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Shankill Tours

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Shankill
This working-class neighborhood of West Belfast came to prominence during the Northern Irish conflict, when it served as a stronghold for loyalist paramilitary organizations. The peace walls that separated Shankill from the neighboring Falls Road to curb sectarian violence are now covered with political murals. 

The Basics
Visiting Shankill is a must for travelers with an interest in Northern Irish history. Black taxi tours chronicling the Troubles—a 30-year period of political and civil strife—and modern-day Belfast’s political and religious divides typically bring participants to the peace walls. Murals on both the Unionist Shankill side and the Republican Falls Road side are ripe with political symbolism. Hop-on hop-off bus tours of the city also make stops at Shankill.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Shankill is a must for history buffs and political enthusiasts.
  • The main artery of the neighborhood is the Shankill Road, which is lined with pubs, restaurants, and local shops.
  • Shankill is no longer dangerous, but tribalism still reigns so be mindful when talking about politics.
How to Get There
Shankill is situated in West Belfast. Translink Metro buses connect the area with the city center, with routes 11a, 11b, and 11c all traveling along the Shankill Road. 

When to Get There
It’s best to visit Shankill during the day, as some of the gates along the peace walls shut at night. Avoid visiting on July 12, also known as the Twelfth or Orangemen’s Day, an annual Unionist commemoration.

The Troubled History of Shankill
Shankill is known for its role in the Troubles, a 30-year conflict between various nationalist factions (who wanted a united Ireland) and loyalist groups (who wanted to remain part of Britain). The neighborhood was the birthplace of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Shankill Butchers unit, who were responsible for the torture and murder of around 20 Catholics in Belfast. It was also the site of several Republican attacks, including the 1993 Shankill Road bombing during which 10 people—civilians among them—were killed.

Address: Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour

Official World Famous Belfast Taxi Tour

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Get a local’s insight into the Troubles that divided Belfast and how they shaped the city and its street art on this intimate street art tour. See colourful murals created by both Republican/Nationalist and Loyalist/Unionist communities, including the celebrated Peace Wall, as you travel around Belfast with ease in your very own Private Transportation! You will visit the areas that where deeply scarred during the conflict as well as learning over 800 years of history. Your guide will provide visual aids to help you imagine how life was like during the Troubles and your tour will visit the politically charged murals from both sides of the divide as well as stopping at the memorial gardens to the dead, stops include a visit to the peace lines and peace walls , you will get to write your name on the largest Peace Wall in Western Europe and leave a message! We Also Provide Umbrellas for when it's raining! Several start times are available so this Private tour will slot into most schedules.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 40 minutes
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$53.53
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IRA Troubles Conflict Private Tour Museum Graves Murals and Political Analysis

IRA Troubles Conflict Private Tour Museum Graves Murals and Political Analysis

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This tour has been highly recommended by universities around the world hugely popular for people interested in political conflict studies.This tour is unique as it specialises in Irish Republicanism by a Professional Guide with a unique insight into the conflict as well as Irish History. Your guide is also a member of Sinn Féin and an Irish Republican Political Activist and is fully equipped to give you an in-depth analysis of the conflict from an Irish Republican perspective and view from the start in 1969 to the present day, as well as the last 848 years of British Occupation. From 1969 until 1997, the Provisional Irish Republican Army conducted an armed military campaign primarily in the Northern part of Ireland (the occupied 6 counties and England and Europe,aimed at ending British rule in Northern Ireland in order to create a united Ireland. We will visit areas that ordinary tourists do not have access to you will gain Access to a Private Museum not open to the general public.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$184.49
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Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

Belfast Political Tour-Conflicting Stories

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Step across Belfast’s divisions—and learn what life was like during the Troubles—on this powerful, two-in-one tour. You’ll have the rare chance to explore the city with two different guides: both former political prisoners, one with Loyalist and one with Republican allegiances. In their company, you’ll learn more about the era in history, will see the city’s murals, will tour Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road, and more.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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$67.83
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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore historic Belfast in an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour.  With your 1- or 2-day pass, create your own adventure with possible stops at wall murals in Falls and Crumlin Roads, St George's Market, Titanic Dock, and Albert Clock. Enjoy unobstructed views, colorful onboard commentary, and a personalized itinerary.
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  • 1 hour
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$18.99
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Belfast Original Drivers from The Troubles Black Taxi Tour

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Belfast Original Drivers from The Troubles Black Taxi Tour

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We have been est over 25 years and our company is unique as our work force is 50% Republican and 50% loyalist work force and as seen on RICK STEVES and ANTHONY BOURDAIN Travel programme
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  • 2 minutes
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Political Mural Belfast Official Black Taxi Tour

Political Mural Belfast Official Black Taxi Tour

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THE TROUBLRES black taxi tour come and you listen to the Real people and see the REAL Belfast. Learning all about the troubles in Belfast, what it was like to live through, What happened during the troubles and what it’s like now since the peace process, All drivers have lived through the troubles driving the streets for a living and can give a primary account like no other.
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  • 2 hours
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$104.92
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Ira And Uvf Black Taxi History And Mural Tour Of Belfast

