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Belfast: Cathedral Quarter Beer Bike Tour

1. Belfast: Cathedral Quarter Beer Bike Tour

Discover the vibrant, art-filled streets of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast on a unique beer bike. Join a group of between 7-16 participants, all working together to complete the tour. Swing by Wellington Place and the Albert Clock en route to the Quarter, where you’ll immediately be part of the heart and soul of Belfast’s most exciting area. Look forward to the unparalleled charm of the Duke of York, The Harp Bar, Mourne Seafood Bar or Kelly's Cellars to refuel during your pedal-powered trip. Soak up the atmosphere and toast your pedal partners in a tour catered to your wishes. If you would like extra drinks for the journey, the pedal vehicle is licensed for customers to bring their own beer, prosecco, and more.

Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

2. Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

Depart from Jurys Inn hotel taking the Causeway Coastal Route, passing Carrickfergus Castle and Magheramorne Quarry, the location of Castle Black and the Wall. Stop for coffee and restrooms in Carnlough. This is the harbour where Arya escapes a Braavos canal after she was stabbed by the Waif. Stop to take photos at the Cushendun Caves in the Stormlands where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit. Cross Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, but don’t look down, it’s 30m (98 ft) to the rocks below. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 km, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk 1 km back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs. Visit Renly’s Camp and Iron Islands Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast (not included). Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where Theon later rededicated his faith to the ‘Drowned God’, where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway: a UNESCO World Heritage site and geological marvel of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago (please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location). On the way back, make a photo stop at the Dark Hedges, the haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

Belfast: City Center Eclectic Walking Tour

3. Belfast: City Center Eclectic Walking Tour

This eclectic city center tour covers the history, architecture and people of Northern Ireland. Leaving from the city hall you'll discover some of the Belfast buildings along the way that make the city such a beautiful and unique space. Hear about the colorful history that has shaped this part of the island of Ireland over thousands of years. You'll also hear about some of Belfast's famous people and of things invented here. Pass along the river Lagan and look out to sea. See the area now known as the Titanic Quarter and discover the Waterfront Hall. Pass by the Belfast leaning tower, built on the docking point for Queen Victoria on her first visit. You'll then continue on through the birthplace of Belfast to St. Anne's Cathedral in the Cathedral Quarter. It's in this area you'll view the street art and murals and hear of how Belfast and it's people are coming together to reconcile and build a brighter space for all, through it's many free festivals, creative organisations, and new industries. You can then finish the tour in St. Anne's Square. 

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

4. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

Depart Jurys Inn Hotel and drive the scenic Ards Peninsula to the village of Portaferry. Here you will take a short ferry ride across the 'Narrows'. Arrive at Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant, and pub in Strangford village (cost not included). You will also have the opportunity to see one of the famous Doors of Thrones. After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities. Afterward, you will travel to Tollymore Forest Park. Discover the place where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Jurys Inn Hotel, Belfast.

Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

5. Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

Travel beyond the headlines of Northern Ireland’s notorious “Troubles” and discover a land of spectacular natural wonders as you explore the wild Atlantic coast, see the stunning steps of the Giant’s Causeway, go to the battlefields of the Battle of the Boyne, and much more. Choose from a backpacker’s budget option, staying in shared dormitory style hostel accommodation, or choose an en suite room at a budget hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation if you would prefer a bit more privacy. Learn about the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 that brought the peace process to an end, and see evidence of the 30-year conflict at the Bloody Sunday Murals in Derry. Take a tour of Belfast, now classed as one of the top 10 cities in the world by Lonely Planet, and meet fun-loving local characters from both the Ulster-Irish and Ulster-British communities along the way. Day 1: Dublin - Belfast city (overnight Belfast) Choose from one of two central Dublin collection locations and you'll be on your way. Your first stop this morning is at Monasterboice, a monastic settlement dating back to 501 AD. This ancient monastery is home to the best preserved and most intricately carved Celtic crosses in Ireland. A fully intact stone round tower also keeps watch over the horizon for marauding Vikings.  By late morning you'll arrive in Belfast. Discover why Lonely Planet regards Northern Ireland's capital as one of the top 10 'must- visit' cities on Earth. Your driver will show you highlights including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens and much more.  With plenty of time at leisure to explore the city, the political “Black Taxi” tour (optional) is strongly recommended to view the Peace Wall and infamous political murals. The drivers are locals and can explain what life was like in Belfast during the conflict of 1969-1998. This evening you'll stay downtown, in a most lively area with great pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Live music venues are plentiful, and Belfast is well known for its great nightlife. Day 2: Belfast - Giants Causeway - Letterkenny A glorious touring day cruising the Beautiful North Coast. You will initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by Game of Thrones. Then it's the jackpot visit of the day - you will trace the footprints of Celtic Giants, and walk the Giant's Causeway. This is Ulster's #1 attraction since 2 million BC. A UNESCO world heritage site, and the proud location of an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by cataclysmic violent volcanic eruptions a long long time ago. Your guide will wax lyrical about how the giant warrior hero (Fionn McCool) built it to fight off the pesky Scots. You'll continue to the nearby city of Derry / Londonderry where you'll spend the afternoon. There will be plenty of time at leisure after an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls with a local guide. Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Your guide will take you down to the well-known Bogside district, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972 and inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. Just across the border lie the hills of Donegal. You'll stay overnight in the neat town of Letterkenny for a flavour of rural Ireland. Day 3: Letterkenny - Galway - Dublin After breakfast this morning, you'll head down a portion of the west coast's Wild Atlantic Way. Your journey takes you through the poetic heartland of Co. Sligo, W.B. Yeats country. You visit the final resting place of the Nobel laureate in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire beautiful Benbulben mountain referenced in many of his poems. Further along the road lies Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, Co. Sligo, and you will have some leisure time here for refreshments. Your final stop before returning to Dublin is Galway where you have free time to explore. Perhaps you might like to visit some wonderful local seafood eateries, or try a pint in one of the fantastic pubs. You then take a scenic drive back to Dublin, arriving back at approx. 7:00 PM.

From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

6. From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

Day 1 Departing Dublin at 09:00, you will travel north towards the border with Northern Ireland. From here, it will be a short journey into the city of Belfast famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the key areas of the city, you will arrive in the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter, where you will have time for lunch and perhaps a visit to the award-winning museum. Other options here include a visit to the SS Nomadic, the last surviving White Star Line steamship, HMS Caroline, the fascinating Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House or perhaps take a black cab tour of the city. Later in the afternoon, you will leave the city and travel into the countryside of County Down for a visit to the world-famous house and gardens at Mount Stewart before arriving in the seaside resort town of Bangor - your base for the next two nights. Day 2   Today, you will follow one of the world’s great driving routes – the Causeway Coastal route through the beautiful scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. The tour follows the coast road from Larne to the world-famous Giant's Causeway. Along the way, you will makes stops in attractive historic villages such as Glenarm and Ballycastle as well as scenic attractions such as the Cushendun Caves and the many viewpoints along this stunning coastline. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to explore the incredible rock formations at Giant’s Causeway. Several places along the route were used as filming location for the TV series "Game of Thrones" and the last stop of the day will be at the stunning Dark Hedges - make sure your camera still has some battery power left.  From here, you will return back to Bangor for another night. Day 3  After another day full of contrasts and fascinating visits, start with a trip along the Ards Peninsula – a great favorite with holiday makers from all over Northern Ireland. At Portaferry, take a boat across the mouth of Strangford Lough to visit Castle Ward with its 18th century mansion, extensive gardens and grounds, estate walks and for "Game of Thrones" enthusiasts, the location of Winterfell and other scenes. From here, it will be a short drive to Downpatrick, site of the burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. You will have time for lunch here and perhaps a visit to Down Cathedral or St. Patrick's center. In the afternoon, the tour will continue along the coast with the brooding granite peaks of Mourne Mountains on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. After a detour into the heart of the mountains through an area of traditional farms with their fascinating field patterns and huge stone walls, you will reach the coast again on the shores of Carlingford Lough for the final stop of the day. From here, you will return back across the border and travel south to Dublin arriving around 19:00.

