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West Belfast


Though scarred by three decades of civil unrest, the former battleground of West Belfast is one of the most compelling places to visit in Northern Ireland. Falls Rd and Shankill Rd are adorned with famous murals expressing local political and religious passions, and divided by the infamous Peace Line, separating Catholic and Protestant communities. Take a taxi tour of the district, or pick up a map from the tourist office and explore on foot.

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1. Sinn Féin Headquarters

0.16 MILES

The red-brick Sinn Féin Headquarters has the famous mural of a smiling Bobby Sands, the hunger striker who was elected as MP for West Belfast just a few…

2. Conway Mill

0.29 MILES

Conway Mill is a restored 19th-century flax mill that now houses artists' studios and work spaces for local enterprises. It also contains the Eileen…

4. Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

0.35 MILES

Housed in a red-brick, former Presbyterian church, this Irish language and cultural centre is the focus for West Belfast's community activity. It's a cosy…

5. Solidarity Wall

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The Solidarity Wall is a collection of murals expressing Republican sympathies with, among others, the Palestinians, the Kurds and the Basques.

6. Peace Line

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The most visible sign of the divisions that have scarred the area for so long are the so-called 'peace walls' that controversially divide Belfast's…

7. Grand Opera House

0.81 MILES

One of Belfast's great Victorian landmarks is the Grand Opera House. Opened in 1895 and completely refurbished in the 1970s, it sustained severe IRA-bomb…

8. Crown Liquor Saloon

0.83 MILES

There are not many historical monuments that you can enjoy while savouring a pint of Guinness, but the National Trust's Crown Liquor Saloon is one of them…