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Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin

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Overview

Explore Northern Ireland's biggest draws—Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge—on a day trip from Dublin. In a traditional black cab in Belfast, you’ll explore sites of the capital’s conflicted history: the mural-strewn streets of the Falls and Skankill neighborhoods and the Belfast Docks. Then course along the Antrim Coast to experience one of Ireland great geological marvels, the UNESCO–listed Giant’s Causeway, followed by a stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Marvel at the surrounding headlands that were also used as a filming location for many "Game of Thrones" scenes. Note: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is currently closed to the public. This stop is replaced by a visit to Dunluce Castle, the real-life House of Greyjoy from the "Game of Thrones", until further notice.
  • Combine a black cab tour of Belfast with a visit to Giant's Causeway
  • Explore the Giant’s Causeway at your own pace or join an included tour led by a park ranger
  • Make the most of free Wi-Fi while on the luxury coach
  • Entrance fees and round-trip transportation are included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This jam-packed tour makes it possible to visit Belfast and the Giant's Causeway in just one day.
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Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with free WiFi
Professional guide
Transport by black cab in Belfast
Private guide
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

1 College Green, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 YT92, Ireland

Departure - Pickup points Starbucks Café,1 College Green / Dame Street (south city) Dublin 2 @ 7am Dublin Bus Office, 59 O’Connell Street Upper (north city) Dublin 1 @ 7.05am Please be outside either pick up location listed at least 5 minutes prior to departure. Grey coach with silver dog as logo.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

59 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland

Departure - Pickup points Starbucks Café,1 College Green / Dame Street (south city) Dublin 2 @ 7am Dublin Bus Office, 59 O’Connell Street Upper (north city) Dublin 1 @ 7.05am Please be outside either pick up location listed at least 5 minutes prior to departure. Grey coach with silver dog as logo.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Op GPO, 1, O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Co. Dublin, D01 HR04, Ireland

Drop off is at the front of the Old Cleary's Store on O'Connell Street, opposite the General Post Office, very close to the Spire monumnet.Typical return time is between 8.15pm and 8.30pm. Your guide will be able to help with any directions in the city from there.

Your full-day tour of Northern Ireland’s major sights starts with early-morning pickup in central Dublin. (Enjoy a 20 minute rest stop to take coffee and snacks before taking the Black Cab tour in Belfast. There you will have bathroom facilities with a range of vendors to buy hot and cold drinks, fresh food, light snacks and packed lunches. The same stop will be visited on the return journey fro Dublin).

An iconic black cab awaits you in Northern Ireland’s beautiful and infamous capital. This tour gives you a safe and introspective account of this impassioned city, most well known for its history of political and religious unrest. Explore Belfast’s Falls and Skankill neighborhoods, where hundreds of ornate murals impart Unionist and Nationalist political messaging in glorious color. Learn of the city’s industrial roots, its divisive conflict and its current youthful revival.

During the tour, you’ll see several of Belfast’s top attractions, including sites such as the Belfast Docks and the Harland and Wolff shipyard — snapshots of the city’s industrial beginnings. If the sentiment takes you, feel free to request a stop at other notable sites like the Peace Wall, where you can add your name to those of other peacemakers who have touched this monumental city.

The next leg of your journey is the grand Antrim Coastal Drive, taking you along Ireland’s wild, rocky north coast for dramatic sea views and the fairy-tale glens of Antrim. Speaking of drama, catch a view of Dunluce Castle, a medieval construction that’s enjoying a second life is as the House of Greyjoy in the award-winning TV series Game of Thrones.

