Carole F.United States
Our tour of Belfast with Joe was superb. He was a remarkable guide with seemingly unlimited knowledge about the history of Belfast and "The Troubles." He was charming, courteous, and solicitous of our comfort. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Jeeez Carole, that was quick lol thank you for the excellent feedback much appreciated Joe
Gary ZaufUnited States
We went on 10 excursions during our UK trip and Joe was #1. Not only did he show us many exciting attractions, several of which were off the beaten path, but he held our attention for 9 hours with information about the Irish struggle and humorous stories. Our group of 8 all wish that we could have a person like Joe as our tour guide every time we explore a new land.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wow Gary what feedback that is. I am very honoured to receive such kind words Thank you Joe
John (I use my middle name, David) FlemmingUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John with the middle name David
Martin KrallUnited States
Excellent guide. Very informative. His personal experiences during the "Troubles" provided a fascinating perspective, but he tried very hard (and successfully) to be even-handed in describing the extremely, complex and volatile modern history of Northern Ireland. As a really valuable bonus, Joe carries a drone with him. That enabled us to get a birds-eye view of some fascinating sights that could not be seen from the customary tourist vantage points.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great review Martin Thank you both for your excellent company Joe
Christina BrittUnited States
Very friendly and pleasant. He went out of his way to make it a great day and customized the day to our individual desires. My parents came along and he showed them the bridge we went on with his vitural drone which they loved. He even provided snacks for the coastal drive to the causeway. First class tour guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Great review Thank you Joe
Sheila EppolitoUnited States
Joe knows the history, and is very good at sharing it. If you can book him, do it. You won't be disappointed.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you sheila
Stacie FredrikssonUnited States
Fantastic!! Joe was friendly, accommodating, and a wealth of knowledge about Belfast, it's history and people! Highly recommend this guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stacie That is prob the fastest review ever..lol You must have wrote that on the road to Dublin. Thank you Your kind words are most appreciated Joe
Pamela SmithUnited States
Joe was awesome. We could not have had a more entertaining guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you pamela It was lovely meeting the group Joe
Lori DewetterEl Paso, TX, United States
This was the best tour we have ever been on! Joe was absolutely fabulous. Picking 4 of us up at our Belfast hotel right on time, he drove us along the northwestern Irish coast to the Giants Causeway, stopping at many various points where we saw beautiful sights and views, including walking on an amazing rope bridge. Not only was he knowledgeable about everything we saw (showing us many Game of Thrones locations), he enlightened us on the political turbulence that Northern Ireland has experienced.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Fantastic review lori It was a fab day Thank you Joe
Timothy CarrUnited States
Joe told some of the best stories! We learned about the genesis of the IRA and what it was like living in Belfast during the turmoil. He had an absolutely hilarious story about a tea party and an IRA soldier running through the house. He kept the stories rolling and we learned a lot about the landscape of the north. We got to the rope bridge but we both opted not to cross it. So, Joe flew a drone out over the bridge and we wore viewing goggles to get a birdseye view. It was astonishing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tim Thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure meeting you both Joe
We give Joe's tour a 5 out of 5 rating. He was prompt, friendly, informative, funny and accommodating. He gave us an excellent tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you fay Much appreciated Joe
Joe is very friendly. He knows the subject very well and explain very clearly. He speaks slowly enough so that we can easily understand what he is saying (english is not our mother tongue). I learned a lot of things. Thanks Joe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
David SmitSouth Africa
This was the second day of our tour which took us to Northern Ireland via Giants Causeway. We continued our 1st day discussion about Irelands history, beliefs, religion, and how it affected so many lives. The countryside and historic castle, special views with a drone made the day go too quickly. Again Joe's passion showed and made the day very special. We can highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David Thank you for your company and wisdom..it was a real treat Joe
David SmitSouth Africa
We hired Joe for 2 days based on previously posted comments. Joe was extremely passionate shared his personal experience, was very keen to share his knowledge, past, present and future about Belfast. We traveled in style (warm) at a pace we could absorb the information. Apart from the tour we did 3 hours thru the Titanic experience at our pace. Joe, thank you for making our day an exceptional experience. We can highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you David It was a real entertaining day with you both Joe
Donna OrtegaUnited States
Joe was very engaging and helpful. He has very good knowledge of Ireland's history and is also a GOT fan so our non-GOT friends enjoyed themselves as well.
