Marvel at iconic locations used to film ‘Game of Thrones’ on a 2-day tour of Belfast and Giant’s Causeway from Dublin. After a scenic train ride along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast, you’ll explore Belfast independently with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. With a guide, you’ll visit locations used to film the award-winning drama, ‘Game of Thrones’, and gasp at mythical sites like the Cushenden Caves, Dark Hedges road and the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway independently. Overnight accommodation, breakfast and round-trip train transport from Dublin is included.
- 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Dark HedgesPhoto by: jsilver1
- Giants CausewayPhoto by: jsilver1
- RobinsonsPhoto by: jsilver1
- GorsePhoto by: jsilver1
- Castle GatesPhoto by: jsilver1
- ShorePhoto by: Joseph L
- CavePhoto by: Joseph L
- On the RoadPhoto by: Joseph L
- Scenic BridgePhoto by: Joseph L
- Dark HedgesPhoto by: Joseph L
- BallintoyPhoto by: Joseph L
- Joe and Conor at Giants ...Photo by: Joseph L
- Ballintoy HarbourPhoto by: Joseph L
- Castle BlackPhoto by: Joseph L
- Carrickfergus CastlePhoto by: Joseph L
- Carrickfergus CastlePhoto by: Joseph L
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.
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
SO MUCH FUN!!!!! My husband and I were traveling with our 20 year old daughter. She is the game of thrones watcher. We are not. But I wanted to schedule something I thought she would like and Eric and I were excited about Belfast. Well...I can't say enough great things about this tour. Northern Ireland was unbelievable. The train ride was awesome. The city of Belfast is full of history and beautiful. We took the hop on hop off all around the city. We went to the Titanic visitor center and enjoyed it very much. Our bus guide was very informative. We learned a lot about the city. Our hotel was fantastic. The next day we got on the bus for the game of thrones day. My daughter LOVED it! I have to say...I enjoyed it as much as my daughter did. The sites we visited were beautiful and we learned a lot about the show. It was so much fun. Highly recommend. Just soaking in the landscape of Northern Ireland was worth the whole trip!
Day 1: Spending the evening in Belfast at the Europa was really cool. They were extremely accommodating when an issue arose with us needing to change rooms. The process was super simple and well explained. Belfast has a grittier feel than Dublin for sure, but it has come a long way as I understand and seems like it is ready to welcome the tourism industry back with open arms. Also very cool to get a better understanding of the Troubles from a local perspective. Hop on Hop off in Belfast was full of great info. Spent a late night at Robinsons Tavern across from the Europa singing dancing and having an absolute blast.This tour was really incredible. In planning this trip, my friend and I actually signed up for a different 2-day tour to Belfast and the Causeway, but the dates that we wanted weren't available. This GoT tour was not our first choice. It was a bit more expensive and although we both watch the show, neither of us are die hard fanatics. IT WAS WELL WORTH IT. Seeing the filming sites that we did on day 2 was incredible and I now watch the show with new eyes. I didn't think I could be awestruck more than just to see the natural beauty of the land, but I really was. The photo opportunities were amazing. The sites were amazing.
I'll finish by saying that our guide Derrick was hilarious, knowledgeable and extremely conscientious of the needs of his group. I was traveling with a friend who has mobility issues due to MS. We let Derrick know and he was so lovely in paying special mind to point out to us all of the potential limitations at each stop on our tour. He was really a lovely man and made her spirits high with his conversation and understanding. His ability to roll through some pretty intense GoT conspiracy theories developed by a few members of our groups was hilarious. GREAT GUY. He truly made the trip worth it. I literally have reenacted things that he did and said to my friends several times...that kind of funny.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The night in Belfast was at an amazing hotel. I really enjoyed the diversity this tour allowed for.
The day in Belfast was full and I definitely recommend the Titanic Museum for both kids and adults what with its interactive displays and organization. The Hotel Europa was lovely for the one night stay. Day2, Derek Derrick our tour guide was absolutely funny. The sites around Northern Ireland were breath taking and the added fun was the GoT aspect. Thank you!
Wonderful guided tour. Driver Derrick was very skilled and knowledgeable about throne locations. He was quite entertaining and kept the day moving nicely. On several occasions Derrick added great value to the tour with insightful comments. A few passengers were talking loudly and disrupting the trip for others. Derrick very politely asked them to keep it down to limit the distraction. Derrick is a brilliant driver.
yeah, it is all that my children expected. The guide was absolutely fantastic, very funny and knowledgeable. Great history of Ireland and the Troubles. Northern Ireland and Belfast: what change! Really nice. We were struck by how nice everyone is on this island. The hotel was great. The Titanic tour was great. It definitely is worth doing this tour. In general, all the tours were highly professional and every one outdid themselves to help us and make sure we were comfortable. Very nice. We will be back.
Had such a great time on this tour! Sean from rail tours was so kind, and helped us in our way to Belfast. Day two started the GoT tour which was incredible! Derrick from McCombs tour company(I believe it was?) was hilarious and really knew his stuff! I'd recommend this to anyone, fan or not.
Tour was outstanding. Derek our tour guide was so entertaining and knowledgeable. He actually showed us clips from the show taken in the locations we were brought to.
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!