belfast the movie tour

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 exciting, sad and also darkly funny in a Belfast kind of way.

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Belfast the Movie Personal Tour

John JohnThis tour lasts up to two hours and covers the background to the Northern Ireland Conflict before covering the events that led up to the beginning of the ‘Troubles.’ Your guide appears in the movie when he was a ten year old boy in Boundary Street and his past mirrors that of Brannaghs except his family stayed in the troubled streets.  You can see your guides family home in the movie and you will also visit the street and see the bullet holes still there from the 1960s and 70s. The tour then covers the story of the conflict from someone who experienced gun attacks, bombs and the sectarian riots that marked the period.  This is a unique tour that involves details of some the attacks and murders the author experienced that led to his volunteering for the British Army in Ulster.  The tour takes you to the locations of these terrible events and puts participants on the spot of some of the most horrific murders carried out at the time where the killings are demostrated in graphic detail (please note this tour may not be suitable for under 14 Year Olds.)   The tour ends with the authors involvment at a political level post ceasefires and his work on cross community history and storytelling in the past 20 years.  The tour is carried out in a luxury Mercedes V Class vehicle fitted with audio enhancement.  Each tour includes:

– The author’s family involvment in the creation of the first Peacewalls

– Your guides story on watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the ABC Picture House and Fish and Chips in John Long’s

– Looting a tin of yellow paint and getting a hammering from his mum

– Loyalist Paramilitary attacks on the Lower Falls area in the 1970s

– The destruction and looting of a Catholic owned pub in Boundary Street

– The Rev Ian Paisley’s visit to the family home and the rioting afterwards

– The Peace Process and Good Friday Agreement

– Reconcilliation

 

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!”

 

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