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By: Belfast Attractions
Certificate of Excellence
Very interesting tour in a black taxi across Belfast with Sean MC, our driver and guide. He knows so well the history of Belfast and he was very nice. We recommend !
Excellent Way To Spend A Morning In Belfast
This is a must-do activity when you are in Belfast. Brendan gave us a a very interesting and informative tour of west Belfast - explained the history of the area brilliantly, answered all of our questions candidly, and provided what felt like a very un-biased introduction to The Troubles. This is definitely a highlight of any trip to Belfast!
We had a tour with JK. His knowledge and enthusiasm for his city and political history was amazing and we learnt so much! Peace to all 😘
Thoroughly enjoyed this informative tour with Sean Mc. Will be leaving Belfast with a much better understanding of the troubles, this beautiful city and its amazing people. Thanks Sean.
An Absolute Must
This was our first visit to Northern Ireland and our driver and tour guide Sean Mac was fantastic. It was an eye opening experience to hear about the effects of Irish Independence on the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The Black Taxi Tour was also a wonderful way to see Belfast with someone who knows the area. He offered explanations for why things were the way they were and are, hope for the future, and some pretty logical solutions to try to bring about peace (at least they seemed logical to an outsider).
It was especially sobering to see the Peace Wall and hear that it is still used to this day. We had no idea.
Sean was fantastic, and going on our discussions with him about our trip in general, the next day we actually back tracked and made sure to see Slieve League before leaving Ireland.
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The reality is unfathomable, by former Berlin intelligence officer
I'd no idea what to expect; only that it was the most compelling activity as a former U.S intelligence specialist in Berlin during the early 80's. Padraig was my driver. He has spent his entire life in the midst of what can only be called a crisis. His story steals your breath at times. He easily takes you back in time as many of us were alive during the events that took place here in Belfast and remember if only vaguely, news about the events. His honesty helps the client feel more empathetic with objectivity and cool rationality. At times, the silence of 5 seconds seems like a lifetime because you're just starting to see the big picture. The tour was the perfect length for the different historical attractions, but extension options might be reviewed since it's so easy to develop a more focused interest on particular sites and wish there were an extra 15-30 minutes. This tour opened my eyes to a real-world dilemma I never knew permeated a western society to the primal core of it's existence. A higher recommendation, I could not possibly give.
Very Moving and Unforgettable Experience
Our driver on a September Saturday was Patrick, an articulate, humorous, passionate man, rich with tales of the Troubles and their impact on Irish culture. Patrick is a born and raised Belfast resident, sharing tales of his family alongside encyclopedic recounts of a war for the soul of the Republic. He often stopped the car, climbed into the back of the cab with us, showed us period photos of British-occupied Belfast and Derry to illustrate his stories, and brought the experience to us in raw, immediate ways. The contrast between Belfast/Ireand's past and present, the Union vs Republic viewpoints (brought alive by murals, memorials and flags from both sides of the conflict, from the Falls to Shankill Roads), and the fractures caused by wrestling religion with politics were evoked through Patrick's wise storytelling. A complete and essential experience, for anyone wishing to know a culture still seeking to settle its unsettling history. Thanks for an amazing experience, Patrick!
Eye openings experience
We did the Political Mural Tour this morning with Sean Mc and it was great to say the least. Sean was really knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions and give a local perspective. We certainly learned a lot about the history of the Troubles and their impact on all sides of the conflict. He went out of his way to accomodate us.
I would very much recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn about Belfast
Second time around as good as the first!
Better late than never but my brother and sister and I vacationed in Ireland for 3 weeks last year. My sister and I had been there the year before on a briefer visit. Our first tour with the Black Taxis left my sister and I extremely affected by the history and by the story telling about the Irish IRA and British “troubles” by our drivers, the locations we saw and felt, and the thoughts and followup research I did after we returned home.
I didn’t think I could again see Belfast in that way, choosing to focus on the harbor area, The Titanic museum, the northern regions such as Giant’s Causeway. However, I found myself drawn back to Falls Road and the area of the historic turmoil and I couldn’t not give my brother the same opportunity to experience what my sister and I had experienced the year previous.
Our first tour was so unexpected and enlightening and caused so great an effect on my sister and me, that being mostly the result of our driver/guide, whose name I didn’t write down, unfortunately. He was serious, factual, and shared many photos. He also shared with us, only after I questioned him, that he had been an IRA member who had been in the Crumlin Road Prison at the same time as was Bobby Sands. I cried on that tour, I got nauseous on that tour, and I will never forget the effect that tour made on me.
The second BlackTaxi tour a year later (October 2018) with my brother felt different. The tour was more “touristy”. During one stop, we parked at the same lot as a year earlier and there were several Black and White taxis parked there. The tour guides/drivers visited with one another as we, the tourist, walked around or took photos. That felt too touristy to me. Our guide on this second trip was terrific but a completely different personality than the first guide. This second guide, Brendan, was very outgoing and talkative. He said he was involved in the “troubles” too, but his ability to relate to us wasn’t raw, he was much more relaxed and non-constricted. The guides were just different.
I did appreciate that Brendan took us to the church that was a safe haven for fighters, I just can’t remember the name. While in that church, I felt the safeness, the sanctuary.
In summary, the Black Taxi tours of Belfast are a necessity for anyone who appreciates history and has the heart to honor the loss of life that occurred in Northern Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s.
Black Taxi Tours
We took the Black Taxi Tour on Monday, August 19th. Patrick was our driver. He had so much information and was extremely courteous and friendly. We took this tour on suggestion of friends. I was extremely happy with Patrick's presentation and would recommend him to future visitors.
Kathleen Ryan Uranker Pittsburgh PA
Belfast is great
Lots of things to do & see, great city, friendly people and lots of history - Titanic Museum great, Linnen Hall Library, City Hall, The Europa, the Crown, Black Cab tours, it's a great city, lots to do & see
Back cab tours
Patrick was informative,passionate, relevant and totally adaptable to us and our questions. Absolutely loved this tour and would highly recommend it. Must do in Belfast.
Sean Mc was our driver and extremely knowledgeable, adding his own personal touch. The tour was incitefull and thought provoking. I would highly recommend this tour and Sean our driver.
We booked on line and received an email confirmation from Lisa within 30 minutes to confirm our pick up place and time.
Thank you to Sean Mc and Belfast tours for enlightening our stay. The Grays (Liverpool).
Highlight of trip to Belfast
Very interesting and sobering way to understand history of Belfast and the Troubles. Saw both Shankhill and Falls Road areas, murals, peace wall and a lovely cathedral. The driver was wonderfully informed and presented both sides of the story and how people living in the city feel about many things. Value for money and idela way to spend a half day ( 2 hours). Very popular to book a few days ahead.
What a learning experience..!
Our driver guide, Brendan, gave us a truly fascinating look at the history of the Troubles in Belfast, offering multiple points of view as well as personal experiences. Even though it was not part of the official tour, he very kindly offered to drive us to a neighborhood in Belfast where my family once lived before emigrating. In addition to the past, Brendan talked to us about Belfast's present and future. An enlightening experience we highly recommend.