Heather SaulUnited States
Joe is a fantastic guide! He knows so much history and adapted the tour to our interests. I can't recommend him enough! We have been to Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede multiple times, but this was our favorite way to see the sights!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Heather It was my pleasure..I know you won't mind, but I've been telling your jokes all week..Thank you ;-) Joe
Gretchen A.United States
Joe did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend him. He is very knowledgeable and has a charming personality and great sense of humor. The history, personal stories, beautiful scenery along the coast, and the GOT sites for the fans in our group made for a fabulous day! This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland. We had some time constraints and Joe was very accommodating in adjusting pick up and drop off times. Thank you for a great day Joe!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gretchen Your kind words are most appreciated... Joe
Sherri HolmbergUnited States
Joe was a wonderful tour guide and driver. He was a wealth of information, he told fabulous stories. Even our 7 yo granddaughter said "Joe is amazing" Thank you for a great day. And Joe drove back to our house 2 hours after and delivered an item we left in the van.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sherri it was a delight meeting you all and very good company throughout the day joe
Kevin PenwardenSouth Africa
It was a terrific day - Joe is an extraordinarily good tour guide, great on all the history, wonderful anecdotes, sense of humor and much more
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you kevin
William RoderickUnited States
Joe was punctual, very personable, and extremely knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the conversations with Joe, he has a passion for Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you William I hope you enjoy the rest of your journeys on our little island Joe
Joe was very engaged and informed which made the tour both interesting and personal. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Karl BaileyUnited States
Joe is the best tour guide ever. Amazing knowledge and experience regarding northern Ireland. Fun to talk and laugh with throughout the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karl
JoAnn G.Cold Spring, MN, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you
Catherine RobertsANCASTER, ON, Canada
Fantastic tour and would highly recommend this guide. Lots of information and really takes care of his passengers. Sense of humour also. Great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Catherine A great review Gladly accepted Joe
Scott HalfordUnited States
We decided to do a private tour with theee of us for the day with Joe and what a great idea it turned out to be. Joe is a pro, has an encyclopedic knowledge of Irish history and his region and is downright funny and charming. We all adored the tour and Joe. Thanks Joe!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Scott i'm so relieved you got my jokes lol thank you joe
Maureen QuinnUnited States
I highly recommend the Belfast tour with Joe M. We had 8 people in our group and Joe went out of his way to accommodate us. Joe's knowledge of the history of Belfast gave us an amazing insight into the area. He introduced us to friends along the way making it a very personal experience. Thanks for a wonderful visit to Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Maureen A great family and i am happy to have met you all joe
Kathleen BurtonUnited States
Joe's tour was fantastic! Our family of 5 were thrilled with everything! From pick up to drop off Joe taught us about local history, citing great personal stories of what he and his family have experienced through years of change. He was able to get us places unattainable by the normal tour bus. We had the flexibility to alter our schedule around rain showers, too. The pictures and family experience of this tour will never be forgotten! Joe returned an hour after drop off to return a camera I had left!
Bonnie MollenUnited States
Our guide, Jason, was an engaging, fascinating man who was a wealth of information about all aspects of the "troubles". We thoroughly enjoyed our morning with him, and would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about life in Belfast during this difficult time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bonnie
Robert LangleyUnited States
Joe was an excellent guide. Great driver, knowledgeable, and entertaining. This was one of the best tours of our trip. I would recommend this tour to a friend.
