Belfast, UK

Belfast castle, Belfast, Ireland

Introduction to Belfast

In the vibrant city of Belfast there’s a chance to visit the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the superb Titanic Experience; admire the views from Belfast Castle; or take a tour to the exceptional Giant’s Causeway.

In recent years Belfast has moved away from the troubles of the past and become a modern, vibrant and stylish city. On and around Great Victoria Street there are some excellent restaurants and a wide choice of pubs, while close to Queen’s University are the fascinating Botanical Gardens, which have been established for more than 180 years. The unique Palm House was one of the world’s first cast-iron glass-houses and it houses a wide range of tropical plants, ranging from bananas to rubber.

Alongside the Gardens is the Ulster Museum, housed in a beautiful Renaissance-style building, which tells Ireland’s 9,000-year history through art, ceramics, costume, and archaeology, including prehistoric artefacts from local sites. On the northern edge of the city is the impressive hulk of Belfast Castle, standing 120m above the sea. Built in the mid-Victorian era, it offers wonderful views over the city and out towards the Irish Sea.

Belfast is also perfectly placed for tours to the stunning Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. During your time in the capital, don't miss the chance to go and see this incredible natural wonder which is steeped in myths and legends.

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Prince Albert Clock, Belfast

BELFAST PRIVATE TOUR

  • If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme?

 

Activity Tour
PriceFrom £390.00 Per vehicle
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme, why not book a private tour. Private tours also provide a more personal experience – with one-to-one service from an excellent, knowledgeable guide – and may particularly appeal to passengers who find the pace of organised tours a little difficult to keep, or those who rely on a wheelchair. Unfortunately many venues do have lots of steps, and lifts are a rarity, however on a private tour our guides will do their best to tailor-make the itinerary, considering any difficulties.

2-3 passengers

(for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own car, driver and English speaking guide, to take you wherever you want to go – you decide. This price, per vehicle, includes entrance fee. If you use a wheelchair but are able to get in and out of a car, this option could be suitable for you (for those confined to a wheelchair, please see the next paragraph) - please advise at the time of booking.

4-6 passengers

(for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own minivan, driver and English speaking guide. You customise the tour itinerary! Entrance to one main museum is included in the price. 

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Is this tour right for you?

PLEASE NOTE: Private tours should be booked in advance of your cruise, through the Shore Tours department at Head Office in Ipswich. E-mail requests can be sent to shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk or please indicate on your booking form that a private tour is required and send separate details of what you would like to see and how long you would like the vehicle, although there is scope to change your plans on the day, after all, we realise that once you are in a fascinating city, it might be too difficult to decide! 

 


Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

  • Enjoy an orientation drive of Belfast
  • Experience the exhilarating feeling as you cross the Atlantic Ocean, 100 feet above sea level on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Have your cameras to hand when you stop at the Iconic Dark Hedges

 

Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationAPPROX 6 HOURS
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included

Belfast is a city of industry and elegance and boasts a rich and varied past. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, which will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city before heading along the coastal route to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Erected in 1755, the rope bridge spans the dizzying gap over the North Atlantic between the mainland and the Carrick-a-Rede Island and offers those brave enough to negotiate it spectacular views!

Your tour begins with a short panoramic tour of the city incorporating commentary on such sights as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s university and the Botanic Gardens. You will drive past Belfast City Hall – an impressive building with a 300 foot long façade of Portland stone, which dominates Donegall Square before departing the city.

Continuing, you drive along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast. From the rugged cliffs of the coast to the magical beauty of the Glens, here is the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer. Travel via the coastal road to reveal an unrivalled seascape, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches, tranquil glens and lush forest parks, as you make your way northwards. You will be constantly delighted as you travel around each bend in the road and pretty fishing villages or dramatic headlands come into view.

You will make a stop in the town of Carnlough to enjoy a light lunch at a local hotel before resuming your journey to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean, Carrick-a-Rede Island (home to a single building – a fisherman’s cottage) is the final destination. Suspended almost 100 feet (30 metres) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago. Spanning a chasm some eighty feet deep, its construction once consisted of a single rope handrail and widely spaced slats, which the fishermen would traverse across with salmon caught off the island. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two hand-railed bridge and the current cage bridge was installed by the National Trust during Easter 2000 as a further safety measure. Enjoy time to traverse the rope bridge and discover the beautiful views from the island on the other side.

