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From Dublin: Game of Thrones Winterfell Locations Tour

From Dublin: Game of Thrones Winterfell Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones® filming locations on this guided tour from Dublin. Dress up and captures some fantastic pictures of you reliving iconic moments from the show. Head the meeting point and hop aboard a climate-controlled bus. Make a quick coffee and comfort stop from 8:45-9:00. Pass the time in the coach with onboard entertainment, including a behind-the-scenes DVD clips and a 'Brain of Thrones' quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park at 10:15 and take a 3-kilometer trek to several iconic season one locations, including where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Starks find a dead direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel on to Strangford, a small fishing village where you there is a break for lunch. Your guide will pass around a menu to pre-order a hot pub lunch from 13:00-14:00. You may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell castle and courtyard in season one. Go on a second 3-kilometer walk around the estate to visit several season one and two locations including a tower house used as one of Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's war camp in the Riverlands.  The final stop of the day is Inch Abbey, the 12th century ruins where Robb Stark was declared King in the North at the end of season one. Your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners and metal swords and shields to help you go full immersive and channel your inner Stark solider.

Belfast: Game of Thrones - Winterfell Locations Trek

Belfast: Game of Thrones - Winterfell Locations Trek

Depart Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn Hotel) at 7:30. Drive one hour to the first visit of the day, Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell castle and courtyard in season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming local pub. Your guide will pass around a menu to pre-order a hot pub lunch if you wish. You may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer (cost of lunch is not included in your ticket price). After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the film location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, direwolf banners, metal swords and shields for photo opportunities. Final visit of the day is Tollymore Forest Park. This is the forest where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's find a dead direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Belfast. You'll be dropped off back at Leonardo Hotel.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Wander through 100 acres of beautiful gardens which have been developed from the 1780. Discover the contrast of ornamental grounds and peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and trimmed lawns. Explore the Lime Tree Walk, Granville Garden, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and an Ice House. Imagine the gardens in different times as you walk through the Walled Garden, dating back to the 18th Century. This is a large, four-acre site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. As part of the Hillsborough Castle Project in 2018, the gardens have been restored to create a beautiful working and productive garden. See the renovations complete with dipping pond, crop rotations, seasonal produce, potting sheds, herbaceous borders and an apple orchard.

Newcastle: Game of Thrones - Tollymore Forest Trek

Newcastle: Game of Thrones - Tollymore Forest Trek

This walking tour visits three iconic Game of Thrones® locations deep in Tollymore Forest. The first is the location of the opening prologue scene of the very first episode, the "wildling pit" where the Night's Watch finds dismembered wildling bodies in the snow. The second location is a campfire where Tyrion and Jon talk on their way north to the Wall. The third location is the bridge where the Stark's find a dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and will involve you joining the 10:00AM Winterfell coach tour customers on their locations trek through the forest. The total walking distance is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers), and the terrain is uneven, with a steep descent into, and final ascent out of the forest from the car park. Accordingly, this tour is not recommended for anyone with limited mobility. As you begin you tour, your guide will give you a Stark wool cloak as part of the tour, at no extra cost. Please feel free to ask the guide before the tour begins.

Guided Alpaca Trekking & Optional Luxury Picnic Hampers

Guided Alpaca Trekking & Optional Luxury Picnic Hampers

Immerse yourself in a truly unique experience designed for friends, family, or solo adventurers. Embark on a leisurely stroll alongside a gentle alpaca, trek a breath-taking 1.4km stoned pathway that gracefully winds through captivating farmland, enchanting woodland, and serene wetlands. Traverse over bridges and undulating picturesque terrain, creating unforgettable memories along the way. Upon completing your guided walk, indulge in a delightful interlude at our coffee trailer, nestled on a small island amidst one of our picturesque ponds. Savour the essence of a proper tea or coffee, accompanied by delectable bakes that will tantalise your taste buds. Your mini adventure commences as you arrive at our meticulously landscaped car park, boasting a variety of amenities including toilet facilities, catering to the needs of all visitors, including those with reduced mobility and families with babies. Warmly greeted by our friendly alpaca trekking guides, you will be introduced to your very own alpaca companion. Under the guidance of your expert handler, embark on our distinctive trail, which typically spans around 30 to 40 minutes. Towards the end of the trail, your guide will ensure the alpacas are securely tied up, while you venture forth to the island oasis housing the coffee trailer and inviting picnic tables, offering an array of refreshments and snacks for purchase. Subsequently, you are free to explore the remaining section of the walk at your leisure or simply bask in the company of the alpacas. For a truly indulgent experience during lunchtime slots, you have the option to pre-purchase a luxurious picnic hamper. This exquisite hamper can accompany you to any of our many strategically placed picnic tables or benches scattered along the captivating walk. Please note that each time slot is strictly limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or 2 hours if you opt for the luxury picnic hamper experience. It is imperative to arrive at least 10 minutes before your designated slot time to ensure a seamless experience, as the group will proceed without any latecomers. Join us on this extraordinary alpaca trekking adventure and let the tranquillity of nature and the companionship of these gentle creatures create memories that will stay with you forever.

