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Duration: 3h
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  • Two Tours Guides one each side of the Peace Wall


Start:
  • Divis Tower, Belfast BT12 4QA, UK
    Meet the guide outside Divis Tower (tall red and white apartment building)
End:
  • 154 Shankill Rd, Belfast BT13 2BE, UK
    Tour ends at the Lower Shankill Road which is a 8 minute walk back to the start and 15 minutes back to city centre. Guide will assist in directions or obtaining a taxi for the guest.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
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  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Divis Tower
    Belfast BT12 4QA, UK
    Meet the guide outside Divis Tower (tall red and white apartment building)
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Peace Wall
  • 1
    Bobby Sands Mural
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Shankill Road
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    154 Shankill Rd
    154 Shankill Rd, Belfast BT13 2BE, UK
    Tour ends at the Lower Shankill Road which is a 8 minute walk back to the start and 15 minutes back to city centre. Guide will assist in directions or obtaining a taxi for the guest.
    See address & details
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  • Political Tour-Conflicting Stories
    529
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • pg212
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Belfast Conflicting Stories Political Tour
    This is an absolute must for anyone visiting Ireland. Padraig ( ex IRA and former political prisoner) and Mark ( ex British Army, Ulster Defence Regiment) told us their own personal experiences and their respective communities versions off Irish history giving us a fascinating and vivid insight into Troubles. Both guides answered questions in depth and stimulated lively discussions. I would give this tour 6 stars.
    Written March 23, 2023
  • BeckyBrockman
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Respectful and Educational
    This review is VERY late - but the tour deserves some praise. We went in November of 2019 - but the drop down menu wouldn't give me that option. My husband and I took a trip to Ireland and wanted to educate ourselves more so we booked this tour. Though the history is complicated, the tour was very respectful and educational. It did not shy away from the past. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone with or without knowledge of Irelands history.
    Written September 9, 2022
  • X2065SWsallyw
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking
    Absolutely excellent, thorough account of NI politics in the Troubles. This tour is so unique in that it’s personal life stories from both sides. It also considers the future. Thank you
    Written March 5, 2022
  • kevinraf3131
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary Tour Navigating Belfast’s War Torn Past
    This tour was extraordinary. Even though the two guides are from very different communities they complement each other perfectly. If you are interested in history, politics, tribalism, propaganda and Britain’s role in the conflict this tour is a must. I am hoping there will be many variations of this tour so I can gain further insight into Belfast’s infamous war torn past. Would highly recommend.
    Written February 18, 2022
  • Clee3447
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best first introduction to Belfast and its troubled history
    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.
    Written January 17, 2022
  • SIMONTEMPLAR1967
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fly on the wall view from both sides
    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.
    Written October 29, 2021
  • NDMEdinburgh
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Insightful and thought provoking
    An interesting insight with 2 different perspectives. Hard hitting. Who’s perspectives do you believe, or is it somewhere in between - or neither. Creates a debate well after the tour. Let’s hope the future is more positive than the past.
    Written September 9, 2021
  • Mike J
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience!
    We chose to take this taxi tour in order to learn a little more about the “Troubles” and what an eye opener it was! Having been aware of the ongoing problems between the different peoples of Northern Ireland and believing the the Good Friday Agreement had resulted in peace we were very surprised to find that the “Peace Wall” still exists in Belfast and stretches for over 5 km dividing the Loyalist and Unionist communities and that the gates within the wall are locked from 7pm to 6am daily. We had a Unionist guide for the first part of the tour and a Loyalist guide for the second part and boy did their stories differ. We can thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who would like to learn more about Northern Ireland politics.
    Written July 4, 2021
  • COD100
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour
    Excellent tour. Gerard and Mark were both equally informative and entertaining . Would highly recommend
    Written June 23, 2021
  • Lily65368
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    Great tour with Michael who talked us through the areas and the conflict. Well known in his local area as a orator of the troubles. Mark was also informative from a local perspective. Narrating us through some terrible times. A worth while tour.
    Written June 23, 2021
  • 491johnnyo
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the experience
    Micheal our tour guide was highly informative and entertaining. The tour was very educational amd I would highly recommend. If your lucky enough to get Micheal as your tour guide you will not he dissapointed. It says the tour was an hour but Micheal was not rushed and it lasted about 90mins. Thanks for an amazing experience.
    Written June 12, 2021
  • paul g
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating personal accounts
    This is a brilliant tour because you get to hear two sides of the same story, from two people who lived on either side of the Peace Wall. We started on the Falls Road with Gerard, a Republican who was a former IRA volunteer and served two stints in jail for his part within that organisation. He explained the context for the beginnings of the Republican movement in Northern Ireland, and how and why he got involved in the IRA, and how people in the Republican community felt at that time. Gerard is a really compelling speaker and is happy to answer any questions you might have. On the other side of the wall, Mark (a former soldier), showed us the Peace wall and the gates which divide the two communities, which are still shut every night - something we found very surprising. His perspective gave great insight into the consequences of the troubles on his community, and the fear many unionists lived with at the time. He also shared some of the work he is doing to try and bring children from different communities together. All in all, both guides gave a unique and well articulated perspective on the history and future of their respective communities. This was a highlight of our trip to Northern Ireland - would highly recommend.
