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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 Skanskill neighborhoods and the Belfast Docks. Then course along the Antrium coast to experience one of Ireland great geological marvels, the UNESCO World Heritage–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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin

Explore Belfast's political past

Your full-day tour of Northern Ireland’s major sights starts with early-morning pickup in central Dublin. (Be sure to grab your coffee and breakfast for the ride, because it will two hours before you arrive in Belfast.)

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.

Customer Reviews

K L D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Such a gorgeous part of the country, Giant's Causeway is a must on any travel list and this was a great way to see it, highly recommend!

Courtney F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great tour, better than expected! Although you start out very early in the morning, the tour guide Peter and the drive Dell were excellent the whole day! You stop at a nice rest store for restrooms and snacks, both going and coming back which is nice. Once you get to Belfast you have a choice of doing the black cab tour or staying at the Titanic museum. We chose the Black Cab tour and it was super informative and eye opening to the existing tension in Belfast. Although, I would have loved to do both and see the Titanic Museum too, I think we made the right choice going on the Black Taxi tour. After that we drove toward the Giant's Causeway and stopped at an amazing rope bridge across the sea to a small island. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk to it and then only 8 people can cross the bridge at a time. Even though it looks scary, I would highly encourage everyone to do it. You have an opportunity to get snacks and small souvenirs at this gift shop as well. We then went to the Giant's Causeway and we took the shuttle for 2 pounds which was well worth it to save time. We then had enough time to eat a late lunch at a small pub right at the parking lot entrance and right by the bus pick up which was convenient. We then drove for a camera stop at castle ruins that were used in the filming of Game of Thrones, House of Greyjoy. It was neat to see as the sun was setting. Then we drove back to Dublin, stopping once as mentioned before. Like I said, Peter and Dell were super informative and fun throughout the day and they were really structured with timing which made the day super efficient to see all we could in a day. I believe the company itself was called Wild Rovers? and they do 2 other day tours, one to Kilkenny which I plan to book next time!

Karen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The black cab portion of this tour was a big highlight of our visit to Ireland.

Vicki T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A most amazing day. Long but well organized. Combined learning experience on black cab tour with beautiful scenery in northern coast. Responsible participants so we never had to wait for stragglers. Peter was fun and shared relevant information

Monica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Peter and Bill were an absolute delight on this tour. You can tell that they both take a lot of pride in their rich and vast Irish heritage. I didn't expect to learn so much information about the history of Dublin on the way up to Belfast it was a pleasant surprise. They give you an adequate amount of time to see each of the attractions you visit. We personally did the Titanic tour over the Belfast and would highly recommend it.

Abby W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I loved this tour! Belfast was lovely and the taxi cab graffiti tour was fascinating. The Giant's Causeway was a highlight, and Carrick-A-Rede was busy and scary! but so wonderful. Plus it was such a clear day we could see Scotland! Our guide was really entertaining and fantastic - I definitely recommend!

Deborah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Both my husband and I aren't big for bus trips. However, this trip really changed our minds. We were so impressed with the driver and guide s on this excursion. We got so many interesting facts regarding Northern Ireland and the wonderful geography in this region. Loved the tale about the Giant's Causeway.
The stop in Belfast was either the Titanic exhibit or the Black Cab tour of the city. We chose the Black Cab. We were dropped off where our Black cab drivers and cabs were waiting. We were given a very passionate and interesting lecture about the conditions of the religious animosity there. We were shown the many murals around Belfast and stopped by the Peace Wall. Very moving experience. We then went to pick up the rest of the group at the Titanic.
The rest of the tour was dedicated to the natural beauty of Ireland. Breathtaking and not to miss... Recommend good walking shoes , rain gear and warm clothes. The coast is really windy and rain is hit/miss. No flip-flops or sandals for the Causeway because the walk is long there is a shuttle and the stones get very slippery when wet.
The rope bridge is not for faint of heart. The walk to the bridge is long no shuttles and can be steep at times. But the trip is worth it. Very windy when we were there, which made the bridge sway. There are staff there which monitors the people going across and back. Not recommended if scared of heights. I do have fear of heights and did it. It is not so bad...
Wonderful trip!!! Take it.

Frank M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Highly recommended!!!

kdumont

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazing tour. The highlight was the Belfast black tour which was one of the best things ive ever experienced. Our guide was full of knowledge and kept us well informed. I would suggest spending less time at Giants Causeway as we got to Dunluce Castle after dark and couldn and #39;t see anything.

Patty A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Scenery was lovely, and Belfast Black Taxi tour was interesting. A long day, but worth it.

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