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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

1. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history from live commentary on board. For the first stop, grab some photos at the beautiful Carrickfergus Castle. Then, journey along the coast, with stops along the way at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both recently made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a delicious pub grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, at your expense. Then re-board the luxury coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, and then a final stop at the World Famous Dark Hedges. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

2. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Day Tour

Depart central Belfast onboard your luxury coach and head out onto the world famous causeway coastal road, voted one of the worlds best drives! Our first stop of the day is Carrickfergus castle where you will have time to grab a quick photo, the castle was built in 12th century by the Normans and still looks incredible even today. Next we will travel through the glens of antrim and navigate the tight famous coastal road to carnlough harbour, a picturesque Irish fishing village that time has almost forgotten. Disembark and stretch your legs, and explore the harbour or grab refreshemnts and use the toilets. We now travel deeper into the glens of antrim and to cushendun caves, discover the stunning caves and enjoy spectacular views over looking the mull of kintyre in Scotland which is easy to see on any clear day. The iconic dark hedges is our next port of call, and is one of the most instagramable spots in Northern Ireland, you will have the chance to walk along the famous road and also grab lunch at your own expense at the local pub. After lunch we re-board the coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surrounds this world-famous attraction at no extra cost! After the Giant’s Causeway, we make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle where you can grab a quick photo before heading back to central Belfast for the final leg of the tour.

From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

3. From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Visit Carrickfergus Castle, Carnlough Harbour, the Cushendun Caves, and walk along the King's Road on a guided tour of Game of Thrones filming locations from Belfast. Enjoy some free time at the Giant's Causeway and a photo stop at Dunluce Castle during the day. After departing central Belfast travel to the first stop at Carrickfergus Castle, a stunning 12th-century Norman structure. Walk around and take photographs of the harbor and the stunning castle. Continue the drive along Causeway coastal road around and through the Glens of Antrim. Navigating through small towns and villages, hear about local legends and stories from your guide. Visit Carnlough Harbour and fully discover a key Game of Thrones location that acted as Bravoos in Season 6. This location also acts as a refreshment stop where snacks can be purchased and toilets can be used. Travel to the Cushendun Caves which were used more than once in the hit show. Sir Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed ashore in Season 2 - Melisandre gives birth to a terrifying shadow baby, and in Season 8 the famous battle between Jaime Lannister and Euron Greyjoy. Next travel to The Dark Hedges, otherwise known as the King's Road. The road famously was where Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. Walk along the famous tree-lined road which has become a famous Instagrammable spot. Lunch can also be purchased at your own expense. After lunch, discover the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, and walk across the historic stones, and learn about the legend of Irish giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway. Finally, enjoy a short photo opportunity at Dunluce castle, which was famously used as the seat for House Greyjoy. Travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back at the meeting location in central Belfast, next to the Great Victoria Street train and bus station.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway Tour & Game of Thrones Locations

4. Belfast: Giant's Causeway Tour & Game of Thrones Locations

At 9am we depart Belfast and travel along one of the top 5 scenic drives in the world, the Antrim Coastal Route. First stop on the tour is Carrickfergus Castle which is a Norman castle build in 1177, after 800 years of history the castle still looks incredible today. We will now be travelling along the Antrim Coast Road the next stop is Carnlough Harbour for a comfort break. A short walk across the road will reward you with the first film location in Game of Thrones, Carnlough Harbour. The harbour has not changed in hundreds of years and features in many paintings. As the tour proceeds along the Coastal Road the next stop is a viewing point sitting above the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Unfortunately the bridge is closed for coach tours but the viewpoint has the ideal view. The Iconic Dark Hedges is next on the itinerary and provides one of the best Instagram opportunities of the day. Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees is an incredible sight. This will be our main lunch stop of the day and you are welcome to eat your pre packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Dark Hedges Hotel. Next we will stop at Dunluce Castle. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy .One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. The final stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide….. It's now time to sit back and relax for the journey back to Belfast and to check your phone for all the incredible memories you will take with you. We aim to arrive in Belfast around 6pm.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

5. Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

*Day 1 - Giants Causeway Tour Information: Depart central Belfast onboard your luxury coach and head out onto the world famous causeway coastal road, voted one of the worlds best drives! Our first stop of the day is Carrickfergus castle where you will have time to grab a quick photo, the castle was built in 12th century by the Normans and still looks incredible even today. Next we will travel through the glens of antrim and navigate the tight famous coastal road to carnlough harbour, a picturesque Irish fishing village that time has almost forgotten. Disembark and stretch your legs, and explore the harbour or grab refreshemnts and use the toilets. We now travel deeper into the glens of antrim and to cushendun caves, discover the stunning caves and enjoy spectacular views over looking the mull of kintyre in Scotland which is easy to see on any clear day. The iconic dark hedges is our next port of call, and is one of the most instagramable spots in Northern Ireland, you will have the chance to walk along the famous road and also grab lunch at your own expense at the local pub. After lunch we re-board the coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surrounds this world-famous attraction at no extra cost! After the Giant’s Causeway, we make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle where you can grab a quick photo before heading back to central Belfast for the final leg of the tour. *Day 2-3 Hop on Hop off Tour Enjoy an open-top bus tour around Belfast to experience all the city has to offer in over 2 days. This sightseeing ticket makes stops at 19 locations around the city so you can discover each of them at your leisure. Stop 1 - Donegall Square West 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral 15 - Peace Wall - Sign The Famous Wall 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

6. Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

Giant's Causeway Tour:  At 9am we depart Belfast and travel along one of the top 5 scenic drives in the world, the Antrim Coastal Route. First stop on the tour is Carrickfergus Castle which is a Norman castle build in 1177, after 800 years of history the castle still looks incredible today. We will now be travelling along the Antrim Coast Road the next stop is Carnlough Harbour for a comfort break. A short walk across the road will reward you with the first film location in Game of Thrones, Carnlough Harbour. The harbour has not changed in hundreds of years and features in many paintings. As the tour proceeds along the Coastal Road the next stop is a viewing point sitting above the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Unfortunately the bridge is closed for coach tours but the viewpoint has the ideal view. The Iconic Dark Hedges is next on the itinerary and provides one of the best Instagram opportunities of the day. Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees is an incredible sight. This will be our main lunch stop of the day and you are welcome to eat your pre packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Dark Hedges Hotel. Next we will stop at Dunluce Castle. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy .One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. The final stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide….. It's now time to sit back and relax for the journey back to Belfast and to check your phone for all the incredible memories you will take with you. Belfast City Tour 1 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 19 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail, HMS Caroline, Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals. 

Belfast: Game of Thrones Tour Plus 1-Day City Tour Pass

7. Belfast: Game of Thrones Tour Plus 1-Day City Tour Pass

Game of Thrones Tour: At 9am we depart Belfast and travel along one of the top 5 scenic drives in the world, the Antrim Coastal Route. First stop on the tour is Carrickfergus Castle which is a Norman castle build in 1177, after 800 years of history the castle still looks incredible today. We will now be travelling along the Antrim Coast Road the next stop is Carnlough Harbour for a comfort break. A short walk across the road will reward you with the first film location in Game of Thrones, Carnlough Harbour. The harbour has not changed in hundreds of years and features in many paintings. As the tour proceeds along the Coastal Road the next stop is a viewing point sitting above the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Unfortunately the bridge is closed for coach tours but the viewpoint has the ideal view. The Iconic Dark Hedges is next on the itinerary and provides one of the best Instagram opportunities of the day. Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees is an incredible sight. This will be our main lunch stop of the day and you are welcome to eat your pre packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Dark Hedges Hotel. Next we will stop at Dunluce Castle. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy .One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. The final stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide….. Belfast Open-Top -Day City Pass: The Belfast Open-Top 1-Day City Pass will provide you with a comprehensive tour of this special city and allow you to explore every area with 23 stops to choose from. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 1-day. If you do not hop-off the tour, it will take approximately 1-hour and 15 minutes. Tours depart from Belfast City Hall but you can join the tour at any of the stops along the route. The city tour will take in the following attractions: Titanic Belfast, HMS Caroline, Crumlin Road Jail, Queens University and the political wall murals.  

