Belfast Educational activities

Our most recommended Belfast Educational activities

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.

Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

2. Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

Meet your guide, a working Belfast cab driver, and hear about their personal involvement in The Troubles on this car tour. Be welcomed to Belfast and dive into this facinating political conflict from a local perspective. Explore important locations from the conflict like the Falls Road and Shankill Road. See how two communities are still separated by the looming Peace Walls. View many telling political murals. Be transported back in time by stories from those who lived through the conflict. Take the same tour as notable public figures like Anthony Bourdain, Vince Vaughn, and George Negus. Experience unique insights from the past and present. Have your burning questions about the city's troubled history answered. Discover how the city has undergone changes and find out about its future. Get recommendations from a local about where to shop, eat, drink, or do for fun.

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

3. Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian-era prison. Hear the stories of the murderers, suffragettes, loyalists and republican prisoners who were jailed here. Learn about the births, executions, hunger strikes and riots that have taken place within the prison walls. Begin your visit in the jail basement, where you can see artifacts from when the jail was in operation. Walk through the passageway, known as “the tunnel,” which connects the jail with the courthouse across the road. Between 1968 and the prison’s closing, over 25,000 prisoners made their way through this tunnel. See “the circle,” which is located at the centre of the four wings of the jail. Marvel at the jail’s 19th-century Victorian architecture. Next, make your way to the C-wing. Experience what the living conditions were like in the prison at various points throughout the jail’s history. See the condemned man’s cell. Seventeen men in total were executed at the jail, and you will see where many of them spent their last days. Enter the execution chamber where twelve men had their lives ended. End your tour at the graveyard, where the executed men were buried. As part of their sentence, the condemned men were “to be buried in an unmarked grave, in unconsecrated ground.”

Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

4. Political Wall Murals and Peacewall

With this tour package, you will be given a personal tour from your guide about what life was like as a teenager living in Belfast during its troubled past. Hear how the city has turned a corner and is now looking towards a brighter future. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities for taking photos and a chance to sign your name on the world famous peacewall, that has divided the city's communities for over 45 years. See the raw side of Belfast city on this tour. Your guide will take you to all the most important areas in Belfast.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Belfast City Full-Day Trip

5. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Belfast City Full-Day Trip

Embark on a full-day trip to discover the natural splendor of Ireland's GIant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, head to the vibrant city of Belfast where you'll enjoy a guided tour. Departing from Dublin, continue along the coastal road in your transfer vehicle until you reach the Northern Irish countryside. Enjoy scenic views of the Causeway Coast and the basalt columns sticking out of the sea. Formed more than 60 million years ago, the legend of the rocks features an Irish giant named Finn who was challenged to bridge the sea between Ireland and Scotland. Next, make your way to Belfast City and follow your guide as they show you around this city that is rich in heritage, and offers a host of vibrant cultural and artistic experiences for you to enjoy. Enjoy time to stretch your legs and soak up the atmosphere of what once was a well-divided city. This tour is ideal if you’re a nature lover, curious about the history of this region, or into visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

6. Belfast: Political Conflict 3-Hour Walking Tour

Venture beyond the guidebooks and explore Belfast through the political conflict known as The Troubles. Walk the streets on both sides of the Peace Line with men and women who were intimately involved as combatants in the period known as The Troubles.  Hear stories from both the Republican and Loyalist communities about the effects of the conflict, and get explanations about the political murals that tell the history and culture of the area from a unique perspective. Start by meeting a Republican ex-political prisoner for a guided walk along the infamous Falls Road. See visible signs of the community's desire to be part of an Irish Republic.  Then, pass through the electronically-controlled gates to the predominately Protestant area of Shankill Road, where you will meet with either a Loyalist ex-political prisoner or an ex-member of the security forces who is from the area. Investigate the determination of the locals who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom. For more than 30 years, The Troubles have had a powerful impact on the city and its residents. Very few people were unaffected by the violence, and everyone has a tale to tell. Investigate the real stories beyond the history books with first-hand accounts from those intimately involved.  Explore the world’s largest, outdoor art gallery as you examine the many murals, and get the opportunity to sign the Peace Wall and leave your thoughts alongside those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

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

7. 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.

Belfast: A History of Terror Walking Tour

8. 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.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Coastal Adventure w/ Tickets

9. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Coastal Adventure w/ Tickets

Head out on the Antrim coastal road to the northern tip of Ireland on a day trip from Belfast. Pass by Carrickfergus Castle, stop in Carnlough for a harbor walk, and visit Ballycastle for lunch. Hear the myth of the UNESCO–listed Giant's Causeway from your guide and marvel at its basalt columns. Stop in the picturesque village of Carnlough and take a walk by the small harbor. Continue along the coast and then through the Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths about the fairies and leprechauns said to reside there. Stop for lunch in the coastal town of Ballycastle, before heading to the natural wonder of Giant's Causeway. Hear the legend of Giant Finn MacCool and the uniquely shaped stones. Enjoy access to the visitor's center and explore the history with insightful commentary from your audio guide. End the tour with photo stops at Dunluce Castle and the famous Dark Hedges.

Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

10. Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour

Mix with local characters, and get a unique insight into Ireland’s legends, landscapes and people on a week long tour of the island, north and south. Explore city life in Belfast, Derry and Cork, go to the rocks of the Giant's Causeway, walk along the Cliffs of Moher, tour the Dingle Peninsula, and enjoy a glass of the black stuff at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. The tour takes in the highlights of Ireland’s four corners, including all the sights of Northern Ireland, and includes a night at a traditional Irish pub, plenty of opportunities to dance the night away, hikes through bogs and castle ruins, and much more. Day 1: Dublin - Belfast Depart from Dublin at 9:00 AM, and begin your adventure at Drogheda, where you'll see the preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett in St. Peter’s Cathedral. Cross the border at South Armagh. A fascinating evening in Belfast awaits. Learn why “Lonely Planet” described the capital of Northern Ireland as one of the top 10 “Must-See” destinations on earth. You can take an (optional) Black Taxi tour to see the Peace Wall and political murals. With accommodation in the Downtown area of the university area, great nightlife will be on your doorstep, while the peaceful Botanic Gardens are a short stroll if you prefer to relax among the scent of roses. Day 2: Belfast - Derry Today you will cruise the beautiful north coast. See - and cross, if you dare - Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (seasonal and subject to a small optional charitable donation to the National Trust). Then, trace the footprints of Celtic giants as you walk the Giant's Causeway, Ulster's number one attraction since 2 million BC. Marvel at an estimated 60,000 hexagonal columns of basalt rock, formed by violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Your guide will wax lyrical about how the giant warrior hero, Fionn McCool, built it to fight off the pesky Scots – according to local legend! You'll have plenty of time to take the high or low road hikes, before setting off for Dunluce Castle, ancestral home of the McDonnell clan. Learn how the castle came to ruin in 1639, when the kitchen collapsed into the sea during a great feast, and about the ghosts of the staff said to still linger. Spend the night in Derry, a jewel of a city for history buffs. Your accommodation will be in the ancient streets of the Downtown area, perfectly placed for the traditional music night at Peadar O'Donnells pub. Day 3: Derry - Galway Start the day with a hearty breakfast before an in-depth walking tour of Derry's historic walls (1601). Learn why the city is officially known as Londonderry, and the story of the long bloody siege of 1689. Go to the popular Bogside district, scene of the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1972, and inspiration for U2's classic anthem “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” Next, drive through enchanting Sligo, visiting the sacred grave of the Irish poet and Nobel laureate, WB Yeats. Experience the archaeological richness of Ireland's northwest coast, before spending the night in Galway, the nation’s party capital. Your guide will take you to a cozy pub in the Latin Quarter for a glass of Guinness to the beat of electrifying Irish music and the sweet sound of the Gaelic language. Day 4: Galway - Dingle Today you will have the wild Atlantic Ocean by your side as you travel down the west coast, passing golden sand beaches, and maybe even a few dolphins and whales. Run around the lunar landscape of The Burren, the only place on earth where Alpine, Arctic, and Mediterranean flowers grow side-by-side. Hear about the horrors of the great Potato Famine of 1845-49 that saw more than a million Irish flee to the 4 corners of the globe. Next, gaze in awe at the Cliffs of Moher, and see why they were used as the “Cliffs of Insanity” in the movie “The Princess Bride.” Cross the River Shannon to Limerick, setting for Frank McCourt's blockbuster book, “Angela's Ashes.” Tonight you'll stay in your very own Irish pub, the Randy Leprechaun! Located in Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula, it will be a great chance to mix with the locals and enjoy the characters of a genuine small village away from the tourist traps. Pull up a stool by the fire or dance the night away. In the morning, you can always take a swim with Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle Harbour, if you’re feeling brave. Day 5: Dingle - Killarney Take a short drive to the Gaelic-speaking fishing village of Dingle for some free time to shop and lunch in the charming center. Then, enjoy a scenic tour around Slea Head, with loads of time off the bus to take photos, or even take a wee hike. Your guide will tell you the folk stories and songs of the region as you visit Sleeping Giant Island and the famous 3 Sisters Mountains. Go for an (optional) horse-led car ride through Killarney National Park, and experience a tradition that has continued since the 1800s. You will spend the night in Killarney, a tour favorite for its huge range of activities on offer. Listen to traditional music, or discover great bars, restaurants and nightlife just steps from your hostel. Try singing a few of the songs your guide taught you during the day! Day 6: Killarney - Dublin Cross the Cork and Kerry Mountains, and kiss the Blarney Stone on top of Blarney Castle. Located in the rebel county of Cork, Blarney Castle is one of the most famous tourist sites in Europe, with great shopping opportunities. Kissing the Blarney stone isn't everyone's cup of tea, but a tour of the castle’s dungeons, caves and hidden bedrooms provides a great insight into a 12th-century masterpiece. Whether or not you need the gift of the gab, said to be yours after kissing the stone, dangling off the 300-foot battlements while being held by a middle-aged Irishman is too good an offer to turn down! After lunch, visit the beautiful Golden Vale, Ireland's finest agricultural land, and marvel at rolling fields and fresh pastures. Make your way through the battlefields of "Braveheart" for the tour’s grand finale in Dublin; a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Say cheers to your guides and fellow travelers with a pint of the black stuff before you say your goodbyes.

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A very informative tour, different perspectives, emotional and historical and delivered in a way that everyone can understand. It is powerful and very interesting giving people an insight in to what caused the troubles, what is going on now and how it lingers throughout generations and hopefully what can be done to stop it continuing in history. Recommend this tour, guides we had we excellent and welcomed any questions no matter how hard or emotive thy were. Excellent tour.

Fantastic experience to understand the political background of the city. Jimmy made a fenomenal walk-through of how the Irish ethnicities have adjusted their lifestyle searching for a peaceful environment. Highly recommend it!!

Brilliant tour. Our driver Jimmy was a fountain of local knowledge and spoke with passion about his home city. Really enjoyable and eye opening tour.

This was an excellent tour, really enjoyed it and very informative.

Really good tour and very informative on both sod w a must do.