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Ira And Uvf Black Taxi History And Mural Tour Of Belfast

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Belfast’s history of conflict can be tricky for visitors to understand. Learn about the Troubles directly from the people that were affected on this private history tour. Hop into a black taxi and set off with your driver-guide to see world-famous landmarks including Falls Road, the Peace Wall, and Shankill, and gain intimate insight into the dark past and hopeful future of the vibrant Northern Irish capital.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Belfast Exploration Sightseeing and Political Murals Tour

Private Belfast Exploration Sightseeing and Political Murals Tour

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Explore more of Belfast’s top attractions—including the Peace Wall, St Peter’s Cathedral, and more—than you could on foot during this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Adapt the itinerary to suit you, enjoy the sights as you’re driven from point to point, and get to grips with Belfast’s complex history, as your private guide provides context on each location.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours
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Belfast Official Private City Sightseeing Political Murals Guided Tour

Belfast Official Private City Sightseeing Political Murals Guided Tour

Get a more in-depth insight into Belfast’s complex past than you could independently during a private half-day tour of the city’s conflict-related murals, landmarks, and attractions. Plus, benefit from the personalized attention of your personal guide and cover more ground than you could on foot with private transfers, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the experience.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours
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3 hour Original Black Taxi Political, Mural, Peacewalls History Tour of Belfast

3 hour Original Black Taxi Political, Mural, Peacewalls History Tour of Belfast

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IN-DEPTH 3 HOUR POLITICAL MURAL HISTORY TOUR Every city has it’s shopping and coffee culture but Belfast city has a unique past after coming out of 30 years of conflict.Your guides are the original  drivers who had to transport their communities through the bullets and bombs of THE TROUBLES and have their lives at risk every time they seat in their black cabs. The North of Ireland has become famous for the murals painted in almost every area of the country . These pictures of IRA ,UVF murals are often flashed around the world on news bulletins or used as a backdrop when interviewing people. They often depict the history and political views of both traditions and are a way of marking territory. These wall paintings often look intimidating but they have become as much of a tourist attraction as many of the regular attractions within Belfast and beyond.
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  • 3 hours
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Official World Famous Belfast Conflict Taxi Tour

Official World Famous Belfast Conflict Taxi Tour

Discover the history and landmarks of Belfast with a private tour. Get picked up at your hotel and hear stories about the tumultuous period of history known as The Troubles. See the Shankill and Falls Road political murals up close. Stop at popular city attractions including Queen’s University, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Albert Memorial Clock, and the Titanic Quarter.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
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$101.28
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Belfast Bike Tours

Belfast Bike Tours

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This is the best way to see Belfast, you will feel the city around you. There is no other tour where you can experience so much, go places others can’t, feel as though you know the city as well as the locals by the end. You’ll be guaranteed to have a smile on your face by the end, we can’t wait to see you.
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  • 3 hours
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$40.15
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Belfast Cab Tour of Peacewalls, Murals and the Famous Titanic Slips

Belfast Cab Tour of Peacewalls, Murals and the Famous Titanic Slips

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Your tour guide will have lived throughout the Troubles and also worked in Harland & Wolff shipyards where the Titanic was built and this tour has been rated in the top 5% of Five Star Tours Worldwide. Your guide will be been a former combatant who signed up and agreed to the Good Friday Agreement before qualifying as a professional tour guide. The tours are fully validated and have been approved by international tour associations and also universities in the USA. The tours are informative yet also fun and carried out in a luxury Mercedes Taxi-Bus. My tours have been running for over 20 years with 1000s of satisfied travelers.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Belfast Political Mural Street Art and Peace Gate

Belfast Political Mural Street Art and Peace Gate

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Belfast has a strong cultural of street art, and the Northern Irish city is particularly known for its numerous political murals inspired by themes from The Troubles. With this walking tour, you'll get to see many of the most significant murals in the city and get the chance to visit a project called Re-imagining, which helps local communities create murals of their own.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$24.42
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Private Luxury Northern Ireland Top Highlights 2 Full-Day Tour

Private Luxury Northern Ireland Top Highlights 2 Full-Day Tour

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If visiting Belfast you will want to have the opportunity to explore our Belfast and beyond, visit as many points of interest as your time allows. 2 full-Day Tour fully customizable to suit your interests and needs. The tour will be a personal tour for you only. This is a hassle-free way of seeing and doing as much as you want in Belfast and beyond in 2 days. Whether you are cruising as a large group or a smaller family group we will plan a perfect itinerary so you can make the most of your time in Belfast.
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  • 2 days
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$1,017.42
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World's Famous Belfast Taxi Tour

