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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with 48-Hour Pass
"See the sights of Belfast on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 20 total stops and the entire route takes approximately 1 hour. The bus departs eve Belfast has become a lively friendly and welcoming place for the visitor with a rich history and culture.City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Stops: Castle Place Customs House Odyssey Arena Titanic Belfast Titanic Dock and Pumphouse Parliament Buildings """With this 48-hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker City Sightseeing bus you can see the Wall Murals in Falls Road and Crumlin Road
From GBP13.00
 
City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with 48-Hour Pass
"See the sights of Belfast on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 20 total stops and the entire route takes approximately 1 hour. The bus departs eve Belfast has become a lively friendly and welcoming place for the visitor with a rich history and culture.City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Stops: Castle Place Customs House Odyssey Arena Titanic Belfast Titanic Dock and Pumphouse Parliament Buildings """With this 48-hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker City Sightseeing bus you can see the Wall Murals in Falls Road and Crumlin Road
From GBP13.00
 
Belfast Day Trip from Dublin
"Starting from a central Dublin location your day trip departs early to beat the traffic on the drive north to Belfast. In the mid-morning you’ll enter Northern Ireland and reach Belfast the country’s capital city. Here you will have a guided coach tour of Belfast City where you'll be shown the Belfast peace walls that act as peace lines between the Catholic and Protestant communities. Look out for the wall murals that tell stories of community disputes from both sides of the fence.After a light-hearted introdu you’ll have approximately two hours to spend at leisure and your guide will happily offer directions to recommended lunch spots. Suggested Belfast attractions for you to see include Belfast Cathedral (also known as St Anne’s Cathedral)
From EUR45.00

The Troubles Tips (4)

The sectarian divide

Dave Allen, the Irish comic, used to tell this joke :

"What is the fastest game in the world" ?

Answer : Pass-the-parcel in a Belfast pub.

Many people have some very strange ideas about personal safety in Northern Ireland - and will not visit out of a sense of misplaced fear.

It is, of course, true that there have been disturbances, bombs and shooting in the past, but your chances of being caught up in anything nowadays are extremely remote.

In the centre of cities such as Belfast , the Catholics and Protestants mix freely. In surrounding areas ( Shankhill rd / Falls rd ) the sectarian divides are very obvious as the whole place will be painted Gold, green and white in Catholic areas and Red white and Blue in Protestant ones.

In such places, any discussion of politics should be avoided and any clothing that could be considered inappropriate : e.g it would be suicidal to wear Union Jack Shorts in a Catholic area or a Green Irish Jersey in a Protestant one.

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sourbugger
Mar 28, 2007

times gone by

This image perhaps will give you an idea of what times used to be like in Belfast...as you can see the building in the background had its interior destroyed by a bomb. This was quite comon place in the city center throughout the 80's and it was something people had to watch out for whilst shopping. Thsi picture is an old picture taken on Ann Street Belfast during the early 80's....it hasnt changed much since then although alot of the shops are different and that bombed building has been redecored....and we have moved on fashion wise:)....

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made_ofstone
Oct 08, 2003

During our visit to Belfast...

During our visit to Belfast over the Easter holidays weekend, violence broke out in the northern part of the city. The only evidence we had was the news, a helicopter flying overhead during the day monitoring the area, and police cars at night at high speeds. We never saw nor heard anything personally. We walked the streets, Falls Road, at night, late--2:00, 3:00 am---and never felt unsafe.

crobut
Aug 26, 2002

Do not take photographs of...

Do not take photographs of police stations, armed personnel, military checkpoints or anything you have to question whether it is allowable. If you see an unattended package, get away from it as quickly as possible. Do not get into political conversations with the locals since you don't necessarily know what side you are talking to and how deeply the person you are talking with is involved in local politics.

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Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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