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Things to do in Belfast

Cultural attractions, concerts, and street art are just a taste of what awaits in Northern Ireland’s capital.

Our most recommended things to do in Belfast

Belfast: Political Taxi Tour

1. 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.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

2. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

Embark on a scenic drive to Northern Ireland's most iconic locations from Belfast. Visit the Giant's Causeway, Cushendun Caves, Carnlough Harbour, and the Dark Hedges. Learn about the history from live commentary on board. For the first stop, grab some photos at the beautiful Carrickfergus Castle. Then, journey along the coast, with stops along the way at the Caves at Cushendun and Carnlough Harbour—both recently made famous by the hit TV show Game of Thrones. Enjoy a delicious pub grub-style lunch at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy, at your expense. Then re-board the luxury coach and head to the highlight of the tour, the Giant's Causeway. At Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, you’ll spend some time climbing over the ancient stones and enjoying the myths and legends that surround this world-famous attraction. After the Giant’s Causeway, make a short stop at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, and then a final stop at the World Famous Dark Hedges. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

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

3. 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.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

4. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

Belfast: City Centre Beer Bike Tour

5. Belfast: City Centre Beer Bike Tour

Cruise the bustling streets of Belfast City Centre on a unique beer bike. Join a group of between 7 and 16 participants, all working together to move the bike through town. From Royal Avenue to Cornmarket, City Hall to the Opera House, use your own energy to pedal throughout the city.  Soak up the atmosphere and toast your pedal partners on a tour catered to your wishes. Sneak in a stop at a traditional public house such as Kelly’s Cellars, Mourne Seafood Bar, Bittles, or Robinsons. If you would like extra drinks for the journey itself, the pedal vehicle is licensed for customers to bring their own beer, prosecco, or more — or you can contact the local operator to order drinks ahead of time.

Belfast: Murals Taxi Tour

6. Belfast: Murals Taxi Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of the Troubles in Belfast on this taxi tour and see some of the city's most iconic murals. The murals depict the most important events and figures in Belfast's political history.  Get picked up from your hotel and head to your first stop, Divis Tower. Learn about its importance during the Troubles and take some photos. Continue to the International Wall and learn about the wall's current murals.  At your next stop, the Peace Wall, hear its history and write a message on the wall. Continue to West Belfast to see several political murals and hear their stories. Stop at Bombay Street to see where the Troubles started and visit the memorial garden. Learn about political segregation at Crumlin Road Gaol before continuing to Lower Shankill, Belfast's main Protestant area. Here, see the Shankill's most important murals and learn about their history before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

City Sightseeing Belfast 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

7. City Sightseeing Belfast 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Belfast - The open-top bus tour gives you the chance to ride around the city, whilst hopping on and off at many different bus stops around Belfast at your own leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, birth place of the RMS Titanic, and now an exciting new development for the city. The tour then continues onward to visit the impressive Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Then you'll make your way back into the city center to visit the political areas of the Shankhill Road as well as the political Wall Murals and peace lines at Falls Road. The tour then makes its way through the Queens University area back to the city center. Route Tour stops: 1. Belfast City Hall 2. SSE Arena 3. Titanic Quarter 4. HMS Caroline 5. Titanic Belfast 6. St George’s Market 7. Great Victoria Street 8. Dublin Road 9. Shaftsbury Square 10. Queens University 11. Eglantine Avenue 12. Cultúrlan McAdam Ó Fiaich 13. Falls Road 14. International Wall Mural 15. Belfast Peace Wall 16. Spectrum Information Centre 17. Shankill Memorial Garden 18. Crumlin Road 19. Donegall Street.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

8. Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

Embark on a day out in Belfast and explore the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed at. Learn all the facts and hidden secrets from your live guide. Enjoy a day out you won't forget in a hurry. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters as you visit the avenue of trees known as the Dark Hedges, used as the King's Road location where Arya became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie. Continue to the ruins of Dunluce Castle, said to be the inspiration for Harrenhal. Next, make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway and explore the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns.  Next visit the Fullerton Arms, a Game of Thrones-themed pub and restaurant in Ballyintoy, lunch at your own expense. Then, go to the village of Cushendun to see the caves formed by over 400 million years of extreme weather conditions. During your tour, you will also stop at the Carrickfergus Castle, the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and Larrybane Quarry. At the end of your tour, you will return to Belfast City Centre where you will be dropped off back at the meeting point.

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

9. 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.”

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

10. 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.

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Hugh gave us such a wonderful tour , he is so knowledgable on the area and both sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland, while remaining humerous and chatty. We also got the opportunity to sign the wall, markers provided by him. He also gave recommendations for fun places to go in Belfast. The tour was exactly and hour and a half which was perfect for us on a time crunch. He answered all of our questions in great detail. An over all brilliant experience that we would recommend to anyone visiting Belfast who wants to learn about the history

Ours was truly a "living tour". A priceless experience with an exceptional man who is giving back by telling his story and honoring his friends and family by telling theirs. Learned so much from someone who experienced history firsthand. Thank you, Martin!

An enjoyable way to spend 2 hours. I have walked past these buildings and never knew the history behind them. The guide Barney was very knowledgeable and was also witty in how convied the information

Can't rate this trip high enough, absolutely fabulous day out. Steve our driver & tour guide courtesy of mc Coombs tours was so friendly, professional, informative & funny.

CJ the guide and Makko the driver were great! Overall, had an excellent experience. I learned a lot, and the views were incredible.