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

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  • 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English

Overview

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–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. Note: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is currently closed to the public. This stop is replaced by a visit to Dunluce Castle, the real-life House of Greyjoy from the "Game of Thrones", until further notice.
  • Combine a black cab tour of Belfast with a visit to Giant's Causeway
  • Explore the Giant’s Causeway at your own pace or join an included tour led by a park ranger
  • Make the most of free Wi-Fi while on the luxury coach
  • Entrance fees and round-trip transportation are included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This jam-packed tour makes it possible to visit Belfast and the Giant's Causeway in just one day.
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What's Included

  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with free WiFi
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by black cab in Belfast
  • Private guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

07:00 AM

End point

  • Clerys Clock
    Op GPO, 1, O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Co. Dublin, D01 HR04, Ireland

    Drop off is at the front of the Old Cleary's Store on O'Connell Street, opposite the General Post Office, very close to the Spire monumnet.Typical return time is between 8.15pm and 8.30pm. Your guide will be able to help with any directions in the city from there.

What To Expect

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.

Falls Road

Arriving in Belfast City at 9.15, a 20 minute break where bathroom facilities/refreshments are available. Groups of passengers averaging 4 in number will then be escorted by a local driver guide to a black cab and the tour of the world’s largest outdoor art gallery begins. A unique and riveting experience, a journey into the most recent conflict in Irish history all guided by local with first-hand experience, intimate knowledge of the city’s most recent tragic political, social, religious conflicts which have convulsed the two countries of Ireland and the United Kingdom but in particular the communities of Northern Ireland for decades. Visit west Belfast most well-known and easily identified mural is that of Bobby Sands located on the side of Sinn Féin's Falls Road building. This area known as the Falls is predominantly Catholic Nationalist / Republican. Also a collection Irish republican and international politically themed murals known as 'The International Wall' and the "Peace Wall"

35 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Shankill Road

Next on the tour is the visit to an area of Belfast City known as the Shankill. During the "Troubles" the Shankill was a centre of loyalist paramilitary activity, where the modern Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Association (UDA) had its genesis. Loyalist paramilitary groups pledging allegiance to the British monarchy and to maintaining the partitioned 6 counties of Ireland known as Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. Similar to the Falls area the Shankill is adorned with huge murals celebrating historical events, honouring people from the past some of whom from the local community. At all stops during the 90 minute tour our guests have ample opportunity to capture amazing images of the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. There will be lots out time spent out of the cab, the group size is so small the tour will be a very personalised experience. Your guide has personal stories and folklore to share. He will encourage you to ask many questions as you see fit.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes and all weather clothing recommended
  • Please be outside of one of the available pickup locations 15 minutes before departure time
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children 2 years and under are not allowed to travel
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


