Named Top 5 in the UK by TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards for 2019, DC Tours run an award-winning city centre walking tour and a live, ‘Online Experience’ which explore the history of the Troubles and the path to peace.
In response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic DC Tours has created a new and unique live Online Experience – ‘The History of the Troubles’ for travellers who can’t travel right now.
No matter where in the world you are, you can now join DC Tours for a fully interactive two-hour virtual tour, all you need is a laptop or tablet and an internet connection. Hosted by Paul Donnelly (Top UK Tour Guide 2019 – World Guide Awards), the experience is made up of two parts, a 60 minute audio visual presentation and virtual tour of Northern Ireland which will explain the history of the conflict known as the Troubles and also the path to peace and a fully interactive Q&A and discussion session where you can engage with Paul, ask questions and learn about our life experiences. Total duration is expected to be between 90 minutes and two hours.
The total experience will allow you to discover the events which led up to violence breaking out in the 1960s, the realities of growing up and living your life in the time, the peace and reconciliation work achieved in the last 20 years and what the future may bring.
DC Tours promises an enriching, amazing, engaging, educational and powerful experience which will make you want to visit them to discover even more!
Running daily at 10.30am, ‘A History of Terror’ starts at Belfast City Hall where your expert guide will explain how and why the Troubles started and then over two hours and 15 minutes you will visit seven locations in the city centre where some of the most important events of the conflict occurred. The tour allows you to explore and understand the most turbulent period in Belfast's recent past and what it was like to grow up and live here during the Troubles.
Whilst walking through the Cathedral Quarter and finishing on the banks of the River Lagan, the tour will also explain the peace-building process and demonstrate the reconciliation and regeneration which has taken place in the city since the ceasefires in the 1990s.
The tour is recognised as being unbiased, objective and historically accurate. It is suitable for all visitors to Belfast, regardless of how much or little you already know of our troubled past. DC Tours’ guides are among the most knowledgeable conflict historians in Northern Ireland and ready to answer all of your questions.
The tour is a way for you to scratch the surface and get a real feel for the history of the city. Many guests say they have felt transported back in time through the rich and detailed story-telling. You will witness how far the city has come since those dark days and see Belfast in a new light.
‘A History of Terror’ is rated as ‘5 Stars - Outstanding’ by Tourism Northern Ireland. It was Highly Commended at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards in 2019 in the category ‘Authentic NI Experience of the Year’. Lead guide, Paul Donnelly, was named ‘Top UK Tour Guide’ at the Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2019. The tour was awarded fourth place at TripAdvisor’s ‘Traveller’s Choice’ Awards for Activities in the United Kingdom in 2019 – the highest rated attraction outside London.
Afternoon tours starting at 2pm are also available from Thursday to Monday inclusive between June and September.
Private group bookings can also be accommodated for groups of eight or more and DC Tours has an extensive range of tours and activities for schools and university groups.
Tickets are available from Visit Belfast Welcome Centre. Visit deadcentretours.com for tour and Online Experience schedules and prices
The History of the Troubles is a live, interactive, online experience created by the award-winning Belfast tour company DC Tours.