Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Northern Ireland  /  Belfast  /  Historic Sites  /  Falls Road

Falls Road, Belfast

(4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
The Falls Road is the main road through west Belfast in Northern Ireland, running from Divis Street in Belfast city centre to Andersonstown in the suburbs. Its name is synonymous with the republican community in the city. It is known as one of the more famous streets in Northern Ireland, drawing many tourists all year round. The neighbouring Shankill Road is predominantly loyalist, separated from the Falls Road by peace lines. The road is usually referred to as the Falls Road, rather than as Falls Road. It is known as the Faas Raa in Ulster-Scots.HistoryThe Falls Road was originally a country lane leading from the city centre but the population of the area expanded rapidly in the 19th century with the construction of several large linen mills. All of these have now closed. This original area, which was centred on the junction of modern-day Millfield and Hamill Street on what is now Divis Street, was known as Falls and lent its name to the road, which had previously been called "the Pound". The housing in the area developed in the 19th century and was organised in narrow streets of small terraced housing. Many of these streets were named after characters and events in the Crimean War (1853–1856) which was occurring at that time.These included Raglan Street (named after Lord Raglan, commander of British forces in the Crimean War), Alma Street (named after the Battle of Alma), Balaklava Street (named after the Battle of Balaklava), Inkerman Street (named after the Battle of Inkerman), and Sevastopol Street (named after the Siege of Sevastopol).
Use our Belfast trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Falls Road and other attractions in Belfast.
Source
Create a full Belfast itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Belfast

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Belfast by other users

33 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM FRANCE May, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Belfast & Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Ireland, Castlerock & Belfast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Belfast BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Belfast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Belfast, Causeway Coast & Glens & Dublin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Belfast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Northern Ireland BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Ireland, Bushmills & Belfast BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Ireland & Belfast BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • As well as his "soul mate" Protestant Shankill road, more than anything to inspire me penalty. They are inescapable attractions in Belfast, but when you visit them you can not hide the feeling of sadness that causes you to recognize at first glance the hatred that continues to flow in the streets. Worth seeing them, clear, but surroundings much more worthwhile that they disappeared them harmful memories, those that kept alive daily crimes of each other, and which do not cease to be insurmountable obstacles for sincere coexistence that enables to forget the mistakes of the past.
    View original
  • The location is quite inaccessible without a car. We walked like 2 miles? (40mins to an hour) to this place as the frequency of the local bus was so almost non-existent. This was on a Sunday. We could...  more »
  • Really interesting place. Lots of street art, murals regarding the history of Northern Ireland. Definitely a must do in Belfast