After your visit here, you will travel inland through the lush Antrim countryside where a stop will be made enroute to photograph the iconic Dark Hedges made famous for their appearance on screen in the HBO epic series Game of Thrones. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century and was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour will involve a strenuous amount of walking (approximately two hours) over uneven and hilly grounds. Guests will negotiate the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which will mean crossing the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 100 feet high. There will also be approximately 50 steps to negotiate. This tour is therefore not recommended to wheelchair users, guests with limited mobility or those who suffer from vertigo or are scared of heights. A sense of adventure will be needed! Come dressed appropriately for the weather conditions on the day. A light lunch will be included in the cost of this tour.

 


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CITY DRIVE & TITANIC QUARTER

  • Combine the highlights of Northern Ireland’s largest city with the purpose-built Titanic Belfast
  • Visit the signature building; Titanic Belfast, and discover more about the story of the Titanic
  • A visit to the experience centre is a must when visiting Titanic’s birthplace
Activity Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Blend an unmissable visit to the eloquent Titanic Belfast with a panoramic coach tour, showcasing the city’s main attractions.

View such sights as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial Clock during your city drive before travelling by Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens. You will also pass Belfast City Hall – enjoy a brief stop here and perhaps capture on film the most noteworthy of the statues in the grounds; the marble figure of Thane sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock.

Your destination today is the magnificent Titanic Belfast. Opened in April 2012, the signature building, telling the story of Titanic, contains nine galleries - each home to a variety of interpretative materials and media including CGI, film and video, audio, archive materials and scale models. Your adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant atrium, surrounded by four high impact hull-shaped sections, which house the experience.

Enjoy a ride through the reconstruction of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting and modern way. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that guests will be expected to walk and/or stand for approximately two hours at Titanic Belfast. The terrain encountered will be flat and even with ramps and lifts in place for guests with limited mobility. This tour is considered suitable for wheelchair users as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. 


Belfast, Ireland

CITY SIGHTSEEING OF BELFAST

  • Discover Belfast; a city of industry and elegance which boasts a rich and varied past
  • Admire the highlights of Northern Ireland’s capital from the comfort of your coach
  • This panoramic tour will introduce you to the city’s highlights
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Built with 19th century industrial money, Belfast is a city rich with fine buildings and a panoramic coach tour is the ideal way to experience the highlights of the area.

Pass sights such as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial Clock, Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens. Drive past Belfast City Hall – an impressive building with a 300-foot long façade of Portland stone, which dominates Donegall Square. Your guide will point out what is perhaps the most noteworthy of the statues in the grounds; the marble figure of Thane, sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock.

Travel a short distance outside the city to see Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly - a symbol of progress to Northern Ireland’s troubled past.

Next, journey to Cave Hill for a photo stop overlooking Belfast Castle. Cave Hill, with its familiar outline visible from many parts of the city, has captivated generation after generation. Indeed the hill is one of the most celebrated landmarks of the city. Belfast Castle, sited on the lower slopes beneath Cave Hill, is one of Belfast's most outstanding and historically significant buildings. Do not miss the splendid views of Belfast Lough and the city below. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a panoramic coach tour and, as such, is suitable for all – however participants must be able to board the coach unaided. It should be noted that Stormont will be viewed from the gates – traffic is not permitted in the avenue leading to the building itself. The order of sights seen may vary. Access to Belfast Castle can be limited at short notice due to events taking place. 


Ards Peninsula, Belfast, Ireland

DISCOVER THE ARDS PENINSULA (TOUR G)

  • Enjoy the beauty of one of the largest sea inlets in the British Isles
  • Keep your eyes peeled for an array of marine life
  • Discover the tranquil lifestyles of a Northern Irish village 
  • Indulge in an traditional Irish coffee
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The Ards Peninsula, an area of immense beauty and spectacular scenery, curls around the western shore of Strangford Lough and at 28 kilometres (18 miles) long is one of the largest sea inlets in the British Isles. The coastal road along the southern shore of Belfast Lough plays hide and seek with the sea, like the railway that runs alongside it. A place of great natural beauty, the peninsula is a bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve, and is home to many species of marine life.

