Explore Northern Ireland's biggest draws — Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge — on a day trip from Dublin. In a traditional black cab in Belfast, you’ll explore sites of the capital’s conflicted history: the mural-strewn streets of the Falls and Skankill neighborhoods and the Belfast Docks. Then course along the Antrim Coast to experience one of Ireland great geological marvels, the UNESCO World Heritage Site–listed Giant’s Causeway, followed by a stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Marvel at the surrounding headlands that were also used as a filming location for many Game of Thrones scenes.
Day trip from Dublin to Belfast including a black cab tour and Giant's Causeway excursion
View the 15th-century Dunluce Castle, a Game of Thrones filming location
See top Belfast attractions including the Harland and Wolff shipyard and Belfast Docks
Learn about Belfast’s complex history as you visit the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods in a black cab
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
Walk across the teetering 80-foot (24-meter) high Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Giants Causeway & Visitor Heritage Centre, 2 hour stop. The only tour from Dublin to offer both attractions at the Giants Causeway. Also a complimentary walking tour of the Giants Causeway Coast available which is optional whether to take or not.
Belfast Black Cab Tour, 2 hour stop. A complete tour offering the passenger the opportunity to walk and record the various locations synonymous with the city's troubled history.
Carrick A Rede Bridge – 1 hour 30 minute stop. Premium tickets to walk across the rope bridge included. (optional to cross)
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This jam-packed tour makes it possible to visit Belfast and the Giant's Causeway in just one day.
Your full-day tour of Northern Ireland’s major sights starts with early-morning pickup in central Dublin. (Enjoy a 20 minute rest stop to take coffee and snacks before taking the Black Cab tour in Belfast. There you will have bathroom facilities with a range of vendors to buy hot and cold drinks, fresh food, light snacks and packed lunches. The same stop will be visited on the return journey fro Dublin).
An iconic black cab awaits you in Northern Ireland’s beautiful and infamous capital. This tour gives you a safe and introspective account of this impassioned city, most well known for its history of political and religious unrest. Explore Belfast’s Falls and Skankill neighborhoods, where hundreds of ornate murals impart Unionist and Nationalist political messaging in glorious color. Learn of the city’s industrial roots, its divisive conflict and its current youthful revival.
During the tour, you’ll see several of Belfast’s top attractions, including sites such as the Belfast Docks and the Harland and Wolff shipyard — snapshots of the city’s industrial beginnings. If the sentiment takes you, feel free to request a stop at other notable sites like the Peace Wall, where you can add your name to those of other peacemakers who have touched this monumental city.
The next leg of your journey is the grand Antrim Coastal Drive, taking you along Ireland’s wild, rocky north coast for dramatic sea views and the fairy-tale glens of Antrim. Speaking of drama, catch a view of Dunluce Castle, a medieval construction that’s enjoying a second life is as the House of Greyjoy in the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones.
The 2-hour drive brings you to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Giant’s Causeway. Stretch your legs and enjoy a meander through this geological wonder that has been the source of many Irish myths. Then punctuate your tour of the north with an invigorating walk across the teetering, 80-foot-high (24-meter) Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (not for the faint-hearted!). After you’ve had your adrenaline boost for the day (or year), get cozy in your coach seat for the return ride back to central Dublin.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Dec 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Belfast, Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway. The castle was an added bonus as the rope bridge we were scheduled to visit was closed. The substitution was brilliant and should really be part of the tour. Belfast black cab ride with our incredible cabbie who lived through "the conflict" and graciously shared his experiences was riveting. This is LIVING HISTORY at its best. If you have an opportunity to take this tour...don't miss it.
The coach (that was supposedly only a few weeks old) had issues that left us on the side of the motorway for 40 minutes then stuck at a toll booth for another 10 minutes. Finally, we got to our coffee stop and they had another bus waiting. It was old, smelled like wet, moldy dog, had no wifi (which we'd paid for) and our guide left to go on another bus and we ended up with the driver (who didn't seem to know the script all that well or which side of the bus things were coming up on). There were three other people with me on this tour and none of us could ever find any but one of the sites he pointed out on the drive. Once he said there was a large lake on the left-hand side of the bus. I swear I looked and looked and there wasn't so much as a puddle. Just green fields as far as the eye could see. So... not good. He first assured us that we would lose NOT TIME at any of the stops for the day. Well, that didn't happen. We only go an hour on the 2-hour Belfast Taxi Tour, which is a shame because (a) we paid for 2-hours and (b) that was an amazing experience that was cut short so we didn't see everything on the tour we were supposed to see. The Carrick-a-rede and Giant's Causeway were amazing. Really, the whole bus issue just put a damper on a big part of this tour and we ended up not getting all of what we paid for. Seriously, a partial refund would not be out of line. Especially after all the promises that we would get the full time at each stop. Ha! Did NOT get all we paid for out of this one. I wish I'd gone with the Paddy Wagon tour for this one. Did not leave a good impression of this tour company AT ALL.
