For thirty years, sectarian violence tore Belfast apart with bombings and shootings a common occurrence. More than 3,500 people were killed as nationalists and loyalists fought for the future of Northern Ireland. After the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, violence has decreased significantly but there have still been instances of bombings and riots throughout the years. As Belfast became safer the tourists started to visit the city and a dark tourism industry was created as people wanted to see the colourful murals from around the city and hear about the conflict and the death that occurred.
‘Touring the Divide’ investigates the motives behind this conflict tourism. Tour guides, victims and former prisoners all give their opinion about this kind of tourism to gauge whether visitors are welcome in the city and if this industry is helping Belfast move on from its troubled recent past.