Jennifer MichelUnited States
We booked two days back to back with Joe and this was our second day. Knowing little about the Troubles, it was fascinating and Joe handled a difficult history with both honesty and diplomacy. You don't really appreciate the size and diversity of Belfast without doing this tour of the City and its history. We loved the City, the people, including Joe, were so warm and welcoming and the food was excellent. Amazing to learn there is a wall with gates that shut in the evening. . . .
Jennifer MichelUnited States
Absolutely fabulous! Joe was great. He picked us up at the Fitzwilliam hotel, where the stars stayed during filming, and took care of us all day. We saw where the jewelry is made, even bought direwolf cuff links, saw multiple filming locations, the gorgeous northern coast of Ireland, Giant's Causway. . . As an added surprise, quite fortuitously, we drove past Ian Beattie as he walked into a restaurant. Joe parked, found him and persuaded him to take a photo with us! Loved every minute of our time with Joe
Deanna KirnUnited States
We were greeted by Joe in his immaculate & very comfortable new van. We toured the beautify countryside--Ballintoy Harbor, Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges & enjoyed the walk across the Carrick-a-Rede bridge. We even got to see a door made from a fallen Dark Hedges tree & the Game of Thrones jeweler. Joe stopped for photos & he had many suggestions himself. The true highlight was the Belfast City tour. Joe's first-hand stories of growing up in a divided Belfast are amazing and will touch your heart.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Deanna & John Very kind words indeed It was a pleasure meeting you both Joe
Sal Cammarataaurora, COLORADO, United States
Joe's Black Cab tour of Belfast was outstanding and one of the most informative tours we have ever experienced. He has a great personality and an easy going way of explaining the problems the people of Belfast lived through. We enthusiastically recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history and people of Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very kind words Sal.. Thank you
Christine AdlerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU
Marilyn B.United States
Joe was an amazing tour guide. He's knowledgeable, so funny, and made the hours of our tour fly by. His comments on The Troubles, as the tour was called, were evenhanded and insightful. He made the Peace Wall and the various neighborhoods come alive. Our only wish was that the tour could have been longer, but we had to return to our ship.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marilyn It was a wonderful day
Julia FergusonUnited States
Joe was a great guide!! HE was very informative and funny!! He not only showed us the Game of Throne sites, but we also had a little extra time so he showed us some of the areas in Belfast regarding the previous troubles in Northern Ireland. We highly recommend him and would definitely have him as a guide again!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Julia your feedback is crucial to me in attracting further customers joe
Joe gave us a great tour and was very flexible in what we wanted to see and how long to stay in each area. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited and we very much enjoyed his humour. He even provided snacks and water which we very much appreciated. We highly recommend using him if you are in the area. Thanks for a great tour Joe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Margit for the excellent feedback joe
Diana NohavaUnited States
Arriving via a cruise ship and wanting to maximized our tour time, we chose this tour with Joe. His knowledge of the area was great. Joe provided a great personalized tour. You are in for a real treat if you are a fan of the Game of Thrones. You will receive an exceptional tour of the area with some wonderful knowledge of the Game of Thrones thrown in. Joe took us to a few locations that tour buses cannot go due to the narrow streets and limited access. We had a great day and fantastic tour with Joe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diana Much appreciated Joe
Karen BerkowitzUnited States
Joe was an absolute delight. He is knowledgeable, well prepared and provided the quality beyond what we have experienced with private guides. We travel around the world and Joe was the best guide we have been with since booking TBL. We are from the US and our friends from Canada. We all felt the same about the day. Joe was able to clearly explain the Northern Ireland Situation to us and we ended our day in Belfast and were all extremely moved by what we saw in the city. We talked for hours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: wow Karen what an amazing review, your private message also was extremely kind thank you so much, and I am glad my tour had that lasting memory you will carry with you all joe
Ed MortonUnited States
