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Belfast Day tour from Dublin

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Belfast Day tour and Saint Patrick’s Trail

Belfast Day Tour

Departure time: 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

Overview

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!

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Itinerary

08:00am - Departs Suffolk street Molly Malone Statue
This Belfast day tour departs from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street . Your guide will meet you and introduce himself, we have to stress that our tours leave on time so we highly recommend that you are at the meeting point ten minutes early.  We’ll make your way out of the city heading north Your driver will point out some interesting landmarks that you might visit on your return to Dublin such as the famous Croke Park Stadium. As you drive North your guide will give you an insight into Northern Ireland’s turbulent and complex history.
10:15am - Arrive in Belfast City
You now arrive in Belfast City and head straight to the West of the city. You will visit the Shankhill road a unionist stronghold and the Falls road which is a republican stronghold. This was a particular hot spot during the troubles with many riots shootings and bombings by both sides. There was a wall erected to divide and protect the communities from each other and over the years this wall has got bigger and higher. The wall and surrounding buildings are decorated with murals depicting people and events that are important to the opposing communities so you will see a stark contrast in what is depicted. You will also visit the Republican museum (not open Sun & Mon) before we head to the Titanic quarter.
11:30am - Titanic Quarter
We now head to East Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff shipyard and of course the birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic. This was deemed an indestructible ship by its designers but sank on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg with the death of 1517 passengers
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12:15pm - Explore Belfast city center and have some lunch
Take two hours 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 Albert’s Memorial Clock known as the leaning tower of Belfast. – Drop into one of Belfast’s main landmarks at the Belfast City hall.We leave Belfast at aprox 14.15
14:45pm - Downpatrick
Welcome to Downpatrick  which translates to ‘Patrick’s stronghold’! Downpatrick is home to a state of the art visitor center  where you can learn all about the saint who was first brought to Ireland as a boy slave and put to work as a shepherd. You can watch a film telling his life story before exploring the center and learning of life in Ireland during this period. Then 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 is home to 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, which was the home of De Courcy. Climb to the top of the battlements and take in the amazing coastal views and views over the countryside. You will understand the advantage of building this castle with such views you could see the enemy coming from a long way off.
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. The Mourne mountains are a designated area of outstanding Beauty and the views will not dissapoint. 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 not believe your eyes as you see  your tour bus roll up a hill all by itself!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!

Highlights

Belfast Peace Wall

The First peace walls were built in 1969 dividing the republican communities and the unionist communities. They were only meant to be a temporary solution lasting only 6 months but they became a permanent fixture getting higher and longer as time went on. There are now 48 peace walls in Northern Ireland with the majority in Belfast. The peace wall we visit is between the Falls road and the Shankhill road. Both these areas are infamous as flair points during the troubles. The walls are covered in murals depicting the struggle as seen by two opposing sides.

Belfast day tour , Peace wall

Harland And Wolff Ship Yard

The Harland and Wolff shipyard is an historic place in Belfast. It is best known as the birthplace of the Ill fated Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg. We do not visit the visitor center but have a look around the yard where the ships were constructed.

Belfast day tour, Harland and Wolff

 

Downpatrick Visitor center

Downpatrick is the burial place of Ireland’s patron saint St. Patrick. You can visit his grave before exploring the visitor center learning of Patrick’s life in Ireland and the history of Ireland at the time.

 

Reviews

Reviews

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

Highly recommend

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

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