We had a WONDERFUL day tour to Belfast city & St Patrick's trail. The driver/guide made the trip! Thanks Bud, you were awesome! Strongly recommend this company!
Belfast Day Trip From Dublin
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DEPARTURE TIME : 8:00AM ( Arrive 10 mins before )
DEPARTURE LOCATION : Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street : MAP HERE
Adult – €50
Student (13-16) / Senior – €45
Children (5-12) – €25
Infants – Free
Add a meal back in Dublin at The Riddler Restaurant serving modern Irish Food.
( Meal options available to add on our booking page – Your guide can drop you off at the restaurant in Christchurch just minutes from the city center by foot )
Belfast Peace Wall – Republican Museum – St Patrick’s Grave – Dundrum Castle – The Mourne Mountains
OVERVIEW BELFAST DAY TRIP FROM DUBLIN
Drive just two hours north of Dublin, you end up in another vibrant city. Belfast – a city that sits in what is politically another country. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, and so in two hours you can enter a different jurisdiction so Pounds Sterling are needed for spending money. This Belfast day trip from Dublin will allow you to see the great sights of Belfast and other significant gems of the north. Historical and natural treasures await you!
Our guides are knowledgeable and full of stories about Northern Ireland and her history. Therefore you will learn about the history of rebellion, violence and the journey towards peace in the region. Also there are many more stories to tell about St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, great mountains and historical sites. If you’re lucky, they might even sing you a song.
First of all our guide will take you around west Belfast, home of the infamous Peace Wall, explaining its significance. The Republican museum is our next stop for an immersion into the history of the rebellion and the republican movement. In addition visit east Belfast where we find the birthplace of the ill fated, RMS Titanic. Then we head straight for the city center, allowing you the free time to look around, see some sights and have lunch (not included). Take some time to see the impressive City Hall or Belfast’s very own leaning tower.
Your northern adventure is far from over; we will visit Downpatrick, the final resting place of Ireland’s most famous saint. Visit the Saint Patrick Centre to learn about the patron saint of Ireland and learn about his life. The coastal village of Dundrum is known for its Norman Castle so climb atop its fortified walls and take in the panoramic views. You will experience more incredible landscapes as we head to the highest mountain range in Northern Ireland, the Mourne Mountains.
Furthermore take in the beauty of Spelga Dam, an area with breathtaking views. Nearby lies some magic; a hill that seems to defy the law of gravity! Don’t believe us? You’ll see it for yourself!
All adventures have to come to an end but take a look at our other day tours to continue your Irish adventures! Finally listen to some traditional Irish music as you relax on the coach after a full and exciting day and reminisce on your Belfast tour as we return to Dublin.
ITINERARY - Belfast Tour
08:00am : Depart Dublin
The Belfast City Tour departs from the Molly Malone statue (outside the old stone church on Suffolk Street). Meet your charming and knowledgeable guide and your fellow travellers. We will head north past Croke Stadium, the port tunnel and Dublin airport. Your guide will give you a fascinating overview of the history behind Northern Ireland, the conflict and its origins.
10:30am : Arrive in Belfast
When we arrive in Belfast City, your guide will begin your tour of the city in two parts. First we will visit west Belfast where the infamous Peace Wall resides. This 5.5 meter high wall divides the Loyalist community from the Republican community. You will visit the Republican museum (not open Sunday and Monday) before we head to east Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff shipyard. Most notably known for constructing the RMS Titanic.
12:00pm : Free time in Belfast
We will have some free time and lunch (not included) in the city center. Take some time to explore Belfast and have some lunch in the many pubs and restaurants. Here are a few suggestions to do during this time:
- Fancy a pint? Then drop into one of the city's oldest and most interesting bars - the Crown Liquor Saloon.
- Visit Saint Anne's cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral.
- See Belfast’s own leaning tower at Albert's Memorial Clock.
- Drop into one of Belfast's main landmarks at the Belfast City Hall.
2:45pm Downpatrick & St Patrick's Grave
Welcome to Downpatrick, which means 'Patrick's stronghold!' You will visit the Saint Patrick Centre where you will learn all about the saint who first came to Ireland as a slave to work as a shepherd. There will be a short documentary displaying St Patrick’s early life. Afterwards, take a brisk walk to Down Cathedral and see his grave.