From Belfast: Electric Bike Experience

From Belfast: Electric Bike Experience

BIKE MOURNE - Electric Bike Hire - Epic Adventures all year round! Collect your electric bike from our NEWCASTLE Hub at the foot of the Mourne mountains Majestic mountains, dramatic coastline, stunning landscapes, enchanting forests & award winning mountain bike trails all waiting to be explored on one of our top of the range ebikes. Whether beginner, individual or group, self-guided or guided experiences, we’ve got it all and more… Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland. Our region is filled with monolithic structures, ruins of old castles, ravaged monasteries that have been reclaimed by nature and beautiful historic buildings. Discover for yourself the secrets of Ireland's ancient coast the eco friendly way Open all year round Our E-Bike Hire packages include everything needed to get you started. Simply Book, Go Further, See More & Feel Awesome! NO Experience necessary Travel Times from regional Cities: Belfast 45 mins Dublin 1.5 hours, What's Included *Helmet – must be worn at all times by the rider *Accessories pack – for off-site hires, we supply a lock, tool, tube and pump *Support number – available 9am-5pm for telephone assistance * Route options/maps *Electric assist bikes come with 1 full charge – for hires beyond 6h, we supply a charge cable in the accessories pack *From 3hr hires to multi day - its your choice

Newcastle: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Newcastle: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Newcastle. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the "toon". Your hi-tech headsets will fill your body with beats, playing iconic tunes and your favorite hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dancing, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public, who will surely be looking on in awe and jealousy. Your moves are awesome, you just don’t know it yet.

From Belfast: 3-Day Causeway Coast, Derry & Fermanagh Lakes

From Belfast: 3-Day Causeway Coast, Derry & Fermanagh Lakes

Day 1 You leave Belfast and travel north following the winding and magnificent Causeway Coastal Route. A truly sensational experience, the journey takes you past craggy cliffs, ruined castles and through the sweeping Glens of Antrim, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You stop in at the charming seaside town of Ballycastle for a wander and some lunch. After this, you'll pop down to see the impressive Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge before it's back on the road. The crowning glory of this coastal drive is the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a place where history and myth collide spectacularly with raw geological power. To finish off the day, you stop in at Bushmills Distillery for an optional tasting of their famous whiskey before a quick photo stop to see the dramatic Dunluce Castle. Reinvigorated by the sea air and the mind-blowing scenery, you arrive in Portrush in the late afternoon where you stay for the night. Day 2 You say farewell to the coastal charms and head to Derry/Londonderry. From the almost intact historic walls to the murals commemorating the more recent troubled past, this city is steeped in history. And it’s also quickly becoming one of the most important artistic and cultural hubs in Northern Ireland. You’ve got free time to explore Derry for yourself or you can join an optional walking tour. Next, you travel to the Ulster American Folk Park, where you can discover the story of emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the hardships these bold people had to face and the impact they made in the new land. Please note, due to the remote nature of the park, there is no alternative during this part of the tour. In the late afternoon, you travel to Enniskillen, a small island town and your overnight base. Enjoy an evening stroll around this lovely area or discover the famous Irish charm as you chat with the locals in a cosy pub. Day 3 In the morning, you can decide to explore Enniskillen a bit more. You may visit its many galleries and craft shops, explore the 15th-century castle, or see the beautiful Lough Erne on an optional cruise (subject to season and availability). Then, you say farewell to the lovely island town and head to your next stop on the tour, Hillsborough Castle and its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens that have been a joy to the Royal Family and thousands of visitors. If you fancy, you can choose to explore the beautiful state rooms of the castle and find out more about its fascinating history (tickets subject to availability) and even grab a bite to eat for lunch. From here it’s just a short journey back to Belfast where you can choose between a visit to the Titanic Museum in the Titanic Quarter, or instead stay on the bus and enjoy a scenic drive around the city of Belfast before the tour comes to an end.