This was a well paced excursion. It does not include a lunch stop but they do stop for bathroom breaks where you can purchase sandwiches and snacks. The guide was very informative and entertaining. I did the Black Taxi option and was very happy with that decision. It's very eye opening and insightful.
this was such a great experience. we enjoyed very much our trip to Belfast. we opted for the Belfast taxi tour and we learned so much about the city. though it was a sad story, it really opened up our eyes to something that we never new about let alone learn in school. a good amount of people opted for the titanic tour, but at the end of the day, we all know what happened with the ship, why not learn something and get a guide from a local. as i read some of the reviews, some may say that they felt rushed while on our destinations, but for us we felt that we were given the right amount of time in each place. the bridge was a bit scary but also enjoyable. it was quite windy that day so beware, the bridge may be canceled if its too rainy for safety reasons, but there are still beautiful walk ways and views to admire. the avenue of the giants was really interesting and very windy. be prepared to walk up and down hills to get to the giants. there is a shuttle provided for those that don't do well with elevated pathways. there wasn't a specific time where you could go somewhere and sit down to eat a full meal. i would recommend to bring sandwiches with you as your time for eating will be while on the road getting from one place to another. the main places to buy food would be at rest stops and cafes. our tour guide was very informative and what i enjoyed about this company is towards the end of the trip the guides will give great recommendations on what to do in Dublin such as entertainment and food. great trip to explore outside Dublin and a great way to see the countryside! so green and so much sheep. enjoy!
Although I had been to Dublin many times, I had never been outside of the city. This was a great adventure, history and absolutely beautiful countryside. The Giant's Causeway was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable along with hilarious and our bus driver navigated the narrow curvy roads with the skill of a race driver.
I took this tour and it was an extremely long day. I think when you see 13.5 hours you know it's a long time, but it doesn't hit you until you're on it how long the tour is. This tour was conducted by a woman named Kim and the bus drivers name was Syd. They both were excellent. Syd was a consummate professional and a good sport for Kim's quips about him. Kim has the lulling voice of a radio DJ and I would listen to her read the bible backwards, excellent voice. She was knowledgeable and friendly. I would possibly rework the itinerary to not make this day overly long as I felt it took away from the tour. Other then the length of day, it was a good tour.
This trip may try to cover too much territory or perhaps we were just tired after just finishing a 10 day CIE tour of Ireland but we are glad we went. The bus was full and the weather cold and windy. We are really glad we did the Black Taxi tour of Belfast. Our guide was well-informed and gave us insight into the history of the city and stopped at several of the sites and walls. Next stop was the Giant's Causeway which was the main reason we took the tour. Incredible site on the rugged coast of Northern Ireland. We took the guided walk and braved the wind and cold but opted to not go all the way down to the next stop at the rope bridge and enjoyed hot tea and soup in the cafe there. The locations do take credit cards but not Euro's and this should have been explained before the tour. Trip was a long day and not for anyone who has trouble walking. Quick stops kept us moving. Our biggest complaint was that we arrived back in Dublin in the dark and rain and they let us off at a different location than we left from. Michael, our guide, said he would help us get a cab but he was busy talking to others so luckily we found a nice Irish man who helped us and good cabbie to take us back to our hotel which was a long way away from the tour stop. Paddy the bus driver did a great job maneuvering the big bus through the country side.
This was a wonderful day trip out of Dublin. It was nice to let someone else do the driving so that we could sit back and relax. The bus driver's commentary was very informative and we learned so much ahead of our arrival in Belfast. Once in Belfast, our taxi driver continued the history lesson. Truly a must when you visit Ireland! The Giant's Causeway and Rope Bridge were amazing and just the right amount of time was allotted to see everything at a relaxed pace.