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

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

Join this tour for an unforgettable day out along the old Antrim coast towards the world-famous Giant’s Causeway. 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. You will then travel through the coastal town of Ballycastle before arriving at the historic fishermen’s access way – the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. 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.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip in Luxury Coach

2. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Full-Day Trip in Luxury Coach

Spend a full day traveling by award-winning coach along the Causeway Coastal Route, voted one of the 5 most spectacular drives in the world! 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.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

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

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.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

4. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach towards the basalt rocks of the Giant's Causeway. Stop to take photos of historic Dunluce Castle and then visit the Bushmills Distillery visitors center to learn more about the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world. Hear the legend of the giant Finn MacCool at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy exclusive access to the Giant's Causeway visitors center and a guided walking tour of the site. Brave the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. Stretch your legs in the beautiful village of Carnlough on the stunning Antrim Coast Road. End with a short stop at Carrickfergus Castle before arriving back in Belfast.

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

5. Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dark Hedges, and 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. Enjoy 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 Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce castle, Dark Hedges

6. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce castle, Dark Hedges

Depart Belfast and journey towards the North. Upon arrival at the Giant's Causeway, get around 1.5 - 2 hours to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site on your own. Marvel at the hexagonal columns of rock and experience why it has been called the "8th Wonder of the World." Go to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and take in the views of Rathlin Island and Scotland after crossing the bridge. Spend around 1 hour 45 minutes at this stop to enjoy the amazing view. Travel to the Dark Hedges, an avenue of beech trees. Walk down this romantic lane and spend around 20 - 30 minutes here. You will understand why this location was featured in movie like the Transformers and TV show like the Game of Thrones. *On days where the weather is nice and the Rope Bridge is open, you are able to cross the bridge for free. *Please note that all times are approximate. The locations might be visited in a different order, depends on traffic and weather.

Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

7. Belfast: Giant's Causeway and 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Travel the celebrated coastal road from Belfast to Giant's Causeway, one of the world's best drives. Pay a visit to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and learn about the myths and legends of the area on this full-day tour. Discover the city of Belfast itself on a hop-on hop-off bus tour for the next two days. Meet your guide on the first day, and set off on a coastal adventure. Visit the 12th-century Norman castle in Carrickfergus, admire Irish fishing villages, and stop for lunch in Ballycastle. Then, head to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and brave a crossing, if you like. Finally, journey to the otherworldly Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. Hear stories of feuding giants from your expert guide as you marvel at the beautiful basalt columns. Explore Belfast on your second and third days with a sightseeing bus tour. Choose from over 19 locations to hop on and hop off at, more than any other city tour, and delve into their history with your passionate guides. Take advantage of discounted access into leading attractions, such as the Titanic Museum, Crumlin Road Jail, and HMS Caroline. Buses pass every 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic, for you to hop back on your sightseeing tour. This Giant's Causeway and Belfast combination tour is exclusive to GetYourGuide customers.

From Derry: Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Tour

8. From Derry: Game of Thrones and Giant's Causeway Tour

Once you arrive at the meeting point, get acquainted with your guide, who was an extra on Game of Thrones. Depart from Derry and drive westwards through the stunning countryside to Downhill Beach. Here you will find Dragonstone beach where Melisandre burned the Seven Idols for R’hllor the Lord of Light. Then travel to Dunluce Castle for a photo op.  This magnificent ruin was used as an establishing shot for Harrenhal in season 3. Cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which sits 30 meters above the rocks. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 kilometer, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs. Visit Renly’s Camp and the Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at your own expense at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast. Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island. Here Theon later rededicated his faith to the "Drowned God", where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat. This is where your guide opens the trunk of the coach and takes out the Iron Born Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway. This natural wonder is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a geological anomaly of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed in the Paleogene Period, 50-60 million years ago. Please note there is up to 2 kilometers of walking at this location. On the way back, make a photo stop at the Dark Hedges, the haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees through which Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing.

From Belfast: Game of Thrones Full-Day Luxury Private Tour

9. From Belfast: Game of Thrones Full-Day Luxury Private Tour

Explore some of the 25 filming locations of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. After hotel pickup in Belfast, head to the Dark Hedges. Drive along the King's Road, which led Ned Stark to his death and Arya Stark away from King's Landing.  Next explore Ballyintoy Harbor, location of Theon Greyjoy's return to the Iron Islands. Move on to Larybae quarry, where Renly and Queen Marjery watched the Queen’s brother and Brienne of Tarth fight in season 2. Visit Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle, known as the House of Greyjoy. See Cushendun Caves, a 400 million-year-old formation used in series 2 for the birth of Melisandre's monstrous shadow baby. See the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before making your way back to Belfast along the Antrim Coast.

Giant's Causeway Tour and 2-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

10. Giant's Causeway Tour and 2-Day Open Top City Tour Pass

Giant's Causeway Tour:  Explore the world-famous Antrim Coast and UNESCO listed Giant's Causeway free from the crowds and the queues. Unlike any other operators, this tour is delivered the opposite way travelling inland, straight to the Giant's Causeway site before most of the other tours arrive. The tour will depart in the morning from the centrally located tour office shop. The tour will travel directly to the Giant's Causeway, then visit Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery and a photo stop at both Dunluce Castle and Carrickfergus Castle. Admission charges are not included in the cost of the tour. Hotel pick up from selected city centre hotels is available upon request. A free bottle of water is included on check-in. Belfast City Tour 2 Day Pass: This Belfast hop on hop off bus tour provides you with a comprehensive look at this special city and allows you to explore every area with 23 stops around the city. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2 days. If you decide not to hop off on the route the tour will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  Some of the attractions where there are stops include Titanic Belfast (Discounts available), Crumlin Road Jail (Discounts available), HMS Caroline (Discounts available), Queens University, Botanic Gardens and the political wall murals. 

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What people are saying about Carrick-a-Rede

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,049 reviews

Had a fabulous time on this trip, everything went bang on time and our guide was very interesting. We couldn’t go to the bridge due to it still being closed but we were given extra time at the giants causeway (a stunning place to visit) where we took a guided tour with tour guide Johnny, who was brilliant. We had a meal at a game of thrones themed pub which was again timed to perfection by pre booking our food before hand. All in all a real value for money day out.

Knowledgeable driver ( Steve) with a great sense of humour. Due to some locations still being closed the change in schedule was explained, again clearly with great enthusiasm and wit Explained the stops and timings without making it sound like a regimental outing The coach was comfortable and very clean An excellent experience highly recommended

Fantastic tour guide and driver (Amanda and Nick) who took good care of me when I twisted my ankle on the way to the bus! Amanda really knew her stuff regarding the locations we stopped at, and Nick was great to chat to as well.

Lovely experience - interesting & informative guide/driver, beautiful scenery and great time at The Giant's Causeway, Just disappointed not to be able to experience the rope bridge.

Timely departure, efficient and friendly guide, comfortable ride