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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.  

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

2-Day 'Game of Thrones' Tour from Dublin Including Belfast Sightseeing and Giant's Causeway

See filming locations linked to the 'Game of Thrones TV series'

Day 1: Dublin – Belfast
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.

Itinerary

Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops:
  • 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

Customer Reviews

Jeremy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. I was torn between booking this trip and a much cheaper 2 day trip to Northern Ireland that I found which was bus based. Ultimately I bit the bullet and paid more for this one, as that had mediocre reviews and this one had excellent reviews, and I did not regret it.

You start on a lovely train ride north to Belfast, and then are checked into your hotel. After that, you climb aboard the complimentary hop on hop off bus tour, which you are recommended to not hop off of in the first cycle, so that you can get a full tour of Belfast. The tour is great, with excellent commentary on the city and its turbulent history. Then you go to the Titanic Museum, also included with this trip. I thought it sounded lame that Belfast's crowning attracting was a Titanic museum, but I understimated the quality of the museum. It's truly top notch and state of the art as museums go, and it's huge.

After that, you're on your own! I did a solo trip to Ireland, but hooked up with a group of other youngsters and spent the rest of the day exploring the city, going to pubs, and having a great time. While I would have spent less money and stayed at a hostel if that were an option, once the money was already spent, I must admit I was very pleased with the luxury of the hotel, by my standards at least. An Irish breakfast buffet is included.

Then the 7 of us who had been on the train to Belfast joined a larger group on the coach game of Thrones tour. It was the best of the several bus tours I took in Ireland. The tour guide was funny, informative, and impressed me with his Game of Thrones knowledge. I also spoke to a man on the tour who didn't watch the show but still enjoyed himself. We went to at least 10 stops covering all 6 seasons so far, plus the Giant's Causeway and the Carick-a-rede rope bridge, not from the show. The amount they packed into this trip dwarfed every other day trip I took in Ireland. Truly top notch and worth the price!

Madeleine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We LOVED this tour. Belfast and sightseeing was great and getting to where we needed to go was very smooth, easy and carefully planned. We really didn't have to worry about anything. The Game of Thrones tour was AWESOME. This was the highlight of our entire Ireland trip. Derrick was a fantastic guide and you can tell he is very much a fan of the show. It was really great to be able to visit the places featured in the show and the Giants Causeway is simply wonderful. We will be raving about this tour to all of our friends.

Cynthia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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!

jsilver1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

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.

Mary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The night in Belfast was at an amazing hotel. I really enjoyed the diversity this tour allowed for.

Rana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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!

Joseph L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

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Fernando A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

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.

Jocelyn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

Shirley L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

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