Joe's tour was outstanding in every respect. Not only did he drive us to key GOT locations, he brought the experience alive by using his ipad replay portions of GOT episodes featuring those locations & shared his own personal experiences growing up and living in Northern Ireland throughout the country's turbulent past. Also had time for must-see non-GOT sites such as the Causeway and the Rope Bridge. Joe has excellent communication skills, is totally professional yet warm and friendly- recommend highly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ed.. A brilliant endorsement of my tour, I cannot thank you enough. Joe
Steve S.United States
This was an excellent tour. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in a first hand account about the troubles and what it was like to grow up during that time. Joe gives a very succinct summary of the history of the troubles and how the murals depict that history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Steve lovely meeting you both, and I promise, if I am ever in your area I will call thanks again joe
4 of us took the Favorite 5 Private Tour with Joe on May 5, 2017. We had plenty of time for all the main attractions along the Antrim Coast and a good fish and chip lunch at the Giants Causeway. The big surprise of the day was our visit to the Murals and the wall dividing Belfast. We laughed and shed a few tears at Joes personal stories of growing up during the "troubles". Joe made this our best tour in Europe. James Koop from Canada
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James... I'm very honoured to know your best tour in Europe was in my city and in my company... #veryproud
Greg WeltschUnited States
We had a great time and learned a lot from Joe, we would truly recommend him to anyone looking for a tour in Belfast
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Greg I enjoyed your company immensely Joe
Nancy Hawes BernbaumCanada
Joe was an expert tour guide for the 7 of us on a private day tour to the Giants causeway, Belfast Murals and elsewhere. He had excellent knowledge of the region, was able to explain historical events of the Irish troubles, and was genuinely interesting to listen to and to spend the day with. We highly recommend his tours. Nancy and sisters, cousin and niece
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Nancy, it was such a brilliant day and a pleasure to have met you all thank you joe
Nur Liyana KamarulzamanMalaysia
Awesome tour! Highly recommended if you're travelling with kids. Joe is indeed a great and wonderful guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you liyana for your excellent review Joe
Jidnyasa GujarUnited Kingdom
Toursbylocals has given me and my family an amazing experience and a memorable trip of Belfast. Right from the airport pickup to drop off everything was well planned and proceeded on time. As soon as we landed, Joe was ready to welcome us and offered us with snacks and water. Immediately, we started with our Favourite 5 trip and began exploring Belfast in the classic Black cab and Joe being our truthful guide shared all the historical, cultural and modern backgrounds of Northern Ireland. It was amazing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU JID A very endorsing review indeed, and such a lovely family, it was a pleasure meeting you all JOE M
Cynthia GriffithUnited States
Great tour and tour guide! Joe was very knowledgeable about Belfast city. Our group of 6 adults thought it was very good to split the tour into 2 parts. We toured the general city and the Titanic dockyards in the morning and after lunch toured and learned about the politics of the "Troubles" (Protestant and Catholics issues). Would highly recommend this tour and guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Cynthia much appreciated joe m
Ina V.United States
This was a fantastic tour and Joe M. is a fantastic guide. Joe customized the tour to accommodate our wishes. The scenery along the coast was beautiful and he added the political tour to the Peace Wall and the murals. His personal commentary of his own experience during "The Troubles" was very insightful and made the tour more meaningful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Ina a great pleasure it was meeting you both
Reese JamesonUnited States
Joe M is the best! He took us on a Favourite 5 Private Tour that included several Game of Thrones locations, the Devil's Causeway, the rope bridge and a political murals tour of Belfast. He held our attention throughout the day with personal stories, insights, and Northern Irish history from the 1600's to present day. The fact that he experienced "The Troubles" firsthand was especially impactful and helped us better understand the nature of these times. It brought Belfast and Northern Ireland alive for us
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you REESE, your feedback is invaluable to us joe
Laura PuckerUnited States
Joe was the best tour guide EVER!!!!!!! He was funny, knowledgeable, attentative, interesting and the very best driver you could possibly ask for. We have been on many, many tours and his was ABSOLUTELY THE VERY BEST!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: WOW laura, that is a remarkable review, thank you so much joe
