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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Northern Ireland Day Trip from Dublin: Belfast Black Taxi Tour and Giant's Causeway

Leave Dublin and travel by luxury coach to Belfast for a black cab tour, followed by a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. From the comfort of your black cab, tour Northern Ireland's capital, seeing all the landmark sites, including the Belfast Docks and the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods. After learning about Belfast’s political history, travel along the Antrim Coastal Drive, stopping to explore the famous rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway and to take the perilous walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.


  • Day trip from Dublin to Belfast including a black cab tour and Giant's Causeway excursion
  • Learn about Belfast’s complex history as you visit the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods in a black cab
  • See top Belfast attractions including the Harland and Wolff shipyard and Belfast Docks
  • Travel along the Antrim Coastal Drive and admire the scenery from your luxury coach
  • Spend time at leisure at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • View the 15th-century Dunluce Castle, a filming location for Game of Thrones
  • Walk across the teetering 80-foot (24-meter) high Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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What You Can Expect

Northern Ireland Day Trip from Dublin: Belfast Black Taxi Tour and Giant's Causeway

Explore Belfast's political past

In the early morning, your guide will pick you up from selected central Dublin hotels and then drive you north out of the city by luxury coach. After a journey of roughly two hours, arrive in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, in time for your black cab tour.

On a route around the city, listen to your guide talk through the highs and lows of Belfast’s fascinating political history. Hear of its industrial roots, the past four decades of civil unrest, and of its current regeneration; many say the city’s heyday is still to come.

Look out for several of the top Belfast attractions, like the Harland and Wolff shipyard, where the Titanic was built, and Belfast Docks, where numerous ships were made in the city's industrial days. See political murals as you pass through the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods where Belfast’s Unionist and Nationalist cultures live on opposing sides of the divide. Pull over for a closer look at several key locations, including the Peace Wall, where you can sign your name next to legendary peacemakers, such as Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton.

After a break to take refreshments in the city (own expense), leave Belfast behind and hit the road to the Northern Irish coast. Following a route known as the Antrim Coastal Drive, pass spectacular scenery including stony shores, densely wooded glens and picture-perfect harbors. Pause to marvel at Dunluce Castle, a medieval ruin perched precariously atop a bluff on the coast. Fans of hit TV show Game of Thrones may recognize it as the setting for the House of Greyjoy.

After driving for roughly two hours, arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, where you’ll have two hours to explore at leisure. Created more than 60 million years ago after a series of volcanic eruptions, the causeway is best known for its distinctive rock formations that span nearly 18 miles (29 km) of coastline.

Continue on to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which links the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. Steel yourself for a heart-stopping walk across the swaying bridge, as the Atlantic Ocean waves pound into the cliffs below. The surrounding headlands were also used for filming several Game of Thrones scenes.

On the journey back to Dublin take a brief stop in the pretty town of Castlebelingham to stretch your legs, before arriving at your hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful scenery at Giant's Causeway and the rope bridge is a lot of fun and also a beautiful little walk to get to the bridge. The black taxi tour is really informative and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Extremely very educational, the black cab ride. It was a long day on the bus, but worth it. Highly recommend this excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour is not to be missed. The scenery in the North of Ireland is magnificent. The tour leader and driver were the best and while we were on break, went to the pharmacy to pick up some medication for me. KUDOS to such wonderful employees. The black taxi tour is one of the most interesting short trips I have ever taken. Our driver, Paul, presented both sides of a long historic struggle between Protestants and Catholics and drove us all around Belfast, pointing out the areas where violence occurred. The Giants Causeway was breathtaking as was the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Great value for the money! I would repeat this trip if I returned to ireland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent experience! Black taxi tour was informative and balanced. Giant's Causeway and the Rope Bridge at Carrick-a-Rede was a jaw-dropper!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved everything about this trip except sadly not enough hours in the day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Enjoyed this tour immensely!! JP was an amazing walking history book! Richard piloted the bus with great skill.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Belfast,the Giant's Causeway, and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge were awesome. The Giant's Causeway is a must-see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Politics and gorgeous scenery combine for a wonderful, but long, day trip. The Belfast Black Taxi tour was informative, fun, and fascinating. The Giant's Causeway is not to be missed. Spectacular. Take the shuttle though, the walk will kill you!!! The pub had good food, but the current exchange rate of euro to pound made it a very expensive lunch. Kevin the tour guide had Irish history degrees and regaled us with legends, myths, facts at least I think so and stories. Good trip!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

So beautiful, it was a great day and one of my favorite memories of my trip. Giant's Causeway and the Rope bridge were just what I was hoping to get out of my trip. The history of Belfast and its conflict was fascinating. The only thing I would like to improve is that we get a little closer view to the Dunluce Castle.

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