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“Insightful perspectives from both sides of the divide.”

Political Tour-Conflicting Stories
Ranked #20 of 138 Tours in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Put simply, if you want to explore West Belfast and leave with a real sense of what the Troubles meant to the people within these communities, then you need to do this tour.

Robert and Mark have very different presentation styles and experiences, so you definitely feel like you're getting two different perspectives on the local history. They were both very insightful and generous in sharing their personal, sometimes gut-wrenching stories and welcomed questions.

You could walk these areas by yourself, but even with a guide book you wouldn't get the same personalised context behind a mural, a street corner, a derelict patch of land or former fish shop. Robert and Mark made the recent past vivid, while also explaining the gains made since the peace process and the distance still yet to go. I already had a good knowledge of the Troubles, but I left with a deeper understanding of the social and economic costs of 30 years of sectarian violence that still resonate within West Belfast to this day.

Practically speaking, this is a 3 hour walk along pavements and roads, taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for your jaw to hit the floor.

Date of experience: March 2018
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T919BAinfo, Guest Relations Manager at Political Tour-Conflicting Stories, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for your honest review of Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories. We are glad we could share this experience with you and delighted you left with some positives from the guides and the on-going Peace Process.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This was recommended to me by a lovely lady on the hop on hop off bus tour (also great) as a more in depth history, and it exceeded my expectations. I was there doing research for a fashion degree project but actually got so much more from it. My tour guides were fantastic. They recalled in detail their memories of what happened as well as giving us the history and first hand facts. It was fascinating, harrowing, heartbreaking, at times inspiring, I just couldn’t sum it up in one word. The murals are amazing pieces of art and so interesting. It really hits home how recent this really was and how raw this still is for some. Just go and do it! I will without a doubt recommend it and have even insisted that when we organise a girls trip to Belfast that we do it. I had very limited but biased knowledge of the troubles so am really glad I did this. I have come away with a new found knowledge of the troubles and a love for Northern Ireland.

Date of experience: February 2018
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T919BAinfo, Guest Relations Manager at Political Tour-Conflicting Stories, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for your review of Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories As the only tour that gives both sides in an honest and open manner we are delighted that you were able to leave with a better understanding of the difficult time the People of this country endured over 30 years and the long road to peace and the struggle ahead to ensure that future generations do not have to suffer the same fate.
We hope to see you in Belfast

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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing tour I recommen this tour .I will back here in future.Robert and Mark are amazing thx you for today

Date of experience: March 2018
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T919BAinfo, Guest Relations Manager at Political Tour-Conflicting Stories, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for your review of Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories I will be sure to pass on your kind words to both Robert And Mark

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Having grown up watching news reports of The Troubles and being aware of the murals it was great to find out more about the area and what had gone on. Obviously two very different takes on what had happened but it was good to hear from both sides.

Our tour was more than three hours so go to the loo before you start and wrap up warm.

Date of experience: February 2018
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T919BAinfo, Guest Relations Manager at Political Tour-Conflicting Stories, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for your honest review of Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories. We are glad we could share this experience with you and delighted you left with some positives from the guides and the on-going Peace Process.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This was very enlightening and food for thought. Both guides were very knowledgeable and passionate and engaging.It is definitely a must when visiting Belfast.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Amanda N
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T919BAinfo, Guest Relations Manager at Political Tour-Conflicting Stories, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you for your honest review of Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories. We are glad we could share this experience with you. We are the only tour that has guides from both sides on the same tour who were actively involved in the conflict and we hope you left with some positives from the guides and the on-going Peace Process.

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