You will drive outside the city to Newtownards, the principle town of this area, which is situated at the northern top of Strangford Lough. From here, you will drive along the coastal road to Grey Abbey. Grey Abbey is named after the Cistercian Abbey founded here in 1193 and you will stop to view the substantial remains. Unfortunately Grey’s Abbey’s annals did not survive but what little history is known is nonetheless intriguing.

From Grey Abbey, you will traverse the peninsula to Ballywalter. Formally a fishing village, Ballywalter is now typical of a tranquil lifestyle enjoyed by the inhabitants of this area. Local fisherman still lay pots of creels for lobsters and crabs during the summer months.

You continue on the coastal route through the town of Millisle before arriving in Donaghadee. A stop will be made here to visit a local hostelry, where you will be invited to enjoy an Irish coffee.

Afterwards, time permitting, you will have a little free time to explore this pretty little hamlet at leisure. Donaghadee boasts a long seagoing history, therefore it is not surprising that it still maintains a special relationship with the sea, proving very popular with water enthusiasts, anglers and those who simply like to be beside the seaside.

From Donaghadee you have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular views across the Irish Sea when, on a clear day, it is possible to see all the way to Scotland. In the harbour is Donaghadee’s impressive lighthouse, which was built in 1836 and was the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity.

All too soon it is time to rejoin your coach for your return drive back to Belfast. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is little walking involved with this tour, approximately 100 yards at the Grey Abbey over some uneven ground and approximately seven steps to encounter here. This tour is therefore considered suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, however guests must be able to board the coach unaided. We cannot guarantee sightings of any wildlife.

 

 

 


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EXPERIENCE THE GAME OF THRONES

 

  • Visit one of the many filming locations for the hit series, Game of Thrones 
  • Discover the land of Winterfell
  • Have your camera to hand to capture the wonderful surroundings on film 
Activity Tour
Price£145.00-£170.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Embark on a journey to Castle Ward Estate situated on the picturesque Strangford Lough where you will participate in an exciting behind the scenes look at many of the locations where the hit television series Game of Thrones is filmed, on this fascinating tour!

Upon arrival at Castle Ward Estate you will be able to test your skills in the medieval sport of archery; you will then have an exclusive opportunity to view a big screen clip of the special effects that turn this site into what fans of the show will recognize as the land of Winterfell. 

After your introduction to the special effects, you will board a mini-coach and venture to Audley’s Castle where you will visit the famous filming site. Here, you will see where numerous scenes from the series have been filmed. Your knowledge of the series will also be tested, as you are invited to identify different filming locations from screenshots of the set.  Before leaving these filming locations, you will have a photo opportunity with actual costumes from the series, giving you a great sense of what it is like to be in Game of Thrones.  

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  There will be a moderate amount of walking with some steps to negotiate throughout and the terrain covered will have varying undulations. Please note that this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests are recommended to dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of rain. An inside visit to Castle Ward House is not included. Visits to the popular location are limited – pre-booking is essential, and please note that cancellations will incur a charge, with no refund possible within two weeks of the tour date.

 


Titanic Belfast - the World

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE TITANIC (TOUR C)

  • Journey into the past to explore the birthplace of the Titanic
  • Witness the engineering feats of the Edwardian age
  • Explore Titanic’s dock and pump house
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/4 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s builders as you visit Queen’s Island and discover where the world’s most famous liner was designed, built and launched.

Enjoy special access to historic buildings and sites including the Titanic Quarter, Titanic’s slipways and marvel at SS Nomadic – the last remaining White Star Liner in the world.

Explore Titanic’s Dock and Pump House, where the engineering achievement of the Edwardian age is almost perfectly preserved. Amongst the massive pumps and the hydraulic accumulator, you will be able to gain an in-depth understanding about the story of the dock and the people who worked here, whilst also learning how such amazing ships were built in a city with no steel.

As you step back in time, experience the sights, sounds and smells of the steam-powered pumps, hear the apprentice’s story of his first week at work and discover the interactive audio visual display. Walk along the full length of the dock to truly capture the size and scale of the Titanic whilst also discovering the Caisson Gate, which is over 100 years old and today still stands in perfect condition.

