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Troubles Tour: Walls and Bridges

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    Pass By: Experience Belfast, 24 Rosemary Street Outside the front gates of Belfast City Hall, Belfast BT1 1QD Northern Ireland

    We meet on the pavement outside Belfast City Hall, the main landmark in the city. After introductions, the tour begins with a brief history of Belfast and a guide to our humour. We make a quick visit to the City Hall before setting out through the City Centre, wandering past scenes of our recent troubled past before meandering through our famous Entries. They like much else in the city have secrets hidden in plain sight. In Belfast, it's often what you don't see or what's hidden below the surface that's most illuminating

    We move down towards the River Lagan, passing the Statue of Harmony on the way and allowing time for photo opportunities, something we do on the whole walk. We follow the river back to the Big Fish before moving back towards the city centre again. We pass the Albert Clock and move through the Cathedral Quarter which has some wonderful murals. Here you can learn how punk rock brought people together and find the link between it and President Clinton. After that we cut through an entry to visit the sites of Belfast’s radical, humane past on it’s oldest street. We look at Belfast's involvement or lack of it in the slave trade. The tour concludes with a visit to the First Presbyterian Church a hidden gem, a building that sits at the centre of Irish history, architecturally and socially significant, it shines a light on a forgotten past and illuminates a way towards a better future.

    Along our way
    - Belfast City Hall, Linen Hall Library, Sites of bombings, Spirit of Belfast, The Entries, Albert Clock, Spirit of Belfast, The River Lagan, The Big Fish, Custom House Square, Cathedral Quarter, Murals, St George’s Church, Assembly Rooms, Donegall Street, Historic Church
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    Departure Point
    Belfast BT1 5GS, UK
    Duration
    2h 20m
    Return Details
    Rosemary St, Belfast BT1 1QB, UK
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Professional guide
    • Private tour
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    • Gratuities
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 13 years
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Arthur took us on a journey through Belfasts( and irelands) past . He covered every topic I could think of, and did it well. He would was captivating , and very unbiased ( my humble opinion) . If your in Belfast and don't do this...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank yorock1
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We really couldn't fault our tour with Sean. He kept our interest so well, not easy to do for 2.5hrs and in a bustling city! Informative, chilling and entertaining

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Tangie170917
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This is a great way to understand the history of Belfast and Northern Ireland. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the city. Steve the tour guide was very knowledgeable and a fantastic guide. He can also give you some tips on where is...More

    1  Thank Morganrj19
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Tour guide grew up in Belfast during the troubles and was able to share his pesonal experience of that period of Belfast history as well as inform us about the larger history of the city. His affection for the place was palpable. He was careful...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Cayenne aka Joh... B
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    My father was from Belfast so I heard a lot about The Troubles growing up. I was seeking insight from a native and current resident. This tour provided that insight and much more. Arthur offered an honest, fascinating look at the history of Belfast, what...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank joyjohnstonatl
    Arthur M, Manager at Experience Belfast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thanks Joy. I'd an empathy with your father having left Belfast myself as a young man. Given the history in Belfast, a sense of humour is a must and it's one of the aspects of life here that I love and our tours reflect that.

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    February 13, 2019|
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    I think it started at 9 am. I was the only one so it was very relaxed. Sorry for the late response.
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