- 2-day Belfast and Game of Thrones trip from Dublin
- Explore Belfast independently with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and admission to Titanic Belfast visitor center
- See top city sights such as the dock where the Titanic was built and the Peace Wall
- Hear insider gossip about the popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones, based on George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels
- Visit the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to a shadow baby and stop for photos on the Dark Hedges road
- Make the most of free time to explore the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Enjoy one night in Belfast, staying in 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast included
What You Can Expect
Make your own way to Connolly station in Dublin to meet your host and board your train to Belfast. Sit back and enjoy the scenic ride along the eastern coast of Ireland. As you travel, listen to your host share fascinating details about the areas you pass by.
On arrival in Belfast, receive a ticket to the Titanic Belfast visitor center and a hop-on hop-off bus pass. With the rest of the day free to spend at your leisure, the hop-on hop-off bus allows you to travel easily between Belfast’s top sights. Board your bus from any of the stops and listen to the live or recorded commentary as you travel through the city, hopping on and off at your leisure. See the Itinerary for a list of stops.
Perhaps hop off in the Titanic Quarter to redeem your Titanic Belfast ticket. See the dock where the doomed liner was built and wander around a reconstruction of some of the Titanic’s rooms. Other sights include Crumlin Road Gaol and Peace Wall where you can leave your thoughts alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton.
After exploring the city, check in to your 4-star hotel in the city center.
Overnight: 4-star Europa Hotel or Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast
Day 2: Belfast – Game of Thrones filming locations – Giant’s Causeway (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, then travel by coach along the Causeway Coastal Route to begin your tour of sites from the TV show, Game of Thrones. As you travel, listen to your guide talk about the series that was adapted from George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
Stop in the town of Cushendun to visit the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow baby.' Hear tales of the power struggles and trysts between the noble families of Westeros, and learn about the exploits of King Joffrey Baratheon.
Then, continue to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities, and travel to the Dark Hedges road. With its archway of intertwined trees, the road is one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed locations and the place where Arya Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing.
Then, head to the cosy Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy for a pub for lunch (own expense), before traveling to Larrybane where several major scenes were filmed.
Your final stop is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. While it hasn’t been used in Game of Thrones, it is one of the Causeway Coast’s must-see sights. The captivating natural wonder consists of hexagonal rock columns that mysteriously fit together. Hop across the stones and hear myths surrounding them from a National Trust guide.
After exploring Giant’s Causeway, board your coach and travel back to Belfast to catch your return train to Dublin.
- The Titanic Shipyards
- The Titanic Dock and Pump-House
- Parliament Buildings and Stormont Estate
- Laganside Area
- St George's Market
- Cathedral Quarter
- High Street and Bridge Street
- Albert Memorial Clock
- St Anne's Cathedral
- Crumlin Road Gaol and Courthouse
- Clifton House (Belfast Poor House)
- Peace Line
- Shankill Road
- Falls Road
- Political wall murals
- Queen's University
- Belfast City Hall
- Belfast City Center
Awesome tour!!! Guide was wonderful and the Game of Thrones film locations were outstanding. Come dressed adequately though, as it is extremely windy and rainy up in Northern Ireland!!
Overall, I'm thrilled to have taken this tour. It was easy to find the tour escort at Connolly station, and during the train ride, he provided us with some information about the local areas. In Belfast, he handed us off to the local tour operator, who took us directly to our hotel (Europa) for luggage drop-off. The hotel was wonderful! The first day involved exploring Belfast independently, mainly through the hop-on/off bus. The bus route and commentary are very good, but in winter months, be aware that the bus will stop running very early (by 4 p.m.) and only comes every half hour, which can be a problem in bad/cold weather, as some of the stops (e.g. Peace Wall) have no readily available shelter. Also note that the bus ride out to Stormont involves a somewhat lengthy highway journey, so if you are on the top level of the bus, hold on to your hats and ensure you are dressed to stay warm! The Titanic museum is outstanding and not to be missed - but leave plenty of time, because there are 7 floors to explore! The GoT day tour was really great. Our tour guide, Philip, has a magical, engaging way of weaving his stories and relating his vast knowledge of local history and legend back to GoT. Some of the stops were more interesting than others, but on the whole, the countryside is gorgeous, and the tour was very well done. Be prepared for a long stop at the Giant's Causeway (possibly including lunch). Depending on the size of your group, you may be in a mini-bus - this was the only real downside, as tall individuals will find the seating somewhat cramped. This tour is not too physically intense, but the tour guide tended to walk quickly, and there were some hills getting into and out of the locations. (At the Giant's Causeway, there is a 15 minute walk downhill and 20 minutes back up, but there is also a cheap bus that you can take.) All in all, this tour is highly recommended and was very much enjoyed!