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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. Sit back and relax on our comfortable coach and prepare for adventure in the north. That almost sounds like a movie title, ‘Adventure in the North’. What will your film of the day look like? Adventure, learning and discovery are waiting for you. Belfast is a vibrant city with much to explore.

 

Your 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 centre, 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. We will also see the impressive Titanic Quarter. After our sojourn through Belfast city, we will get back on the bus and head to our next destination.

 

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. Down Cathedral is a historic cathedral, where you will find the grave of Saint Patrick himself. The coastal village of Dundrum is known for its Norman Castle; climb atop its fortified walls and take in the panoramic views. These fortified walls were vital for defence in their time; admire the architecture of the walls and castle. From here, we experience more incredible landscapes as we head to the highest mountain range in Northern Ireland, the Mourne Mountains.

 

Take in the beauty as we will see the 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 as your tour bus magically rolls up Gravity Hill by itself. How does this phenomenon work? See if you can work it out! As we head back towards Dublin we may see Ross’ Monument which is dedicated to Major General Robert Ross. He is remembered for burning down the White House (yes, that White House) in retaliation for the Americans burning York (modern Toronto) in 1813.

 

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

This 1 day tour to Belfast city & Northern Ireland 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 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 

We arrive in Belfast City. Your guide will begin your tour of the city in two parts. We first visit west Belfast where we will see the infamous Peace Wall. This 25ft wall divides the Loyalist community from the Republican community. Loyalists are those who are loyal to the Queen of England and wish to keep Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. Republicans are those who ultimately want a united Ireland and the removal of the British claim to the northern part of the island. You will also visit the Republican museum (not open Sun & Mon) before we head to east Belfast, home of the Harland & Wolff shipyard and of course the birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic.

 

12:00pm : Free time in Belfast 

We will have some free time and lunch (not included) in the city centre. Take some time to explore Belfast and have some lunch in the many pubs and restaurants. Here are a few suggestion of things to do during this time:
- Fancy a pint? Then drop in to 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.
We then meet at the bus and leave the city, heading for the town of Downpatrick to get close to Ireland's most famous saint.

 

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 boy slave to work as a shepherd. You will be shown a film telling his life story before you take a short walk to Down Cathedral and see his grave which sits beside it on high ground. 

 

4:00pm : Dundrum Castle 

We continue driving 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, the home of De Courcy. Climb to the top of the battlements and gaze at these amazing coastal views as far as the eye can see.

 

4:30pm : Mourne Mountains 

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 known as Gravity Hill, where you will see with your own eyes your tour bus 'roll 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 

 

“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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“Excellent day tour to Belfast!”

I went on the Belfast Tour on the 2nd of December 2016. Our tour guide, Jim, was an entertaining guy who couldn't stop talking stories about Ireland and Northern Ireland. We visited loads of places in one day, though we had enough time to absorb each of them.

Value for your money!

TRIP ADVISOR Visited December 2016

 

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“Belfast for the day”

We spent a dark and rainy day in Belfast in December. Doesn't get much better than that.

We cannot say enough great things about our guide (Jennifer) and our driver (Larry) who were absolutely fantastic. We couldn't have asked for a better guide/driver combination, given the complexity of balancing a day of touring (read:having fun) while dealing with such a heavy subject, which is "The Troubles". Highly recommend this tour.

We love Ireland. Beautiful country. Beautiful people. Amazing history.

TRIP ADVISOR Visited December 2016

 

 

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“Amazing Belfast Trip !”

We were very happy with our trip to Belfast with our guide Jim. From the start, he won us over by his welcoming personality and great knowledge. We didn't know much about the history there but Jim seemed to know pretty much everything and he never made it boring ! A man full of knowledge( that being both actual history and some great irish lore), excitement and passion! Overall, the trip was also greatly organised and we saw a lot more than just Belfast. I would have never been able to go on a trip like this on my own. I greatly recommend Extreme Ireland for Day Trips, especially with guides like Jim.

TRIP ADVISOR Visited November 2016

 

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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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