Ireland's North Atlantic Coast 5-Day Tour from Dublin

7. Ireland's North Atlantic Coast 5-Day Tour from Dublin

Enjoy a scenic tour of Eire and Northern Ireland’s Atlantic Coast on a 5-day package tour from Dublin. Stay in quaint bed and breakfast accommodation in Portrush, Donegal, and Westport along the way. Go to the edge of Europe at Achill Island, explore the new Titanic Quarter in Belfast to see where the ill-fated ocean liner was built, marvel at the dramatic geology of the Giant’s Causeway, and immerse yourself in Gaelic culture. Day 1: Depart Dublin at 09:00 and travel north towards the border with Northern Ireland. From here it is a short journey to Belfast, famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the city’s key areas, arrive in the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter, where you will have time for lunch and a visit to the award-winning museum. In the afternoon, experience the contrast between the busy city center and the scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. Follow part of the coast from Ballycastle to the world famous Giant's Causeway. Marvel at the stunning coastal scenery, before checking into your overnight accommodation in the holiday town of Portrush. Day 2: Go to the walled city of Derry, designated a UK City of Culture in 2013. Enjoy some free time to explore the old city center, and visit one of the many museums or galleries. Then cross the border to the Republic of Ireland, traveling into one of the most remote and unspoilt areas of the country. Explore County Donegal’s dramatic scenery and Gaelic culture. Pass through Glenveagh National Park and the Errigal Mountains, before following the coast through traditional fishing villages. Stop for nature walks along the way, and soak up the local culture before checking into your overnight accommodation in Donegal. Day 3: Travel south along the coast from Donegal to County Sligo, and see the grave of the famous poet W.B. Yeats. Gaze at the mountain scenery of Ben Bulben, before exploring Sligo Town at Carrowmore, site of the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland. Continue west into County Mayo to discover an area hit hard by the great potato famine, leading many to emigrate to North America. Drive through large areas of farmland, bog, and open moor, enjoying panoramic views of the distant hills. Return to the Atlantic Coast and Achill Island on the edge of Europe. Savor the peace and quiet of the beautiful area, before driving to Westport for your next 2 nights accommodation. Day 4: Today’s itinerary is weather dependent, and your guide will advise the best things to see. Explore the beautiful house and grounds of Kylemore Abbey, or marvel at the wilderness of Connemara National Park. Go to Clifden to see where the first transatlantic flight landed. Other options include the scenic Sky Road and 12 Bens of Connemara. Return to Westport for an evening at leisure, and the chance to sample some local seafood in one of the many excellent restaurants. Day 5: Enjoy a leisurely start to the day, before leaving Westport and going inland through the heart of Connemara. Visit the village of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib to see where the classic movie “The Quiet Man” was filmed. Explore Cong Abbey, or the Quiet Man Museum, before driving through the Maam Valley to Galway City. Enjoy some free time for lunch, and to explore the vibrant city center. Return to Dublin, stopping at the old whisky distillery of Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan to learn about Ireland’s favorite tipple en route.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Excellent tour led by Marti - a true "Local" with a very comprehensive knowledge of his history and a very keen eye to detail on the things that make Belfast "Special" - everything from Street Art - hard to find pubs - abandoned but once loved buildings - art work - local buskers - Churches - he was able to cover all interests / aspects of Belfast a really worthwhile - value for money and entertaining tour - highly recommended.

Stephanie was a great tour guide, sharing all kinds of history and personal experiences along the way. Would highly recommend!

Marty was a most entertaining guide and I definitely learnt things about Belfast that I didn't know

definitely a lot of fun - great crew - really glad we did it!!

Fantastic, such a laugh and Josh and Ryan were amazing.