My wife and I have been visiting Ireland for the past few years, this trip being our first to Belfast and the north. Growing up with seeing the Troubles on the nightly news I've been very intersted in the political and cultural landscape of Belfast and really looked forward to this tour.
Joe was phenomenal! He was informative, funny, and did a great job adding color to what some consider a black and white issue. His stories of growing up, neighborhood, and mother a hero in her own right really put into context the older and more recent murals and stops we made along the way. I highly recommend.
Dean M United Kingdom
Jackie was a legend, knew everything there was to know and gave his views on the progress.
Worth every penny
Belfast is full of fantastic Mural Art and this tour takes in the Murals surrounding The Troubles. Booking is easy along with arranging date time and pick up with a speedy professional and friendly response.
Joe was our tour guide. He picked us up at our hotel and immediately put us at ease with his warm friendly personality and by engaging us in the back of his cab to outline what to expect on the tour, to find out what we already know of the troubles and to bring us up to speed on the history leading up to the troubles.
Joe had a wealth of knowledge and gave a fact based impartial view of the history and background to the murals and troubles while making us comfortable to ask any questions, however delicate or stupid. The tour was extremely informative, we learnt a lot and we have a great understanding of the troubles from all sides. The complex history and sad stories of suffering were heavy going at times but Joe also kept it light with insightful stories of what life was like living in Belfast at the time with some of his own family anecdotes and stories of communities coming together to help one another.
The tour wasn't rushed and we had time to take photo's and sign the peace wall.
I would highly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Belfast or nearby and I would eagerly do this tour again. We could have sat talking to Joe for many more hours.
This is totally worth doing. I can't imagine how one would find the art and learn the stories without doing a tour.
It was FANTASTIC !!!!!!! Good work Joe ..a fantastic great tour so impressive !!!!!
My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour as we learned so much about the history and especially the politics about Ireland. Our driver Jackie was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made our experience awesome.
An absolute must for anyone visiting Belfast ... Jackie was an exceptional guide!
Very informative and worth it.
Gerry our driver was excellent. His knowledge of the murals and the troubles in Northern Ireland gave us a great insight into how the communities were affected and are still affected by the Troubles. The high suicide rate in the city is shocking as are the number of PTSD sufferers. I was shocked and surprised by the Peace Wall, although I had heard of it I didn't really understand the physical presence of it and the way it divides the communities. Gerry also explained to us that the murals are always changing. This was most apparent at the Justice Wall where murals are updated/ removed as justice is done. Justice can be the knowledge of what happened to loved ones or apologies for wrongs committed during the Troubles, not necessarily through trials in court.
If you are going to Northern Ireland go on this tour.
I'm of the age that I remember seeing news stories about the unrest. Belfast was a city that I never imagined I would be able to visit. Times have changed. Belfast is a wonderful city. This tour gave an insight into the troubles that plagued the city years ago, and still have lasting impact. It was a perspective completely different from my previous perception. I can't recommend this tour enough.
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