Our Awards

Our Awards

Find out more about the accolades and accreditations we’ve won over the years.

We’ve been consistently recognised as the No.1 Belfast walking tour company for years – but that’s not all! Find out more about the awards we’ve won.

Arival Spotlight Awards – Tour Innovator

We were absolutely delighted to be named as finalists in the Tour Innovator category of the Arival Spotlight Awards. We were the only finalists representing the UK and Ireland across all five categories of these global awards.

Belfast Telegraph Business Awards – Tourism & Hospitality Company of the Year

We were delighted to be named finalists in the 2023 Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. This was a new category and the judges were looking for proof of innovation and sustainability as well as business growth.

Top UK Tour Guide – Wanderlust World Guide Awards

Wanderlust magazine named our Lead Guide, Paul Donnelly, the UK’s Top Tour Guide at an awards ceremony held in London in October 2019.

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Traveller’s Choice Awards

Tripadvisor named our History of Terror tour the No. 4 experience in the whole of the UK at the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards in 2019. This meant we were the highest rated UK tour outside London.

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Every year since 2014, Tripadvisor has named A History of Terror the top walking tour in Belfast.  We currently hold ten Certificates of Excellence and we are members of the Tripadvisor Hall of Fame.

Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice 2023

Northern Ireland Tourism Awards

We nearly won the award for ‘Authentic Northern Ireland Experience of the Year’ in 2019 but the competition was stiff! We were still delighted that the Northern Ireland Tourist Board awarded us ‘Highly Commended’.

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Tourism Northern Ireland

Tourism Northern Ireland has rated us ‘5 Stars – Outstanding’ in their Experience Grading Scheme every year since 2019.  We are the only tour company specialising in political tours to hold this accolade.

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Embrace A Giant Spirit

Tourism NI created The Giant Spirit Experience Collection to promote the very best of Northern Ireland tourism. It is a carefully curated group of the finest tours and experiences available in Northern Ireland and includes our city centre tours.

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Innovate NI

Innovate NI awarded DC Tours ‘Gold Level Innovator’ status in 2021 in recognition of the new digital tours and products we have created and developed during lockdown.  These tours allow travellers to explore and discover our history and culture in new and alternative ways.

Green Tourism

Green Tourism’s Silver award recognises our commitment and dedication to sustainable, responsible and environmental tourism.

Green Tourism Silver Award

Visit Belfast

We are members of our local tourism organisation, which helps reassure guests that we operate to the highest professional standards.

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Tour Guides Northern Ireland

DC Tours and all our tour guides are members of our local professional tour guide association.

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Ready to take a tour?

If you’d like to book one of our tours, just select one of our bestsellers below. Or visit our Tours page for more inspiration!

A History of Terror

Our award-winning expert guides explain the Troubles and the peace process with honesty and great insight, all from an entirely neutral perspective.


The Best of Belfast

Our essential 2.5 hour city centre tour exploring our history, culture, architecture and art. Find out what makes Belfast so unique!