Between 1971 and 1998 Belfast City Centre was the setting for many of the most tragic events of the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland (The Troubles). This unique walking tour of the City Centre visits the actual sites of some of the most brutal and tragic incidents.
The tour is led by one of the most respected conflict resolution specialists in Northern Ireland. It examines the stories behind the people involved, their place in the conflict and the effect these attacks and incidents had on the city and its people. It is balanced, objective and factual, historically accurate, educational and commemorative.
This is not a sightseeing tour. There is no physical reminder or legacy of the incidents involved. Belfast City Centre is now an active, vibrant place, far removed from the time when it was secured with a ring of steel and security gates at every entry point. The tour examines the dark past of our city through historical accounts and the stories of those involved. It offers total locational authenticity; we will bring you to the sites of many of the most brutal murders and killings in the history of the Troubles, such as Bloody Friday, when 22 bombs exploded in the City, resulting in a huge loss of life. It is then for you to decide whether these incidents have left an invisible but indelible mark on the city.
The tour will allow you to explore the darkest period in Belfast’s recent past, the destructive and cruel side of our history. It is engaging, enthralling and hard-hitting. You will be able to empathise with our pain and shame, and come to see the city centre in a new light.
We understand that the sectarian conflict can appear hugely confusing to visitors to our country, and you may have many questions, we guarantee our guides are more than capable of answering every one.