A History of Terror is recognised not only as the No.1 walking tour in the city, but also as one of the most unbiased, engaging and accessible insights into the conflict known as ‘the Troubles’ for visitors of nearly all ages. (We recommend the tour for ages 12+).
We want our guests to really understand our history and make a meaningful connection with the city, and we have designed a very unique tour to allow you to do this. Between 1971 and 1998 Belfast City Centre was the setting for many tragic incidents of ‘the Troubles’. Our city centre walking tour visits the actual sites of some of the most significant events.
Using historical and eye-witness accounts, the tour explains how the Troubles began, tells the stories of the people involved, their place in the conflict and the effect these attacks and incidents had on the city and its people. It also shows how far the city has come since the ceasefires and Peace Process.
Ours is not a sightseeing tour in the strictest sense, (although you will discover art, architecture, bars and museums in parts of the city you may not otherwise have found). This tour will not take you to the peacelines or murals in East or West Belfast, – as popular as they may be, we believe this tour is a more accurate and meaningful way for you to learn about our conflict.
There is no physical reminder or legacy of the events we discuss and 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 checkpoints at every entry point, but we assure you we will transport you back in time through the rich and detailed story-telling of your guide.
The tour offers total locational authenticity; we will bring you to the sites of many of the most significant incidents in the history of the Troubles, such as Bloody Friday, when 23 car bombs were driven into Belfast, resulting in a tragic loss of life. It is then for you to decide whether these incidents have left an invisible but indelible mark on our city.
The tour will allow you to better understand Belfast’s recent past and also appreciate the reconciliation and regeneration which has taken place. It is honest, accurate, objective and enthralling.
We understand this period of our history can appear hugely confusing to visitors to our city, and you may have many questions, – we guarantee our guides are capable of answering each and every one!
2020: The scheduled tour runs every day, starting at 10.30am.
Maximum group size: Subject to government safety guidelines (currently max. 14 guests and guide).
The tour costs £18 per person (plus a small online booking fee).
Private Tours also available from £80 upwards depending on the number of guests.
Detailed information can be found on the Tour Schedule page.
Detailed COVID-19 Safety Measures can be found here.
Our starting point is the front gates of Belfast City Hall. Our guide is clearly identifiable by their black tour jacket or t-shirt with our logo on the left breast. The tour covers 1.5 miles and lasts approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.
The tour is entirely wheelchair friendly, with no steps or hills at any point.
We normally use Vox audio headsets to ensure you can hear the guide clearly throughout the tour while maintaining social distancing. All headsets are sanitised before and after each use. (Whether you choose to use the headsets is entirely up to you. We have strong voices anyway).
If you want to book a private tour or if you need to ask us something first, just click on the button below