I recently spent 3 days in Belfast with my mom and sister and we had booked a black taxi tour on our last day there. This was my 3rd time in Belfast and I think that the taxi tours are a must for anyone visiting the city. I had called & booked a tour through Belfast Tours one morning and arranged for them to pick us up at our hotel at 5pm. At 5:20pm, no one had arrived at the hotel to pick us up, so I phoned again. The company had no record of our trip and they weren't helpful at all. I was very frustrated-we were leaving the next day and that was a big draw for why we spent a few days in Belfast. Tourists should be cautious when booking a black taxi tour-the industry is not regulated at all, so any cab driver can pick up you and offer to give you a tour at a high rate and without much knowledge
Thankfully, the receptionist at our hotel told me she knew of a good company and she would get someone over to the hotel quickly. Kylor with Paddy Campbell's showed up within 20 minutes and we quickly realized that we were really lucky the other company didn't show-Kylor was great! He had a nice sense of humor, seemed like a very genuine person and he was vastly more knowledgeable than the other 2 cab drivers (from other companies) I've had on my past trips. He felt strongly in giving us both sides of the story, although he had lived in one of the neighborhoods we toured-there's no way I could tell you which viewpoint he supported.
Kylor took his time touring us through the 2 neighborhoods, answered all of our questions and even offered to stop and take our photo several times. His enthusiasm to educate us was wonderful! My only regret is that I didn't have a better understanding/knowledge of the turmoil and events because Kylor clearly had a lot more he could have shared with us. If you are looking for someone who knows a great deal about the troubles in Belfast-you should definitely request him as a tour guide. Our tour lasted almost 2 hours and we were left happy to have a better understanding of the situation and history of the troubles in Belfast.
Thank you Paddy Campbell's & Kylor for a wonderful experience, I hope to visit again and will definitely recommend you to anyone visiting Belfast!
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