Peacewalls, Murals and troubles cab tours
Belfastlad guides have been delivering expert tours across Europe for over 20 years. We only use professionals who have actual lived experience of the Troubles in Ireland and therefore offer fully validated tours with unique insights into the conflict in Ireland. We offer tours that last from two to four hours based on your needs including walking tours and luxury private tours using specially fitted Mercedes V Class Vehicles. From shopping to Heritage to Museum Visits we provide the transport and University Accrediated Guides that are rated in the top 5% of guides in the world. Check out our tour listings or contact us for bespoke tours that only you can create.
Belfast the movie is based on the early life of the famous actor Kenneth Branagh. Born in the same year your expert guide’s life mirrors almost exactly that of Branagh’s of poverty, growing up in the midst of the Troubles and watching first hand the riots, burnings and murders that was 1969 Belfast. This tour not only takes you to the locations of Branagh’s story in the movie it also takes you to the locations of some of the most horrific murders that happened on the streets of Belfast witnessed by your guide. Your guide also appears in the movie in the scene of children playing on the Peaceline in 1970s and on the tour you’ll discover that growing up in Belfast then was dangerous but also the exciting, sad and also darkly funny in a Belfast kind of way.
Political & History Tour with a Historian and College Lecturer
From £15 (per person)
A Personal Political and Historical Tour with a Published Historian/Professional Guide
This tour visits and explains the major sites of conflict in Belfast before taking customers to the fascinating walls and murals that is the ongoing legacy of the ‘Troubles. ‘
The tour is undertaken by a qualified teacher, author and lecturer in Irish history and includes first-hand accounts of the killings, murders, and bombings of an inter-community conflict that has been ongoing for over 250 years. The tour is guided by an expert in the field of Conflict Resolution who was a combatant in Belfast during the 1966-97 Troubles and who is a lecturer and professional tour guide in conflict studies.
The tour will finish with a short walking tour of Belfast City Centre and will also include a visit to historic pub to complete the tour.
This tour is supported by free downloadable resources that can be used to enhance the tour’s experience or used in a further academic study if required and you can view the guide’s academic work in his latest publication ‘Religion, Riots & Rebels’.
My Troubled Past the Lived Experience of the Troubles
Belfast Lad Tours offer a unique tour experience that tells the history, background and consequences of the ‘Troubles’ in Ulster from 1966 – 2013. Francis Higgins takes you on a personal journey of his story as he survived a bomb attack and two incidents where those beside him were murdered in cold blood. He tells his story of watching as his great uncle drew the line of the current Peacewalls on his mother’s coffee table in 1969 and his loss of two family members to the conflict. His first reaction was revenge but that was tempered by his mother and he then joined the British Army and served in Ulster on the streets of Belfast. He tells of his bitterness that turned to anger that was shaped by the British Army into becoming part of Ulster’s counter terrorism strategy. His story however is one of understanding and hope not hate as he later qualified with a Master’s Degree in History and taught Irish History as part of the European Union’s Peace initiative. Francis ended up teaching Irish history the very areas he once patrolled and now works with those he once considered as his enemies and who are now his friends. Francis completes his journey of political and academic transition with the story of his grandson Francis Finn Higgins a baby born to a new generation of Irish Citizen’s in an Ireland still with unresolved issues but with its people committed to resolving those issues in the political area and no longer at the point of a gun.
Political History Tours and Lectures for Students and Teachers
£15 (max 25 people)
Belfastlad Tours deliver expert combatant Troubles Related Tour Experiences
Belfastlad has been delivering accurate, informative and relevant tours to students and the general public for over 20 years. Our tours are based on real life lived experiences and are challenging which is why we also offer short background lectures at the starting venue or at a university lecturer theatre. The tours are timed to allow participants to understand the difficult and long background to the Troubles which goes back many generations.We also provide step on tour university accrediated guides for coaches as well as private tours for up to six people and general tours in V Class Mercedes for up to 29 participants. Our work is fully validitated for referencing and there are also historical works by our guides on the sectarian history of Belfast and indeed Ireland itself
Thomas from California's Review
“If I could could give this man more than 5 Stars I would, his passion and knowledge are second to none. This was the best trip my wife and I have ever been on.”
Donna from Washington's Review
“This day we spent in Belfast with Frank (Francis H.) was one of the highlights of my entire trip. I could not have asked for a better day. So fortunate to be able to experience Belfast this way. I feel like I made a friend for life.”
Rachael from New York's Review
“Frances was an outstanding guide. We saw the beautiful coastline and ancient castles too. We would highly recommend him as this was the perfect day.”
Seb from Honolulu's Review
“The best thing is having a private guide, he asked what was important for us to see. I didn’t care too much about touring Bushmills, we drove by, but skipped it and spent more time at Giants Causeway and the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. For the price we paid for 6 of us – there was just nothing on the ship as far as excursions that would’ve compared. Everyone must do this tour while in Belfast!”
“We gained so much in not only seeing exciting locations but also just got a very memorable experience that we will never forget and took home with us a greater understanding and knowledge of Northern Ireland. I recommend this tour and Frank as a tour guide you will NOT be disappointed by, no matter how bad the weather may be.” Genette (New York)