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Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

1. 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.

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Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

2. Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

Belfast is a city best explored with those who have lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets. An excellent and informative guide will take you deep into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in a taxi.  The tour begins at the corner of Falls and Shankill Road, where you start in 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, as your guide painstakingly 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 with you all the things that make this city something truly unique - its people and its history! The tour will cater exactly to your needs and answer any questions you have about the place, whether its about the conflicts, or just a great restaurant to try out! Guides are real taxi drivers, so trust them, they know about this city!

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Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

3. 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.

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Belfast: Famous Murals Private Tour

4. 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.

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Belfast: Conflicting Stories Political Taxi Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Shankill Road

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Everyone who is interested in learning about the troubles in Northern Ireland, particularly West Belfast, should take this tour. It is insightful to hear from both sides exactly what they went through from people who experienced it first hand. The tour us upsetting and thought provoking but definitely a must whilst in Belfast. Thank you to the guides who experienced such atrocities and still talk about it to tourists everyday.

Absolutely fascinating tour, getting to hear the stories from both sides of political prisoners of the time. It was hard listening at times, but such a great idea to get both sides I'd the story when there is usually only one narrative. The walk isn't actually that far as there is a lot of stopping, but still wear good comfortable shoes!

A must-have activity in Belfast to learn about the history and culture! Brian was extremely knowledgeable and gave us great insights about the city throughout the journey.

We booked 2 cabs as there was 8 in our group. Our cab drivers were both called Brian. They were very informative in their stories while also very entertaining.

Brilliant tour highly recommend. Very knowledgeable guide.