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Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

1. Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

Explore the world’s largest Titanic experience in the historic shipyards in Belfast where the doomed ocean liner the Titanic was built. The adventure begins the moment you walk into the building's giant atrium, surrounded by 4 ship-hull-shaped wings. Journey through 9 large galleries of the state-of-the-art interactive exhibition to uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Learn about turn-of-the-century Belfast as a thriving boom town, and take a thrilling tour through dramatic presentations of the shipyards and Titanic under construction. Watch her launch from the slipways, and explore the luxurious craftsmanship of the interiors. Go deep into the stories of the passengers, crew, and heroes of the day. Relive the drama of her tragic end, and see the wreck at her resting place on the ocean floor. Voyage to the bottom of the North Atlantic in the Ocean Exploration Centre, with live links to contemporary undersea explorations. If you'd like a souvenir to remind you of your trip, there's plenty to choose from in the Titanic Store. End with a visit to SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line vessel and the biggest Titanic artefact in the world. Famous as a tender for the Titanic, and a quarter of her size in every dimension, you can marvel at the original ornate doors, panels, plasterwork, and staircases that greeted first and second class passengers on board. See what life was like as a crew member.

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Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

2. Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

Meet your guide, a working Belfast cab driver, and hear about their personal involvement in The Troubles. Enjoy a welcome to Belfast while learning about how they are now dedicated to delivering an unbiased account of this dark period. Encounter locations like the Falls Road and Shankill Road, two communities still separated by the looming Peace Walls. You will see many telling political murals, and share in stories from those who lived through the conflict. Enjoy an experience with a maximum of 5 participants, though groups can be as small as 1-3. Notable people who have undertaken this same Black Cab Tour in the past include Anthony Bourdain, Vince Vaughn, and George Negus, to name but a few. Experience unique insights from the past and present. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions about the city's troubled history, its changes, and its future, or give recommendations for food and entertainment.

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Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

3. Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian-era prison. Hear the stories of the murderers, suffragettes, loyalists and republican prisoners who were jailed here. Learn about the births, executions, hunger strikes and riots that have taken place within the prison walls. Begin your visit in the jail basement, where you can see artifacts from when the jail was in operation. Walk through the passageway, known as “the tunnel,” which connects the jail with the courthouse across the road. Between 1968 and the prison’s closing, over 25,000 prisoners made their way through this tunnel. See “the circle,” which is located at the centre of the four wings of the jail. Marvel at the jail’s 19th-century Victorian architecture. Next, make your way to the C-wing. Experience what the living conditions were like in the prison at various points throughout the jail’s history. See the condemned man’s cell. Seventeen men in total were executed at the jail, and you will see where many of them spent their last days. Enter the execution chamber where twelve men had their lives ended. End your tour at the graveyard, where the executed men were buried. As part of their sentence, the condemned men were “to be buried in an unmarked grave, in unconsecrated ground.”

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Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

4. Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Venture beyond the guide books and explore Belfast through the political conflict known as “The Troubles.” Walk the streets on both sides of the Peace Line with men and women who have served time in the prisons of Northern Ireland for standing up for their beliefs. Hear stories from both the Republican and Loyalist communities about the effects of the conflict, and get explanations about the political murals that tell the history and culture of the area from a unique perspective. Start by meeting a Republican ex-political prisoner for a guided walk along the infamous Falls Road. See visible signs of the community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic. Then, pass through the electronically-controlled gates to the predominately Protestant area of the Shankill Road, where you will meet a Loyalist ex-political prisoner to investigate the determination of the locals who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom. For more than 30 years “The Troubles” have had a powerful impact on the city and its residents. Very few people were unaffected by the violence, and everyone has a tale to tell. Investigate the real stories beyond the history books with first-hand accounts from those intimately involved. Explore the world’s largest, outdoor art gallery as you examine the many murals, and get the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall and leave your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

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Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

5. Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

With this tour package, you will be given a personal tour from your guide about what life was like as a teenager living in Belfast during its troubled past. Hear how the city has turned a corner and is now looking towards a brighter future. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities for taking photos and a chance to sign your name on the world famous peacewall, that has divided the city's communities for over 45 years. See the raw side of Belfast city on this tour. Your guide will take you to all the most important areas in Belfast.

