The Troubles Tour

May 09 2019 - Aug 31 2019
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53 - 55 Crumlin Road, Belfast, County Antrim,
T: (028) 9074 1500

The Troubles Tour at the heart of Belfast’s most divided communities.

The Troubles Tour at the heart of Belfast’s most divided communities.

This half day tour begins with a brief introduction to local history including pre-Troubles, the Troubles and the Peace Process. Once you have an understanding of the local history you will meet an ex-loyalist prisoner and be led through the Shankill Estate and Shankill Road. On this section of the tour you will learn what it was like to grow up on these streets during the Troubles and gain an insight into the views of the loyalist community. You will then proceed to the Shankill Memorial Park before making your way to the Lanark Way Peace Gate (Checkpoint Charlie) were you will be handed over to an Ex-Republican prisoner.

As you walk you will experience the Peace Walls, the imposing structures that were designed to keep peace between the Catholic and Protestant communities. When at the peace wall make sure to write your message of peace using your gifted Troubles Tour pen.

Your tour will continue down the Falls Road with an ex-republican prisoner where you will not only learn about the history of the Troubles, but you will also hear personal stories from the Republican community. On this section you will visit renowned sites including Bombay Street, Clonard Monastery, the Bobby Sands Mural, Divis Tower and the Republican Garden of Remembrance.

At the next stop, The International peace wall, you will experience the story of the Troubles through art on one of Belfast’s peace lines which has divided the Republican and Loyalist communities for over 30 years.

Your guide will then return you to Crumlin Road Gaol. Here you will get and chance to rest your feet and re-fuel with a pint of Guinness and bowl of Stew at Cuffs Bar & Grill.

To finish The Trouble Tour you will be guided through Crumlin Road Gaol hearing the role of H.M.P. Belfast during the Troubles. At this part of the tour you will gain an insight into roles played by the security forces including the Prison Service, RUC, British Army and RAF.

The tour will start and end at Crumlin Road Gaol. It covers approx. 3 miles and lasts approx. 4.5 hours. As this tour will run during all weather conditions comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing are recommended. We do not recommend the tour for children under 15 years old.