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Historic Belfast Free Tour

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English (check the booking calendar for availability)
Total time
2 hours
Meeting point
In front of the City Hall, opposite "Visit Belfast" Tourist Office - look for a yellow umbrella.
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A city shaped by the industrial revolution and inner tensions. A place where the troubled past is vividly remembered and painfully evident in the form of “peace walls” that still divide the Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods. A city that has undergone a tremendous transformation within the past decades, attracting a young and international community. Meet Belfast – full of life and character! 

Historically, things started to spin faster for the small town of Belfast in the 17th century. The British Empire, colonising the area, started sending Scots, French Huguenots and English here, and eventually it became the most pro-British city in all Ireland. It flourished being a trading post, goods were shipped in and out and local linen production started to grow. Soon the industrial revolution has accelerated everything that has been crawling here so far and Belfast became the biggest producer of linen in the entire world, gaining the nickname “Linenopolis”. Together with the growing shipbuilding industry, the booming metropolis offered job opportunities for the impoverished masses that suffered from the Great Famine. This is where, in the Harland and Wolff firm, back then the biggest shipyard in the world, the most famous shipwreck in human history was built – the Titanic. With the fortunes made almost overnight, the city started to grow more elegant than ever. But most of its citizens did not follow suit. The fate of workers, especially women employed in linen factories, was dreadful, which at times led them to overcome religious barriers and fight together the exploitation of factory owners. But the history of industrial Belfast was almost completely overshadowed by the events that took place here not so long ago, events that have made the city a symbol of a bloody religious and national conflict. After the Irish War of Independence in the 1920s a controversial peace treaty was signed which carved out a small piece of the island and created Northern Ireland, a section which remained part of the United Kingdom. Belfast, its capital, became a battleground for acrimonious conflict between pro-British Protestants and Irish nationalists, mainly Catholics, whose desire was to unite the province with the independent Republic of Ireland. The conflict escalated during the period known as the Troubles, between 1968 and 1998. Time when the streets of Belfast have repeatedly flowed with blood and witnessed a number of bombings, assassinations and violence in which many civilians lost their lives. Since those days the city has come a long way trying to find peace with its past.

Join us on a walk through the streets of Belfast to understand its complicated history and mentality of its people, known for their gallows wit. During the tour, we will see the most important city landmarks. We will visit the place where the Titanic was built and see the City Court, whose staircase became an inspiration for the famous ship’s interior. We will walk together to the Europa Hotel, the world’s most bombed hotel, attacked almost 40 times during the Troubles. We will pass through the Cathedral Quarter, taking the name from St. Anne’s Cathedral, now a popular district for pubs and street art. We will see the docks, now a hip and trendy area, adorned with a “Salmon of Knowledge” or the Big Fish sculpture which became the symbol of the city. On the way, we will see some of the city’s beautiful, traditional 19th century pubs that you can enjoy after the tour.

Discover with us the city that gave the world Titanic and Game of Thrones, learn about its troubled past but also about the new, young energy and creativity that transformed it into hipsters paradise, famous for exciting nightlife and amazing street art! 

During this 2,5 hour tour, you will see and experience:

  • The Docklands & The Lagan River 

  • The Cathedral Quarter 

  • The Albert Clock 

  • The Big Fish 

  • Belfast City Hall 

  • City Laneways

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message

This tour is organized in cooperation with our local partner, Belfast Free Walking Tour!

  • Meeting Point: In front of the City Hall, opposite “Visit Belfast” Tourist Office – look for a yellow umbrella.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative and Belfast Free Walking Tour! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meeting Point
In front of the City Hall, opposite "Visit Belfast" Tourist Office - look for a yellow umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 6 people on them. If you travel in a party of 7 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

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