History Tours in Northern Ireland

by Jack Guy

Feb 13, 2019

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Northern Ireland has an interesting history, not least because of the sectarian violence known as the Troubles that lasted from the late 1960s until 1996.

These days you can get to know more about the history on a number of walking tours. One of the most famous is a daily one called “A History of Terror,” which describes the path to peace. It takes around two hours to complete the 1.5-mile route, which takes you past some of the most iconic sites from the time.

Another interesting aspect of this history is the murals, painted on the sides of buildings around town. Most of the murals are found in west Belfast, where the Protestant areas meet Catholic areas. Walking tours here explain the history of the murals and their importance in Northern Irish culture.

Those more interested in ancient history can take a tour around the archaeological sites. There is Newgrange, a burial site that dates to 3200 BC; The Hill of Tara, capital of the island until 1169; and the ancient coronation stone known as The Stone of Destiny. There is a huge amount of Irish history and mythology to learn about at each of these sites.


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