The AntiSlavery Belfast Tour is run by Mark Doherty and Dr Tom Thorpe.


Mark is Belfast-born and a graduate of Queen’s University in the City. He is a passionate local historian and tour guide and recently graduated with a ‘Green Badge’ guide qualification for the Belfast area. Mark has guided in many of the most historic and beautiful buildings in Belfast. This includes City Hall, the Harbour Offices, Clifton House (the former Poor House) and the Harland & Wolff Offices (now the Titanic Hotel). He is a member of the Linen Hall Library, the Belfast Natural History & Philosophical Society, Ulster Architectural Heritage and the Belfast Naturalist Field Society. Mark also edits the magazine of the Belfast Titanic Society and gives talks and tours on many other aspects of the rich history and heritage of Belfast.


Tom is a Belfast resident, qualified professional Belfast Green Badge Tour Guide, public historian and podcaster. He is certified to deliver walking tours in Belfast as an affiliate of the Institute of Tourist Guiding and is also a member of the Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association. Tom is the Director of his own tour guiding company, Dr Tom’s Tours. Tom came to Belfast in 2014. Originally from London, Tom moved to Belfast to get married and is a published historian, holds a PhD in history from King’s College London and has been involved in many local Belfast history projects such as The Men Behind the Glass and Epidemic Belfast. He is also a professional communicator, being a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and previously having a career as a public relations professional before he became a historian and Belfast tour guide. He is also an avid podcaster and currently present and produce two history podcasts: the Combat Morale Podcast and Mentioned in Dispatches for the history society, the Western Front Association. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, the Irish Society for Military History, the Belfast Titanic Society and the Western Front Association.