Street's Clonard Martyrs Memorial Garden. 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.

Belfast: Murals Taxi Tour

5. 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: Conflicting Stories Political Taxi Tour

6. Belfast: Conflicting Stories Political Taxi Tour

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 people who have spent time in prison 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. Hear about the history and culture of the era from two unique perspectives. Start by meeting a Republican ex-political prisoner for a drive along the infamous Falls Road. See visible signs of the community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. Pass through the electronically-controlled gates to the largely Protestant area of the Shankill Road, where you will meet a Loyalist ex-political prisoner/local British soldier to get the Loyalist perspective. Investigate the real stories of The Troubles beyond the history books with first-hand accounts from those intimately involved. Sign the Peace Wall and leave your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

Belfast: City, Titanic Museum & Giant's Causeway Tour

7. Belfast: City, Titanic Museum & Giant's Causeway Tour

This full-day tour takes in all the highlights of Northern Ireland. 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. 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. Stop at the Dark Hedges, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. Return to Belfast at around 5:00 PM/5:30 PM. *Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.

Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

8. 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: Famous Murals Private Tour

9. Belfast: Famous Murals Private Tour

Learn all about the most recent conflict in Irish history during this unique tour. Meet your private tour guide and get a deep understanding of The Troubles of Northern Ireland. Start the tour in West Belfast and visit the well-known areas of Falls Road and Shankill Road. Stop at many of the famous murals that adorn this part of the city. Listen to the stories behind each mural while you take amazing photographs. Discover both sides of the political and religious divide. Receive an honest and first-hand account of the conflict, the turmoil, the community spirit, the protests, the prison breaks, the peace process and the reconciliation. This tour has been designed for All, regardless of your knowledge of Irelands history, with an easy to understand format, aided with photos and other tools, our customers will leave witha much better understanding of our city, its past, but more importantly...its future

Belfast: Full-Day Tour with Titanic Experience

10. Belfast: Full-Day Tour with Titanic Experience

Catch the cross border Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast for a full-day sightseeing tour of the Northern Ireland capital, and get a ticket to the shipyards of the Titanic Quarter and hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Departing from Dublin’s Connolly Station on the 07:35 Enterprise Express, travel in comfort across the border. Snacks are available to purchase on board. Cross into Northern Ireland at Milepost 59 for an arrival at Belfast Central, and then transfer by local train to Belfast Great Victoria Street Station in the heart of the city. Here, you will join the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, taking a loop around the city, including the Titanic Quarter, where you will have complimentary admission to the Titanic Visitors Centre. Explore the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner, and see the new state-of-the-art building constructed on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s fatal voyage. An optional visit to the newly refurbished Crumlin Road Gaol gets you access to the eerie cells and gallows of the historic jail. Built in 1845, Crumlin Road Gaol closed its doors in 1996 and has now reopened as an immersive visitor attraction Drive the famous Falls and Shankill Roads to see the political murals of The Troubles. Then, enjoy some free time to shop in Belfast City Centre. Return trains to Dublin depart at 16:05, 18:05, or 20:05 depending on your preference.

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The tour was fabulous, even in the Northern Irish rain! Rodney was a fabulous guide, very informative and humorous with it. We have done a number of open top bus tours and this one was by far the best. No pre recorded commentary. It was lovely to have a local person taking us through the city.

This tour was amazing. I learned so much about the troubles and got to hear the info from people directly involved in and impacted by it. Putting real human faces and experiences on history was a powerful experience. One of the coolest things I've ever done was this tour. I loved it.

Absolutely brilliant trip around the Troubles area of Belfast. Our tour guide was so insightful and told us stories in an unbiased way. So glad we chose to do this trip. Would highly recommend

Our guide, Mark was very informative and interesting. He was happy to show us some places that we asked about and had great local knowledge.

Our guide Jimmy was interesting and informative. He showed a passion for the subject but maintained a sense of humor.