Guided tour

Belfast: Walls and Bridges Troubles Tour

4.9 / 5

38 reviews

Activity provider: Experience Belfast

Belfast: Walls and Bridges Troubles Tour

Activity provider: Experience Belfast

From US$ 18.94 per person

The ‘troubles’ and conflict are part of Belfast’s story but they’re not the only story. This is a positive introduction to Belfast where you will learn about the city's history, including recent troubles but we also look at music, art and, religion.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy the fun and banter with local guides
  • Wander in and out of the Entries
  • Visit the radical, historic First Presbyterian Church
Full description
After meeting on the pavement outside Belfast City Hall, you will go through an introduction including a guide to the local humor, before the tour begins with a brief history to set the scene. You will make a quick visit to City Hall before setting out through the City Center, wandering past scenes of the recent troubled past before meandering through the famous Entries. They, like much else in the city have secrets hidden in plain sight. In Belfast, it's often what you don't see or what's hidden subtly below the surface that's the most illuminating The tour will then move down towards the River Lagan, passing the Statue of Harmony on the way and allowing time for photo opportunities. You will follow the river back to the Big Fish before moving back towards the city center again. You will then pass the Albert Clock and move through the Cathedral Quarter which has some wonderful murals, here you will be able to learn how punk rock brought people together, as well as finding the link between the mural and President Clinton. After that you will cut through an entry to visit the sites of Belfast’s radical, humane past on it’s oldest street. The tour concludes with a visit to the First Presbyterian Church, a hidden gem and a building that sits at the center of Irish history. The tour concludes within sight of Belfast City Hall. The pace is gentle, you will cover 2.5 miles whilst being entertained, engaged and informed. You will also receive plenty of insider tips on things to see and do, this is not a standard sightseeing tour although there are plenty of opportunities to do that. It is part walking tour, part theatrical experience. If you're looking for something a little deeper, something that gets below the surface yet is good fun, this is the tour for you.
  • Entrance to an historic church
  • Audio listening devices to hear the tour guide
  • Meals and drinks
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Please meet your guide on the pavement outside the large railings of Belfast City Hall. It is outside the ornamental gates on the pavement beside a blue information table.

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Important information

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  • This tour is not suitable for small children, with a recommended age of 15+
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4.9 /5

based on 38 reviews

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Arthur is such a caracter! Not only he has a knowledge about the whole history of the city, but also brings into the tour some real life experiences. Just for the record, it was Christmas Eve, it was raining and only my girlfriend and I were taking the tour. He gave us tips of what would be open and what we could explore in the city during the holidays. 10/10 for Arthur being such a gentlemen and sharing with us his stories, his music and his charisma.

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January 3, 2022

This was our first visit to Belfast and we wanted to start with an overview of the place, its history, and its people. This tour did that and more, and Arthur our guide was excellent in providing an interesting, entertaining and thought provoking insight...the two hours flew by, despite the rain! Arthur also took an interest in us, and provided us with lots of tips for the remainder of our trip. I felt we had made our first friend in the city. We highly recommend this tour and Arthur as a guide.

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March 2, 2020

This was a very informative tour. It is not only poetic and historical, but also geographical and sociological. Arthur does not simply tell stories of monuments, buildings, bridges, and walls, but invites his guests to uncover that which is invisible. Many guides are very knowledgeable, but few are very passionate about sharing the story of the places they walk. His love for the city of Belfast is palpable. This means that he can go on and on, and I imagine that it could be just a bit more conversational. As it was the morning of Christmas Eve, I was the only participant and was asked at the beginning what my interests were. It did seem like the tour was tailored to my interests which worked well for me. There were also some opportunities to take photos in and of interesting spots. Highly recommended.

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December 31, 2019

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