For those cruise ship visitors to Belfast, looking for a fun and interesting day tour, we offer private Belfast shore excursions to the world-famous West Belfast murals, from the comfort of a authentic London style black taxi or executive vehicle.
Frequently featured on television, this award winning Belfast City political and mural tour is for those passengers arriving into Belfast Port on Cruise Ships, that want to get a local’s insight into the Troubles and learn about the political history of Belfast. Travelling along the Loyalist Shankill Road, Republican Falls Road and the ‘Peace Walls’ that separate them, our Belfast shore excursions tour of the Belfast Murals explains the history of each wall mural and the stories behind these murals. Passengers get to experience first-hand the raw side of historic Belfast City, and its colourful and troubled past, with local guides who have lived through the troubles and have many intimate stories and local knowledge to share. We are the only Belfast Black Taxi Tours Company jointly owned by Protestant and Catholic owners, and this enables us to give customers an unbiased Belfast Political and mural tour, where passengers get to hear both sides of the stories and events from ‘The Troubles’.
This amazing Belfast City shore excursion day tour collects passengers from the cruise ship at Belfast port on time. The excursion tour departs Belfast Port 30 minutes after the cruise ship has docked. Suitable for cruise ship visitors that want to avoid waiting at the port, especially when time is limited with a tour more personal in kind. This tour provides ample photo stop opportunities and there is even the opportunity to sign your name on the world-famous Peace Wall, that has divided catholic and protestant communities in Belfast for years.
At the end of the excursion tour, passengers are transported back to Belfast Port and the Belfast cruise ship in time for departure. We are one of Northern Ireland’s leading tour companies, offering award winning tours, where any group size can be handled and we can adjust our times to suit every client need. Please do not hesitate to give us a call on 028 9558 2072 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your excursion tour requirements.
Directly from and to the cruise ship at Belfast Port, Northern Ireland
(Please note, there is an additional charge of £15 each way for cruise ship pickup and drop off)
We guarantee passengers will arrive back at the cruise ship and Belfast Port on time for departure.
Your Belfast Murals Tour begins in the Shankill Road area of Belfast which is (Protestant/British), where your Black Taxi Cab driver will explain a detailed history of the area. We begin in 1690, when King William the 3rd arrived in Ireland to defeat King James the 2nd at the famous Battle Of The Boyne. There will then be an explanation about the recent troubles, which started in 1969 and ended when the peace agreement was signed in 1998.
You will go for a short walk around the area, where your black taxi cab driver will explain the loyalist wall murals and what they represent. You will have the opportunity to take your own photographs of the Belfast murals.
The peace walls were designed to separate the Catholic (Nationalist) and Protestant (Unionist) populations in Belfast. The first ‘peace lines’ were erected, following the outbreak of violence in 1969 in Northern Ireland.
They were built as temporary structures, meant to last only six months. Due to their effective nature they were built higher, longer and made permanent and are still here today. The peace walls are adorned with art and messages of hope from tourists.
You will visit Clonard Martyrs Memorial garden in Bombay Street in the black taxi cab tour. Bombay Street in Belfast is where some say the modern troubles began, when Catholics were burnt out of their homes. This is also where the Provisional IRA was formed. Each section of this garden will be explained in detail and the reasons it exists.
The next stop on the tour will be Sinn Fein press office, which is the site of the iconic Bobby Sands mural. You will hear about the history of the Irish hunger strike in the Maze Prison in 1981.
The final stop will be the International Wall, where you will see a variety of different murals. The murals have a general theme of ‘highlighting oppression’ – from the race riots in America in 1969 to current events in Palestine.
Prices start from £37 for 1 – 2 people. Larger group booking are also catered for up to 7 people in total.
For peace of mind, you can request an invoice to pay in advance. Alternatively you can also pay a deposit online to reserve the tour and then pay the remainder with cash on the day of your tour. The choice is yours.
The Belfast Political Mural Tour typically lasts for 90 minutes.
Yes, wheelchair friendly cabs are available. If you have any disabled needs, please make us aware at the time of booking so the appropriate vehicles can be provided.
We can collect you and drop you off at your cruise ship or at various locations in Belfast City Centre. Please inform us of your preference at the time of booking.
*Additional fees apply for locations outside of Belfast City Centre.