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Belfast

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Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

1. Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

Explore the world’s largest Titanic experience in the historic shipyards in Belfast where the doomed ocean liner the Titanic was built. The adventure begins the moment you walk into the building's giant atrium, surrounded by 4 ship-hull-shaped wings. Journey through 9 large galleries of the state-of-the-art interactive exhibition to uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Learn about turn-of-the-century Belfast as a thriving boom town, and take a thrilling tour through dramatic presentations of the shipyards and Titanic under construction. Watch her launch from the slipways, and explore the luxurious craftsmanship of the interiors. Go deep into the stories of the passengers, crew, and heroes of the day. Relive the drama of her tragic end, and see the wreck at her resting place on the ocean floor. Voyage to the bottom of the North Atlantic in the Ocean Exploration Centre, with live links to contemporary undersea explorations. If you'd like a souvenir to remind you of your trip, there's plenty to choose from in the Titanic Store. End with a visit to SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line vessel and the biggest Titanic artefact in the world. Famous as a tender for the Titanic, and a quarter of her size in every dimension, you can marvel at the original ornate doors, panels, plasterwork, and staircases that greeted first and second class passengers on board. See what life was like as a crew member.

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Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

2. Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

Meet your guide, a working Belfast cab driver, and hear about their personal involvement in The Troubles. Enjoy a welcome to Belfast while learning about how they are now dedicated to delivering an unbiased account of this dark period. Encounter locations like the Falls Road and Shankill Road, two communities still separated by the looming Peace Walls. You will see many telling political murals, and share in stories from those who lived through the conflict. Enjoy an experience with a maximum of 5 participants, though groups can be as small as 1-3. Notable people who have undertaken this same Black Cab Tour in the past include Anthony Bourdain, Vince Vaughn, and George Negus, to name but a few. Experience unique insights from the past and present. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions about the city's troubled history, its changes, and its future, or give recommendations for food and entertainment.

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From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

3. From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Join this tour for an unforgettable day out along the old Antrim coast towards the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. You will first visit Carrickfergus Castle before traveling on towards the old Antrim coastal route where you will wind through the small towns and villages, hearing the stories behind each one. Heading further along the coast before traveling through the nine Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. You will then travel through the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the historic fishermen’s access way – the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Stop to admire the views at White Park Bay and hear the stories behind the beautiful sights. The final stop of the day is at the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore the historic stones and learn about the legend of the Giant Finn MacCool, and how and why he built the Causeway. After all your exploring is done you will travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route.

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Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

4. Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian-era prison. Hear the stories of the murderers, suffragettes, loyalists and republican prisoners who were jailed here. Learn about the births, executions, hunger strikes and riots that have taken place within the prison walls. Begin your visit in the jail basement, where you can see artifacts from when the jail was in operation. Walk through the passageway, known as “the tunnel,” which connects the jail with the courthouse across the road. Between 1968 and the prison’s closing, over 25,000 prisoners made their way through this tunnel. See “the circle,” which is located at the centre of the four wings of the jail. Marvel at the jail’s 19th-century Victorian architecture. Next, make your way to the C-wing. Experience what the living conditions were like in the prison at various points throughout the jail’s history. See the condemned man’s cell. Seventeen men in total were executed at the jail, and you will see where many of them spent their last days. Enter the execution chamber where twelve men had their lives ended. End your tour at the graveyard, where the executed men were buried. As part of their sentence, the condemned men were “to be buried in an unmarked grave, in unconsecrated ground.”

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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip in Luxury Coach

5. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip in Luxury Coach

Spend a full day traveling by award-winning coach along the Causeway Coastal Route, voted one of the 5 most spectacular drives in the world! Stop to see Carrickfergus Castle before heading to the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. If you’re feeling brave you can make the terrifying trip across the bridge (weather permitting), or if you’d rather keep your feet firmly on land, you might prefer one of the exhilarating walks to enjoy the stunning views. Take a break from sightseeing and relax over lunch at Old Bushmills Distillery. You can also browse the extensive gift shop or visit to the bar for a quick taste of the famous tipple! After lunch you’ll re-board the luxury coach and head to the highlight of the tour – the Giant’s Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway you’ll make a final stop on the coastal route, at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

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Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

6. Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

With this tour package, you will be given a personal tour from your guide about what life was like as a teenager living in Belfast during its troubled past. Hear how the city has turned a corner and is now looking towards a brighter future. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities for taking photos and a chance to sign your name on the world famous peacewall, that has divided the city's communities for over 45 years. See the raw side of Belfast city on this tour. Your guide will take you to all the most important areas in Belfast.