Visit the Pump House Café where you can relax and enjoy a refreshment as you sit amidst the history of Titanic.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  Please note that your guided walking tour of the Titanic Quarter will be approximately two hours in duration. Although the ground encountered will be even there will be inclines and steps to negotiate. We do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please wear comfortable footwear. Please note that you will not visit inside SS Nomadic.

 


Mount Stewart House Gardens, Belfast, Ireland

MOUNT STEWART HOUSE & GARDENS

  • Admire the National Trust property of Mount Stewart House
  • Discover the showcase gardens, home to a magnificent collection of fine trees and rare shrubs
  • Immerse yourself in the aroma and vibrant colours of the gardens 
Gardening Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3.75 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Explore Mount Stewart House - an impressive 18th century mansion now owned by the National Trust.

The property boasts one of the greatest gardens in Britain and Ireland. Home of the influential Londonderry family, the famous gardens span 98 acres and include Sunken, Shamrock and Italian Gardens as well as the amazing Dodo Terrace and the Temple of the Winds – a hilltop banqueting house designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart in the 1780s. Today there is a significant series of outdoor ‘rooms’, vibrant parterres and lush borders that contain exotic plants which thrive in the area’s microclimate, together with breathtaking vistas across the central lake.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house with the opportunity to see the results of a recent £7 million conservation project. Significant family collections will be on show for the first time and the story of Edith, Lady Londonderry and the Londonderry family will be interpreted. Following your visit to the house, you can stroll through the gardens admiring the flourishing plants and shrubs – a delight for any keen gardener.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking - approximately two hours - and will cover uneven terrain; there will also be steps to negotiate. The upper floor of the house is inaccessible to wheelchair users – all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. For information, the journey each way will take approximately 60 minutes. Please note that National Trust members and non-members will pay the same price for this tour.


Scenic coast of Glens, Belfast, Ireland

SCENIC COAST & GLENS (TOUR FC / F)

  • Admire the magical beauty of the Glens
  • Witness the rugged cliffs of the coastline
  • Explore the stunning Glenariff Forest Park
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Travel via the coastal road to the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park. You will constantly be delighted as you travel around each bend in the road, with dramatic headlands and bays coming into view.
 
Glenariff Forest Park is situated amid the world-famous Glens of Antrim, an area where tourists have been coming for over a century. Glenariff, the Queen of the Glen, is considered by many people to be the most beautiful of the nine Antrim Glens.
 
The park, which now includes the former Parkmore Forest, covers an area of 1,185 hectares of which 900 have been planted with trees. The remainder consists of several small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and conservation purposes.
 
Bisecting the park are two small but beautiful rivers - the Inver and the Glenariff - containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast-flowing water tumbling through rocky, steep-sided gorges.
 
Enjoy some time at leisure at the park before proceeding to the renowned tea rooms for afternoon tea and coffee and homemade scones.
 
All too soon, you depart the park for the return drive to Belfast via Ballymena.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the majority of walking is during the period of free time at the Glenariff Forest Park, and therefore at the discretion of the individual. Please note Parkmore Forest is not suitable for wheelchair users. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided.

 

 

 


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SCENIC COASTAL DRIVE

  • Discover the coastal road to reveal an unrivalled seascape, towering cliffs and lush forest parks
  • Sit back and relax as you admire pretty fishing villages and dramatic headlands
  • A perfect tour for those who have visited Belfast city before 
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

From the rugged cliffs of the coast to the magical beauty of the glens, here is the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer.

Travel via the coastal road to the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park, where you will be constantly delighted as you travel around each bend in the road with dramatic headlands and bays coming into view.

Glenariff Forest Park is situated amid the world famous Glens of Antrim, an area to which tourists have been coming for over a century. Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is considered by many people to be the most beautiful of the nine Antrim Glens. Located in the park, independantly discover two small but beautiful rivers; the Inver and the Glenariff, containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky steep-sided gorges.

Enjoy some free time at the Park before proceeding to the renowned Tea Rooms for tea or coffee and homemade scones. All too soon, depart the Park for the return drive to Belfast Port, via Ballymena. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a panoramic coach tour which will showcase the countryside around Belfast. There will be minimal walking at the forest, which will be optional; therefore it is suitable for all – however participants must be able to board the coach unaided. 


