Study tours

Study tours

DC Tours have been providing educational walking tours for schools, universities and study groups since 2013. Our Belfast walking tours provide students with a unique outdoor educational experience that supports ongoing learning about our fascinating heritage and contemporary history.

Belfast group walking tours for schools and universities with our award winning guides.

One of our Belfast Group Tours at East Belfast murals
One of our Belfast Group Tours at the International Peace Wall in Belfast
One of our Belfast Group Tours at the River Lagan

Study Tours

Our team of qualified expert guides will provide your students with accurate, insightful and detailed accounts and explanations of important sites and events in the city, allowing them to observe, analyse and understand what makes Belfast and its people quite so unique.

Together with the rich and detailed narrative of the guides, image books are also used throughout the tour to stimulate the student’s imagination and illustrate the contrast between past and present.

Our guides will encourage your students to engage with them and ask questions. Ultimately they will leave with a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the city, its people and its past.

Our Belfast group tours available for schools and universities:

Our History of Terror Tour is available as a Belfast Group Tour

A History of Terror Walking Tour

This award-winning city centre tour explains the Troubles and the peace process with honesty and great insight. The tour visits the locations of major events during the most turbulent period of the conflict in the early seventies.

Our West Belfast Tour is available as a Belfast Group Tour

West Belfast Walking Tour

This tour visits the Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road. It explains the Troubles and peace process with stops at the famous murals, memorial gardens and peacewalls between the two communities.

Our Best of Belfast Tour is available as a Belfast Group Tour

Best of Belfast Walking Tour

This ‘essential’ tour introduces students to the greater history of Belfast, not only an introduction to the Troubles and the Titanic but also Belfast’s industrial & maritime history, and stories of its most famous citizens, culture, architecture and ideals.

All our Belfast group tours are 2 miles or less and are around 2 hours 30 minutes. They can also be tailored or customised to suit the time available and specific interests of each group.

The West Belfast tour is a firm favourite of school groups in particular as it is more ‘visual’ compared to the ‘A History of Terror’ tour.

Bespoke tours

With educators in our team we can also create bespoke tours with specific emphasis on a wide range of topics; Politics, British & Irish History, Peace & Reconciliation Studies, Law, Psychology, English Literature, Human Rights, are just a few typical examples.

All Belfast group tours can be tailored to suit each group’s particular area of study and level of prior knowledge of our history.  Just let us know the subjects you want us to focus on and we will build them into your tour.  

Tours can be started at any time to suit your itinerary and the length of the tour can be varied to meet your schedule.  

Group sizes

We can accommodate groups of up to 120 students at a time. Normally we will split larger groups up and supply multiple guides for student groups of more than 25 – 30. High quality Vox audio systems are used on all tours to guarantee an exceptional tour experience for all students.

Read our reviews!

“Our guide was absolutely amazing. We were so captivated that we loved every minute. He was so knowledgeable and completely unbiased. “

R.o.I. Politics Teacher, Tripadvisor review

“We really enjoyed the tour. Mark had such a way with the students that gave them the confidence to ask questions and engage in the tour and that was brilliant.”

U.K. History Teacher, Tripadvisor review

“We absolutely loved it! Thanks so much. The feedback from the artists was great, everyone got a lot from it and Paul was absolutely brilliant! “

The MAC International, Tripadvisor review

“The group LOVED the tours arranged by yourselves. They still cannot talking about it. Great hit and just what a study group should be doing. “

U.K. Tour Director, Tripadvisor review

“Thanks again for such an incredible tour – what a fantastic way to kickstart a tour of Europe; truly thought-provoking, balanced and incredibly accessible while perfectly detailed.”

U.S. Tour Director, Tripadvisor review

“Our guide was absolutely amazing. We were so captivated that we loved every minute. He was so knowledgeable and completely unbiased. “

N.I. Politics Teacher, Tripadvisor review

Other services

We focus on walking tours to allow our guests to immerse themselves and fully experience the city, giving them time to soak up the atmosphere rather than looking out the window of a bus, and also to allow them to become fully active participants, with better access to and engagement with their guide.

However, we appreciate a walking tour can limit the amount a group can see on a tour, so we are always happy to create a unique or bespoke experience for our groups.  This can range from providing a step-on guide for a special interest coach tour to arranging guest speakers and special interest meetings.  

Not only can we provide lectures and workshops, but we can also facilitate talks and tours with a wide range of participants in the conflict from across the spectrum; community representatives, ex-combatants from both communities, ex-security forces (RUC) and politicians.

Get in touch

If you would like to take any of our three signature Belfast group tours, or would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored specifically to your requirements and interests, please get in touch.  If you want a bespoke tour, just let us know your preferred date, start time, tour duration and your group size and any ideas you’d like us to include – we will get back to you with a custom-designed tour proposal and a price.

Use our app to plan your trip!

Use our app to plan your trip!

Simply download our free app from the App Store or Google Play and then choose a tour. You can use the app to plan your trip from anywhere in the world or as a self guided tour when you visit Belfast.