Two hours north of Dublin lies Belfast the second largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast’s is steeped in history as an industrial city at the forefront of tobacco, shipbuilding and linen. It was once the pre-eminent city on the island. It is also widely known for ‘The Troubles’ – the sectarian conflict that erupted into a para-military war over 30 years.
This tour is tailored according to your interests. There is so much to see and do we offer a range of options for you to choose from. You can choose site visits, a walking tour, panoramic city centre tour, a visit to west Belfast and witness where the centre of the ‘Troubles’ occurred.
Belfast has a distinct history in an Irish context as it is closely tied to the British world across the Irish Sea. This is where Britain and Ireland mix the most. The history is long and complex and a detailed and multi-faceted approach is taken by your guide who will tease out these narratives in an easy to follow way.
The development of Belfast as an industrial city is equally fascinating. Belfast is a bridge that tells a distinct tale of the relationship between the British and the Irish. You can visit the redeveloped Titanic Quarter and experience the Titanic Visitor Experience. The history of Belfast’s legendary docklands and the re-emergence of this post-industrial tourist quarter is the story of the rebirth of this community. For fans, and there are always fans, of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ series you can visit where the studios are located nearby also.
West Belfast was the location of much of the violence of ‘The Troubles’, the 30 years conflict that came to an end in 1998. Today much of the area is given over to tourism as the post conflict period sees a major influx of tours. You can visit these area’s with your guide and if desired take a deeper tour with a local Belfast specialist guide.
As with everywhere else in Ireland food and pub culture is rich and a memorable lunch is guaranteed. A trip into the Cathedral Quarter to experience the ‘new’ emerging Belfast is also recommended and a beer/whiskey tasting and/or cheese tasting is possible also.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE: Your safety and well-being are his first priority. He is one of a very small and elite cohort of professional guides with his level of training. Jim is a qualified guide, holding BOTH the Dublin City and Environs and National Badges and registered with Fáilte Ireland’s (The State Tourism Development Board). He has passed and it certified with Fáilte Ireland’s current Covid-19 Health and Safety Charter. He is a licenced SPSV (Limousine) driver with appropriate insurance and vehicle licencing. Finally, he is a well known and active member of the Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland, the trade body for tourist guides in Ireland.