Thomas (TJ) AltmanCanada
If I could could give this man more I would, his passion and knowledge are second to none. This was the best trip my wife and I have ever been on. Frank is not only smart with knowledge but he totally engaged us. Thank You Frank, your a great guide and an even better man.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks TJ. It was a real pleasure to show you my country and give you an insight into our history and Troubles. Hurry back to Ireland where you both will always have a welcome and remember you're Irish now too! Kindest regards, Frank
Ronald NelsonUnited States
We feel so fortunate to have met Francis. He was so thoughtful, knowing my wife's father was of Northern Irish heritage, he researched the history of the Gallagher family and also of my own family. He wove a fascinating history of the conflicts between Protestants and Catholics over the centuries, while we visited the beautiful Antrim Coast. In Belfast, he brought the history to the present in a compelling manner. We learned so much, thanks to his deep knowledge. Best tour we have ever had!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks is for your kind words Ronald. It was a pleasure to show you the best my country has to offer and it was an honour to help you discover the history of the Gallagher's in Ireland.
An unbiased and interesting tour, I feel like we got a real flavour of Belfast City. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you Francis
Christopher 'Chris' HattaschUnited States
We traveled deep into the coastal regions and back through the less-traveled areas experiencing unforgettable historical sites and landscapes. Frank's historical knowledge of the region is extensive. You will not find a tour guide with a more balanced perspective of the historically challenging time in Ireland's past and present. His experience during the times known as the "Terribles" as a young boy and later serving in the U.K. armed forces in Belfast, offers an invaluable perspective from all sides.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind words Chris. It was a pleasure to show you the best my country has to offer and also lift the lid on our darkside too. You and your family will always have a welcome in Ireland. Frank
Vickie KittsUnited States
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!! To visit Ancestorial Homestead a dream of a lifetime. Francis was extremely knowledgeable, informative & personable. Personalized tour per our request. Highly recommend!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Vickie, it was truly a pleasure to take you all to Tyrone. You will always have a welcome back in Ireland. Many thanks, Frank
William MooreUnited States
A very informative tour from Francis. I would HIGHLY recommend it. He does his tour in such a way to give you insight to both sides of the divide that has plagued Northern Ireland. His personal experiences growing up in Belfast, and showing you exactly where these experiences had taken place, absolutely made the tour. Thank you Francis for educating me on the political history of Northern Ireland, and answering all of my many many questions. Slainte!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks William it was a pleasure to take you around the town I live so well. Don't forget to send me that link and I'll get the reference docs to you.
Lucinda TischerUnited States
Francis was the best guide for understanding the history of Ireland. He was very knowledgeable. He did a fabulous job of presenting the conflict between Northern Ireland and Ireland. I would have loved to spend another day with him. He was a safe driver and an excellent guide. You would be lucky to have him as your guide. I would recommend him to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: My thanks Cindy, it was a pleasure to show you both my country and take you through Glasnevin cemetery. You will always have a welcome here in Ireland.
Donna LobelUnited States
This day we spent in Belfast with Frank (Francis H.) was one of the highlights of my entire trip. I am still processing a tremendous amount of information and history that Frank shared with us. From touring the beautiful coast, castles, and Game of Thrones filming locations to the Peace Walls and everything in between I could not have asked for a better day. So fortunate to be able to experience Belfast this way. I feel like I made a friend for life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind words Donna and yes you have made a friend for life. If you ever come back to Ireland look me up and I will take you both on the County Down tour. Best wishes, Francis
Linda ByromUnited States
Our tour with Francis was remarkable. He showed us things a “normal” tourist wouldn’t get to see. He spent EXTRA time with us & went above & beyond our expectations ! We will never forget Belfast & especially our time spent with Francis. We felt like family by the time our tour ended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your kind rating Linda. It was a real pleasure to show you the best of my country, history and culture. Francis
Mark BramhallUnited States
Francis was an amazing tour guide. Full of knowledge and information on Belfast history, political climate and interesting facts, etc. the route he took showed us beautiful scenery, GOT and city sites. He provided lots of information, which was great. Also, had print outs of interesting reads regarding personal experiences which helped relate to the city. I would highly recommend Francis in the future and would use again! Thanks Francis. Mark and David.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the kind words Mark. It was my pleasure. Francis
Nancy TaftUnited States
If possible, I would rate our experience with Francis with 10 stars. There are days in your life that remain in your memory forever, and the day we took his tour will be one of them. We saw the beautiful scenery of the Antrim coast, learned the ancient history of iconic Dunluce Castle, sampled the current "history" at the Game of Thrones sites, but more importantly saw the recent history through the eyes of someone who lived it, survived, and is looking to the future. Thank you, Francis for the education.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am truly humbled that my tour made such an impression on you. It's always an honour to show travellers the best my country and city has to offer and also allow a glimpse into our dark past. As I write this I can see Roy smiling somewhere up above. Many thanks you made my day and hurry back to Ireland where you will always have a welcome. Francis
Ralph HollandUnited States
Excellent tour. Very interesting, informative, and in keeping with our requests and preferences for the time allotted. We highly recommend this guide!
Beth BrownUnited States
Our group did All the Scenery and Sights of N. Ireland with Francis. He is an expert in the history of N. Ireland and is uniquely qualified to share the beauty and stories of this area. We toured the north shore countryside, stopping at castles, small towns and seaside attractions. We worked our way back to Belfast to see and hear all about the WALL that still actively exists today! If you contract with him, you will experience the history with a first hand account! Kudos and 5 stars to Francis!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Beth, You are too kind. It was a pleasure to show you all my country and the links to the history of the USA. If you ever come back to Ireland you will always have a welcome in this your homeland. Until we all meet again, Go dtí go mbuailimid le chéile arís, Francis H.
Rachel AstalosUnited States
Frances was an outstanding guide. He gave us a thoughtful two sided view of the conflict in Northern Ireland through his narrative and written materials. In addition, we saw the beautiful coastline and ancient castles in Belfast. We would highly recommend him as it was a perfect day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Rachael, your interaction has inspired me to design and develop a new tour on the history of the Jews in Northern Ireland from the Russian Pogroms to the Holocaust including the incredible story of Nazi appeasement in Ireland. I'll let you know when the tour is published. Again may thanks, Francis
Alice MordenUnited Kingdom
Our tour group was one of five: two teenagers, two seniors, and one middle-aged adult. Francis collected us in a very plush, air conditioned van which sported a sound system. Francis was a true historian as well as having grown up during "The Troubles." I have done Belfast Black Cab tours in the past, but Francis exceeded them all with his knowledge and local experience. He gave the perspective from both the Catholic side and the Protestant side, unlike all the other tours I have taken. Excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Alice and many thanks! I am in the process of creating a series of graphics that illustrate the points you made. I truly appreciate the feedback as I need constructive criticism to explain what are very confusing historical concepts to anyone who has not lived through the period(s.) Once complete I might even offer them to our local politicians! Again may thanks, Best Regards, Francis