Spectacular Giants Causeway, Ireland

SPECTACULAR GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & ANTRIM COAST

  • Explore the unusual landscape of the Giant’s Causeway
  • Admire the unique geological formations
  • Discover the local myths behind the creation of the Giant’s Causeway
Activity Tour
Price£75.00-£85.00
DurationApproximately 8.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Discover some of the finest scenery Northern Ireland has to offer en route to the astounding natural phenomenon that is the Giant’s Causeway.

A drive inland through the northern counties of Down and Antrim will pass Ballymoney and Ballymena, before you reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway. The summer of 2012 marked the opening of the new Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway. This new interpretative centre allows you to see for yourself how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed. Information about the area’s rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint the Causeway in your mind’s eye before you make your way to the stones themselves.

This natural spectacle is one of Ireland’s most extraordinary attractions. For centuries, visitors have marvelled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms, and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. To stroll the Giant’s Causeway is to travel back in time. A quirk of geology or, if you believe local mythology, a result of a battle between the Irish giant, Finn MacCool, and his rival in Scotland – we will leave you to decide…

Following your visit to the Giant’s Causeway, enjoy lunch at a nearby hotel before all too soon it will be time to commence your return journey. However, this drive will take approximately three hours along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast, where some of the world’s most spectacular and unspoilt scenery is to be found. A short stop will be made to view Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. From the rugged cliffs of the coast to the magical beauty of the Glens, see the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer. 

Travel via the Coast Road to reveal an unrivalled seascape, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches, tranquil glens and lush forest parks, as you make your way south. You will be constantly delighted as you travel around each bend in the road and pretty fishing villages or dramatic headlands come into view. From the magnificent vantage point at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, weather permitting, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, as well as the wild and mysterious island of Rathlin just seven miles off the coast. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There is a shuttle bus from the Visitor Centre to the Giant’s Causeway, but if you choose to walk, the path is uneven. Approximately two hours will be spent at the Causeway. Flat, comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are highly recommended. We ask all guests to exercise caution as the stones can be slippery, even on a dry day. Please note that National Trust members and non-members will pay the same price for this tour. The order of sights seen may vary.

 


Spectacular Giants Causeway

SPECTACULAR GIANT'S CAUSEWAY

  • Explore the unusual landscape of the Giant’s Causeway
  • Admire the unique geological formations
  • Discover the local myths behind the creation of the Giant’s Causeway
Activity Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Discover some of the finest scenery Northern Ireland has to offer en route to the astounding natural phenomenon that is the Giant’s Causeway.

A drive inland through the northern counties of Down and Antrim will take you past the villages of Ballymoney and Ballymena, before you reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway. The summer of 2012 marked the opening of the new Visitor Centre at the Giant’s Causeway. This new interpretative centre allows you to see for yourself how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed. Information about the area’s rich mythology, history, geology, flora and fauna will paint the Causeway in your mind’s eye before you make your way to the stones themselves.

This natural spectacle is one of Ireland’s most extraordinary attractions. For centuries, visitors have marvelled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms, and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire.

To stroll the Giant’s Causeway is to journey back in time. A quirk of geology or, if you believe local mythology, a result of a battle between the Irish giant, Finn MacCool, and his rival in Scotland – we will leave you to decide…

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There is a shuttle bus from the Visitor Centre to the Giant’s Causeway, but if you choose to walk, the path is uneven. Approximately two hours will be spent at the Causeway. Flat, comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are highly recommended. We ask all guests to exercise caution as the stones can be slippery, even on a dry day. Please note that National Trust members and non-members will pay the same price for this tour. The return drive to your ship will be via the inland route.


TOUR BBW - CITY DRIVE & TITANIC BELFAST

  • Combine the highlights of Northern Ireland’s largest city with the purpose-built Titanic Belfast
  • Learn more about the tragic story of the Titanic
  • A visit here is a must when discovering Titanic’s birthplace

 

Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Blend an unmissable visit to the eloquent Titanic Belfast with a panoramic coach tour, showcasing the city’s main attractions.

View such sights as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial Clock during your city drive before travelling by Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens. You will also pass Belfast City Hall – an impressive, Renaissance-style building. A brief stop here will allow you to capture photos of one of the most noteworthy statues in the grounds; the marble figure of Thane sculpted by Sir Thomas Brock, which commemorates the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912.

