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Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy an open-top bus tour around Belfast and experience all the city has to offer in 1 or 2 days. Stop at 19 locations around the city so you can fully discover each of them at your own leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, and travels between the peace lines and walls. You'll be able to take in panoramic views from the top deck as you make your way to your next stop. Hop off at any stop, walk around as long as you like, and be picked up every 20 to 30 minutes at the same point. Your ticket also gets you discounted entrance fees to some of the top Belfast attractions. STOP 1 - Donegall Square West STOP 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling STOP 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn STOP 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile STOP 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic STOP 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday STOP 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House STOP 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel STOP 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre STOP 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House STOP 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping STOP 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts STOP 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural STOP 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral STOP 15 - Peace Wall - Sign The Famous Wall STOP 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History STOP 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road STOP 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House STOP 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

2. Giant's Causeway Tour and 1-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

Giant's Causeway Tour:  At 9am we depart Belfast and travel along one of the top 5 scenic drives in the world, the Antrim Coastal Route. First stop on the tour is Carrickfergus Castle which is a Norman castle build in 1177, after 800 years of history the castle still looks incredible today. We will now be travelling along the Antrim Coast Road the next stop is Carnlough Harbour for a comfort break. A short walk across the road will reward you with the first film location in Game of Thrones, Carnlough Harbour. The harbour has not changed in hundreds of years and features in many paintings. As the tour proceeds along the Coastal Road the next stop is a viewing point sitting above the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Unfortunately the bridge is closed for coach tours but the viewpoint has the ideal view. The Iconic Dark Hedges is next on the itinerary and provides one of the best Instagram opportunities of the day. Fans of Game of Thrones will instantly recognise this as the Kings Road from Game of Thrones. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, these 300 year old beech trees is an incredible sight. This will be our main lunch stop of the day and you are welcome to eat your pre packed lunch that you brought with you or we would recommend selecting from a menu and eating at The Dark Hedges Hotel. Next we will stop at Dunluce Castle. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize the House of Greyjoy .One of the most spectacular castle ruins anywhere in the world, Dunluce Castle is located on top of cliffs that collapse into the North Atlantic below. The Castle’s dramatic history of violence, intrigue and rebellion is matched by the scandal and betrayal committed by the Greyjoys in Game of Thrones. The final stop is the highlight of the tour and what you have come to see, the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant's Causeway has often been described as the 8th wonder of the world, and once you have visited the site you’ll quickly see why. The area consists of around 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns formed during a volcano eruption 60 million years ago. This is one of the world’s great natural attractions although many Irish passionately believe the Causeway was built by the Celtic warrior hero Finn McCool. We will tell you the story and let you decide….. It's now time to sit back and relax for the journey back to Belfast and to check your phone for all the incredible memories you will take with you. Belfast City Tour 1 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 19 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail, HMS Caroline, Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals. 

Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

3. Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

Discover the highlights of Ireland’s 4 corners, including all the sights of Northern Ireland. Enjoy a night at a traditional Irish pub, plenty of opportunities to dance the night away, hikes through bogs and castle ruins, and much more.  Day 1: Dublin - Belfast Visit Belfast and discover Titanic Belfast and the historic downtown quarter. Spend the night in Belfast. Day 2: Belfast - Derry Explore the Antrim Coast with visits to Dunluce Castle and Giants Causeway and photo opportunities at the Dark Hedges and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Enjoy a historic walking tour in Derry. Spend the night in Derry. Day 3: Derry - Galway Depart Northern Ireland and road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way to Galway. Stop in surfing hotspot Strandhill for lunch and enjoy a walk on the beach. Enjoy a free walking tour in Galway. Spend the night in Galway. Day 4: Galway - Dingle Head to Annascaul via the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Spend the night in Annascaul on the Dingle peninsula. Day 5: Dingle - Killarney Enjoy a full day of touring on the Dingle Peninsula, one of Europe’s most spectacular road trips. Spend the night in Killarney. Day 6: Killarney - Dublin Depart Killarney for Dublin. Enjoy a tour of the Killarney National Park and a visit to Blarney Castle in Cork. The tour ends in Dublin by the early evening.

Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

4. Northern Ireland 3-Day Tour from Dublin

Explore some of North Ireland's highlights on a budget 3-day tour from Dublin. Visit Belfast and see some of the city's most important sights. Marvel at the Giant's Causeway, discover Dunluce Castle, take a walking tour of Derry, and more. Day 1: Dublin - Belfast city (overnight Belfast) Choose from one of two central Dublin collection locations and you'll be on your way. Your first stop this morning is at Monasterboice, a monastic settlement dating back to 501 AD. By late morning you'll arrive in Belfast. Discover why Lonely Planet regards Northern Ireland's capital as one of the top 10 'must-visit' cities on Earth. Your driver will show you highlights including City Hall, Queen's University, Albert's Clock, Botanic Gardens, and much more.  With plenty of time at leisure to explore the city, the political “Black Taxi” tour (optional) is strongly recommended to view the Peace Wall and infamous political murals. The drivers are locals and can explain what life was like in Belfast during the conflict of 1969-1998. This evening you'll stay downtown, in a most lively area with great pubs and restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. Live music venues are plentiful, and Belfast is well known for its great nightlife. Day 2: Belfast - Giants Causeway - Dunluce Castle - Derry A glorious touring day cruising the beautiful North Coast. You will initially visit the Dark Hedges, famed by Game of Thrones. Then it's the jackpot visit of the day: the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trace the footprints of Celtic giants as you walk the Giant's Causeway, the proud location of an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock formed by cataclysmic violent volcanic eruptions a long, long time ago. Listen to your guide wax lyrical about the giant warrior-hero Fionn McCool. Afterward, explore the amazing Dunluce Castle ruins with paid entrance. You'll continue to the nearby city of Derry where you'll spend the afternoon. There will be plenty of time at leisure after an excellent in-depth walking tour of Derry's walls with a local guide. Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry and the story of the long bloody siege here in 1689. Head down to the well-known Bogside district, the scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1972, and the inspiration for U2's classic anthem 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. Overnight in Derry. Day 3: Derry - Sligo - Galway - Dublin After breakfast this morning, you'll head down a portion of the west coast's Wild Atlantic Way in the Republic of Ireland. Further along the road lies Ireland's premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, Co. Sligo, and you will have some leisure time here for lunch. Perhaps enjoy a walk on the amazing surfing beaches and check out The Strand Bar. Your final stop before returning to Dublin is Galway where you have free time to explore. Perhaps you might like to visit some wonderful local seafood eateries, or try a pint in one of the fantastic pubs. You then take a scenic drive back to Dublin, arriving back at approx. 7:00 PM.

Belfast: Game Of Thrones Tour & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

5. Belfast: Game Of Thrones Tour & 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Day 1 - Game of Thrones Tour Information Visit Carrickfergus Castle, Carnlough Harbour, Cushendun Caves and walk along the Kings Road - 'The Dark Hedges'. Get 90 minutes and full access to the Giant's Causeway famous stones included in your price. View Dunluce Castle which hangs on a cliffs edge for a photo opportunity before returning to Belfast approx 6:00 - 6:30pm on a full roundtrip adventure! After departing central Belfast at 9:00am sharp, a short journey will take you to our 1st stop at Carrickfergus castle, a stunning 12th-century Norman castle. Walk around and take photographs of the harbour and the stunning castle. We now continue the drive along the causeway coastal road, which has been voted one of the worlds most scenic drives, as it brings you over, around and through the Glens of Antrim. Navigating through small towns and villages, hearing about the myths & legends of the leprechauns and fairies that reside in these Glens. Visit Carnlough Harbour and fully discover a key Game of thrones location that acted as Bravoos in Season 6, Episode 7 (The Broken Man). This location also acts as a refreshment stop where snacks can be purchased and toilets can be used. Next we travel to Cushendun Caves which were used more than once in the hit show. Sir Davos Seaworth and Lady Melisandre landed ashore in Season 2 - Melisandre gives birth to a terrifying shadow baby, and in Season 8 the famous battle between Jaime Lannister and Euron Greyjoy. Next travel to The Dark Hedges, otherwise known as the Kings Road. The road famously featured in Season 2 - Episode 1: The North Remembers. This is where Arya Stark escaped from King’s Landing, disguised as a boy. She was with Yoren, Hot Pie, Gendry and others who are to join the Night’s Watch. Walk along the famous tree lined road which has became one of the most Instagramable spots in Northern Ireland! This stop also acts as a lunch stop where lunch can be purchased at your own expense. After lunch, discover the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore, and walk across the historic stones, learn about the legend of Irish giant Finn MacCool. Discover how and why he built the Causeway at no extra cost. Finally & time allowing we visit the viewing point for a photo opportunity at Dunluce castle, which was famously used as the seat for House Greyjoy in the smash hit series! After your day of exploring is done, travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route and get dropped off back at the meeting location in central Belfast, next to Great Victoria Street train and bus station. *Day 2-3 Hop on Hop off Tour Enjoy an open-top bus tour and discover lots of things to do in Belfast, experience all the city has to offer in over 2 days. This sightseeing ticket makes stops at 19 locations around the city so you can discover each of them at your leisure. Stop 1 - Donegall Square West 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral 15 - Peace Walls Belfast - Sign The Famous Wall 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

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What people are saying about Botanic Gardens, Belfast

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 33 reviews

It was fun! The tour guide/driver was amazing, idk how he managed to talk and drive at thesame time for like almost 9 hours. He was great! It was also less expensive considering the places we visited. We definitely recomment this😍

It was excellent. Loud speaker clear but the 2nd day 23rd 1 pm was funny we had a great driver giving a funny informal commentary.

we had a wonderful experience in the Belfast city and found colourful graffiti. So funny and friendly a tour guide driver.

Informative and you’ll have the chance to know more about what you need to go look after the tour.

Really enjoyed the tour. The driver was ver informative and funny.