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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
Discover the capital of Northern Ireland on the Belfast Day Trip from Dublin! Combining guided tours with independent sightseeing, you'll gain an understanding of Northern Ireland's complex and fascinating history. Visit the historical town of Dundrum, a Norman castle, and the resting place of Ireland's patron saint.


  • Full-day trip from Dublin to Belfast, led by an expert guide
  • Learn about Northern Ireland's political history and past civil unrest
  • Guided coach tour of Belfast City, taking in the Belfast peace walls and the birthplace of the Titanic
  • Browse artifacts at the Irish Republican History Museum
  • Visit the town of Dundrum, and see the Norman Castle on the way back from Belfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Belfast Day Trip from Dublin

Belfast Day Trip from Dublin

Starting from a central Dublin location, your day trip departs early to beat the traffic on the drive north to Belfast.

In the mid-morning, you’ll enter Northern Ireland and reach Belfast, the country’s capital city. Here you will have a guided coach tour of Belfast City, where you'll be shown the Belfast peace walls that act as peace lines between the Catholic and Protestant communities. Look out for the wall murals that tell stories of community disputes from both sides of the fence.

After a light-hearted introduction into the perils of Belfast politics, you’ll have approximately two hours to spend at leisure, and your guide will happily offer directions to recommended lunch spots. Suggested Belfast attractions for you to see include Belfast Cathedral (also known as St Anne’s Cathedral), or the landmark site of Belfast City Hall on Donegal Square.

Continue your tour to East Belfast, where you’ll visit the Harland and Wolff dry docks. It was here that the doomed Titanic ship was designed and built.

Following this, you will begin your drive back towards Dublin, stopping in Downpatrick to visit the Saint Patrick Centre and take a short walk to the Down Cathedral to learn about the patron saint of Ireland.

Your Belfast Day trip will continue south through County Down. You will stop at Dundrum where you will have a chance to visit the ruins of the famous Norman castle and admire the views. Following this, you will pass through the Mourne Mountains, an area of outstanding natural beauty, where you will have views of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland. You will also have a chance to experience gravity hill, where vehicles appear to roll uphill due to an optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape.

From here you will continue back to Dublin where your tour concludes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was my favorite part of my visit to the Emerald Isle. I was highly Impressed with our tour guide's knowledge and friendly attitude.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Joey was our guide and he is amazing. Joey is a wealth of knowledge and is nonstop entertainment. The tour was very moving with all of the history of the murals and political distress in Ireland. I wish there was time to actually go in the titanic attraction. However, overall very wonderful day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide Shane was friendly and knowledgeable also a very safe driver, took us to the extra out of the way places, would highly recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

very informative. The tour guide, Mac did a great job. kept it lively and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great way to see the country side and visit Belfast. The tour guide/Bus driver - Liam McDonald -was so pleasant and very helpful. The only confusion we had was the meeting point. Should have been more specific that the tour buses will be there on the corner of the 2 streets. Since Belfast is under United Kingdom the currency used is Sterling Pounds and not Euros.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

My cousin and I enjoyed the trip very much! Everything was perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

On other hand the online price I paid and actual was different. I ended up to pay more.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was a great experience! Luckily there was a last minute booking, and the tour wasn't cancelled I was travelling solo plus this meant that our group was small, which was great, as it had an intimate, family trip-like feel to it. Northern Ireland is an experience in itself as you can really notice the difference, plus Belfast has an interesting history to it. We saw a lot of sights and got some time for ourselves in Belfast for lunch/exploration. We also saw the place the Titanic was built, which was cool, and we got a few opportunities to get out of the coach and take pictures, which was great. The Downpatrick Centre St Patrick was also cool, plus they opened just for us on a Sunday! Our guide was awesome- she was really friendly and open to all questions, plus she really made you feel welcome and as if you were part of the family! Highly recommend!

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