Front gates of Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square North
25th + 31st March: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Led by Paul ‘Donzo’ Donnelly, ‘A History of Terror’ is an award-winning 2.5 hour walking tour explaining the history of the Troubles through the stories of seven sites in Belfast city centre where major incidents occurred.
You will learn how the Troubles began, how it unfolded over the next 30 years, what it was like to live here and how it’s legacy still impacts our daily lives. As you walk through the city centre, Cathedral Quarter and end by the banks of the Lagan you will also witness how far the city has come since those dark days.
A History of Terror is not only the number one walking tour in the city (TripAdvisor), but also as one of the most unbiased, engaging and accessible insights into the conflict for visitors of nearly all ages.
Between 1968 and 1998 Belfast City Centre was the setting for many tragic incidents of ‘the Troubles’. Our unique walking tour of the City Centre visits the actual sites of some of the most significant events.
This is not a sightseeing tour in the strictest sense, (although you will discover art, architecture, bars and museums in parts of the city you may not otherwise have found). There is no physical reminder or legacy of the incidents involved. Belfast City Centre is now an active, vibrant place, far removed from the time when it was secured with a ring of steel and security checkpoints at every entry point.
The tour examines the dark past of our city through historical accounts and the stories of those involved. Our walking tour allows you to get a real feel for the history of the city, – many of our guests say they have felt transported back in time through the rich and detailed story-telling.
It offers total locational authenticity: we will bring you to the sites of many of the most significant incidents in the history of the Troubles, such as Bloody Friday, when 23 car bombs were driven into the city, resulting in a huge loss of life. It is then for you to decide whether these incidents have left an invisible but indelible mark on our city.
The tour will allow you to explore the darkest period in Belfast’s recent past and also appreciate the reconciliation and regeneration which has taken place. It is honest, accurate, objective and enthralling.
Paul is a Belfast native born in 1968. A qualified teacher, he has extensive experience as a mediator in interface peace-building and community transformation projects and delivered history programmes for victims and survivor groups across Northern Ireland.
Please note numbers are limited.
Age 12+ recommended.