World's Famous Belfast Taxi Tour

Prepare for your adventure where your local guide who will take you on a tour of the world famous Belfast murals where you will learn how the troubles/conflict began, of daily gun battles and explosions! Discover the poignant and politically charged artworks that adorn Belfast’s streets on this 1.5-hour tour of the Belfast murals. Learn about the city’s compelling street art and how its striking murals marked the conflicts and protests of The Troubles of Northern Ireland. See the colourful murals created by both the Nationalist and Loyalist communities, including the notorious Peace Wall, featuring the signatures of the Dalai Lama and President Clinton.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$231.52
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Belfast Private Mural Tour and Historical Sites

Belfast Private Mural Tour and Historical Sites

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A tour that tells the story of Belfast, but also concentrates on the recent conflict in Belfast and throughout the North of Ireland. This tour being one of my most popular tours. I will take this time to explain in detail the history and meaning of each of the world famous murals of the Falls, and Shankill road. \ We begin by explaining the Origins of the Conflict, from the Plantation of Ulster, Home Rule, The Partition of Ireland, The civil rights Movement, The Orange order, Internment, right through to the current day peace process. We take time out sign the peace wall Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama have done. You will many opportunities for photos and questions :)
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  • 3 to 15 minutes
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$881.76
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Exclusive luxury Mercedes chauffeur political mural tour of Belfast

Exclusive luxury Mercedes chauffeur political mural tour of Belfast

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We have been delivering 5 star political mural tours for over 20 years and worked with film crews and A star clients for years also. We will much sure this is a tour you will treasure for ever and tell others to do the same after this unique experience
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  • 2 hours
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$246.00
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Belfast Executive Black Taxi Tour, Drive across the divide, segragated Belfast,

Belfast Executive Black Taxi Tour, Drive across the divide, segragated Belfast,

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This Tour is with a Local who grew up with the conflict. Born in May 1969, The Conflict "started in August 1969". The Troubles "That I Grew Up With". Who better to take you and show you around the Conflict Zones than a Local. Parts of this Tour is very Hard Hitting. I will try to keep my Tour as Balanced as possible "But" at all times I will be honest and Truthful. I tell it as it was.
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  • 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes
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$542.62
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Political Taxi Tour Belfast (1-7 People)

Political Taxi Tour Belfast (1-7 People)

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Experience the history of Belfast from a primary source. Learn from someone who has lived through the troubled past and worked the streets of the City. The tour will be given from an unbiased point of view, exploring both sections of the political divide. Explaining and exploring the past, each area has became famous for wall art known today as the famous Murals. They say a picture expresses a thousand words, both sides have expressed the past and also where they wish the future to head to for the next generations. Sign the same wall supporting peace as Bill Clinton and thousands of others before you. Discover this and much more on a impactful historical tour.
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  • 1 hour
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$101.29
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$101.29
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Private Belfast Political and Mural Tour

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Private Belfast Political and Mural Tour

Belfast is a beautiful vibrant city with a thriving nightlife scene it is a popular holiday destination, but it has a chequered past. For over 35 years the city was enthralled in a bloody civil war. Fought between the mainly nationalist catholic community and mainly loyalist protestant community. Out of the chaos came some of Belfast’s most recognisable landmarks, its Murals. Belfast Murals Tour will take you from east to west, north to south taking in both sides of the community and how they depicted their war efforts through amazingly detailed Murals. Accompanied by a local guide Standard tours are 1.5 hours in duration but may be extended on request.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$36.18
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Belfast world famous black taxi and mural tour

Belfast world famous black taxi and mural tour

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We where the first company to bring tourist into the work class communities after the war.You will get a in-depth history lesson from the original black taxi drivers who put their own lives at risk day and daily to provide a transport system for there people.When the war raged for over 25 years and over 3,500 lost their lives. Welcome to the biggest out door political art gallery in the world with 100s of mural dawn the walls of homes.
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  • 2 hours
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$130.23
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Black taxi private 2 hour political mural history for schools and Universities

Black taxi private 2 hour political mural history for schools and Universities

Unique opportunity to have a political insight into THE TROUBLES from both Republican and Loyalist ex-Prisoners. The Peoples Belfast black taxi Political tour allows you listen to the Real people and see the REAL Belfast. Learning all about the troubles in Belfast, what it was like to live through, What happened during the troubles and what it’s like now since the peace process, All drivers have lived through the troubles driving the streets for a living and can give a primary account like no other.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.29
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$101.29

Republican & Loyalist original mural and history Belfast cab tour

Republican & Loyalist original mural and history Belfast cab tour

Every city has it’s shopping and coffee culture but Belfast city has a unique past after coming out of 30 years of conflict.Your guides are the original  drivers who had to transport their communities through the bullets and bombs of THE TROUBLES and have their lives at risk every time they seat in their black cabs. The North of Ireland has become famous for the murals painted in almost every area of the country . These pictures of IRA ,UVF murals are often flashed around the world on news bulletins or used as a backdrop when interviewing people. They often depict the history and political views of both traditions and are a way of marking territory. These wall paintings often look intimidating but they have become as much of a tourist attraction as many of the regular attractions within Belfast and beyond.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.70
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$144.70

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