Join me for an exploration of Belfast's - and Ireland's - troubled past as I take you on a journey through 1500 years of history. After a short exploration around the City Hall area we set off on a circular tour around the town. I show you places off the beaten track; we walk our oldest streets and stand at the site of mighty battles where we hear of political intrigue and revolution. Having lived through the recent troubles, I was witness to many of the major events as they occured. I will share with you stories of old Belfast, and throw in a wee bit of gossip for good measure. We will visit the Linen Quarter; the old markets area; the ancient docklands and walk through the entries and Cathedral Quarter. We'll see fabulous street art; our earliest places of worship and hear of the city's "near miss" with the slave trade. Using old photos and illustrations, I will help you experience the city in a unique fashion, covering many more points of interest and covering more ground as we see how our city rose from a small, highly contested river crossing to one of the mighiest industrial cities in the world. Join me for an unforgettable tour where you will hear about dates and facts and figures and buildings but it is also about enjoyment as we bring Belfast and its rich cultural heritage to life.
I am a Belfast man who has lived, worked and raised my family in the city where I taught history at college level. I know the place and the people who make up this fascinating town and I look forward to sharing their stories with you. As a guide, I am very fortunate in combining my love of meeting new people with a great love for Belfast, which I show off to its fullest advantage in this informative and entertaining tour.
We will walk around the City Hall area before setting off at a gentle pace to explore some of Belfast's fascinating cultural and historical icons. I provide a running narrative as we walk, pointing out places of interest as I tell you the reasons why we find ourselves such a troubled nation. As we walk, we talk. I am happy to answer all questions as I help you explore our beautiful city.
Belfast History walking tour