Paulette MarcoulidesUnited States
WOW! What an extraordinary adventure with Joe. He was everything a tour guide should be and more. Personable, knowledgeable and fantastic!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Paulette for your kind words joe
Leah HowardUnited States
Wow,what a great tour. How can you say everything was better than 5 star? From our prompt pick-up at the dock to our requested drop-off at a recommended pub, our day couldn't have been better. Joe was personable, knowledgeable, and so willing to share his pride Belfast. He was also very generous with his time. We felt as though we had met a friend in the city for the day. Thank you for such a quality time, and allowing us to have experiences that I don't feel would be part of other tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Leah, I really enjoyed myself also, I hope this is ok by you, and because it is not every day guests get the chance to meet the artist and help him paint in a mural, but I have featured your pic on my website it was real fun spending the time with you
Leah ReicinUnited States
Excellent guide and tour of a city ravaged by civil war and trying to unify.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Leah
Lisa ChanUnited States
We had a wonderful time with Joe at Belfast. He took us all around to all the sites we wanted to see and more. I give him 5 our of 5 stars for the tour. He was very professional, humorous and informative about all the areas we visited. He gave us ample time to see the sites without rushing like other tours and offered up great restaurant choices for our lunch break. Thank-you for your services!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lisa, I really enjoyed your company also Joe M.
Lawrence MoskowitzUnited States
My tour was conducted by a wonderful guide who was extremely knowledgeable about the city and the area around. He listened to our requests and stopped in an excellent little place for a light lunch. Please give him our regards and you may show him our rating. Lawrence Moskowitz
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Larry it was my pleasure to meet you both
Tom HeyserUnited States
Joe is a magnificent tour guide! His sense of humor, keen knowledge combined with true grit experiences of Belfast will render you spellbound!! You will tour with exquisite comfort within his wonderful "English Taxi". He is truly authentic and the best you can imagine. Tom & Nicki Heyser
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom for your excellent review. It was great meeting you. Joe
Michael KatzUnited States
Joe was the nicest guy! My wife and myself truly enjoyed the tour and spending the morning with Joe. He made the tour fun and educating. Highly recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you micky A real pleasure meeting you both. Joe
Wendy LamUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Wendy for adding another excellent review to my profile listing, I really loved the group, funny, witty, always up for a laugh and generally very nice people, thank you for making it a great experience for me also. Joe M
Amy ScarboroughUnited States
WOW! The day we spent with Joe was one of the most interesting days of my life. He was an amazing tour guide and his personal connection and knowledge of Belfast was evident at every turn. Our eyes were opened in a way that is very hard to express. Growing up in America in the 1970's and 1980's, I didn't understand "The Troubles" in Ireland. I have a new respect and admiration for the people of Northern Ireland and the struggles they have endured. Joe is a wonderful person and I highly recommend!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Amy for a wonderful review
Victoria RojoUnited States
WOW! What a great day. Joe was such a fantastic, and knowledgeable guide. He is so passionate about Belfast and sharing its history with others. It was great that he made sure to include our teenagers in discussions. We really enjoyed his tour and would definitely book him again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you victoria It was my pleasure to meet such a wonderful family
Our tour guides Joe and Jackie were absolutely fantastic. They were extremely knowledgable about the areas we were touring, making it not only very interesting and informative but also enjoyable with their stories and good humour, and insight. We would definitely recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you mike, it was our pleasure to have met you both joe m
Linda ZernUnited States
Excellent. Very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: THANK YOU LINDA Another excellent review to add to my collection, your input is much appreciated joe
Martin SteereUnited States
We enjoyed this tour very much. Joe is a nice guy and couldn't have been a better host. He had lots of good stories and information. One of the highlights was the opportunity to see some of the sites from Game of Thrones. The cab was comfortable, and we could hear Joe's narrative very well. I highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Martin for providing an excellent review of my tour, i Did get an extra intercom system fitted as I know it is very important for passengers to hear me from the drivers seat, particularly on the coastal road tours, thank you for confirming my plan works :-)
