Belfast Political Tours
Understanding Belfast's troubled past, experience living history, and explore the city through the eyes of those who lived, worked, and fought through these turbulent times
Unknown to most, modern-day Belfast remains a divided city. Forty kilometers of a physical wall, up to ten meters high in some locations separate two religious communities living side by side. For more than thirty years, the controversial time known as "The Troubles" has had a powerful impact on the city and its residents. Very few people, if any, were unaffected by the violence that plagued the area and everyone has a story to tell.
This is a unique opportunity to discover the real story you won't get from history books. We invite you to hear first-hand accounts from both sides of this conflicted region, shared by people who were intimately involved in this turbulent period of modern history. Explore up close, the world-famous murals that depict the social, political, and cultural history of the city that earns its reputation as the largest, outdoor art gallery in the world and understand the stories behind them. We offer a selection of tours
A 2+hour private tour in Belfast taxis with guides from both communities, the content of the tour is the same as our walking tour but on a much more personal level. Upon arrival, you will be met by a Republican ex-political prisoner who will take you on a guided tour along the Falls Road you will disembark from the taxi at all major locations and you have an opportunity to photograph the local murals and you hear the stories behind them. At the Peace Wall and We pass through the electronically-controlled gates leading to the predominately protestant area of The Shankill Road. You will change taxis and meet with the loyalist who will accompany you through the streets of the Shankill while sharing their personal story. You will have the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall, leaving your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and The Dalai Lama. more info
A three-hour walk with guides from both communities Upon arrival, you will be met by a Republican ex-political prisoner who will take you on a guided walk along the Falls Road and share their personal story on this 3-hour tour. You have an opportunity to photograph the local murals and witness visible signs of this community's desire to be part of the Irish Republic. We pass through the electronically-controlled gates leading to the predominately protestant area of The Shankill Road. We meet with a Loyalist ex-political prisoner who will accompany you through the streets of the Shankill while sharing their personal story. You will witness the determination of the locals who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall, leaving your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and The Dalai Lama. more info
The Belfast Mural Experience tour will take you on a journey in a Belfast style taxi. on this journey of discovery we will stop at the famous murals on the Falls Road (Republican) and the Shankill Road (Loyalist) Through the Murals you will learn about the social, political, and cultural history of Belfast and Northern Ireland- particularly about the period known as 'The Troubles' or 'The Conflict'.
All our drivers are World Host Trained Belfast Ambassadors, local residents with intimate knowledge and someone who has lived through the troubles and has worked the Belfast roads, the Falls, and Shankill. This is an intimate look into a local's life during this period and they will explain how the conflict effected themselves, their families, and the local communities.
All guests will have an opportunity to sign the Peace Wall and leave their thoughts and hopes for lasting peace alongside the Dalai Lama and other famous people who have visited the city. more info
In most conflicts, the involvement of women is largely ignored or not well known, the recent Northern Irish conflict is no different. As violence raged across the city, the backbone of the community was the women of Belfast. This is the true and uncensored story of the women of Ireland in the recent Conflict. A living history.
As many struggled to raise their families in an increasingly violent environment, massive unemployment, social deprivation, and high rates of poverty controlling their daily lives, others consciously chose to directly involve themselves in the conflict. This is an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of those troubled times from a woman’s perspective. Meet with a local female to explore the streets of West Belfast, stop at world-famous murals and learn the stories behind them and, immerse yourself in the recent history of the conflict and the aftermath from a female perspective.
What Guests are saying about us
The best tour that I have done and brilliant to get a different perspective from local people on each side of the conflict.
reviewed by Elliott – United Kingdom
A must visit for anyone wanting to know about the history of the troubles
One of the best and most challenging tours I’ve been on. Do not miss the opportunity to do this. Reviewed by Noeleen S. Australia
Reviewed by KM United States
Reviewed by phobic1d Canada