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Belfast Day Tour

Departure time: 8:00am (Arrive 10 mins before) Departure location: Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street (See map) Price: €50 Adult €45 Student – Senior – 13yrs / 16yrs €25 Child 5yrs / 12yrs Children under 5 free

Overview

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and our Belfast day tour will not only introduce you to the tragic history of this city but will take you to historical and natural sites throughout the province. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and will tell you stories of the troubles of Saint Patrick and the tragedy of the Titanic. They will also take you to fascinating destinations such as the Peace Wall, Harland and Wolff ship yard, the Mourne mountains and Saint Patrick’s grave. You will need to change some money to Stirling pounds before you join us (or alternatively use card) as you are now in the United Kingdom!

Itinerary

8:00am - Departs from the Molly Malone Statue on Suffolk Street
Meet your guide, have your name checked off the list and board your comfortable coach. You’ll make your way out of the city, heading north past the famous GAA grounds of Croke Park Stadium. Along the way your guide will give you an overview of the history of Northern Ireland, how the country was partitioned and an insight into its volatile history.
10:30am - Arrive in Belfast City
You arrive in Belfast City.  We first visit west Belfast where you will make a stop at the infamous Peace Wall. This 25ft high wall divides the Loyalist community from the Republican community in an area which was a hot spot for conflict. The Loyalist (or Unionist) community are those who wish to keep Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. The Republican community are those who want a united Ireland and the removal of British rule over the northern part of the island. You will also visit the Republican museum (closed Sun & Mon). At approximately 11:30am, we will visit East Belfast which includes the Titanic Quarter and the Harland & Wolff Shipyard which is the birthplace of the RMS Titanic.
12:00pm - Explore Belfast city centre and have lunch
Take between 90 minutes and 2 hours to explore the city of Belfast and have a bite to eat. There are a few suggested things to do during this time:

  •  Drop into the city’s oldest and most interesting bars – the Crown Liquor Saloon. There is a crown motif on the floor as you walk in. If you are loyal to the crown, walk around it. If you are a republican, walk over it!
  •  Visit Saint Anne’s cathedral also known as Belfast cathedral.
  •  See Belfast’s own leaning tower, the Albert Memorial Clock.
  •  Drop into one of Belfast’s main landmarks at the Belfast City Hall

2:45pm - Downpatrick
Head to Downpatrick which means ‘Patrick’s stronghold’. You will first visit the Saint Patrick Centre – a state of the art exhibition which paints a picture of Ireland’s past and what it was like when a slave boy was brought to Ireland to work as a shepherd (Saint Patrick). The interactive exhibition tells you his story as he brought Christianity to Ireland.
4:00pm - Dundrum
Onwards to the small village of Dundrum which is home to one of Ireland’s Norman castles. It was built by John De Courcy in the 12th century. This castle was protected by strong fortified walls which circle an inner high tower. Climb to the top of the battlements and look out at the amazing coastal views.
5:00pm - See Slieve Donard, the Mourne's highest peak
You will now drive high above sea level as your guide takes you through Northern Ireland’s highest range of mountains called the Mourne Mountains. See Slieve Donard, the Mourne’s highest peak soar high above the others. Your driver will then show you something mystifying. There is a hill called ‘Gravity Hill’ which seems to have the power of defying gravity. See it with your own eyes as your tour bus rolls up a hill all by itself! All good things must come to an end and sadly we must leave beautiful Northern Ireland and begin the drive back to Dublin.
7:00pm - Arrive back in Dublin
Arrive back in Dublin and tell all your friends about your adventure to Northern Ireland on your Belfast day tour! The scenery and experiences will surely stay with you.

Reviews

Reviews

Informative and Entertaining Tour of Belfast and the Area!

Informative and Entertaining Tour of Belfast and the Area!

Our guide was Bud, who was cordial, professional and entertaining – he sings. He has an extraordinary scope of knowledge of the Belfast area. We visited the Belfast Peace Wall and neighborhoods where both sides of the conflicts resided. We visited the Republican museum and saw artifacts from the struggles. Next we visited East Belfastand the birthplace of RMS Titanic. After that, we arrived at the town of Downpatrick, the resting place of Ireland’s most famous saint. In addition, there was a visit to a Norman castle, Dundrum Castle. On the final leg we drove through the Mourne Mountains by the Spelga Dam.

.Trip advisor June 2016

A good value for an informative trip

A good value for an informative trip

Mac, our driver and tour guide to Belfast, offered historical insight and sang a few tunes along the way. He was especially good at stops, and very friendly and conversational with both the clients and the locals.

I would suggest one (or two) fewer stops along the route to allow more time for toilet breaks. Ten minutes is not enough to accommodate a full bus at a mini mart or grocery store. The stop at St. Patrick’s center was terrific, but it you catch the video–which is worth seeing–you only have about ten minutes to browse the gift shop before the bus needs to leave. The downside of such tours, of course, is that you don’t control the clock, but the time spend in Belfast was truly enlightening, so I would recommend the trip for those interested in Northern Ireland. Trip advisor June 2016

Belfast with Bud

Belfast with Bud

This trip was fantastic! Our tour guide was Bud and he really made the day an amazing one. He provided loads of details on both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Trip advisor June 2014

Excellent day tour to Northern Ireland

Excellent day tour to Northern Ireland

Booked at the College Green office, very helpful staff. The morning of the tour our driver gave us a brief idea of what we would cover. The ride was pleasant and driver provided historical background information. Arrived in Belfast and visited the shipyard where the Titanic was built and saw their presentation. Had lunch in Belfast and went on to a number of sights in the city. Saw areas that were fought over during the “trouble” period. Went on to the churchyard where St. Patrick was buried. Continued on to some beautiful country scenic areas. Then to an ancient fort.
An enjoyable and educational tour.

Trip advisor May 2016

My favourite tour in Ireland - and I've done plenty”

My favourite tour in Ireland – and I’ve done plenty

This is my second time in Ireland, I first came here for a short holiday that mainly focused on doing and seeing as many things as possible. The second time around was work related, and I’ve been living here for the past 6 months. During my stay here I’ve done quite a lot of different tours, both day tours and multi day tours, walking tours, bus tours, you name it, I’ve done it. So far, I’ve enjoyed them all and I always found something good about every tour, This past Saturday was the first time I tried a tour with the Extreme Ireland company and I must say I was very impressed. I booked the one day Belfast, Downpatrick and Mourne mountains tour, which by itself was very enjoyable and informative. Still, I don’t think Belfast and the places I visited were my favorite places in Ireland I’ve seen so far. But the reason this tour became my favourite, was because of our tourguide Bud. He was, simply put, amazing. You could see he enjoyed doing his job and always went out of his way to make this tour special for each and every one of us. He was full of knowledge and fun little stories, like most guides I’ve encountered here so far. I can not really describe what it was that made Bud so special, he just had that certain je ne sais quoi…Anyway, this little impromtu trip turned out to be one of my favourite days in Ireland and one I will fondly remember :).

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