A good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots is a must!
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.
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Fantastic Tour
Monica_B, Jan 2023
Our tour guides, Sean and Paulo were fabulous. They provided so much history of Ireland and great Irish music! What an unforgettable day! The Dunluce Castle and Giants Causeway were breathtaking. And the Black Cab political tour was very informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
so fun!!!!
christina_m, Jan 2023
the black cab tour was definitely the highlight!!! learnt so much and it was really moving to get to know the drivers and their personal experience. dave was an awesome tour guide and made the day super enjoyable!
Great day out
Lorraine_C, Jan 2023
Our trip was memorable especially the history of Belfast. Our tour guide, Rory was very informative and the black cab driver told a emotional story. The driver Paulo was great and we felt safe in his hands.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The Giant didn't disappoint
Milica_B, Jan 2023
This tour was really amazing. It was probably my favourite day tour I have taken. Unfortunately the titanic exhibition was closed due to renovations so I ended up doing the political black cab tour and honestly thank god I did. It was so interesting to drive around Belfast and hear the stories behind the gates and murals throughout the city. The Giant's Causeway was also enjoyable. However I would recommend the red track as the views from there was amazing as you head down to the causeway. The tour guide (Iona - apologies if not correct, I am writing this review a few weeks after) was very friendly and interesting. She was telling us a lot of stories about the Irish folklore and about her experience growing up in Northern Ireland during the conflicts. She was very engaging.
Great tour, highly recommend!
Nichelle_L, Jan 2023
Dave & Paulo were great! They were communicative before hand about the titanic not being available right now and even reminded everyone as we boarded. They kept us entertained on the bus and gave recommendations for the city as well. The tour itself was amazing! Very beautiful views and so many photo opportunities. It was nice learning about Ireland from this crew! I’d highly recommend this tour. I enjoyed every aspect of it.
Great day trip!
Linda_H, Jan 2023
Amazing tour to include Northern Ireland into your trip to the Republic of Ireland. Tourguide Murphy and driver Gerry were amazing and made the trip really fun.
Great Tour!
Brooke_D, Jan 2023
Dave and Paolo helped make this an extra memorable day! First, the Black Cab Tour can't be missed! Our driver was Seamus and it was so informative and educational. I really enjoyed hearing about his experiences, but appreciated that he also felt that it was time that everyone sits down and talks to each other - make no mistake though, Belfast is still a powder keg that could go up any minute! A Catholic 14yo was killed just 2 years ago for being in the "wrong" neighborhood. Next up was Dunluce Castle, which is set on a gorgeous cliff (and was featured in Game of Thrones). Giant's Causeway, was of course, stunning. Due to snow and salt on the roads, the windows were grimey, so the gave us a bonus stop at a viewpoint, which was much appreciated! While we could see all the beautiful nature we were passing, this gave us a chance to photograph it at sunset! I'll definitely be going back to spend more time in Belfast, but otherwise we had plenty of time in each place
Buses broke and day was ruined
Julia_M, Jan 2023
Ju! Escrevi a reclamacao, se quiser ver: The Northern Ireland + Giant's Causeway tour included a lot of the best places to visit, which was great, and the guide, Patrick, was very good, but there were a few bumps along the way that gradually made us less and less enthusiastic about our day. To start with the Black Cab tour, which was very informative, but the driver spoke really fast and was not very self aware about the language barriers we brought up, even I who speak fluent English was having difficulties to understand him. In addition, it was a VERY rainy day and we left our umbrellas in the tour bus after the tour guide confirmed that the cab driver would have umbrellas for us, which turned to not be true and some of us decided to stay in the car during the stops, losing the whole purpose of this particular part of the tour. The historical information of this tour was really great, but the overall experience was very rushed and lacked structure. After the Black Cab tour, we were supposed to head to the castle, but our bus broke and we had to wait for 2 hours for the new bus to arrive. This significantly impacted our experience, because it meant we would lose 2 hours in the other attractions, which were the main ones for the day. Instead of spending 30 min in the Castle, we were only allowed to hop off for less than 5 min for pictures, barely being able to appreciate the view and the history behind this attraction. Before we could finally reach the Giant's Causeway, in an attempt to do a V curve on the road, the bus got stuck, blocking the road in all directions and the driver was not being able to put the bus in reverse. Just in front us there was a cliff, so imagine, not terrifying at all, right? After about 20-30 minutes, when the guide was about the ask us to leave and wait for the previous bus, which has been fixed, the driver was finally able to reverse the bus and take us out of that chaos, but again, more time had been lost from our day. We reached the Giant's causeway, it was so late that we only had 30 min there and there were no more shuttle buses taking and bringing people from down the road, I mean, for young people it's a manageable walk, but in our group we had 2 seniors, one with disability that depended on the bus. It turns out they made through all the way to miss the amazing Giant's Causeway, so disappointing. For the few of us who made it down the hill, we had about 15 min of sunlight and time to get back to the bus, which is definitely not enough to explore the extraordinary scenery. I have been there before and spent 2 hours exploring, so 30 min in total (counting the walking down the hill, the exploring, plus the walk back) was nothing! The most disappointing thing, was that our