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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
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Transport by black cab in Belfast
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  • Starbucks Coffee , 1 College Green, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 YT92, Ireland

    Starbucks Café,1 College Green / Dame Street (south city) Dublin 2 @ 7am Please be outside either pick up location listed at least 5 minutes prior to departure. Grey coach with silver dog as logo.

  • DUBLIN BUS HEAD OFFICE , 59 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, D01 RX04, Ireland

    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.

  • 7:00 AM
    Clerys Clock , 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
    After a 45 minute lunch stop at a wonderful coastal cafe we arrive at the Giants Causeway at 2.30pm.Created 60 million years ago due to a series of volcanic eruptions which layered the surrounding area with 40,000 interlocking basaltic rock columns. Set off on 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
    Dun Luce Castle is an iconic historical castle which dates back over 500 years with its location on the Cliff Edge of the north Atlantic making it one of the most dramatic settings in Europe.The castle has been frequently used over the years in many movies most recently the tv series the Game of Thrones. There will be paid admittance included to visit and peruse castle and ground for 45 minutes. On a clear day you can see the coast of Scotland. A magical place for the adventurous photographer and for those who enjoy watching the abundant varirty of wild birds which inhabit the coastal cliffs.
    Duration: 45 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
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    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
    See all safety measures taken by Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin.
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin.
    Q:
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Northern Ireland Highlights Day Trip Including Giant's Causeway from Dublin.

