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Belfast & The North Tour

 

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

 

TOUR MAP

 

 Belfast Peace Wall   –   Republican Museum   –   St Patrick’s Grave  –  Dundrum Castle   –   The Mourne Mountains

 


 

OVERVIEW

If you 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 and require Pounds Sterling for spending money. This Belfast tour 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. Learn about the history of rebellion, violence and the journey towards peace in the region. 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.

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 east Belfast, 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; 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.

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! 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, 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 :)



TRIP ADVISOR Visited July 2017

 

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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.

TRIP ADVISOR Visited July 2017

 

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“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.

 

TRIP ADVISOR Visited June 2017

 

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“Belfast Day Trip from Dublin ”

So much more than we expected. We not only did an extensive tour of Belfast but our guide and driver Noel seemed to know every back country road out of Belfast. We enjoyed visiting castles and church and we're even treated to an unexpected organ concert at Down Cathedral. The visitor center at Downpatrick was a highlight as we learned much about Saint Patrick.

Noel being a former history teacher knew and shared a great deal of Irish History. The tour and visit to Belfast was really sobering.

 
  

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“Cliffs of Moher and Belfast Day Tours”

We were lucky enough to get Mac for the Cliffs tour and for the Belfasttour this week. He's not only hilarious, but he knows what he needs to know for the tour, and then some. You will get a wonderful history lesson told in a colorful and interesting way.

As far as the tours themselves, we didn't feel like there were any "fillers" simply to waste time getting back. We loved every stop and photo op.

If you do go on the Cliffs tour, check the weather the day before to make sure you are not going on a rainy and foggy day. If the weather doesn't cooperate, however, you will still enjoy the tour with Mac. He seems to really enjoy passing along his knowledge of this beautiful country. I highly recommend both tours.

 

 
 
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“Daytrip to Belfast”

On our 5-day visit to Dublin, we've booked a 1-Day Trip to Belfast. It was a awesome expierence to see Belfast and all the beautiful landscapes and Castles. Our Tourguide was Caroline...she made our Trip very special. She told us so much about the history of Ireland, showed us exceptionel places, spread a lot of fun to our small group and even sing for us!!! She is incredible and we are very thankfull for this marvelous day! Take a trip with Extreme Ireland and enjoy your day! Greetings from the german guys!

Visited October 2016

TRIP ADVISOR - October 2016

 

 

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