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Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

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Unknown to most, modern day Belfast remains a divided city. 40 kilometres of a physical wall, up to ten meters high in some locations separates two religious communities living side by side. For more than 30 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. We invite you to hear first-hand accounts from both sides of this conflicted region.This is a unique opportunity for you to discover the real story you won't get from history books; shared by people who were intimately involved in this turbulent period of modern history. Explore- up close, on foot- the world-famous murals of the city that earns its reputation as the largest, outdoor art gallery in the world and understand the stories behind them. 

This tour start at 2.30 PM at Divis Tower on Divis Street and upon arrival, you will be met by a Republican ex-prisoner who will take you on a guided walk along the Falls Road and share their personal story on this 3-hour tour. Photograph the local murals and witness visible signs of this community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. We pass through electronically-controlled gates leading to the predominately protestant area of The Shankill Road. We meet with a Loyalist ex-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.

The tour will finish at the Lower Shankill Road a 10 minute walk from the Start point of 15 minutes to the city centre.

This Tour may not be suitable for children under 16 years at the parents discretion. Please be aware that discussion of murder and violence may be explained in graphic detail.
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Departure Point
Tour starts at Divis Tower a 15 minute walk from City Hall and 30 minutes from Queens University
Duration
3h
Return Details
Tour ends at the Lower Shankill Road which is a 10 minute walk back to the start and 15 minutes back to city centre. Guide will assist in directions or obtaining a taxi for the guest.
Inclusions
  • Two Guides
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  • Transport to start or return to city centre but guide will happily arrange a taxi for you
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This Tour may not be suitable for children under 16 years at the parents discretion.
  • Please be aware that discussion of murder and violence may be explained in graphic detail.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We spent half of the tour with Jack, an IRA member, then with Mark, a Unionist turned advocate first peace. Each half was very different. Jack gave a detailed background to the Republican stance visiting some important sites on the Falls Road. Mark met us by the gates dividing
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The tour lasts too long time, too much personal talk, A more objective presentation with the general problems would be better. Personal and engaged attitude can be ok, but here it is sometimes too private. The first part with the IRA man was ok. The loyalist that took over spoke
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Everything I thought it would be, I enjoyed the second half more than the first, but very enlightening regardless. Very sad that even today the community is so divided, but understandably so. The worst part for me was after finishing the tour (walking for three hours) we were at
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An excellent tour- would highly recommend! The tour was recommended to us over the Black Cab tour to provide more of a balanced account by a walking tour guide in Dublin and it was excellent advice! Our nationalist guide Paul was incredibly down to earth and humble in his
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We had this tour as part of a larger bus tour around several cities. Our 2 guides were both named Robert. Both were excellent and informative, and their own personal experience with the Troubles served as a direct and intense reminder of the difficult history of this area.
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