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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 World Heritage Site–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.
  • Travel along the Antrim Coastal Drive and admire the scenery from your luxury coach
  • Giants Causeway & Visitor Heritage Centre, 2 hour stop. The only tour from Dublin to offer both attractions at the Giants Causeway. Also a complimentary walking tour of the Giants Causeway Coast available which is optional whether to take or not.
  • Belfast Black Cab Tour, 2 hour stop. A complete tour offering the passenger the opportunity to walk and record the various locations synonymous with the city's troubled history.
  • Carrick A Rede Bridge – 1 hour 30 minute stop. Premium tickets to walk across the rope bridge included. (optional to cross)

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: 1 College Green, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 YT92, Ireland
2: 59 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

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

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  • 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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin?
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The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin?
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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?
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This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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  • "A good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots is a must!" See review
  • "This is a long trip so keep that in mind." See review

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Vaibhav_B
, Sep 2020
David and Sydney the driver were amazing! We really loved the tour. So well organised. I really loved the black taxi tour and the Giant Causeway. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hello You're very kind to post the review. The drivers and guide regularly read the reviews. David and Sidney will be thrilled. Regards John
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Absolutely do this tour!
Donna_M
, Mar 2020
The tour was excellent!! The Black cab tour was fascinating, bringing recent history to life. Our guide was informative and generous with his memories. The Giant's causeway is a spectacular site. The rope bridge was an adventure. Our guides Tara (guide) and Pat (driver) were the icing on the cake. The coach was clean and comfortable - the guides were fun, interactive and entertaining. They gave excellent recommendations and helped us plan the rest of our Ireland trip! We tried a different tour company for a wicklow tour - don't make the same mistake! Would absolutely stick with viator.
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Extremely well run tour
RITA_B
, Mar 2020
Fabulous trip, made in March 2020. The tour ran extremely well, timed to perfection by the driver; and the commentary throughout was very informative and clear. We were well looked after, and informed that the corona-virus directives were implemented for our peace of mind. The political tour of Belfast by the black cab driver was great, taking us to various places and allowing us time to get into the open and view, listen and take photos. The black cab tour was longer than expected but interactions were very relaxed and the comments interesting. The tour bus stops gave ideal time for toileting/ snacks, and the Giants' Causeway and rope bridge were well worth the visit. Extremely well-run tour. We enjoyed every minute. Well done!
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What an amazing day trip!
Luther_O
, Mar 2020
We had an amazing time with tour guide, Tara, and bus driver, James. Giant's Causeway alone is worth the trip! Truly, it's a remarkable place and we had a great tour there too from Keith--a very knowledgable and fun guide. We also thoroughly enjoyed the political taxi tour hosted by an extremely knowledgable guide, who I believe was named Michael--another great gentleman. The whole day was just grand and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Ireland. Although it was too windy for the rope bridge, Tara and James took us to the Dark Hedges, from Game of Thrones fame, which was really cool. Thanks again for such a wonderful day trip!
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Paula_F
, Mar 2020
Fabulous tour with expert guide Dave and driver Sean. The scenery was beautiful and the experience with black cab tour in Belfast memorable. Book this tour!
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Giants in a time gone by.
JoeF
, Mar 2020
Seamus O'Brien, our guide, presented us with a wonderfully understandable explanation of the geology and history of the Giant's Causeway. In addition, he recounted the legend of the giant Finn MacCoul. He made all aspects of the tour come alive. All this occurred in the pouring rain and howling wind...I can't imagine how interesting and how much fun it would be on a calm sunny day. The rope bridge was enjoyed by others on the trip, but we declined to experience the bridge (fear of heights). This was a truly enjoyable trip.
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Great day trip to Northern Ireland
Kelly_S
, Mar 2020
Tara was a fantastic guide and James was an excellent and safe driver. Such a great day trip to get into Northern Ireland without the worry of having to drive. The stops on the tour were appropriately timed and gave us enough time to enjoy without too much of a rush. The only thing we didn't get to do was the bridge because of the high winds, but Tara and James gave us alternative stops to make up for it. We were disappointed, but nothing we could do about the weather. I also appreciated that Tara provided us with great restaurant recommendations in Dublin that would suit anyones needs.
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Great local guides in Belfast
Juli_B
, Mar 2020
Had an amazing day! I particularly enjoyed the taxi ride to places of historic and political importance in Belfast, we got a unique perspective on events from the local taxi driver. The causeway and the bridge were also great, wonderful nature. The tour was organised very responsibly with social distancing and ample opportunities to wash hands before getting back on the bus.
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Great Trip
Debra_B
, Mar 2020
Great trip, Seamus was a fantastic guide. Good value for money. National trust guide at the Giant’s Causeway was disappointing we didn’t really find out much about the geology of the site - so would recommend the audio or learning about it before.
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Fun and informative
Greg_M
, Mar 2020
Wild Rover does a great job. It is nice to have a guide and a driver. The black taxi cab tour was very interesting but a little depressing. The Giant's causeway was freezing cold but very cool.
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