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
The tour starts with a short introduction to Irish / British history and the background to the start of the ‘Troubles’ in the late 1960’s. We then visit 7 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.
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, all from an entirely neutral, civilian perspective. It also shows how far the city has come since the ceasefires and Peace Process.
It is suitable for all visitors to Belfast, regardless of how much or little they already know of our troubled past. The tour is a way for guests to get a real feel for our history and make a deeper emotional connection with the city.
Many guests say they have felt transported back in time through the rich and detailed story-telling. They witness 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 and connecting with our guests by identifying some comparative point of reference with their own country or history.
There is also time built into the tour to ensure that questions are encouraged from guests and that answers are meaningful.
Our guides are not just guides, but politically neutral conflict historians, experts in their field who pride themselves on being able to answer practically any question asked of them.
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High quality Vox tour guide audio systems are available on all tours to guarantee an exceptional experience for all guests.
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 the starting point.
All tours run come rain or shine. Guests 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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