    Written September 27, 2020
  • Juliejules3110
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking
    I went on the Belfast taxi tour - conflicting stories and would highly recommend the tour ..... Due to covid the walking tour wasn’t available so we chose the taxi tour and I am really glad we had this option. The tour started with Paul - ex prisoner who had served 12 years for his involvement during the troubles in Ireland back in the 70’s/80’s and was very passionate and knowledgable about how the ‘troubles’ have shaped west Ireland today. He spoke about the people he shared time with in prison and how the hunger strikes affected the outcome of many of the prisoners fighting for what they believed to be the truth at that time. He clearly felt the English Army fought unfairly and lives were lost for this reason. Paul didn’t try and persuade - he just clearly and informatively gave his side of a very very troubled story. I grew up in a world where I was taught the IRA bombed and killed without thought of their consequences - will Paul change your mind? We then passed through some huge gates and parked beside the Peace Wall to meet Mark - an ex British Army Solider and MI5 employee and how the story changed. He again was amazingly knowledgable and clearly loved protecting Ireland .... a really lovely family man who had been through an awful ordeal and nearly lost everything for what he believed in. He explained the divide in Ireland and how, despite lots of hard work, the inground memories will almost stop change ever happening. The PEACE WALL! - I shudder to call this the peace wall as clearly there is no peace in this part of Ireland. These people use different school, different shops, different pubs, different banks - the list goes on ..... peace almost doesn’t exist and this amazing tour will explain the reasons why. I loved the tour but have the admit that I have come away feeling even more confused. Maybe that is the real point. Maybe coming away to research and think about what you have been told is a good thing. Not to accept the past but explore the reasons it all happened.
    Written September 15, 2020
  • MarkLB
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable
    This was a highlight of our trip. The stories, told as we walked the neighborhoods, were personal, jarring, with both convictions and regrets. Highly recommended.
    Written July 28, 2020
  • Swiftsafari
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible and Informative
    Our walking tour was superb! Our guide was knowledgable of the era discussed, personable and very engaging. I would (and will) encourage anyone to take the tour!
    Written March 12, 2020
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Carole611
New Jersey166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
One of the absolute best tours I've ever taken. It's not often that you can take a tour with guides who were actually a part of a significant period of history. It's a tour that should be on everyone's bucket list. Our guides were phenomenal and gave us an in-depth understanding of the Troubles from both sides. Jerry, our guide for the Catholic portion, shared his expansive knowledge of Northern Irish history & the Troubles through his own experiences, including a 6 year stint in prison. He's a passionate speaker who believes peace in the area can be achieved. Jerry brought us to one of the gates where Mark, our guide for the Protestant portion, was waiting for us. For the next 90 minutes, Mark spoke about the toll the Troubles have taken on his community and his own family. He talked about how the past continues to press down on the present. He lays out the unique position Northern Ireland finds itself in the world - not all of it pointing to a rosy future. Put on your walking shoes and TAKE THIS TOUR!
Written November 15, 2022
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Lori A
Plainfield, IN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The tour was very well done and educational. We appreciated the opportunity to hear a balanced narrative and to understand a little more the roots of the continuing conflict. I would definitely recommend this tour for those who want to listen to better understand.
Written June 4, 2023
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Lee K
Darwen, UK10 contributions
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An unbelievable opportunity to hear about the troubles from the mouths of those that lived through them and continue to live with the aftermath. The tour started with a Republican tour guide who gave the history from that perspective and showing their murals. He then took us to the Peace Wall where we were met by a Loyalist guide who gave his perspective, explaining the history from a Loyalist point of view and showing their murals and memorials. Fantastic day, thought provoking and well worth the money.
Written April 24, 2022
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Francesca
Glasgow, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I wasn't sure it was worth paying this money but honestly I am glad I chose this walk.
Mind you, there will be worrying and depressing topics, emotionally charged tales, but definitely it's very interesting.
You will listen to a ex IRA prisoner on one side of the wall and then cross the gate and a British army person will lead the secon part of the talk (possibly in the opposite order, but still).
Both of them have a very different point of view and will tell you the facts in very different ways. Both of them had very traumatic experiences.
You will understand where each of them is coming from and also realise how far the peace process still is.
Just listen to both with empathy and without judging and you will learn a lot.
Written April 3, 2023
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Connor Clancy
Bradford, UK15 contributions
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Growing up in England with and Irish mother the troubles was always something that was talked about but I was only four when the peace deal was signed so it’s not something I remember personally. I knew that in my time here in Belfast I wanted to know more about the conflict and when I saw this tour I immediately factored it into my trip. I was not disappointed.

