Things to do in Carrickfergus

Our most recommended things to do in Carrickfergus

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

1. 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

2. 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.

Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

3. 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.

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 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.

Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

6. Belfast: Game of Thrones Iron Islands & Giant's Causeway

Depart from Jurys Inn hotel taking the Causeway Coastal Route, passing Carrickfergus Castle and Magheramorne Quarry, the location of Castle Black and the Wall. Stop for coffee and restrooms in Carnlough. This is the harbour where Arya escapes a Braavos canal after she was stabbed by the Waif. Stop to take photos at the Cushendun Caves in the Stormlands where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit. Cross Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, but don’t look down, it’s 30m (98 ft) to the rocks below. Please be advised that the walk from the coach park to the Rope Bridge itself is almost 1 km, so expect to walk for 20 minutes to the Rope Bridge, cross the bridge and back again, then walk 1 km back to the coach park along spectacular sea cliffs. Visit Renly’s Camp and Iron Islands Kingsmoot, the location of the Iron Islands Kingsmoot in season 6 when Euron claimed the Salt Throne from Yara. Stop for lunch at a charming guesthouse, restaurant and pub in Ballintoy on the north coast (not included). Afterwards, head to Ballintoy Harbor, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where 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 Reever and Yara costumes, swords, axes, and Greyjoy banners. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway: a UNESCO World Heritage site and geological marvel 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: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

7. From Belfast: Hop-on Hop-off Northern Ireland Bus Tour

Discover the best of Northern Ireland by a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. Explore some of the most famous towns and attractions within the region, with stops at the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy, Carrickfergus, and many other points of interest. Choose from several departure times from Belfast and stop where you want on the route. Spend as much time as you like exploring and discovering the sights and attractions. After departing Belfast, the bus makes its way to northern Antrim and eventually up the Causeway route with several stops along the way. Jump off where you want, explore, and when you're ready, take the next available bus to the next stop. In addition to the Giant's Causeway, some of the stops included on the route are: The Dark Hedges Stroll along the atmospheric avenue of beech trees leading to Gracehill House. Located outside the village of Armoy. Game of Thrones fans will know this location as the Kingsroad. Bushmills Town Hop off at the charming town of Bushmills and pay a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery. Take an optional tour, and learn about one of the most popular international Irish whiskey brands. Ballintoy Village Stroll through the village and see The Fullerton Arms Hotel where door No.6 from the Game of Thrones series is on display. Walk to Ballintoy Harbour which was the setting for Pyke and the Iron Islands in the series. Be sure to walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge to the lookout point.  Ballycastle Discover this charming seaside town. Explore the ruins of Dun-a-Mallaght, Dunraineya, and the ruined Dunaneeny Castle. You can also take the ferry to Rathlin Island. Cushendun Visit Mary McBride’s pub is which is the home of Door No.8 from Game of Thrones. Explore the Cushendun Caves where parts of the series were also filmed. Stop at the Ruins of Carra Castle or visit Glenmona House and forest grounds. Carrickfergus Town and Carrickfergus Castle Explore one of the oldest towns on the island of Ireland. Visit numerous historic landmarks such as the eponymous Carrickfergus Castle, the oldest Norman castle in Ireland. Visit the Andrew Jackson Cottage, where the parents of the 7th President of the United States were born. Make a stop at the Carrickfergus Museum and learn about the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding area. After exploring these and other fascinating landmarks, hop back on the bus for a relaxing journey back to central Belfast. If you have still a lot to do on your itinerary, use a multi-day pass to start the journey again the following day and pick up where you left off.

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

8. 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 to the Giant's Causeway, 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. 

From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

9. From Belfast: Private Giants Causeway Coastal Tour

Design your ideal day trip when you travel to the spectacular Giants Causeway with a private driver. Stop where you like, for as long as you wish, making this private day tour a truly personalized experience. Traveling from Belfast along the scenic coastal route, the first big attraction is Carrickfergus Castle. The Norman castle from the 17th century is the best-preserved medieval structure in Ireland. Continuing along the beautiful scenic coastal road through seaside towns, there are plenty of places to stop for photos along the way. Drive past small seaside villages including Whitehead and Ballygalley before stopping at Glenarm Castle for a photo at the barbican. Grab refreshments at Carnlough Harbour before continuing your journey to see Carrick-A-Reed rope bridge. Lunch is at the Causeway Hotel, with Bushmills Distillery located nearby. Can you resist a visit to the distillery for a wee taste of their famous whiskey? No trip up north would be complete without a visit to the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, made famous by the "Game of Thrones" tv series. Even those who are not fans of the show will appreciate the beauty of this unique road with its overhanging trees. The big highlight of your trip is the UNESCO-listed Giants Causeway. Legend says the unique rock formation is the remains of a bridge used by giants which connected Ireland and Scotland. If there are other sights and attractions you want to visit, your guide is happy to oblige. You can change the itinerary for your day trip to suit your group's interests.

Private Tour of Giant's Causeway

10. 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,227 reviews

Great experience really worth seeing. The total coach trip was very interesting & informative as against a car trip. The scenery en route was excellent, although obviously it wouldn't be so good without sunshine.

Our driver/guide is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area we were visiting. Very cordial and understanding with the group! An enjoyable day trip for us! Very skilled driver !!

The best thing about this trip was the driver Stuart .....He absolutely percent made our day with his informative and hilarious commentary. What an asset to the tour....

Our tour guide Patrick was brilliant. Brilliant sense of humour and in depth knowledge of all locations.

Gavin the guide was fantastic , the trip was one of the best I have been on.