We booked this walking tour about 6 to 8 weeks before arriving. After scanning through many of the tours available on the Booking.com app, I saw the description of this walking tour and thought it looked very interesting, a good price, and, fitted in with our plans.
After we'd arrived in Belfast, settled into our hotel and relaxed a bit, we met Marty at 6pm at the Belfast Town Hall entrance. I found him easily. Much to our surprise and delight, we were Marty's only guests! Yay! We had a local tour guide all to ourselves!
Marty then walked us all around central Belfast, explaining the rich maritime history of Belfast, the stunning Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and explained to us at length about Northern Irish history. Perfect for history-buffs like us.
Along the way (as it did rain a bit!) Marty took us into a couple famous cafes and pubs, explaining the details of these magnificent buildings. He also gave us loads of tips about where to eat, drink, stay, other things to do and see in 'booming' Belfast. We used a couple of his tips for eating and drinking the next day.
Marty was everything one wants in a tour guide: knowledgeable, open to questions, friendly, looking out for our welfare. He assessed our knowledge of Northern Ireland and any feature that we wanted to hear about.
We both gained much invaluable knowledge about this interesting country, and we'll be back to visit - maybe Marty could take us on a political-historical walk around the murals and peace wall one day. I'd always been curious about Belfast and Northern Ireland from a young age, reading so many stories and movies about it, and, having to teach partially about it in a modern historical context at AS/A2 levels a few years ago, and Marty's Belfastology tour didn't disappoint. All what we wanted and more, at a really excellent price.
Thank you Marty,
Rorie and Andrew from London, UK.