4:00pm : Dundrum Castle
We will continue to drive south and arrive in the small village of Dundrum, which holds one of Ireland's Norman castles built by John De Courcy in the 12th century. This castle is protected by strong fortified walls, which circle an inner high tower. Climb to the top of the battlements and gaze at amazing views as far as the eye can see.
4:30pm : Mourne Mountains
Travel to the highest parts of Northern Ireland in the Mourne Mountains and take photos on top of Slieve Donard, the Mourne's highest peak. While on your drive up, your guide will stop at the mystifying hill known as Gravity Hill. See with your own eyes as your coach rolls up a hill all by itself! All good things must come to an end and sadly we must leave beautiful Northern Ireland.
7:00pm : Arrive Back in Dublin
Arrive back in Dublin and tell all your friends about your adventure to Northern Ireland!
PHOTO GALLERY -Belfast Tour
TESTIMONIALS - Belfast Tour
“Day tour to Belfast ”
This was my first trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland had to be included. My time in this lovely country was limited, so I opted for a day trip from Dublin to Belfast and some parts of the North (Booked online with Viator, but actually offered by Irish Day Tours.)
We set out from Dublin and headed along motorways. Our driver offered the "have you all got your passport" joke shortly before we sped across the border. Our driver/guide was knowledgeable, articulate and, despite his best efforts, delightfully biased in favour of the Republicans.
Our first stop in Belfast was the Irish Republican History Museum. This small collection of items about Republican prisons, made by Republican prisoners and reflecting the history of those troubled times was initiated by Eileen Hickey who was a prisoner in the infamous Armagh Gaol from 1973-1977.
The stark simplicity of many of the exhibits gave some indication of the life of the Republican population as well as the British stationed in the area.
Then it was a short drive to the Peace Wall with its murals and then to the British heavily tagged murals. A large traditional funeral procession that blocked our way gave an added dimension to the tour.
We drove to the Titanic Quarter for photo opportunities and then to Down Cathedral and the large rock which is regarded as St Patrick's traditional burial place. Then on to the nearby St Patrick's Centre where we viewed a wide-screen presentation about this patron Saint of Ireland and also got shopping opportunities.
Our last stop was the ruins of Dundrum Castle. Then it was a pleasant drive through the Mourne Mountains on the way back to Dublin.
This was a great day trip which gave me a better understanding and appreciation of the troubled history of this important part of Ireland.
Rocky was great - he told us the history behind the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland seperation and The Troubles in Belfast. He took us to West Belfast where the mural wall and Peace wall are - interesting but I wouldn't want to be there as a solo traveller! We also walked the Titanic Dock, learnt about St Patrick and visited his final resting place and more. Overall a really infornative and interesting tour. Lots of restroom and food stops as well which was much appreciated by all on board. An enjoyable way to get a good overview of Northern Ireland.
“Belfast city & St Patrick's trail tour”
“Day tour to Belfast, Noel was great!”
Today my husband and I took the Extreme Ireland Adventures tour to Belfast, Saint Patricks Grave, Dundrum Castle and the Mourne Mountains. This tour is a bang for your buck! Our tour guide Noel was so great! Noel was super knowledgeable and justifiably so given his scholarly past. He was also efficient, witty and welcoming! Our first stop was an introduction to The Troubles in Belfast. There murals within the city tell the story of The Troubles including the International Freedom Wall, the Freedom Wall and the Peace Wall, they are quite awe inspiring. Noel explained in depth the complicated politics both past and present within Ireland. We then set out to Saint Patrick's Cathedral and visited the stone grave of Saint Patrick himself. The cathedral is quaint and beautiful. Our next two stops were awesome! Dundrum Castle and the Mourne mountains. Thank you Noel for an amazing time despite the fact that the whole bus was full of sticks in the mud who did not know how to have a good time if it hit them in face lol! You kept a great attitude, your stories were awesome and so were your songs :)
“Day trip to Belfast”
Myself and my partner had a wonderful experience on a day trip to Belfast and Northern Ireland from Dublin with our magnificent and knowledgable driver and guide, Noel.
The tour was extremely informative and inclusive, while also giving you free time to explore some of the sites and attractions yourself.
Highlight of the day was Noel's awesome renditions of some classic Irish tunes!
Would highly recommend this tour and company, great day and great service.
“Loved our trip to Belfast”
We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Belfast with our very knowledgeable guide, Natasha. Highly recommend this tour to people who have limited time and want to see the highlights.