Belfast Guided Sightseeing Drive: The Troubles, The Titanic, and Tomorrow
Belfast, Northern Ireland
- The Troubles: See the streets where some of Belfast's worst rioting took place, along with the vivid house murals that marked territories and allegiances.
- Harland and Wolff shipyard: It's been over a century since the world's unluckiest passenger ship slid down the slipways, but the Titanic is still a living presence here.
- Stormont Parliamentary Buildings: A stunning building made of stone and granite where today's Parliament of Northern Ireland convenes.
About this Belfast tour
Memories of blood-stained streets and violent crowds haunt the streets of Belfast, Ireland's principal city once fraught with conflict. This tour gives you a rollercoaster narrative, from the city's early history as a major port of trade and shipbuilding center, through its tumultuous past known as “The Troubles” to the remarkable strides taken since then toward a lasting peace.
On your drive through the city you'll encounter infamous monuments to the "Troubles," the chaotic 30-year civil rivalry between the Catholics and Protestants. You can take a "wee dander" (as they say) to the murals on the gable ends of houses, once a symbol of the hatred, violence, and division of Belfast's people. You'll see the Shankill Road, the scene of the worst rioting, where so many lives were taken and families destroyed.
You'll see the 30-foot gates built to protect the rival communities – today some are open and unused as a symbol of Belfast's progression toward peace. Later you'll take a drive to the stone and granite Parliament Building of Stormont, where the Northern Ireland Political Assembly has ushered in a new era of peaceful political participation, as Northern Ireland's bloody past fades in the distance.
Belfast's past may be bloody, but its future is decidedly bright. Experience the horror of the city's history, and the resilience and determination of its people on our guided sightseeing drive, a sweeping introduction into one of Ireland's most interesting cities.
In the era of the ill-fated Titanic, the passenger list was a mirror of society – a roster with names, titles, and place of residence was distributed aboard ship after leaving port. The snootiest first-class passengers would review the list by dinner to identify any "important" people worth knowing.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please meet your guide on your cruise ship’s pier. Your guide will be carrying a logo or a sign with your name on it.
Travelers will be able to remain onboard the minibus to view the murals.
Bring local currency for any additional purchases or souvenirs.
This tour has a minimal amount of walking involved, but has a lot of getting on and off your bus. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour
22-seat Mini Bus
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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