Bettina K.United States
Joe was absolutely terrific! We were able to see the Giants Causeway, walk the rope bridge, see much of the spectacular Northern Ireland coast, and see the murals in Belfast--all in one day, without feeling rushed. We truly felt like a good friend was taking us around--Joe has lived in Belfast all of his life and is so genuine. Beyond sharing history and sights, Joe gave of himself--which made our day one we will always remember. Thanks, Joe, for a very special day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Bettina..your enjoyment of my tour makes it special for me also. I fully agree with you..this was like travelling with established friends. Thank you for choosing me to travel with. Joe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you
Marguerite (Maggi) PerkinsUnited States
Great day! I asked ahead of time and Joe modified the normal tour to get in a few more castle ruins and plenty of time to wander around Dunluce Castle. Joe also has a store of Game of Thrones locations knowledge (which was wasted on this non-watcher).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Maggi thank you for an excellent review, i was sure after the info I passed on and the sites we saw that you would become an avid fan of G.O.T, heres hoping, I hope the dog didn't miss you too much, thank you joe m.
Nancy SanbornUnited States
Joe is the guy to bring you into and understand the Belfast problems. He is very knowledgeable as he "lived" thru it, but offers a semi Non partisan view. If you want to learn and understand Belfast recent history - Joe is the guy. He drives a "Black taxi" and makes you "feel" you were there...............excellent guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Nancy, much appreciated joe m
Dennis SchafferTexas, 77384, United States
Excellent tour and guide that met my expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you David, I am so happy I could be of help to you on your visit to our beautiful Island thank you joe
David Zangenberglake helen, 32744, United States
The tour was more then I ever expected. Joe is was top notch, his knowledge was beyond belief. The extras and the first hand experiences were incredible. I thank Joe for the best part of our vacation! I would recommend this tour to any real GOT fan you won't be disappointed! This is by far the best tour my wife and I have ever taken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: A big WOW from me..thank you so much for an excellent review, and coming from someone who has traveled extensively I am very honoured, and also very pleased that once again I provided customer satisfaction.... joe
Joseph HayungaUnited States
What a fantastic day for the whole family! Joe was a professional, knowledgeable, kind and humorous guide. Our 8 year old loved scampering up Giant's Causeway, and our 11 year old couldn't stop talking about the rope bridge. My husband and I enjoyed taking photos of the breathtaking scenery and hearing the history of Belfast's murals. Would definitely recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you to all the family, it was my pleasure to meet such lovely people, I hope someday you all return joe
Tylor ShermanUnited States
Incredibly informative and a fantastic introduction to a complicated matter. Getting a first-hand account of specific historical events was an invaluable experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you tyler, I really enjoyed the company of you both, it really was a pleasure meeting someone who had a keen interest and wasn't afraid to ask questions, it makes the tour even mor enjoyable for me thank you again joe
Carl WassermanUnited States
Joe M.made this one of the best tours of our whole trip..he is so passionate about the city he grew up in ....he was happy to do and take us anywhere we might like to visit...I highly recommend Joe for anyone that wants the real lowdown on Belfast...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Carl a very endorsing review. I really enjoyed your company joe
Dorothy HoudeUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 hours spent with Joe in Belfast. A great history of the area and thorough understanding of the complex political situation was presented in a very entertaining manner. I would strongly recommend to any one who would like to spend an enjoyable 4 Irish Hours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Dorothy, thank you so much for the excellent feedback, im sure it will encourage other guests to use me in the future thank you joe
Joe was an extremely knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend both the tour an d the guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Barry for your excellent 5 star feedback Joe
Barry StrubeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Barry much appreciated
Jeff GilbertUnited States
