A 2.5 hour walking tour providing a complete understanding of Belfast, it’s history and the ‘troubles’ whilst placing it within the context of a fast changing world. Factually accurate and fair, we use modern cultural references to explain complex issues that relate not just to Belfast but to the rest of the world. We relate the collective to the personal, the choice we all make whether to build walls or bridges. There are plenty of sights to see along the way and good photo opportunities but it’s not strictly a sightseeing tour. We take you places, you wouldn’t find and uncover surprising and interesting facts. It’s also very good fun. The aim is to inform and engage but it’s also to share our love of a city bursting with creativity and zeal and to share the warmth and humour of it’s greatest attribute – it’s people. For this reason, we use only local guides so you can gain an understanding and a feel for the place. The pace is gentle covering 2.5 miles and the company is good.
- What Will You DoWe 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 we'll see
- 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
- St George’s Church
- Assembly Rooms
- Donegall Street
- Historic Church
- What To ExpectYou will be entertained, our walking tours are social occasions and are truly interactive. There is a keen sense of humour in Belfast and we love to share it. It is good fun.
You will be surprised. The twin corners of the tourism experience here are Titanic and the ‘Troubles’ but this city has a hundred other stories. We cover the troubles and politics in detail but we also look music, art, and sport. We punch above our weight in so many areas in a city that’s vibrant and alive and we give you an insight into that.
You will be informed, the facts are verifiable but are presented in a personal way to make the experience more real and more human. We have written a book ion Belfast - "The Little Book of Belfast" - we know what we're talking about
You will be given great tips on what to see and do whilst here. We know this city, so if you’re looking for advice on food, nightlife, pubs or other experiences, we’ll give you the inside track.
Our guides are people who have lived interesting lives, be that playing in Indie rock groups or campaigning on climate change. We are interested in people and we love interacting.
- What Is Included- 2.5-hour walking tour in English
- Professional guide
- Entry to a historic church that sits at the centre of Irish history