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Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

1. Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit

Explore the world’s largest Titanic experience in the historic shipyards in Belfast where the doomed ocean liner the Titanic was built. The adventure begins the moment you walk into the building's giant atrium, surrounded by 4 ship-hull-shaped wings. Journey through 9 large galleries of the state-of-the-art interactive exhibition to uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Learn about turn-of-the-century Belfast as a thriving boom town, and take a thrilling tour through dramatic presentations of the shipyards and Titanic under construction. Watch her launch from the slipways, and explore the luxurious craftsmanship of the interiors. Go deep into the stories of the passengers, crew, and heroes of the day. Relive the drama of her tragic end, and see the wreck at her resting place on the ocean floor. Voyage to the bottom of the North Atlantic in the Ocean Exploration Centre, with live links to contemporary undersea explorations. If you'd like a souvenir to remind you of your trip, there's plenty to choose from in the Titanic Store. End with a visit to SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line vessel and the biggest Titanic artefact in the world. Famous as a tender for the Titanic, and a quarter of her size in every dimension, you can marvel at the original ornate doors, panels, plasterwork, and staircases that greeted first and second class passengers on board. See what life was like as a crew member.

From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

2. From Belfast: Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones Day Tour

Discover the beauty of the Antrim coast and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway on a guided day tour. You will first visit Carrickfergus Castle before traveling on towards the old Antrim coastal route where you will wind through the small towns and villages, hearing the stories behind each one. Heading further along the coast before traveling through the nine Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths and legends of the fairies and leprechauns that reside in these Glens. Then, travel through the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the Portaneevy View Point to see Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge from a distance. Stop to admire the views at White Park Bay and hear the stories behind the beautiful sights. Visit a number of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones locations; travel by Carnlough Harbour where Arya Stark swam, pass by Magharmorne Quarry where Castle Black is located, and finish at The Dark Hedges which was Kings Road. The final stop of the day is at the Giant’s Causeway where you can explore the historic stones and learn about the legend of the Giant Finn MacCool, and how and why he built the Causeway. After all your exploring is done you will travel directly back to Belfast via the inland route.

Belfast: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

3. Belfast: Private Black Taxi Cab Murals Tour

Immerse yourself in Belfast's troubled political history through its murals on a guided black taxi tour. Listen to challenging narratives and personal recollections from your accredited guide as you journey through the most important locations in the city's past, including the Falls and Shankill Roads. Visit the International Wall which marks entry into Republican West Belfast. Learn about its murals that show support of various oppressed communities. As you drive around this area, listen to remarkable stories from your guide. Your next stop is the Hunger Strike Mural featuring Bobby Sands. Continue your tour by entering Loyalist Belfast, starting by signing your name on the Peace Wall before driving along the Shankill Road. Here, see many memorial murals of UVF and UFF Volunteers and learn about the Battle of the Boyne as explained through the William of Orange mural. Finish your tour with a visit to some of the city's lesser-known murals before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle

4. Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle

Discover the famous Giant's Causeway on a guided tour from Belfast. Visit the Dark Hedges, made famous in Game of Thrones, and admire the scenic views around Dunluce Castle. Depart Belfast and travel by coach to The Dark Hedges, a beautiful avenue of beech trees planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century as an impressive feature of the driveway to their Gracehill Manor. Continue to the Giant's Causeway to marvel at 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Learn about the legend of Finn, said to have built the causeway to cross the Irish Sea to fight a Scottish giant known as Benandonner. Enjoy impressive views of Sheep Island and the Mull of Kintyre. Take around 2 hours to explore and look around. Stop for a picture at Dunluce Castle, a now-ruined medieval castle. Capture this photogenic castle built in the 13th century and hear how it has inspired many TV programs, poems, and songs.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip with Titanic Belfast Entry

5. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip with Titanic Belfast Entry

Leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day trip that boasts spectacular views from start to finish. Visit both Titanic Belfast and the Giant's Causeway and soak up the coastal scenery of Northern Ireland. From Dublin, go first to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed via exhibits that explain her construction, launch, and history in 9 different galleries. You’ll also be swept away to the Giant’s Causeway. While there, marvel at this jewel of the Antrim coast, the legends of giants, and the unique geological structure composed of thousands of hexagonal stones and symmetrical columns. Enjoy plenty of time at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to walk along the cliffs overlooking the causeway, take stunning pictures, and go for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

6. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway with Titanic Museum Admission