Next comes the highlight of your tour – a visit to the magnificent Titanic Belfast. Opened in April 2012, the signature building, telling the story of Titanic, contains nine galleries which are each home to a variety of interpretative materials and media including CGI, film and video, audio, archive materials and scale models. Your adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant atrium, surrounded by four high impact hull-shaped sections, which house the experience.

Experience a ride through the reconstruction of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting and modern way. At the end of your visit, you can observe footage of the Titanic’s final resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic.

Following your insightful visit, re-board your tour transport for the journey back to your awaiting ship. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that guests will be expected to walk and/or stand for approximately two hours at Titanic Belfast. The terrain encountered will be flat and even with ramps and lifts in place for guests with limited mobility. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided.  

 


Christmas Markets, Belfast, Ireland

TOUR J - BELFAST CITY & THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

  • Discover Belfast; a city of industry and elegance which boasts a rich and varied past
  • Admire the highlights of Northern Ireland’s capital from the comfort of your coach
  • Visit the city’s delightful Christmas Market
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Belfast is a city of industry and elegance and boasts a rich and varied past. Its origins go back to an ancient fort controlling the ford across the River Lagan, which flows through the city. The panoramic tour of the city will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city. Built with 19th century industrial money, many fine buildings from this era grace the city still and are reminders of its prosperous past.

Enjoy commentary on such sights as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens.  Located in these gardens is the Palm House – a superb structure of cast iron and curved glass panels built even before Kew Gardens opened in London in 1839. You will travel a short distance outside the city to see Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. A symbol of progress to Northern Irelands troubled past, the power sharing executive with responsibility for Northern affairs rule from this impressive building.

Continue to City Hall, the location of the Belfast Christmas Market. Among the retail theatre taking place, visitors will be able to avail of the now infamous culinary delights including a range of products such as cheeses, olives, Italian nougat, Belgian chocolates and French tarts to name a few. Mouth-watering foods will be available for you to sample and buy (at your own expense) as you wander around the Yuletide market. Bringing a great splash of colour is the Dutch Bulb and Plant Garden selling a fabulous array of bulbs, trees, shrubs, garden ornaments and bird feeders. The market features some fantastic refreshment areas giving you a chance to enjoy a great glass of warming mulled wine.

Return to Belfast port and your awaiting ship

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a panoramic coach tour and, as such, is suitable for all – however participants must be able to board the coach unaided. The walking at the Christmas Market will be at guests own discretion. It should be noted that Stormont will be viewed from the gates – traffic is not permitted in the avenue leading to the building itself. The order of sights seen may vary.

 


Tour K - Belfast City & Crumlin Road Gaol

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour of Belfast
  • Stop to view the Peace Wall
  • Visit the famous Crumlin Road Gaol

 

Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Belfast is a treasure trove of sights, each offering a glimpse into the history and culture of this unique city. Admire its highlights followed by a visit to one of its most unusual landmarks, a Victorian-era prison, on this fascinating tour.

Boarding your coach, you first head into the heart of Belfast. The city was founded in the 17th century and prospered in the industrial age, becoming famous for its shipyards and liners. The city has seen decades of political strife but has rebounded and now boasts a vibrant waterfront district and lively pub scene. You will travel by a host of popular sights including the stately Grand Opera House, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower and the Queen’s University. A photo stop will be made at City Hall, an ornate building completed in 1906, surrounded by a square that is home to a statue of Queen Victoria and the marble figure of Thane, the Titanic Memorial.

Your drive will continue to the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, two conflicting neighbourhoods separated by a Peace Wall, where a series of brightly painted political murals are located. A short stop will be made here for you to view this poignant artwork.

Next it is on to the main event of the day; a visit to the Victorian-era Crumlin Road Gaol, which first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and was a fully operational prison for 150 years. Walk through this historic building, now completely renovated, on a guided tour. Step back into its eerie past, even entering the cells that housed prisoners of old.

At the end of your visit, there will be a brief opportunity to visit the small shop before the return drive to your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour, with the majority being during your visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol which lasts approximately 90 minutes. Parts of the Gaol are not wheelchair accessible. There are approximately 30 steps to encounter.  The Falls & Shankill roads may be inaccessible at short notice during certain periods throughout the year. Alternative mural viewings will be made available. The order of sights visited may vary to that described.

 


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