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Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

#37 of 233 Tours in Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
About Political Tour-Conflicting Stories
Discover a side of Belfast you won't find in the Tourist books, We invite you to walk the streets of the city on both sides of the Peace Line with the men and women who have served time in prisons for standing up for their beliefs. Ex-political prisoners from the Republican Falls Road and Loyalists or ex British soldiers from the Shankill Road, all ex-combatants who grew up the the area will share their own personal stories on this 3 hour tour
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Clee3447 wrote a review 17 Jan
Washington DC, District of Columbia49 contributions8 helpful votes
For somebody coming cold to Belfast and to the Troubles, this is the way to get your first introduction to it. It was an unvarnished view, we felt that both guides were candid with us, and we walked away with a better understanding than we started with. Both guides, Jared and Frankie were very open to answering all of our questions, big and small. They were straightforward about their experiences.
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Date of experience: July 2021
Nools B wrote a review 2 Jan
2 contributions3 helpful votes
The walking tour left us uplifted by the first half of the tour and downcast and sad by the second. The tour is insightful and powerfully moving, when you later ruminate on what you heard and saw. Highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: December 2021
170655 wrote a review Dec 2021
Lanzarote, Spain13 contributions11 helpful votes
The tour was made up of two parts, the republican story and the Unionist story. Robert who led the republican tour was excellent. A powerful story, and engaging guide and a man who showed forgiveness over his experiences. James the Unionist guide, also showed a commitment to his cause.
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Luke P wrote a review Dec 2021
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I went on the tour with 2 friends who are mid twenties. We all knew very little about the troubles and wanted to understand about what went on as being English we felt we had only really been exposed to one side of the story. Our guide for the republican falls road tour was Gerard who was amazing and from the minute he began to the minute we were passed over to Jim had us all fascinated with what he had to say. He informed us how he grew us in the area and gave us the republican side of the story with no stones unturned. You could tell he was a genuine native as everyone knew him as they passed by in the falls area. On the other side Jim gave us his side of the story and he again was knowledgable and knew everyone in the community and was more than happy to answer questions about his experiences. It was a enthralling three hours which felt like no time at all. Just listening to the two men who had clearly lived in the heat of the troubles and to be able to ask them questions and get honest answers. I would 100% recommend this for anyone visiting belfast. Since this tour it has actually made me go away to read more about the subject to understand more.
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Date of experience: December 2021
SIMONTEMPLAR1967 wrote a review Oct 2021
Glasgow, United Kingdom21 contributions18 helpful votes
Totally unique experience being guided through the Nationalist and Loyalist areas of Belfast. Our guides, Michael and Mark were absolutely brilliant and had an unrivalled knowledge from both sides which was fascinating; they were both very engaging and friendly. Michael picked us up and Mark dropped us off at our Hotel which was very kind. (It was pouring with rain!) An absolute must for any tourist that wants to see a warts and all description of the political tensions in Belfast. Thank you both for a great tour.
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Date of experience: October 2021