Belfast Day tour and Saint Patrick’s Trail
Belfast Day Tour
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!
Irish day tours run 7 day tours from Dublin daily - Cliffs of Moher day tour - Giants causeway day tour – Malahide castle and whiskey experience – Connemara day tour – Belfast day tour – Cork and Blarney day tour – Celtic Day tour
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.
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.
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.
Kimberley Sculley Kyistad – Belfast Day tour
Went on the Belfast tour today with Jennifer as our guide & Larry as our driver. It was awesome-both did a great job and we had a great day. Jennifer is so knowledgeable and friendly!! She and Larry are both keepers!
An excellent variety – City and then beautiful country
One of the best tours I have been on. A small minibus so less chance of latecomers and less anonymous. Fascinating tour of totally biased Republican museum. Nearly 2 hours free in City Centre so plenty of time to do what you want. Then the quiet of Dundrum castle
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