But you'll find that a lot of our working class areas are still quite segregated. Notable people who have undertaken this same Black Cab Tour in the past include Anthony Bourdain, Vince Vaughn and George Negus. I highly recommend this tour company if you're going to tour Belfast. Their deep knowledge of and understanding of customs and culture will give you a local perspective on Northern Ireland. A strange equilibrium has existed in Belfast since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
The end of our black cab tour took us to the Falls Road and one of the most famous Belfast murals. Being the Official Black Taxi Tours operator we will give you the confidence that your tour of our city will be fun, friendly, educational, value-for-money and unpredictable! It was a fantastic experience and a must do to do in Belfast! For more than 60 years, the Troubles have plagued Northern Ireland — an outgrowth of the century-long political conflict over the rule of the country. You'll have plenty of opportunities. Bring a camera, and take lots of pictures. Our Northern Ireland tour allowed you to choose this or the Titanic Experience Museum. Somehow before we arrived at this stop, I had always thought the murals were meant primarily to memorialize and tell the story of the rebels who wanted Northern Ireland to join its neighbor to the south.
He never rushed any parts at let us view the Murals for as long as we wanted. Subscribe to ThePlanetD for travel videos every Tuesday and Thursday! Our friendly guides are prepared to answer your questions and provide you with insider tips for the best places to shop, dine and stay after your tour. Visit Carrickfergus Castle, beautiful Carnlough, Cushendall, some of the most famous Game Of Thrones filming locations, including Ballintoy Harbour and the Dark Hedges, and visit the magificent Giants Causeway, a natural phenomenon of 40,000 basalt columns that stretch out to the sea. The extent to which religion plays a role in current animosities varies, but in recent years political identity has undoubtedly been the main driving factor. Travel West for a political tour; visit the Queen's Quarter for the architecture and even more history of the city.
Not only did Pat talk about the tour but he also is lovely to talk to and took interest in our own lives. In its place, the built a memorial with three critical words — Remember, Respect, Resolution. This was a real eye-opening tour. Laura and the man himself, Paddy Campbell Our first stop was The Shankill Road that runs through a mostly Loyalist working-class area. I would strongly recommend a black cab tour of the murals! As we approached the first group of murals, the loyalty to the Crown was obvious. A little further from the Shankill in the Hopewell Crescent is other evidence of re-imaging — a mural showing Martin Luther and the origins of Protestant religion. We went on the black cab tour as part of a larger tour of Northern Ireland that departed from Dublin.
We were able to see the walls and places where the bonfires happen. I am so glad that we stayed an extra morning to make sure we could experience the tour. Information fail 3 came when we realized that the murals get painted over. The tour was about 1. Your tour guide will meet you at the ship and drive to an area of outstanding beauty along the North Antrim Coast. It was a wonderful 2-hour informative and fun even though there is certainly much sad history in Belfast tour through town.
Booking the tour was very easy, we booked it the morning of the tour and he was there at 10:30 am waiting for us outside our hotel! You'll see many more loyalist murals when the black cab travels into East Belfast. You'll see many telling political murals and share in stories from those who lived through the conflict. Our first was promoted as telling both sides, but was really Catholic-oriented. For the last three decades, we have been the number one choice when visitors to Belfast are looking for a local taxi tour that will educate them and show them the tapestry of political murals that tell the story of the conflict in Northern Ireland. In fact, some change quite frequently, especially when change is made in the name of peace. . They are such that any gates along the peace walls are still locked every night.
Look no further than the Belfast Black Cab Tour. I am sure all of their guides are great, but go ahead and see if you can get Mark to show you around. The murals of the Shankill Road area are no less vibrant and symbolic than those of The Falls. Travelling by black taxi you'll see various political murals depicting The Troubles and other historical events from a republican perspective. You will be picked up from the Jurys Inn on your chosen date and time. Where relevant, your black cab guide provide background insight into the subjects depicted.
It's bewildering to drive through Belfast and hear stories about the conflicts in the city and realize that it happened less than 20 years ago and the person telling the story isn't reading something from a history book - they lived it. I really appreciated Charlie's effort to be even handed and help me understand all sides of the picture, even tho he was raised seeing soldiers in the street as an everyday occurrence. Leave all that up to us! Travel through the areas you've seen on television exploring the murals on both sides of the community, Loyalist and Republican from a historical perspective. To see the murals and memorials that commemorated the lives that were lost is humbling. The front seat is definitely the place to be if you want to see everything that is being pointed out during the drive.
Along with talking about the history on both sides, he also related personal stories about how the country is slowly coming together. This tour has a 24-hour closeout period to help control participant numbers. Locations on the tour include Falls Road and Shankill Road, two communities still separated by the looming 'peace walls'. Our Belfast Taxi Tours are always informative and light hearted. I have a whole new understanding of the Troubles and how much remains to be done. Perhaps the most conspicuous testament to the ongoing divide is the presence of the infamous Peace Walls or Lines. I wish everyone could experience this tour and then maybe we would begin to appreciate the difficulty of achieving permanent peace in Northern Ireland.
You could enjoy taking in the legendary Bushmills Distillery — the oldest licenced distillery in the world, the magnificent Giants Causeway or the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Other Sites On The Taxi Tour: It's not just murals you'll encounter on the Black Cab Taxi Tour, certain buildings have a strong connection to the events of the 20th century. Our drivers can pick you up at any specified location and drop you off after the tour has finished at any desired location. Even with all of the beautiful scenery we saw later, this was the most memorable part of our time in Northern Ireland. Game of Thrones — A must see tour for any Game of Thrones fan. You do not pay for the tour before the tour commences, you pay at the end after you are satisfied and happy with the service provided. They are side by side divided only by the long concrete wall known as the Peace Wall.