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

1. 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! Stop to see Carrickfergus Castle before heading to the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. If you’re feeling brave you can make the terrifying trip across the bridge (weather permitting), or if you’d rather keep your feet firmly on land, you might prefer one of the exhilarating walks to enjoy the stunning views. Take a break from sightseeing and relax over lunch at Old Bushmills Distillery. You can also browse the extensive gift shop or visit to the bar for a quick taste of the famous tipple! After lunch you’ll 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 you’ll make a final stop on the coastal route, at the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle. Then it’s time to sit back and relax on the comfortable return journey to Belfast.

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Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

2. 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.

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From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Guided Tour with Admissions

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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.

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Private Tour of Giant's Causeway

6. Private Tour of Giant's Causeway

The first stop of the day is the beautiful town of Carrickfergus so you can have a walk around the 12th-century castle and see the stone walls and ancient harbor. You will also drive past Magheramorne Quarry which has featured in HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones and has been used to film scenes for Castle Black, Hardhome and The Wall. You will travel along the fantastic Antrim coast road with the Irish sea on your right and the Glens of Antrim on the left of the coach. We will be passing the spectacular Glens of Antrim and crossing the Glen Dun Bridge before climbing to the top of Glen Dun and then descending into the town of Ballycastle. You will stop at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge before moving on to the old quarry of Larrybane. The highlight of the day is your stop at Giant's Causeway, where you will be able to walk across the stones themselves. The  last stop of the day before returning to Belfast is a stop at the amazing Dark Hedges.

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What people are saying about Carrickfergus Castle

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,561 reviews

A clear insight into the history of the troubles whilst also seeing beautiful contemporary art around the city! The tour guide even came on Christmas day to give us a tour!

We had a fabulous time. Our guide, the driver, was amazing. He is well informed and very friendly. My family had an amazing experience.

Really really good! The driver and guide was excellent. A long day but we saw so much and learned so much about GoT & NI!

Excellent trip, very good value. Good tour guide who took time and care to manage the busy schedule.

I really liked this tour! Patrick was so informative and fun. 100% recommended!