Jared led the first half of the tour and told the history from the perspectives of the Republicans then we were handed over to Mark who to it from the Unionist point of view. From both it was evident to see that the peace here is very fragile. They both were very candid and open about their feelings and provided us with some very sobering and harrowing accounts that I’m sure was merely a drop in the ocean.

This tour is an absolute must if you’re in Belfast for any length of time. It is a very deep topic and there is still a lot of raw emotion involved so it is not for those looking for laughter and joy. You will not regret this tour.
Written November 9, 2022
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martin p
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed our tour although it was an experience to say the least , the first half was engaging and interesting view of the republican side of things we saw murals and heard the accounts of that side in a friendly and positive manner despite some of the horrible events that transpired .
The second half we expected the same but from the opposing stance , however we where treated to a 15 minuet speech focusing on Ira bombings going into the grizzliest of details before we began , this is understandable and kind of what we came for but the manner was aggressive at the least . The tour devolved from there going into twisted viewpoint and ending with blatant propaganda on how the Labour Party are the same as the ira and the same from isis. Having said this I would still recommend but be aware of the second half it got very scary quickly and does not paint the future of norther island in a good light .
Written August 27, 2023
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Alexandra L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Wow. I would give this 6/5 if I could. I was gripped throughout and on the way home after my head was flooding with thoughts, information and questions.

The Falls/Shankill Rd area is more interesting in terms of history than they are in terms of sightseeing. Therefore, it's vital to visit them with a guide- and this tour gives you TWO, who know the area and the events which took place there. It's thorough and challenging. Three hours sounds a long time, but my tour whizzed by. I could have spent another three hours talking to our excellent guides, Eugene and Jim. They were involved in the IRA and UVF respectively during The Troubles. Meeting them provided a riveting glimpse into their experiences and motives during that time. Eugene and Jim were incredibly open to questions and discussion. This tour is called "Conflicting Stories" so you may not leave with clear answers. But you will leave with much more information and understanding about the events which took place in West Belfast.

There are many tours on offer of this troubled, fascinating part of the world. THIS is the one to choose.
Written November 14, 2022
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John G
Oxted, UK148 contributions
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Mar 2023
If you want a real insight into the 'troubles' do this tour. I lived in Belfast for 5 years and have family history and understand a lot of what goes on and has gone on but this tour blew my mind.
From the' Republican' side delivered by Paedar who spent 16 years in prison and vividly described amongst other things the dirty protest to Mark who brought to life the trauma suffered by someone who tried to do their duty on the 'Loyalist' side.

Mark if you read this thank you so much for your honesty - you made me feel very humble. I was the guy who asked some awkward questions which you didn't duck away from i.e. Would you have a beer with Paedar? Does doing this tour help you mentally etc etc? I'd love to have been able to have a beer with you. I do hope you find peace eventually and don't have to keep looking under your car.

Thank you both for a tour that I will always remember.
Written April 17, 2023
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Colleen S
Sydney, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We were really interested in this tour and of hearing 2 different perspectives on "The Troubles". Our first guide was ex IRA member who had spent 14 years in prison. He was really approachable and was happy to answer questions. He shared his own personal experiences and whilst giving the IRA perspective, he was very clear there was blame on both sides. We really appreciated not only the information he provided, but also his honesty and willingness to accept the IRA's share of "blame".

The Unionist guide was entirely different. He was really hostile from the outset and very scathing of the IRA guide once he left. The IRA guide had farewelled us in Gaelic and the Unionist assumed he had made derogatory comments about him (maybe he did, BUT maybe he didn't!).

The Unionist guide did not tell us what his role was in the conflict however he did say he grew up in Belfast. He was quick to rattle off everything the IRA did but accepted no responsibility for anything the Unionists did. He constantly said he lived in the UK and was quite derogatory about the Irish, considering himself to be British. We tended to think if he considered himself British and was so hostile towards the Irish, perhaps he should leave their country and move to England!

An interesting afternoon.
Written October 15, 2023
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Rebekah H
United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting experience. I particularly enjoyed the first section, mainly as it was grounded in historical fact & nuanced; although obviously both tours are partisan. I found the second section quite uncomfortable: the tour guide was saying that the catholics’ support for Palestine was their support for hamas; the many Israel flags were jarring & I found the description of bombing victims gruesome and slightly disrespectful. The guide told us that murderers were now elected MPs but we couldn’t verify that online. The murals of the British Royal Family were strange for us too. Regardless, it was fascinating to see the differences on both sides and to hear two sides to the same story. Highly recommend listening to a history podcast beforehand to get an understanding of how the troubles started in the first place & taking time after the tour to think about such a complex & nuanced issue.
Written November 26, 2023
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