From Belfast: 4 Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

From Belfast: 4 Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Day 1 Our tour starts with either a visit to the Titanic Museum in the well-known Titanic Quarter, or you can hop on the bus early and enjoy a scenic drive around the city of Belfast. You leave Belfast and travel to Hillsborough Castle and its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens (tickets subject to availability) and even grab a bite to eat for lunch. Next, heading for the border past Lower Lough Erne, the landscape will get more rugged as you cross into the beat bogs and Hills of County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. You will stay overnight in the town of Donegal, a popular foodie destination lined with cosy pubs filled with traditional music. Day 2 First are the Slieve League Cliffs, among the highest in Europe, that tumble down 600 metres to the unrestrained ocean and are steeped in legends. The landscape continues to get wilder as you travel through the sparsely populated Irish-speaking communities. Taking a break from the coastal delights, the route takes you through a striking mountain pass at Glengesh to the picturesque village of Ardara for lunch. You continue to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, before travelling through the impressive Glenveagh National Park. In the early evening, you arrive in Letterkenny, a vibrant town full of history and great traditional bars, where you spend two nights. Day 3 Leaving Letterkenny, you head straight for Fort Dunree. This strategic clifftop fort is now also home to a military museum. From here you travel along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. Next up, you make your way to the lovely little town of Carndonagh for lunch. This market town boasts loads of pubs and restaurants, not to mention it’s the site of the ancient Donagh Cross or St Patrick’s Cross. After, it's time to make your way up to Malin Head. With its wild and rugged coastline, this northern-most point of Ireland feels out of this world, so no wonder it was used as a filming location for Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. Your adventure continues to Grianan of Aileach. This peculiar hilltop fort dates back to 1700 BC and has some breathtaking views. Day 4 Today you travel back into Northern Ireland to admire the beauty of Downhill, a prominent stop on the Causeway Coastal Route. Take a stroll along Downhill beach before you pop up to see Mussenden Temple perched right on the cliff’s edge. This 18th-century temple was originally built to house the eccentric Earl Bishop’s library and is now one of the most photographed places in Ireland and a Game of Thrones location. Our next stop is at the seaside town of Portstewart for a well-deserved lunch break where you have free time to explore. No trip to Ireland is complete without a bit of whiskey, so you head off next for Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. With this delicious whiskey warming your insides, it’s time to head back to Belfast.

Castlewellan:Electric Mountain Biking Experience

Castlewellan:Electric Mountain Biking Experience

Explore the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails, located in Castlewellan Forest Park, with a E-bike rental situated right beside the trail head. Follow the trails to Northern Ireland’s most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views, and more. Castlewellan Forest Park is a paradise for adventure lovers and biking enthusiasts with green, blue, red, and black-grade trails. With a bike rental, you can create your own itinerary and pedal at your own pace through Northern Island's lush landscapes. Our Castlewellan Bike Hire packages include everything needed to get you started on the awesome Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails… Simply Book, Go Further, See More & Feel Awesome! Travel Times from regional Cities: Belfast 45 mins Dublin 1.5 hours Collect your electric bike from our Castlewellan Hub at the foot of the Mourne Mountains NO Experience necessary Travel Times from regional Cities: Belfast 45 mins Dublin 1.5 hours,

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This is one of my favorite things we did in Ireland. We only did the gardens, but they are vast and beautiful. Ireland is unique in its large & wild countryside. While the gardens may not be perfectly manicured, they have a stronger wild beauty to them. I couldn’t get over how large some of the plants were. They were vibrant, smelled lovely, and we basically had the place to ourself from 4-6pm. We also enjoyed the sprinkle of history at different stops along the map- like the original ice house.

We had an amazing tour with Richard, his knowledge and expertise in both the filming locations and their real history was amazing! We saw clips of the show in their filming locations, some of them very changed! He explained to us some of the behind the scenes tricks, and you can see he loves and respects the show! The landscape, locations and scenery was really beautiful, plus we had a very lovely sunny day that always helps! I recommend it 100% !

Highly recommended. The tour guide Lar was very good, experienced and also very helpful. The explanation given during the tour was very detailed and interesting. The meeting point of the tour is at the bench right outside the public toilet at the car park near the entrance of tollymore forest park.

An excellent trip. Really good value for money. The guide is absolutely brilliant. He's very knowledgeable about the film industry and gives lots of facts about Irish culture as well as game of thrones. The sites are beautiful and the stop for food was fab!

Guide Robbie is passionate about GoT and has a lot of anegdotes which i won’t spoil. Truly a great experience