CONFLICTING STORIES

Discover a side of Belfast you won't find in the Tourist books, We invite you to walk the streets of the city on both sides of the Peace Line with the men and women who have served time in the prisons of Northern Ireland for standing up for their beliefs. 

 

Ex-political prisoners fromboth Communities will share their own  personal stories  and the effects on their communities and explain

the murals that tell the local history and culture of the area.

Unknown to most, modern day Belfast remains a divided city. 40 kilometres of a physical wall, up to ten meters high in some

locations separates two religious communities living side by side. For more than 30 years, the controversial time known as

"The Troubles'" has had a powerful impact on the city and its residents. Very few people, if any, were unaffected by the violence that plagued the area and everyone has a story to tell.


We invite you to hear first-hand accounts from both sides of this conflicted region. This is a unique opportunity for you

to discover the real story you won't get from history books, shared by people who were intimately involved in this turbulent

period of modern history. Explore- up close, on foot- the world-famous murals of the city that earns its reputation as the

largest, outdoor art gallery in the world and understand the stories behind them.

The opportunity to experience a tour of a lifetime. 

Starts @ Divis Tower, Divis Street, (Lower Falls Road) £18

Understanding Belfast's troubled history with a political tour 

by Republican and Loyalist ex-political prisoners. 

Upon arrival, you will be met by a Republican ex-political prisoner who will take you on a guided walk along the Falls Road and share their personal story on this 3-hour tour. Photograph the local murals and witness visible signs of his community's desire his community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. We pass through the electronically-controlled gates leading to the predominately protestant area of The Shankill Road. We meet with a Loyalist ex-political prisoner who will accompany you through the streets of the Shankill, while sharing their personal story. 

You will witness the determination of the locals who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall, leaving your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and The Dalai Lama.

The  Meeting point for this tour is at Divis Tower, Divis Street (bottom of the Falls Road) and finishes on the Lower Shankill Road with a total walking distance of 5 kms. This tour is not suitable for Children under the age of 14 years old.**

The recent period known as 'The Troubles' is a very contentious time and is still raw in many peoples minds and hearts, the purpose of this tour is to give the guest an insight to why young men and women would voluntary involve themselves in a conflict knowing that it would ultimately lead to their imprisonment at best or potential death. it will explain why people got involved in violence that resulted in the loss of life of both combatants and innocent people alike. Any statements and opinions expressed on this tour by the guides are strictly their own and Belfast Free Walking Tour does not endorse any political view, the use of violence and promotion of any political agenda. The guides are contracted to share their own personal story of the troubles. 

** Children are allowed at parents discretion Please be aware that graphic accounts of violence maybe discussed on the tour

 

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