Starts @ Divis Tower, Lower Falls Road £18
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, on foot, 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.
Unknown to most, modern day Belfast remains a divided city. Forty kilometres of a physical wall, up to ten meters high in some locations separates 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.
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 an 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.
Check out NPR interview with our guides on tour
Understanding Belfast's troubled history,
a political tour by Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners.
Unfortunately, we have to cancel all walking tours up to and including March 20th and will be monitored on an daily basis.
This is due to the restrictions in place to protect against transmission of the Coronavirus.
Our apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Belfast Political Tour