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Belfast Day Tour from Dublin

Belfast Day Tour from Dublin

Enjoy a day tour to historical Belfast from Dublin and experience the beautiful countryside and many exciting stops.

See one of Ireland's 7 Wonders, "The Belfast Peace Wall." In addition, you will see the amazing countryside that Northern Ireland has to offer, and will stop at various sites of historic significance on this amazing Belfast Day Tour from Dublin. The guides are keen to make your day interesting and informative, each adding their own humor and knowledge to the mix. You will hear all about Northern Ireland while you sit back and enjoy the view. No guidebooks are needed on this trip!

After a short coffee break along the way, your first stop will be Belfast City. There will be a political/ historical guided tour of the city, visiting some of the political hotspots, as well as visiting the Republican Museum. Afterwards, you will have some free time to explore the city and have some lunch, and maybe change some money to Pound Stirling, as you are now in the United Kingdom! You will also visit the Belfast dockyards - birth place of the Titanic - before you continue the rest of the northern adventure!

There are many more exciting stops you will be shown before you cross back over the border. You will visit Downpatrick and the grave of St Patrick. Here, you will see the amazing cathedral and exhibition centre. Then, you're on your way to the Norman castle at Dundrum before you make a stop to take in the spectacular views of the Mourne mountains. Don't forget to ask your guide to show you the famous "Gravity Hill!" Before you hit the motorway, you will make one last stop at Ross’ monument dedicated to Major General Robert Ross, the man who burned down the White House. On the way back down the motorway you can reminisce about your day’s adventure to Northern Ireland while listening to some traditional music along the way - What a jam packed day - Phew!

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

full day

Time

8:00 am daily

Tour does not include hotel pick up. Departure is from Suffolk Street (details on E-Ticket). Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Tour Itinerary

8:00 am
Your one day tour of Belfast departs from the Suffolk street tourist office (outside the old stone church). Your guide will do a quick introduction of the tour and will make sure that everybody is happy and ready to go! You will be riding through the northern suburbs of town, passing some interesting sites on the way, which your friendly guide will tell you more of. You will see places such as the Croke Park- Home of Gaelic Games, Dublin Airport's new 2nd terminal and the controversy surrounding it, and the Dublin Port tunnel that was built too small for the larger trucks to use! In addition, you will get a quick overview on the politics of the North, but more so when in Belfast.

10:15 am
Welcome to Belfast City! Start your ride around West Belfast, which is home to 'Loyalists' (those loyal to the Queen) on the one side, and “Republicans”(those who want a united Ireland). Your guide will show you the dividing wall called "The Peace Wall" - a sort of peace line between these two factions. Here, it will be explained why the troubles started and how relations are today. The wall murals tell their own story from both sides of the fence. You will visit the Republican Museum, with a large collection of artifacts and prison handicrafts, representing various phases of the struggle for Irish Freedom. It also has a library for research and audiovisual aids. This is the only tour from Dublin that has access to the facilities, making it a unique experience! (Please note that this is closed on Sunday and Monday).

11:00 am
Now you have some time to grab something to eat and look around on your own. Some suggestions maybe:

  • Visit the Crown Liquor Saloon with its wooden partitions and ornate Victorian exterior, where you can show your political preference by walking either over the crown at the front entrance, or walk around it.
  • Visit the Grand Opera house, or otherwise visit St. Anne's cathedral (also known as Belfast Cathedral) if culture is your thing, and find out more about its "Black Santa" or listen to its pipe organ play- the largest in Northern Ireland.
  • Look out for the Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast's own leaning clock tower!
  • If you are really a history fanatic, try the Linen Hall Library. It is the oldest library in Belfast, and renowned for its extensive Irish and Local Studies Collection, which ranges from Early Belfast and Ulster printed books and includes 250,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, which is the definitive archive of the recent troubles.
  • City Hall on Donegal square is a landmark site. Its great dome will have you thinking of the White House. Incidentally this is also the site from which bill Clinton addressed the people of Northern Ireland in 1995.

1:30 pm
You will depart for a introduction to East Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff shipyard and birthplace of the Titanic, before heading south to the resting place of the Patron Saint of Ireland: Saint Patrick.

2:45 pm
You will arrive at Downpatrick and visit the St Patrick Centre, which tells the story of Saint Patrick. Here, you will walk through the exhibition and then be shown a film all about Saint Patrick’s life. When you finish, you will be taken on a short walk to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and shown the last resting place of the great man who it is said, brought Christianity to Ireland.

4:00 pm
The next stop is at the small seaside village of Dundrum and the Norman castle which sits on high ground built by John De Courcy in the 12th century. This is a fascinating stronghold which has a circular defence tower inside strong fortified walls. It is a ruin today, but you can climb to the top of the fort walls and see the amazing views for miles.

5:00 pm
From Dundrum, your guide will take you to Northern Ireland’s largest mountain range called the Mourne Mountains. You will stop at an area of outstanding beauty and gaze up at the highest peak called Slieve Donard. Before you leave, ask your guide to show you "gravity hill," where you'll see your bus roll "up" a hill all by itself!!

5:20 pm
Sadly, you must depart the beautiful Mourne Mountains and start to make your way back down to Dublin. You'll enjoy chatting and reminiscing about your days adventure to Northern Ireland while you listen to some traditional music along the way! You should arrive back in Dublin at approximately 7:30 pm.

Tour does not include hotel pick up. Departure is from Suffolk Street (details on E-Ticket). Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Rating & Reviews

Customer Ratings & Reviews


  • 5 / 5
    Well run informative tour

  • 5 / 5
    The guide was excellent and the overall time was great. see prior comment

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Event Date:

October 20, 2017

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08:00 AM