Visit the Titanic Museum for around 1.5 hours and learn the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models, and more. Explore the museum which expands over 9 galleries and draws together special effects, dark rides, and full-scale reconstructions. Use interactive features so you can truly explore the Titanic story in an insightful light. Learn about the aftermath of the sinking to the later discovery of the ship. The tour will also take you to the present day with a tour of the live undersea exploration center.   Enjoy a photo stop at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This 13-century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer. Next, be prepared to be met by the most spectacular sight, the Giant's Causeway. This wild and beautiful formation is a consequence of ancient volcanic activity, the solidified lava is now layered across 40,000 hexagonal columns stretching for a distance of over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles). Stroll along this UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site for around 1.5 hours and see formations such as the Wishing Chair and the Giant' Boot and Organ.   There is a different version of how the Causeway was formed. The Irish giant Finn McCool, while preparing for battle with his Scottish rival, is said to have angrily fired rocks into the sea to forge a path to nearby Scotland. However, on seeing the size of his would-be adversary, he quickly retreats tearing the ground and ripping the stones as he hastily moves. Similar types of stone found in Scotland give weight to this tale of two feuding giants the Causeway continues to stir the imagination and inspire folklore.  Stop at the Dark Hedges for 30 minutes, a centuries-old lane of beech trees that have been featured in films and on television. In the TV series Game of Thrones, the Dark Hedges was featured in season 2 as the King's Road.  

Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

7. Belfast Taxi Mural Tour

Explore Belfast with a driver that has lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets on this taxi tour. Take a deep dive into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in an iconic taxi.  Begins at the corner of Falls and Shankill Road at the epicenter of the conflict between the Roman Catholic population and its Protestant brethren. Drive past the Peaceline wall which divides the two sides of the communities. Listen as your guide points out the meanings of the murals and art that you'll see painted onto the side of these walls. Belfast may be known for its troubles, but your guide is here to share stories about the people and history that make this city truly unique. Have your needs catered to and your questions about Belfast answered. Find out about the conflicts and learn about great restaurant to try out. Guides are real taxi drivers, so trust them, they know the city well. 

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

8. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Titanic Belfast Tour

Discover the Giant's Causeway and the highlights of County Antrim on a guided day trip from Belfast. See some of the filming locations from Game of Thrones and visit the largest Titanic exhibition with included entry tickets. Leaving central Belfast, travel through the Antrim countryside to the Dunluce Castle ruins to take a few photos of the castle dating back to the 13th century. The castle was featured in Narnia and Game of Thrones as the fortress of Greyjoy’s home. A highlight of the day is the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy around 2 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Hear the legend of the Giant Finn McCool while admiring the shores of the Atlantic Ocean before stopping at the Dark Hedges. This location was made famous by Game of Thrones as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees and get some spectacular photos of one of the most visited sites in Northern Ireland. On the return journey to Belfast, visit the Titanic Belfast (entry included). Stretching over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, experience the Titanic like never before. Experience a combination of special effects, rides, full-scale reconstructions, and interactive features. Learn about the Titanic story from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic end. After your visit, arrive back in Belfast where the trip began.

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

9. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Winterfell Trek

Depart Jurys Inn Hotel and drive the scenic Ards Peninsula to the village of Portaferry. Here you will take a short ferry ride across the 'Narrows'. Arrive at Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant, and pub in Strangford village (cost not included). You will also have the opportunity to see one of the famous Doors of Thrones. After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities. Afterward, you will travel to Tollymore Forest Park. Discover the place where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Jurys Inn Hotel, Belfast.

Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

10. Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

Learn the turbulent 20th-century history of Belfast on an award-winning sightseeing tour. Visit 8 sites in the city center where some of the most tragic events of The Troubles took place. Learn what it was like to live in the city when the threat of bombs was ever-present.  Walk through the developing Cathedral Quarter, with St. Anne's Cathedral at its heart, and hear about the peace process and regeneration that has taken place in the city since the ceasefires of the early 1990s. Get a feel for the real history of the city and be transported back in time through detailed storytelling. The guides are amongst the most knowledgeable conflict historians in Northern Ireland and the tour is recognized as being unbiased, objective and historically accurate. It is suitable for all visitors, regardless of how much or little they may already know of the troubled past.

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Took the red route- it was a real treat to see Giant’s Causeway from above. It does involve steep slopes down narrow hillsides but well worth the rough terrain and extra steps! Well organised tour and a super guide!

Amazing tour. Hugh was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions. He gave a really balanced view of the conflict and we learnt so much! We would definitely recommend. Thanks Hugh.

Very Interesting and an eye opener, not just for what happened to the titanic but also what it took to create it

Informative, engaging and well presented. Staff very friendly and helpful too.

Fabulous few hours here especially enjoyed the ride through the shipyard