The 2-hour drive brings you to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Giant’s Causeway. Stretch your legs and enjoy a meander through this geological wonder that has been the source of many Irish myths. Then punctuate your tour of the north with an invigorating walk across the teetering, 80-foot-high (24-meter) Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (not for the faint-hearted!). After you’ve had your adrenaline boost for the day (or year), get cozy in your coach seat for the return ride back to central Dublin.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Falls Road
Arriving in Belfast City at 9.15, a 20 minute break where bathroom facilities/refreshments are available. Groups of passengers averaging 4 in number will then be escorted by a local driver guide to a black cab and the tour of the world’s largest outdoor art gallery begins. A unique and riveting experience, a journey into the most recent conflict in Irish history all guided by local with first-hand experience, intimate knowledge of the city’s most recent tragic political, social, religious conflicts which have convulsed the two countries of Ireland and the United Kingdom but in particular the communities of Northern Ireland for decades. Visit west Belfast most well-known and easily identified mural is that of Bobby Sands located on the side of Sinn Féin's Falls Road building. This area known as the Falls is predominantly Catholic Nationalist / Republican. Also a collection Irish republican and international politically themed murals known as 'The International Wall' and the "Peace Wall"
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Shankill Road
Next on the tour is the visit to an area of Belfast City known as the Shankill. During the "Troubles" the Shankill was a centre of loyalist paramilitary activity, where the modern Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Association (UDA) had its genesis. Loyalist paramilitary groups pledging allegiance to the British monarchy and to maintaining the partitioned 6 counties of Ireland known as Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. Similar to the Falls area the Shankill is adorned with huge murals celebrating historical events, honouring people from the past some of whom from the local community. At all stops during the 90 minute tour our guests have ample opportunity to capture amazing images of the world’s largest outdoor art gallery. There will be lots out time spent out of the cab, the group size is so small the tour will be a very personalised experience. Your guide has personal stories and folklore to share. He will encourage you to ask many questions as you see fit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Giant's Causeway
Arriving at the Giants Causeway just after 1pm you will receive a premium ticket for admission. The centre offers a wonderful choice of amenities including restaurants, you have an opportunity join a guided tour or use of an outdoor audio guide. Set off to walk the trail to the "Giant's Boot" apparently lost by Finn just over 2 metres large. Can it get any more magical? Take a seat in the famous "Wishing Chair." A must experience, the "Wishing Chair" is a natural throne formed of perfectly shaped columns of basaltic lava. Now the "Camel" the only steed capable of carrying Finn home across long distances. The Camel a basaltic dyke formed from cooling lava which has pushed its way through other layers of rock. The Clifftop Trail is a bird's eye view of the Giant's Causeway, a unique way to see the World Heritage Site and explore the stunning north coast of Ireland over to Scotland. The Causeway has trails for all ages. There is also a free train up and down from the centre to the coast.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Antrim Coast Road
Touring the rugged coast of Antrim, its remote glens, sheer faced cliffs, small fishing villages and pristine beaches is one of the world’s most stunning and unspoilt coastlines. The Giants Causeway’s basalt columns are world famous with the latest celebrants to the area the cast, directors and producers of the tv series Game of Thrones. Many of the settings for the series you will see and hear of with ample opportunity to capture images on the day. The coastline dotted with harbour fishing villages, small rural farming towns. The north Atlantic waters look across to Scotland’s west coast. You can clearly see Scotland on a clear day. Enjoy!!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dunluce Castle
In the 13th century, Richard Óg de Burgh, built the first castle at Dunluce. The Irish Norman family as the singer Chris de Burgh. The castle ruins of this medieval fortress is built on top of a steep, sheer cliff face on the rocky Antrim coast. With such dramatic backdrop particular when the castle features are lit up the ground anchored spot lights in the dim light on a winter late afternoon, the views are stunning. In particular fans of Game of Thrones tv series will recognise the castle tas the seat of the House of Greyjoy. The castle true life bloody history is well told on tour Dunluce Castle is also thought to be the inspiration for Cair Paravel in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. C.S Lewis is a native of Ireland.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrickarede (from Gaeilge-Irish Carraig a' Ráid, meaning "rock of the casting") It spans 20 metres (66 ft) and is 30 metres (98 ft) above the rocks below. The rope bridge connects the main island of Ireland to another tiny island of Carrick a Rede. In the past, over 350 years ago, local salmon fishermen built the first bridge constructed of wood and rope. The tiny island was used as a great fishing spot to catching wild migrating salmon. In the tour's itinerary you have a 90 minute stop at this site. Your ticket, the cost to walk across the rope bridge is included but that choice is optional to you. The thought for some is too frightening and with the best of intentions when presented with the challenge many of our guests decide to back away. Don't worry in that's the case for you, there are other beautiful coastal trails to take, some of the very best hiking trails of the whole day are here. Grab a coffee and snack in the wonderful old cafe overlooking the sea.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Titanic's Dock and Pump-House
On this tour some passengers choose to take the Titanic Experience rather that the black cab tour. A benefit to those who chose the Black Cab tour is that they will also get the opportunity to see the Titanic Dry Dock & Pump House. Also berthed next to the Titanic Experience Belfast is the ship the SS Nomadic - tender to RMS Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world. Samson and Goliath are the twin shipbuilding gantry cranes named after the Biblical figures Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the dock and city. You will have the opportunity to capture unique images of truly historical content.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Peace Wall
As part of the Black Cab tour your guide will visit what is known as the "Peace Wall or Walls". Here you will be told of the reasons why they are built and to what benefit. They effectively split the Roman Catholic community from the Protestant community. The first peace lines of "the Troubles" were built in 1969, following the outbreak of civil unrest in 1969. Initially built as temporary structures, they are now permanent structures as they are effective in limiting the sectarian violence perpetrated they the worst elements in both communities. The walls are wider, longer, more numerous than ever. They have multiplied over the years. They have been increased in both height, length and number since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. In Belfast 75% of the 97 peace lines are in the north and west of the city. These area's are home to the poorer and more disadvantaged inhabitants of Belfast. Sadly 67% of the deaths during the "Troubles" occurred within 500 metres of one of these wall's.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes and all weather clothing recommended
  • Please be outside of one of the available pickup locations 15 minutes before departure time
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children 2 years and under are not allowed to travel
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wild Rover Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "A good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots is a must!" See review
  • "it was quite windy that day so beware, the bridge may be canceled if its too rainy for safety reasons, but there are still beautiful walk ways and views to admire." See review

