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A History of Terror

Front gates - Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square North, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 5GS

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Learn about Northern Ireland’s recent history from those who lived through it. 

Starting at Belfast City Hall and covering 7 different locations, this walking tour’s rich and detailed storytelling is a way for visitors to make an emotional connection with Belfast and really understand a dark chapter of the city’s history. 

Over its 2.25 hours our local expert guides explain why the Troubles started, where some of the most important events of the conflict occurred, how the two communities achieved peace and how the early 1990s ceasefire led to the city’s regeneration. ‘A History of Terror’ is not only recognised as being unbiased, objective and historically accurate, it’s suitable for all visitors, regardless of how much or little you already know of our troubled past. 

Many of our guests have said how the tour transported them back through time, helping them to understand how far the city has come since those dark days and also see Belfast in a new light, sharing in our hopes for the future and appreciating the progress we have made. 

The tour was named the No.4 Experience in the U.K. at TripAdvisor’s ‘Traveller’s Choice’ Awards in 2019 – the highest rated visitor attraction outside London. It was given a ‘5 Star’ rating by Tourism Northern Ireland and was Highly Commended at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in 2019 in the category ‘Authentic NI Experience of the Year’. Our lead guide, Paul Donnelly, was named ‘Top UK Tour Guide’ at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2019.   

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