Belfast and Saint Patricks Trail Tour
Belfast Day Tour
8:00am (Arrive 10mins before) Departure location:
Suffolk Street (See map)
Price: €45 Adult €40 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs €22.50 Child 5yrs / 12yrs Children under 5 free
The great city of Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and this Belfast day tour will not only take you on a tour of the city but will also highlight many other gems of the north including historical and natural treasures. Our guides are full of knowledge about Northern Ireland from its great mountains to St Patrick and, of course, the Troubles that have scarred this part of the country fo decades. After a quick coffee break before we hit the border we will head directly for Belfast to begin our tour of the city! Your guide will take you first around West Belfast, the home of the famous (or infamous) Peace Wall. You will also visit the Irish Republican History Museum before you’re dropped in the city centre for some free time. You might need to change some money to the pound sterling as you are now in the United Kingdom! After exploring the city centre, we depart on the second half of the city tour to East Belfast and the birthplace of the RMS Titanic. Your northern adventure has only just begun as we head out of the city to the town of Downpatrick and the resting place of Ireland’s most famous saint. Here you will visit the Saint Patrick Centre and the Down Cathedral where you will find the grave of Saint Patrick himself! Then on to the coastal village of Dundrum for a visit to a Norman castle. From the top of its fortified walls you’ll enjoy an amazing view that let’s you see for miles in all directions. We then move on to the highest mountain range in northern Ireland, The Mourne Mountains, where you will make a photo stop at an area of outstanding beauty at Spelga Dam. Ask your guide to show you Gravity Hill and watch your tour bus roll “up” a hill all by itself!
08:00am - Departs at St Andrew Street
This Belfast day tour departs from Suffolk Street (outside the old stone church). Once your guide makes sure that everyone is happy, you’ll make your way out of the city heading north past the famous Croke Park Stadium, the port tunnel and Dublin airport. Along the way your guide will give you an overview behind the history of Northern Ireland and insight into the Troubles and their origin.
10:15am - Arrive in Belfast City
You now arrive in Belfast City. Here, your guide will begin your two-part city tour. We first visit West Belfast where you will make a photo stop at the infamous Peace Wall. This 25ft wall divides the Loyalist community from the Republican community. Loyalist are those who are loyal to the Queen of England and wish to keep Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. Republicans are those who ultimately want a united Ireland and the removal of the British claim to the northern part of the island. You will also visit the Republican museum (not open Sun & Mon) before we drop you in the city centre for some free time and lunch (not included).
11:00am - Explore Belfast city centre and have some lunch
Take some time to explore Belfast city centre and have lunch in one of the many pubs and restaurants. Here are a few suggestion of things to do during this time: – Fancy a pint? Then drop in to one of the city’s oldest and most interesting bars – the Crown Liquor Saloon. – Visit Saint Anne’s cathedral or also known as Belfast cathedral. – See the leaning tower of Belfast at Albert’s Memorial Clock. – Drop into one of Belfast’s main landmarks at the Belfast City hall.
13:30pm - Second half of your Belfast city guided tour
We start the second half of your Belfast city guided tour, this time to East Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff shipyard and of course the birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic. We then leave the city and head south to the town of Downpatrick and get close to Ireland’s most famous saint.
14:45pm - Downpatrick
Welcome to Downpatrick, a name which translates to ‘Patrick’s stronghold’! You will first visit the Saint Patrick Centre where you will learn all about the saint who first came to Ireland as a boy slave to work as a shepherd. You will be shown a film telling his life story before you take a short walk to Down Cathedral which is built beside St Patrick’s grave.
16:00pm - Dundrum
Onwards and moving south again to the small village of Dundrum which holds one of Ireland’s Norman castles built by John De Courcy in the 12th century. This castle is protected by strong fortified walls which encircle a inner tower, the home of De Courcy. Climb to the top of the battlements and gaze at the amazing coastal views as far as the eye can see.
17:00pm - See Slieve Donard, the Mourne's highest peak
You will now drive high above sea level as your guide takes you through northern Ireland’s highest range of mountains called the Mourne Mountains. See Slieve Donard, the Mourne’s highest peak sore high above other peaks at a lake side stopping point. Your driver will then show you something mystifying. There is a place known as Gravity Hill where you will see with your own eyes your tour bus roll up a hill all by itself!
17:20pm - Short stop at Ross' Monument
All good things must come to an end and sadly we must leave beautiful Northern Ireland, but not before one last stop. As we move further south towards to the border we make a short stop at Ross’ Monument which sits on a spectacular stretch of coast. This 99ft pillar is dedicated to the man who burned down the White House in retaliation for the Americans burning York in 1813. York is now modern Toronto!
19:30pm - Arrive back in Dublin
Arrive back in Dublin and tell all your friends about your adventure to Northern Ireland on your Belfast day tour!
Belfast with Bud
This trip was fantastic! Our tour guide was Bud and he really made the day an amazing one. He provided loads of details on both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Trip advisor June 2014
I did 3 tours this week: Cork, Belfast and Cliffs of Moher. The tour guides were funny and knew their stuff. Trip advisor June 2014
Belfast with Shane
It was a wonderful tour and I saw many things I may not have known to see if I was on my own. Trip advisor June 2014