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Belfast & Northern Ireland Day tour from Dublin

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Belfast & Northern Ireland

 

Departure time: 8:00am (Arrive 10mins before)

Departure location: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street  See map

Adult – €50

Student / Youth(13-16) / Senior  -  €45

Children (5-12)  -  €25

Infant (0-4)  -  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 for decades. We will head directly for Belfast to begin our tour of the city! Your guide will take you around West Belfast, the home of the famous (or infamous) Peace Wall.

You will also visit the Irish Republican History Museum before heading to East Belfast and discovering the birthplace of the RMS Titanic. You might have heard of the ill-fated ocean liner! After we finish our exploration, you will have some free time in the city centre to have lunch and explore impressive buildings such as the Belfast City Hall, charming and traditional pubs and the plentiful shops. Belfast even has its own leaning tower, the Albert Memorial Clock. You might need to change some money to the pound sterling as you are now in the United Kingdom and euros are not accepted here.

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  where you will find the grave of Saint Patrick himself! Then we are on to the coastal village of Dundrum to visit a Norman castle. From the top of its fortified walls you’ll enjoy an amazing view that lets you see for miles in all directions. We then move on to the highest mountain range in Northern Ireland, the Mourne Mountains. You will have the chance to take photographs of this stunning region and the Spelga Dam. Ask your guide to show you Gravity Hill where gravity seemingly doesn’t apply – watch your tour bus roll up a hill all by itself!

 

Itinerary

8:00am - Departs from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk street
This Belfast day tour departs from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street. We have to stress that our tours leave on time so we highly recommend that you are at the meeting point ten minutes early.  Your guide will meet you, introduce himself and you’ll meet your travel companions for the journey. We’ll make our 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.
10:30am - Arrive in Belfast City
You 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 larger. The wall and surrounding buildings are decorated with murals depicting people and events that are important to the opposing communities. You will see a stark contrast in what is depicted in these murals. 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. She was deemed an indestructible ship by her designers but tragedy struck and she sank on her maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg, resulting in the death of 1517 passengers.
12:00pm - Explore Belfast city center and have some lunch
We have between 1 1/2 – 2 hours here as free time to explore Belfast city centre and have lunch in one of the many pubs and restaurants (not included). 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, 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.

2:45pm - Downpatrick & St Patrick's Grave
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 see St Patrick’s grave.
4:00pm - Dundrum Castle
Onwards and moving south again to the small village of Dundrum which is home to one of Ireland’s impressive Norman castles built by John De Courcy in the 12th century. This castle is protected by strong fortified walls which encircle an inner tower, the home of De Courcy. Climb to the top of the battlements of this well-preserved castle and take in the amazing coastal views and views over the countryside. You will understand the advantage of building the castle at this location, an enemy approaching would be seen long before they reached the castle.
4:30pm - 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 mountains are a designated area of outstanding beauty and the views are breathtaking! See Slieve Donard, the Mourne’s highest peak soar high above other peaks. 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! What causes this gravity-defying phenomenon? You decide! All good things must come to an end and sadly we must leave beautiful Northern Ireland.
7:00pm - 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

Belfast day tour , Peace wall

Peace Wall

The First Peace walls were built in 1969 dividing the republican and the unionist communities. They were intended 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 Falls Road and Shankhill Road. Both these areas are infamous as volatile points during the troubles. The walls are covered in murals – depicting the struggle as seen by two opposing sides. It is a fascinating visit and an introduction to Belfast’s troubled history.

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TITANIC SHIP YARD

Belfast day tour, Harland and Wolff

Titanic Ship Yard

 The Harland and Wolff shipyard is a historic icon 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 go to the visitor center but have a look around the yard where the ships were constructed. Ship building was a huge industry in Belfast at the time, with the Titanic and her sister ships Olympic and Brittanic also built there.

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BELFAST CITY

City hall , Belfast day tour

Belfast City Hall

Belfast city is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with fantastic shopping.  Enjoy some free time exploring the meandering streets and chat to the friendly locals.  Visit the craft and food market at St Georges or just enjoy walking around and soak up the atmosphere. During your time here you’ll see that Belfast has come a very long way from it’s troubled past

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BELFAST MURALS

Picture Murals, Belfast day tour

Belfast Murals

You guide will take you by bus around many of the fascinating murals of Belfast.  View these works of art from the days of te troubles from both sides of the conflict through the Falls and Shankill Roads.

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ST PATRICK’S GRAVE & DOWNPATRICK CATHEDRAL

Saint Patricks Grave, Belfast day tour

St Patrick’s Grave

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

 

Reviews

Reviews

Belfast for the day

We spent a dark and rainy day in Belfast in December. Doesn’t get much better than that.

We cannot say enough great things about our guide (Jennifer) and our driver (Larry) who were absolutely fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide/driver combination, given the complexity of balancing a day of touring (read:having fun) while dealing with such a heavy subject, which is “The Troubles”. Highly recommend this tour.

We love Ireland. Beautiful country. Beautiful people. Amazing history.

Visited December 2016

Trip advisor December 2016

Day tour to Belfast

We took a day tour to Belfast in August and Caroline was THE BEST tour guide we ever had! She provided a lot of informations about Irish history and nowadays during our ride, she was funny, and even sang us Irish traditional songs. One day is definitely too short time for visiting Belfast but if you have only one day- Caroline’s tour is the best way to do it! You won’t regret it.

Visited August 2016

Trip advisor August 2016

FAQ

FAQ

 

How long is the tour? The tour takes approximately 10 hours starting at 8 am and finishing at 6 pm.

Do we stop for lunch?  Yes, we factor in 1 hour for lunch and take you to a good cafe. Lunch is not included however feel free to bring a packed lunch if you wish.

Are all entrance fees covered?  Yes, the customer has no extra expense except for lunch.

What should I wear ?   We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing wait a rain jacket and good footwear  as we spend a lot of time off the bus. Ground can be wet and muddy due to Ireland’s weather so we recommend suitable shoes are always worn.

Is there a reduction for student / seniors?  There is a €5 reduction for students and seniors.

Is there a reduction for children ?  Yes, children between 5yrs and 12yrs are half price.  Infants between 0yrs and 4yrs are Free.  Infant seats are available to add on the booking page at a cost of €15 each.  ( not compulsory ).

Is there a reduction for multiple bookings?  There is €5 reduction when you book a second tour and another €7 reduction on booking of a third tour.

Can we book this day tour as a private tour ?  Yes,  all our tours are available as private bookings for any group size.  For prices and further information please call our sales team at +00353 1 4100 700.

 

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