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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

eric t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I can and #39;t decide which was the best, Black Cab tour, Carrick-a-rede, or Giant and #39;s Causeway. This is an incredible trip. It is so packed full of history and sights. We got lucky and could see Scotland on our amazing tour.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This is a wonderful full day tour that certainly covered a lot of territory. The excellent driving and the very interesting and informative presentation by our guide made the trip a great experience. It is a tight schedule that was precisely maintained so that we had enough time at each scheduled stop. There was also sufficient time allotted for bathroom and food breaks. I would highly recommend this tour.

Yvonne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Met at Starbucks cafe on College green at 7am. No room to be late. Will allow hot coffee or tea on board at this stage but once sipped only cold food and drinks. Coach was very comfortably. Our driver was prosper and the guide Richard. Very professional guys and Richard had a great sense of humour and could tell he loved his job. Head to Belfast first for political cab tour. fantastic these guys told the history with slight humour at times but well worth it. Then onto ripe bridge which was an experience not to be missed. Then to the giant causeway which had terrific views and time to eat at a little pub called the nook. The food was home made and reasonably cheap. After this we headed for the castle used to film the game of thrones. Was so.fearful as we caught it just before sunset. Having never been to Ireland before we saw so much and was worth every penny. Long day but recommend 100

jacqueline m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This trip was unbelievable. I was so excited to go to Nothern Ireland. I chose the black cab tour. My guide was very knowledgeable. I got to sign the peace wall. We went to the giant causeway and I also crossed over the carrick-a-rede bridge. This trip was more than I hoped for.

Meredith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing trip - in terms of logistics, the guide, driver and bus were all top notch. It was a long day and very worthwhile, learning the history of the conflict in Belfast from a black cab driver guide who showed us the city from various points important to the history - the Peace Gates, the murals, a Memorial Garden, even driving by Sinn Fein headquarters. This was followed by two amazing stops at the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and the Giants Causeway. In both cases we were given plenty of time to hike and explore the areas, but I'll warn that Carrick-a-Rede requires a short hike both directions with some uphill and steps, even before daring to get out onto the bridge itself. Perhaps Viator should comment on this in the tour material. Giants Causeway can be accessed via a shuttle bus or hike, and can be experienced by a disabled person or by a climber - there are lots of ways to explore this area. On the ride back, we stopped for a photo break at Dunluce Castle - not much to that stop, but it was lovely to see. Throughout, the guide shared stories and music with us and made us all feel welcome. Viator in Ireland did not disappoint.

Carolyn United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was the best day trip I did during my time in Ireland. The black cab tour of Belfast was worth it alone. Amazing and moving, and the guide was fantastic.

bookitdano USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A must do if you are interested in the history of Belfast. We split into groups to ride in a Black Taxi Cab with a guide who shared the few sites, but each one had a significance in meaning to him. There is a large wall that you can sign, other visitors like President Clinton and the Pope. The tour made me feel sad....at 7 pm every night, a large metal gate is locked and then unlocked at 7 am to keep them separated for the night ! A quick look at where the Titanic was built and then onto the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO site with small to very large hexagonal stones ? It is difficult to imagine that these perfect shaped stones exist in all sizes ! Our tour from Viator was assigned to Wild River Tours and they made the day in between sites. Jack was our tour guide and he was great with his stories, history and comical behavior at times. We all had a great time and great laughs. and had many quiet thoughts on our way back to our hotels. If you are one of those people who have checked off already UNESCO sites , be sure to visit Ireland and see this wonder of nature. I highly recommend this

Laci V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a great tour, one I would recommend to anyone who wishes to see the Giant's Causeway.

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!

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