There’s never any guarantee’s, but we should be fine. There hasnt been any trouble in a while, and June is usually when it stirs up a bit, not May.
… reassuring words from a man who grew up in Belfast at a very very difficult time and who now takes tourists on tours of the area in his black taxi. The words casually leave his mouth as we drive down what is historically one of the most violent and troublesome streets in Belfast – The Falls Road.
I love a tour. Yeah its a touristy thing to do, but whilst walking around a new city on my tod is fun, I usually have few ideas about the history of the area or what to look out for. Thats why I like the odd guided tour, i learn things, plus they also give me something to write about on this here site.
The Black Taxi tour my friends and I took whilst visiting Belfast on our Roadtrip around Ireland is definietly in the top 3 city tours i’ve ever taken! £10 for an hour and a half for a group consisting of 4 people, bargain (I believe it costs £15 each if there’s less than 4 in your group)! Some of the stories we were told on the tour were pretty gruesome and shocking, although slightly one sided. That said, it was interesting to hear stories of what happened from someone other than the BBC who obviously took the side of the Bristish Army. The tour revolved around the Falls Road, Shankill Road and Bombay Street areas. We visited countless murals, drove past the Divis flats where the British army operated from on the roof. We stood either side of the peaceline wall and went inside the memorial to the innocent on Bombay Street.
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Red Line - Falls Road Red Marker – Old Sinn Féin Headquaters
Blue Line - Shankill Road Blue Marker – Divis Flats
Green Line - Bombay Street
Purple Line - Peace wall, Cuper Way
If you’d like to know more about the black taxi tours of Belfast feel free to take a look at the external links below, otherwise have a scan through some of my photos or my video.
Belfast Black Taxi Tour photos