What is there to say - Joe was amazing! Highlight of our 10 day vacation across Ireland, hands down. Very informative, gracious and interesting. Anyone who has the chance to get Joe for this tour should jump at the chance.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff. An amazing review. Thank you so much Joe
Alan WeinstockUnited States
If you are going to take a tour in Belfast, you really should try to book Joe. He is an excellent guide and gives you a beautiful. clear, concise explanation of the complicated issues in Belfast. He drives you in a London type taxi, uses an IPAD to show you before and after pictures of Belfast and does a wonderful explanation of the murals in Belfast
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alan thank you for your excellent 5 stars.It was a pleasure meeting you both joe
Brian HoganUnited States
Joe was absolutely wonderful. His perspective and knowledge were very beneficial and he made this a truly interesting as well as educational tour. He took his time and was not rushed despite the impending birth of his grandchild. I highly recommend this tour if you have a few hours in Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brian thank you so much. I will send you some of my old Belfast pics very soon joe
June HamptonFaro, YT, Canada
Joe provided an exceptionally balanced tour on a still sensitive subject and managed to work around the complications of police barricades due to the running of a marathon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi June thank you so much for your feedback, it was pleasurable travelling in your company. joe
Tom MayUnited States
Joe is one of the most interesting and charismatic people I have ever met in my entire life. You can read about the troubles in books and on the internet. I did that for years. Nothing is like taking a tour with Joe. I was always so fascinated by the area and my family's connection (I am an American, born in America). This guy was there. He's sharp as a tack, informed, pleasant, hilarious, and wonderful to be around. An English friend and I took the tour and it's difficult to describe how powerful it was.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom for an amazing description of my tour.i am looking forward to meeting you sometime again thank you Joe
Teresa MacGregorUnited States
Excellent tour. Joe provided a comprehensive overview of the Troubles and the stories behind the murals on both sides. He shared his personal memories and experiences, but always with an eye toward a hopeful future for Belfast. Interesting, informative and emotional. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Teresa Thank you for your kind words They will go a long way in helping others decide On which tour delivers for them Happy new year joe
James LeimanUnited States
Joe was the best tour guide my wife and I ever had! I am a student of political and military history, have traveled the world and have seen a lot but Joe was amazing. His bona fides combined with ability to educate his customers through the "Troubles" was absolutely amazing and comes highly recommended! The cab was comfortable, he was ready to serve his clients and gave us a fascinating first hand perspective of the conflict. Don't forget to ask Joe, "who invented the mile", -James from USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: HI James thank you for taking the time to write an excellent review. Again, it was my pleasure having you take part and listen to my narrative and history, tell Alison and LOU I say thank you also. remember if you would like copies of the old photographs, drop me a line. if you are ever back this way look me up thank you JOE
Rob StaceyUnited Kingdom
An excellent tour from a very knowledgeable and impartial, capable guide. Thanks Joe.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Rob it was great meeting you all thank you for taking the time to write, we only hope you understand our history a little better thank you Joe
Michael FahyUnited States
Absolutely riveting. Joe's knowledge and expertise of the troubles shine through at every moment. I had high expectations of this tour and I can honestly report that it was the highlight of our trip to Ireland. Joe shares his personal stories and photos throughout the tour and is happy to engage in further discussion with the many questions that I had. An absolute must if you are planning a trip to Ireland, North or South.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Michael thank you for a very endorsing review, as always it is a pleasure sharing our history and stories of our past with our guests thank you joe
Kevin MunksUnited Kingdom
Fabulous tour, really enjoyable. Joe our guide was very knowledgeable he made the whole tour interesting and entertaining. We can highly recommend this if you are planning on visiting Belfast.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Kevin, thank you for taking the time to write an excellent 5 star review, it was a pleasure taking a journey with you all thank you joe
Rose ShovlinUnited States