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Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

7. Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters as you visit the avenue of trees known as the Dark Hedges, used as the King's Road location where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. Continue to the ruins of Dunluce Castle, said to be the inspiration for Harrenhal. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway and explore the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns.  Next visit the Fullerton Arms, a Game of Thrones-themed pub and restaurant in Ballyintoy, lunch at your own expense. Then, go to the village of Cushendun to see the caves formed by over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions. During your tour, you will also stop at the Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and Larrybane Quarry. At the end of your tour, you will return to Belfast City Centre where you will be dropped off back at the meeting point.

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Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

8. Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

Belfast is a city best explored with those who have lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets. An excellent and informative guide will take you deep into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in a taxi.  The tour begins at the corner of Falls and Shankill Road, where you start in the epicenter of the conflict between the Roman Catholic population and its Protestant brethren. Drive past the "Peaceline wall" which divides the two sides of the communities, as your guide painstakingly points out the meanings of the murals and art that you'll see painted onto the side of these walls. Belfast may be known for its troubles, but your guide is here to share with you all the things that make this city something truly unique - its people and its history! The tour will cater exactly to your needs and answer any questions you have about the place, whether its about the conflicts, or just a great restaurant to try out! Guides are real taxi drivers, so trust them, they know about this city!

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Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

9. Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast

Take a journey into Westeros and see epic filming locations from the Game of Thrones TV series. Meet your guide near the Grand Opera House in the center of Belfast and drive via luxury coach to the locations of Game of Thrones. This is not only Northern Island’s original Game of Thrones tour but is also provided by the same team that transported the show’s cast and crew. Enter the Caves of Cushendun where the Red Priestess Melisandre gave birth to a Shadow Assassin. Explore Larrybane Quarry, the site of Renly Baratheon’s camp. Here, among these stark cliffs, Brienne of Tarth fought in honor of Renly Baratheon. Travel down the Dark Hedges, aka the King’s Road, where Arya Stark traveled with Gendry and Hot Pie hoping to reach the Night’s Watch. See Ballintory Harbor, which was used for exterior shots for both Pyke and the Iron Islands. Cross the Carrick-A-Rede Ropebridge, a 20-meter long rope bridge that connects the tiny island of Carrickarede with the mainland. Marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, an area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which form a staircase. The ropebridge and the Giant’s Causeway haven’t appeared in Game of Thrones, but they would make excellent locations for your fan fiction.

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Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Belfast Tour

10. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, go to Belfast to see the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

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Frequently asked questions about Belfast

What top attractions are a must-see in Belfast?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Belfast?

    A four-day tour of the city will allow you to see the sights at a leisurely pace and simply enjoy the rhythm of the city. Add a couple extra days if you plan to make day-trips to the surrounding area, such as Carrickfergus Castle or Giant's Causeway.

  • Getting around

    It's easy to get around the heart of the city and see its top attractions on foot. There is a bus system, called Metro, which runs from 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Donegall Square is the hub of public transport. Taxis are the other option, especially if you miss the last bus.
    It's 30 minutes by car to Carrickfergus. There is also rail service from Belfast Central Station, departing on the half hour, and the journey takes just as long.

  • Where to stay in Belfast

    Stay in the city center, for example in Cathedral Quarter, a center of nightlife, restaurants, pubs, and art. Queen's Quarter also has its share of shops, cafes, and bars.

Good to know

  • Language
    English, Irish Gaelic, and Ulster Scots
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +44
  • Best time to visit
    The high season is from May to September, when temperatures are warm and fairs, markets, and carnivals are in full swing. Try to visit in May or September if you want the summertime benefits with fewer crowds.

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What people are saying about Belfast

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,742 reviews

Myself and my wife had an excellent tour with our guide Jimmy Poland . Jimmy was very friendly and made the tour very interesting with his detailed knowledge of the troubles . We would highly recommend Jimmy for anyone doing the black taxi tour. Paul & Geraldine from Dublin

We booked 2 cabs as there was 8 in our group. Our cab drivers were both called Brian. They were very informative in their stories while also very entertaining.

Great place to visit. Lots to read about, to see, to do and the extra trip to SS Nomadic is brilliant.

Amazing views, itinerary and experience with a friendly guide. Loved the coastline drive throughout.

Really informative tour, our tour guide John was excellent.