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star-5
Great tour!
Michelle_M
, Sep 2021
Enjoyed this tour very much! Plenty of time to explore and amazing sites. Tour guides were truly outstanding, playing songs and signing so much fun!
star-5
Totally worth it
Brisja_S
, Sep 2021
Our guide was amazing. Told good stories, made plenty of time for questions and even played / sang us some music. Couldn’t have asked for better— thanks David and Joe! Chose black cab tour which was interesting though by the sounds of it our driver was a little quieter and less engaging than some of our fellow travelers’.
star-5
Good tour of Northern Ireland
Mylene_N
, Sep 2021
Connor and Sidney were good tour guides. Connor provided good instructions and spent time with each guest, asked how they were doing and what they needed. A ling day but worth it and was very organized.
star-5
Good guide - long day
Betty_W
, Sep 2021
David was a very good guide in that he was knowledgeable, interesting and personable. My favorite experience was when he went through the bus allowing each participant to ask as many questions as we wanted. We took up quite a bit of his time as we were very interested in Northern Ireland! We also enjoyed his playing the guitar and singing. The tour with the black cab drivers was interesting but felt too rushed. I could have asked questions for twice as long, trying to get a feel for what it was like during "the troubles." (Part of the problem was that one person on the bus was late at the start and delayed us. It is a difficult question when to leave someone behind.) There was also NOT enough time to get snacks in the places we stopped in Belfast, probably because of our late start. Bring your own snacks. Lunch options were very small at the restaurant, but they did a good job of handling a large group of people. The Giant's Causeway was interesting. It seemed odd that there was no mention of how long and steep a walk it is to reach it. One of our group never made it. I was glad the Rede Rope bridge was closed as I had no desire to go anywhere near it! The Dunluce Castle was more interesting and picturesque than I expected. It was a very long day. I personally would have rather spend more time in Belfast and less at the castle.
star-5
Perfect tour.
Aji_A
, Sep 2021
We had absolutely wonderful experiece and the guide (Seamus) is very knowledgeable and, generally a nice human being. He was a "crack", his word not mine. He went over and above his job descriptions to help us resolve parking our car in the wrong place. He actually paid for the parking ticket which I forgot to reimburse him. Words alone wont do justice to the character and kindness of both the driver and Seamus our guide. I am so glad we had the opportunity to be guided by him and, I would personally ask for him the next time we go on a tour. We need more people like him in this crazy world we live in.
star-5
Great tour and guides!
Catherine_P
, Sep 2021
Connor and Sidney were great! Very informative and personable. Definitely recommend this tour and them again!!
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star-5
Breathtaking & spectacular day in Northern Ireland!
Deborah_K
, Sep 2021
This was an excellent experience of the Giant Causeway and Duclace Castle. The Titanic experience was great too. We would have liked to do the Belfast tour. It was hard to choose. A little disappointed that we couldn’t go to Carrickfergus Rope Bridge because it was being repaired. David our tour guide was excellent he went over and beyond. He even had his guitar and sang some Irish songs. He gave excellent suggestions on things to do in Dublin & restaurant suggestions. Sydney our bus driver was excellent too. Excellent driver.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was greatly 🙌🙌🙌
Anna_K
, Sep 2021
It was amazing tour. I really enjoyed my trip to Belfast, Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. Special thanks to Murphy for lovely songs and funny stories and Joe for safety trip. Hopefully see you later on other locations❤️
star-5
Excellent day!
Cassandra_M
, Sep 2021
Although I wish we could have spent a little more time in Belfast, the political taxi tour was phenomenal and still packed a lot in for 90 minutes. Giant's Causeway was also spectacular and we were really happy to have a bit of time to do the hikes beyond the formations. David and Paolo were excellent guides who were experts at keeping us informed about the day and on schedule, plus we were delighted by David's guitar skills. I was really happy to be able to see more beyond Dublin on my trip and despite the long day, this tour was worth it to pack a lot in.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
Xiaohui_L
, Sep 2021
The tour guide David is awesome who makes the journey wonderful. Giant's Causeway is a place you can't miss.

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