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.