Joe M. was the best guide - very, very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour. I now have a much better understanding of Northern Ireland's history.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rose Thank you for taking the time to write. I am so pleased i could give you an in-depth And understandable view of the North and its recent history. It is a testament of my approach to the subject And to those who only know a little about the TROUBLES. THANK YOU JOE
Stephen MalloyUnited States
My son, daughter-in-law, and I booked a three-hour, Black Cab Tour with Joe, our guide. We visited Republican and Unionist murals, memorials, and sites of conflict related to the Irish "Troubles" in Belfast. It was an enlightening and profoundly moving experience - a rare event that I will recall and communicate to others forever. Joe's discourse was smart, lively, witty, deeply informative,and fair. He has lived it and, in the telling, makes you a virtual participant. His tour is a must-do for visitors.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi Stephen Thank you for both travelling with me and taking the time to write. I am moved you found it such an experience as described above. thank you also for recommending it to others, I really enjoyed meeting your family thank you again joe
Kim StewartRockwall, TEXAS, United States
Joe's tour of the Belfast murals was most enlightening, colored by fascinating tales from his own life growing up as a Catholic Republican in Ulster during the time of the "troubles". If you're in Belfast, you cannot miss it. He was extremely friendly and entertaining, and obviously enjoys educating people about how it really was. Joe also recommended the best pub of our trip (Crown Bar) in downtown Belfast where we enjoyed lunch and a few pints.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi kim thank you for taking the time to write about your time with me, I am so glad I could entertain and educate you all thank you joe
Carol TaylorUnited States
What a great tour! Joe was so knowledgeable and had many great stories to share of "the Troubles" in Belfast. We had a terrific time and highly recommend his tour. Thank you Joe for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi carol it was a pleasure taking you around, I hope you especially liked the visit to your old home and school, I am pleased you left a review thank you joe
Our guide, Joe, was punctual and very easy to get along with. His local and historical knowledge was amazing and his tour was most insightful and interesting. His attitude to us and his subject was highly commendable. I have no hesitation in recommending Joe to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi betty thank you for leaving a comment, its fair to note that you, the customer, are the most important ingredient into this tour, we simply couldn't do it without you. I am so glad you enjoyed travelling with me through our history. thank you Joe
Rosie O'NeillUnited Kingdom
This was an absolutely amazing tour. Most of all Joe was a wonderful guide and really made us feel welcome, as well as being really knowledgeable about the murals, the local area and the history of the troubles. The tour was really engaging and interesting, and we all felt we learnt so much. It was also great how Joe uses pictures and video to explain and contextualize the background to what we were learning about. Overall we felt it was a real privilege to take the tour and would recommend it to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you rosie, traveller reviews are extremely important as they help others decide wish tour they should take, and know they will receive a quality tour thank you for taking the time to write all the best in your studies joe
Charlotte HodkinsonUnited Kingdom
Excellent experience. We were really glad we did the 3 hour trip rather than the 1.5 hours. Joe manages the whole thing really well and is a friendly and articulate man. He obviously cares a lot about making the tour the best possible experience for his customers. His descriptions and explanations are knowledgeable, detailed and told in a clear, sometimes poetic way. Wouldn't say he was impartial but he was certainly philosophical about NI's conflict. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: hi charlotte thank you for your kind comments, it was a pleasure having you all aboard
Simon BottomleyUnited Kingdom
We went to Belfast with a very definite agenda - to research specific aspects of the troubles and consequences for my son's A level project. Joe designed a tour to cover every area we were looking for, and a whole lot more as well. To say the visit was a success is an understatement. With the wealth of knowledge and experience that Joe has, he guided us through the areas and has given us an exceptional insight into conflict. We felt we left a friend when saying farewell. An incredible and generous guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Simon,very kind words,and I am glad I could make your experience of Belfast a good one,I wish jack well in his studies and am very glad I could help. As you say, it was like saying farewell to friends, thank you again, Joe M.