A History of Terror is the No.1 Belfast Troubles tour. This award-winning city centre walking tour runs every day starting at 10.30am.

Visitors in front of the Belfast Romances mural
Donzo talking to a tour group
Tour group in front of Belfast City Hall

The No.1 walking tour in Belfast

A History of Terror is the No.1 walking tour in Belfast. It was named #4 Experience in the UK at the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2019 and Highly Commended at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in 2019 in the category ‘Authentic Northern Ireland Experience of the Year’. It is graded 5 Stars by Tourism NI.

About the tour

Your tour will start with a short introduction to Irish and British history and the background to the start of the ‘Troubles’ in the late 1960s. We then visit seven locations in the city centre where major events occurred between 1971 and 1976. We use the stories of these events to explain what happened and why, and how it affected nearly every part of our daily lives.

What you will learn

This tour explains how the Troubles began. We tell 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. We do all this from an entirely neutral, civilian perspective. The tour also shows how far the city has come since the ceasefires and Peace Process.

It is suitable for anyone visiting Belfast, regardless of how much or little you already know of our troubled past. The tour is a way for you to get a real feel for our history and make a deeper emotional connection with the city.

Tour group on Hill Street Belfast
Tour group at Cornmarket Belfast
The Big Fish by John Kindness, Belfast

See Belfast in a new light

Many guests say they have felt transported back in time through the rich and detailed story-telling in this tour. They understand and appreciate how far the city has come since those dark days and come to see Belfast in a new light.

The tour has a factual core script to ensure it is historically accurate, unbiased and non-partisan. But our guides are also encouraged to take ownership of their tour. They bring it to life by recounting their own personal experiences during the Troubles. This helps us to connect with you by identifying comparable points of reference from your own country or history.

Expert guides

There is plenty of time built into the tour to allow you to ask questions and for us to answer them meaningfully.

Our guides are not just guides, but politically neutral conflict historians. We are all experts in our field and we pride ourselves on being able to answer practically any question.

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What we offer

  • High quality Vox tour guide audio systems are available on all tours to guarantee you an exceptional experience.

  • Scheduled tours run every day at 10.30am. Afternoon tours starting at 2.00pm also run during high season.

  • Our starting point is the front gates of Belfast City Hall.

  • Your guide will be wearing a black jacket or t-shirt with the DC Tours logo on the left breast.

  • The tour covers 1.5 miles and lasts 2 hours 15 minutes.

  • It finishes on the banks of the river Lagan by the Beacon of Hope, just a five minute walk from your starting point.

  • All tours run come rain or shine. You should wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella just in case.

  • The tour is wheelchair accessible. Belfast City Centre is completely flat, so no hills or steps are involved.

  • The tour operates all year, with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and July 12th public holiday.

  • Tickets cost £18 per person.

  • We do not recommend the tour for children under 12, but it is at the parent’s discretion. [If you want to bring a child younger than 12 we will not charge you.]

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