little cousin (8 years old) joined us ONLY to be at the Giant's Causeway, he was devastated! Through all this chaos, not only we lost time in the attractions, but we also lost time for food. We were supposed to eat at the Giant's Causeway stop, but the restaurant closed when we got there. The guide was so intended to get us back to Dublin on time that he barely wanted to stop for a off the road fast food. Since he had to stop for toilet, we sneaked some burgers from Burger King, cause we had a hungry child with us! We made back to Dublin exactly at the time proposed, but at a very big cost! This was a very expensive tour and we didn't feel like our money was well spent. I know the tour in itself is worth it, cause I've done it in the past, but I feel the WideRover Tour company has not been spending our money checking if their buses are fit to travel, cause 2 buses on the same day is not bad luck! I would appreciate been able to talk to someone from the company in order to get a refund for our group. Thank you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very informative
Martin_S, Jan 2023
The sights and information given, very good. Only wished it was warmer weather. Time was well spent and enjoyed the whole trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
100% would recommend
Sabrina_R, Jan 2023
This tour was absolutely amazing! It was a great mix of learning about Northern Ireland's history and witnessing the beauty of its rural areas. It was very well organized. We had enough time for each activity that was planned. Murphy was so funny and welcoming! He always made sure we were okay! It was a great day and I can't recommend this tour enough!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Memorable trip
Nhan_T, Jan 2023
It was a memorable tour. Everything was on time. Rory and Owen were very professional, friendly, and full of knowledge. Bus was clean. I enjoyed my time and learned a lot of things
Great Tour to Northern Ireland!
Angeles435, Jan 2023
We had a great experience during this tour. Left and arrived back on time. Our guide, Patrick, was exceptional: nicest guy, knowledgeable, funny, responsible, a writer himself (we purchased his book), gave the best tips for other places we would be visiting, as well. Given the option to do the Taxi tour or the Titanic exhibition, we chose the former. It was very informative; history told by locals, the way they lived (and still live) it. Loved the visit to Dunluce castle, great still standing structure and beautiful surroundings. At Giant's Causeway, we had lunch at The Nook... recommended: Guinness pie! Delicious. After that, a walk down (and up) the coast... beautiful scenery... the bus is highly recommended to come back up if you are a little out of shape ;) Altogether, a great experience we would recommend everyone!
Wonderful Northern Ireland experience
douglas_e, Jan 2023
Was not expecting Northern Ireland to be as beautiful as it was. Truly enjoyed the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle. The Black Taxi tour was an eye opener as well as I learned a great deal more about the history of “The Troubles”. Very informative. Thanks for a wonderful day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Tour with Outstanding Guides
B_H, Jan 2023
After 2 weeks touring the UK and Ireland, I can say this day trip was by far my favorite part! Our guide, Dave, and driver, Owen, were outstanding and definitely made this experience worthwhile. Their banter, knowledge shared, and general great personalities made this trip great. The sights at Giant's Causeway are beautiful, but the unexpected gem was actually the Black Cab tour in Belfast. This is a side of history you don't always see up close, and hearing anecdotes from the Black Cab guide was really eye-opening. I would do this trip again in a heartbeat!
The views were nice
Claire_E, Jan 2023
There’s really just one major problem on this tour. It was the driver who was driving recklessly and did not care if passengers were throwing up in the bus. She was such in a hurry.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Claire, We appreciate your feedback and I'll have immediately have to say here investigated. All our coaches have are fitted gps tracking technology and 360 degree cameras. Drivers behaviour is constantly under review. We have one female driver who would be on that route regularly so I know exactly who you are refering to. Regards John
Amazing tour - you will love it!
Kimberly_S, Jan 2023
Our guide, Sean, and driver, Joe, were wonderful! Sean sang for us, wrote my son’s name in an Irish language, and was so thoughtful. He kept checking that everyone was ok throughout the whole trip. Joe was an amazing driver- how he got the bus through those turns and tiny road I’ll never know! We did the black cab tour first in Belfast. Our tour guide, Patrick, was kind, knowledgeable, and patient. We learned so much about the Troubles from him. Then we went to the Giants Causeway. We enjoyed lunch first then walked to the causeway. It was beautiful, so much more amazing to see than I thought! There were three of us- my husband, my 14 year old son, and I and we all loved this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Day trip
Miriam_F, Jan 2023
Fun trip, lots of information! Black taxi tour is either a hit or miss, our friends went earlier this year and loved it, we didn’t love the taxi tour the guide was a little quiet but the rest of the day was great! When you stop to eat and go to giants causeway, there aren’t many vegetarian options at the restaurant and they were sold out of all the things that were vegetarian. Definitely bring snacks if you have dietary restrictions :) Owen and Patrick are great.
Worth it!
Maria_I, Jan 2023
Great day trip! Dave and Sara were great guides and we enjoyed ourselves on the day trip. They went above and beyond to accommodate us when there were food issues.
Great day trip
Devin_R, Jan 2023
Dave and Owen were AMAZING! It was a very long day but they made it go by fast and kept us all entertained 😊
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
Courtney_B, Jan 2023
Sean and Gerry were amazing guides!! One of the best tours I've done to date! Very informative and lots to do.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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