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    • "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
    Trip to Belfast
    Brent_P
    , Jun 2022
    Colleen did a great job in keeping the group on track and giving us a good understanding of the history of Ireland. The Black cab tour of Belfast was outstanding.
    star-5
    A tour of our ancestor’s world
    LESLIE_L
    , Jun 2022
    The cabbie tour was so informative and Colette’s singing Molly Malone was delightful. The castle Dunluce was breathtaking.
    star-4
    History and Natural beauty!
    Bridget_H
    , Jun 2022
    Wonderful trip! Got to see so many things! Would love to go again to experience the black top cab. We did the titanic museum and it was fabulous!
    star-5
    Amazing!
    Anastacia_R
    , Jun 2022
    We enjoyed every minute of this day. The guides in Belfast were knowledgeable and polite, the Giants Causeway is completely amazing. Our guide, Sean, and our driver Owen could not have been more professional or helpful. We recommend this %100. We would go again.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Excellent value, lots to see
    Ryan_G
    , Jun 2022
    Tour guide was excellent, very friendly and helpful. The tour itself was great, the giants Causeway was an amazing place to visit.
    star-4
    Good tour but needs refining
    Karen_M
    , Jun 2022
    Good tour but felt the time could have been allocated better. Needed more time on the taxi tour & less on the causeway. Commenced late & a little unorganised & finished 45 minutes earlier than expected. No rope bridge (advertised) & rushed at the castle - so no souvenir shopping. Taxi was very interesting but not nearly enough time.
    star-5
    Brilliant tour of Northern Ireland from Dublin
    Shawn_S
    , Jun 2022
    I can’t speak highly enough of the joys of this trip. The bus left Dublin on time and both the driver and guide were highly skilled and very friendly. Our guide, Dave, was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He was clever, funny, informative, and engaging. We learned a lot of the history of Ireland and Northern Ireland and he alternated education with anecdotes and an excellent soundtrack for the trip. We had a beautiful day with sunny weather and were able to get great pictures of the coast, Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, and Belfast. The black cab tour of Belfast was a chilling reminder that while The Troubles may be passed, the conflict is still ever present.
    star-5
    Interesting
    lisam716
    , Jun 2022
    Beautiful coastline and very entertaining guide! Enjoyed the stories and the history lessons. Great variety.
    star-5
    Amazing day in Belfast!
    Julie_O
    , Jun 2022
    David (guide)and Peter (driver) Were wonderful! Full of great information and very entertaining as well!
    star-5
    Great!
    Emma_t
    , Jun 2022
    Definitely recommend this tour! I took the Black Can tour and Belfast and it was very educational. Giants Causeway was beautiful. Dave our guide and Paolo our driver were excellent.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Norther island experience
    Jennifer_P
    , Jun 2022
    We learned so much on this tour. Kim our tour guide (rover tours) pointed out every detail of the trip and was so nice and friendly. Keiron our driver was funny and we had a very smooth ride. All aspects of this trip were amazing visually and in what we learned and felt from the great people of Northern Ireland
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    David and Paulo excellent...
    Chuck_G
    , Jun 2022
    David and Paulo excellent guide and driver very knowledgeable of all of the areas . Very funny and accommodating, gave great recommendations of others things to see and do. Great trip
    star-5
    The scenery is...
    Humberto_G
    , Jun 2022
    The scenery is breathtaking. The black cab Belfast tour was a great plus. Tour guide was very helpful, providing timely and accurate advise. Tour ran on time.
    star-5
    Do this is you have a free day in Dublin!!
    Alexis_W
    , Jun 2022
    Dave our guide and Sidney our driver were absolutely amazing. Dave was so informative and funny. We had such a great time visiting Giant’s Causeway and in Belfast. We did the black cab tour and it was really informative on the happenings in Northern Ireland. If you have a day, do it!
    star-3
    Not great
    Michael_C
    , Jun 2022
    The host and driver were good. At the Giants Causeway we wanted to go into the shop but we’re told we didn’t have admission (unexpected). Moreover, the rope bridge was closed, but nothing replaced it. We were an hour early getting back to Dublin, why not a replacement stop? Will I be refunded for the partial tour?
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Michael, Please come on ! The Bridge is closed to all tour comapnies and we replaced the rope bridge as a paid for attraction with a tour and visit of Dun Luce Castle. There are many other shops at the causeway, The one you refer to as clossed off is a cafe and souvenir shop. Thanks for choosing to travel with us, shame it didnt live fully up to expectations. Regards John
    star-5
    Spectacular day tour of Northern Ireland!!
    Jose_M
    , Jun 2022
    Must see spectacular tour!! Dave (guide) and Sydney (driver) were awesome… very entertaining, and offered lots of great insight into all the areas we visited. Thank you!!
    star-5
    Well worth it
    Bright_S
    , Jun 2022
    The Giant's Causeway is breathtaking!! It was worth the trip all on its own. This was a very well designed bus tour. I went on another bus tour in London where they were simply trying to cram too much into one day and you did not have time to enjoy the places you went. On this tour we were able to go for a lovely walk to the Giant's Causeway and really spend time and enjoy it. They added a bathroom stop on the way there and back, which was vital. Do yourself a favor though and don't drink too much coffee before you get on the bus even though it's early in the morning! I did not realize that they were going to give us the option of going into the Titanic Museum or taking the black cab tour of Belfast. I took the black cab tour. Unfortunately, I just pulled the short straw in terms of drivers. The elderly man was incredibly soft spoken and he mumbled. None of us could understand what he was saying - it was incredibly frustrating. That said, everyone else who went on the black cab tour seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed it.
    star-5
    Neat experience
    Sadie_F
    , Jun 2022
    It was an incredible and historical experience! I appreciate hearing the history through people who personally experienced the troubles of Northern Ireland, however, we were bummed we did not really see any of Belfast and only saw 2 streets. Dunluce Castle & Giant’s Causeway we’re amazing!
    star-5
    Great tour!
    Michael_N
    , Jun 2022
    David and Sarah were great. Wear comfy shoes you can do some walking in. Great bus and tour guides. Belfast taxi tour was a great tour through past and present history.
    star-5
    Great time in Ireland!
    Jonathan_C
    , Jun 2022
    Fun experience. guide was great. Very informational. We really enjoyed this tour. Do the black cab experience in Belfast!! Highly recommended.

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