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.


View Belfast in a larger map

Map Key:
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

Useful Links

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.

6 part series detailing a Belfast Black Taxi tour
Large gallery of Belfast murals and what they represent

Belfast Black Taxi Tour photos

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Our Taxi on the Falls Road

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Divis Flats on the Falls Road – Home to British Army base on the roof

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Falls Road murals

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Falls Road murals

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

 

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Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Old Sinn Féin Headquaters. Bobby Sands – was an Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and member of the British Parliament who died on hunger strike while imprisoned in HM Prison Maze

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Outside the Old Sinn Féin Headquaters

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Directly opposite Old Sinn Féin Headquaters

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

The church where secret peace talks took place

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Memorial to the inocent, Bombay Street

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Memorial to the inocent, Bombay Street

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Bombay Street

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Memorial to the inocent and peaceline wall (nationalist side)

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Peace Line wall from the opposite side

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Titanic mural

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

This mural commemorates the importance of the army/other defence groups throughout the history of the Shankill.

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

UVF – Ulster Volunteer Force, blamed for the killing of Lt Jackie Coulter (below)

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

1960 Battle of the Boyne. Won by King William and ultimately helped ensure the continuation of Protestant supremacy in Ireland

Black Taxi Tour, Belfast

Lt Jackie Coulter mural on Shankill estate – UDA (Ulster Defence Association) member

Ireland Roadtrip Day 1 Video, inc Black Taxi Tour: