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
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!
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.
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