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Belfast: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Belfast: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast - The open-top bus tour gives you the chance to ride around the city, whilst hopping on and off at many different bus stops around Belfast at your own leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, birth place of the RMS Titanic, and now an exciting new development for the city. The tour then continues onward to visit the impressive Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then you'll make your way back into the city center to visit the political areas of the Shankhill Road as well as the political Wall Murals and peace lines at Falls Road. The tour then makes its way through the Queens University area back to the city center. Tour Stops: 1. Belfast City Hall 2. SSE Arena 3. Titanic Quarter 4. HMS Caroline 5. Titanic Belfast 6. Waterfront / Laganside / St. George's Market 7. Great Victoria Street 8. Dublin Road 9. Shaftsbury Square 10. Queen's University 11. Eglantine Avenue 12. Cultúrlan McAdam Ó Fiaich 13. Falls Road 14. International Wall Murals 15. Belfast Peace Wall 16. Spectrum Tourist Information Centre 17. Shankill Memorial Garden 18. Crumlin Road Gaol 19. Donegall Street

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

2. 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.”

Belfast: Murals Taxi Tour

3. Belfast: Murals Taxi Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of the Troubles in Belfast on this taxi tour and see some of the city's most iconic murals. The murals depict the most important events and figures in Belfast's political history.  Get picked up from your hotel and head to your first stop, Divis Tower. Learn about its importance during the Troubles and take some photos. Continue to the International Wall and learn about the wall's current murals.  At your next stop, the Peace Wall, hear its history and write a message on the wall. Continue to West Belfast to see several political murals and hear their stories. Stop at Bombay Street to see where the Troubles started and visit the memorial garden. Learn about political segregation at Crumlin Road Gaol before continuing to Lower Shankill, Belfast's main Protestant area. Here, see the Shankill's most important murals and learn about their history before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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

4. Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Sightseeing 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

Belfast: Black Taxi Tour & Crumlin Road Jail Tour

5. Belfast: Black Taxi Tour & Crumlin Road Jail Tour

Sit back and relax in the comfort of a black taxi and learn about the history and contemporary character of the city of Belfast. Join an expert guide who will take you around West Belfast where you can learn the stories behind Belfast’s famous wall murals. Get the full picture of the tumultuous history of the city, and discover the story behind the famous Peace Wall which separates different communities and traditions. After the tour, you will be escorted to the Crumlin Road Prison. Discover the history of this famous jail on a self-guided tour.

Belfast: Peacewall and Political History Black Taxi Cab Tour

6. Belfast: Peacewall and Political History Black Taxi Cab Tour

Discover the turbulent political history of Belfast on a cab tour. Exploring the Shankill Road and the Falls Road to learn about the events of the conflict which became known as The Troubles. Stopping at various murals which give each community its own distinctive character. We start with pickup from your hotel/location within the city and meet your guide who will escort you on a journey through the two different communities within Belfast. Learn about the origins of The Troubles from your guide who has lived through the conflict, and gain firsthand insight into local history. First, travel up the Shankill Road, the heart of the unionist community in the city. See a variety of murals displaying tributes to the British monarchy and Union Jack flags. Continue onto the Falls Road, located only a short distance away, and see the Irish Republican murals and Irish tricolors that adorn the homes and businesses. Hear about the key events of The Troubles, the effect it had on the citizens who lived within Belfast and beyond, and how communities are dealing with its consequences today. Pass by Crumlin Road Gaol, which housed prisoners who were members of paramilitary organizations that characterized the conflict. Arrive at the so-called "Peace Wall" that was built between 1969 and 1971, and continues to separate both communities today. Finally, with a comprehensive insight into the conflict, be dropped back at your hotel to enjoy the rest of your stay in the city.

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

7. 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. 

Belfast: Causeway + Game of Thrones Tour + 1-Day City Tour

8. Belfast: Causeway + Game of Thrones Tour + 1-Day City Tour

Game of Thrones 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….. Belfast Open-Top -Day City Pass: The Belfast Open-Top 1-Day City Pass will provide you with a comprehensive tour of this special city and allow you to explore every area with 23 stops to choose from. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 1-day. If you do not hop-off the tour, it will take approximately 1-hour and 15 minutes. Tours depart from Belfast City Hall but you can join the tour at any of the stops along the route. The city tour will take in the following attractions: Titanic Belfast, HMS Caroline, Crumlin Road Jail, Queens University and the political wall murals.  

Belfast: Full-Day Tour with Titanic Experience

9. Belfast: Full-Day Tour with Titanic Experience

Catch the cross border Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast for a full-day sightseeing tour of the Northern Ireland capital, and get a ticket to the shipyards of the Titanic Quarter and hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Departing from Dublin’s Connolly Station on the 07:35 Enterprise Express, travel in comfort across the border. Snacks are available to purchase on board. Cross into Northern Ireland at Milepost 59 for an arrival at Belfast Central, and then transfer by local train to Belfast Great Victoria Street Station in the heart of the city. Here, you will join the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, taking a loop around the city, including the Titanic Quarter, where you will have complimentary admission to the Titanic Visitors Centre. Explore the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner, and see the new state-of-the-art building constructed on the 100th anniversary of the ship’s fatal voyage. An optional visit to the newly refurbished Crumlin Road Gaol gets you access to the eerie cells and gallows of the historic jail. Built in 1845, Crumlin Road Gaol closed its doors in 1996 and has now reopened as an immersive visitor attraction Drive the famous Falls and Shankill Roads to see the political murals of The Troubles. Then, enjoy some free time to shop in Belfast City Centre. Return trains to Dublin depart at 16:05, 18:05, or 20:05 depending on your preference.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Belfast

10. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Belfast

As soon as we cross the border, we will stop to stretch our legs, have a coffee or a small breakfast before starting our adventure. Then, you will enjoy the spectacular Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage Site and also its legend of this inexplicable rock formation. An incredible basaltic rock formation that looks like something out of a movie studio. You will visit Dunluce Castle, from where you can enjoy one of the most impressive panoramic views of Ireland. It is one of the most spectacular medieval castles, being on top of a cliff by the sea and for having incredible stories like the assault on the Spanish Armada galleon, being the scene of Game of Thrones and interesting and mysterious legends. Later, we will visit the capital of Northern Ireland: Belfast, home of the Titanic ocean liner. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city's most distant but important monuments, then we will stop by Belfast City Hall and you will have free time to explore the city on your own. A full day tour to see the most fascinating attractions and its fantastic history from Dublin. Book now!

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What people are saying about Crumlin Road Gaol

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 793 reviews

Easy to find the buses outside city hall. Great fun facts for Louie and John the driver. Stay on the bus full tour then next day or later get off at stops to explore. We went on Easter and sadly didn’t see falls road. But would recommend this for everything seeing the city and getting around.

Jim was great and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our tour and would definitely mend it. In the end, it lasted for 2 hours, absolutely fascinating!

It was marked "in French" on the ad but only comments in English... So nice visit to the streets of Belfast without understanding anything!!!!

Fantastic tour and the driver’s are very informative great value for money

Informative and interesting thought provoking and moving at times