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Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

6. Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Take a two-deck open-top bus tour around Belfast to experience all the city has to offer in 1 or 2 days. This sightseeing ticket makes stops at 19 locations around the city so you can discover each of them at your leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, magical Belfast Castle, the Stormont buildings, all sides of the political conflict murals, and much more. Hop off at any stop, walk around as long as you like, and be picked up every 30 to 40 minutes at the same point. Your ticket also gets you discounted entrance fees to some of the top Belfast attractions. STOP 1 - Castle Place STOP 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling STOP 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn STOP 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile STOP 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic STOP 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday STOP 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House STOP 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel STOP 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre STOP 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House STOP 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping STOP 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts STOP 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural STOP 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral STOP 15 - Peace Wall - Sign The Famous Wall STOP 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History STOP 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road STOP 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House STOP 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

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Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

7. Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

Learn the turbulent 20th-century history of Belfast on an award-winning sightseeing tour. Visit 8 sites in the city center where some of the most tragic events of The Troubles took place. Learn what it was like to live in the city when the threat of bombs was ever-present.  Walk through the developing Cathedral Quarter, with St. Anne's Cathedral at its heart, and hear about the peace process and regeneration that has taken place in the city since the ceasefires of the early 1990s. Get a feel for the real history of the city and be transported back in time through detailed storytelling. The guides are amongst the most knowledgeable conflict historians in Northern Ireland and the tour is recognized as being unbiased, objective and historically accurate. It is suitable for all visitors, regardless of how much or little they may already know of the troubled past.

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Best of Belfast Walking Tour

8. Best of Belfast Walking Tour

Embark on a journey through Belfast's history and a celebration of its resilience. Everyone knows about the Titanic and the Troubles, and you will of course hear about these on the tour, but there is so much more to discover. Visit historic buildings such as St. Anne’s Cathedral, the Customs House, Exchange Rooms, and Kelly’s Cellars where will hear stories of some of the most intriguing people who called Belfast their home over the centuries. Explore the cultural hub of the Cathedral Quarter, stroll along the waterfront, and over to the iconic yellow cranes, Samson and Goliath, in the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built over 100 years ago. Stops also include landmarks such as the Salmon of Knowledge, the Beacon of Hope, and the Spirit of Belfast where you can marvel at the best public art in the city.

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Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

9. Belfast: 1.5-Hour Private City Murals Tour

Take a tour through the biggest open art gallery in Europe and see the story of Belfast unfold along the walls. Explore major historical sites on this 1.5-hour Black Taxi Cab tour and understand "The Troubles" with a local guide who experienced them. Make your way along the Loyalist Shankill Road, the Republican Falls Road, and finally, to the peace walls that separate them. Stop along the way to capture photos of these incredible murals while your guide explains the history and conflict they represent. Finish your private tour at a souvenir shop, and feel free to ask your guide any questions about the communities and history in the area.

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Belfast: Walls and Bridges Troubles Tour

10. Belfast: Walls and Bridges Troubles Tour

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.

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Absolutely fascinating tour, getting to hear the stories from both sides of political prisoners of the time. It was hard listening at times, but such a great idea to get both sides I'd the story when there is usually only one narrative. The walk isn't actually that far as there is a lot of stopping, but still wear good comfortable shoes!

Myself and my wife had an excellent tour with our guide Jimmy Poland . Jimmy was very friendly and made the tour very interesting with his detailed knowledge of the troubles . We would highly recommend Jimmy for anyone doing the black taxi tour. Paul & Geraldine from Dublin

As you go through the exhibition it just gets better and better. Thought the price was right at the limit.

Great place to visit. Lots to read about, to see, to do and the extra trip to SS Nomadic is brilliant.

Really informative tour, our tour guide John was excellent.