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

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

Depart from Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn Hotel) taking the Causeway Coastal Route. 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 in season two. Next stop is 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 Iron Islands costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. What is dead may never die! 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). Our final stop of the day is the Dark Hedges, the avenue of 200 year old serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

Belfast: Game Of Thrones Tour & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

9. Belfast: Game Of Thrones Tour & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Day 1 - Game of Thrones Tour Information Visit Carrickfergus Castle, Carnlough Harbour, Cushendun Caves and walk along the Kings Road - 'The Dark Hedges'. Get 90 minutes and full access to the Giant's Causeway famous stones included in your price. View Dunluce Castle which hangs on a cliffs edge for a photo opportunity before returning to Belfast approx 6:00 - 6:30pm on a full roundtrip adventure! After departing central Belfast at 9:00am sharp, a short journey will take you to our 1st stop at Carrickfergus castle, a stunning 12th-century Norman castle. Walk around and take photographs of the harbour and the stunning castle. We now continue the drive along the causeway coastal road, which has been voted one of the worlds most scenic drives, as it brings you over, around and through the Glens of Antrim. Navigating through small towns and villages, hearing about the myths & legends of the leprechauns and fairies that reside in these Glens. Visit Carnlough Harbour and fully discover a key Game of thrones location that acted as Bravoos in Season 6, Episode 7 (The Broken Man). This location also acts as a refreshment stop where snacks can be purchased and toilets can be used. Next we travel to Cushendun Caves which were used more than once in the hit show. Sir Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed ashore in Season 2 - Melisandre gives birth to a terrifying shadow baby, and in Season 8 the famous battle between Jaime Lannister and Euron Greyjoy. Next travel to The Dark Hedges, otherwise known as the Kings Road. The road famously featured in Season 2 - Episode 1: The North Remembers. This is where Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. She was with Yoren, Hot Pie, Gendry and others who are to join the Night’s Watch. Walk along the famous tree lined road which has became one of the most Instagramable spots in Northern Ireland! This stop also acts as a lunch stop where lunch can be purchased at your own expense. After lunch, discover the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, and walk across the historic stones, learn about the legend of Irish giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway at no extra cost. Finally & time allowing we visit the viewing point for a photo opportunity at Dunluce castle, which was famously used as the seat for House Greyjoy in the smash hit series! After your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back at the meeting location in central Belfast, next to Great Victoria Street train and bus station. *Day 2-3 Hop on Hop off Tour Enjoy an open-top bus tour and discover lots of things to do in Belfast, experience all the city has to offer in over 2 days. This sightseeing ticket makes stops at 19 locations around the city so you can discover each of them at your leisure. Stop 1 - Donegall Square West 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral 15 - Peace Walls Belfast - Sign The Famous Wall 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

10. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,179 reviews

I thought the trip was perfect! So if you want to see something of Northern Ireland outside of Belfast, you should definitely take this tour. The stations were very well chosen, there is enough time to explore and take photos. The highlight of the tour for me was Giants Causeway, absolutely worth seeing and impressive. If you're a bit of a Game of Thrones fan, you'll also get your money's worth here. The filming locations are equipped with boards and you can also see a film scene from the respective filming location. Our guide and bus driver gave very good information and also told good stories about the individual stops. The trip also had perfect musical accompaniment! A must do if you go to Belfast!

I really enjoyed the trip, the guide was very good, I had enough time in the places, I couldn't visit the bridge because the weather wasn't favorable, but everything was very good, I highly recommend it.

I loved it! The tour guide was amazing— so funny and kept the group engaged the whole time. He explained the itinerary in detail and gave us so many good facts of Irish history. I highly recommend!!

We had an amazing time, Stuart the driver was friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Whilst the weather wasn't the kindest, this didn't dampen our day. Would definitely recommend

Hugh was an amazing guide! So funny and informative, couldn’t ask for better! Would highly recommend this trip!