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

1. 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, go to Belfast to see 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.

From Belfast: Giant's Causeway Fully Guided Day Trip

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

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 Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

4. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

Depart Dublin and discover some of most photogenic locations in Northern Ireland on a Game of Thrones locations tour and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway.  Journey down the tunnel-like avenue of intertwined beech trees known as the Dark Hedges, and spend about 10 to 15 minutes at the site where Ayra Stark, Gendry, and Hot Pie escaped on the King's Road. Continue to the Giant's Causeway to enjoy around 1.5 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to scenic Ballintoy Harbor, and discover where Theon was baptised in front of Balon and Yara, and where Euron was drowned and crowned to be king. Enjoy around 40 minutes to take in the views and reflect on all the magic and mystery of Game of Thrones.  Drive through the Glens of Antrim to go to Belfast. You will enjoy around 1 hour of free time to admire the city sights. See the famous Crown bar, Belfast City Hall and its Titanic memorial garden, Big Fish and Albert’s Clock. Finally, you will be back in Dublin by around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

5. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

Meet your friendly guide and board the bus from the Dublin City Gallery in the early morning, then set out on a full-day adventure to Northern Ireland. Leave the busy city behind and head into the luscious, rolling countryside landscapes on your way to the first destination of the day, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Arrive at Bushmills, which is the world’s oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery, and meet their resident whiskey expert. Enjoy a tasting session of some of the distillery’s most beloved whiskeys, including a 10-year-old, 12-year-old, and reserve whiskey. Head to the idyllic Dark Hedges next, which is the most photographed natural phenomenon in Northern Ireland. Spend 20-minutes at the site taking photos, and learn about how the hedges were planted more than 270-years-ago by the Stuart Family as a driveway to their mansion. Continue the tour through the sprawling rural surroundings, stopping at the ruins of Dunluce Castle for a photo op. The next destination of the day is the iconic Giant’s Causeway, which is Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site. Enjoy 2-hours at the site, taking photos of the magnificent seascape and fascinating stone columns, some of which reach 40 feet into the air. Finally, spend at least an hour of free time in Belfast to explore at your own leisure and visit some of the city center attractions. Make the most of the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your trip, or grab some snacks for the return journey to Dublin. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy a well-deserved on the way back to Dublin.

Belfast: Game of Thrones Tour w/ a 2-Day City Tour Pass

6. Belfast: Game of Thrones Tour w/ a 2-Day City Tour Pass

Game of Thrones Tour: You will travel by luxury coach departing Belfast at 09:00 from central Belfast. During the day, you will be submerged in the stories of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. You will be taken to some of the best known film locations used in the show such as Larrybane, Carnlough Harbor and of course, the iconic Dark Hedges. Upon arrival at the Dark Hedges a range of props (cloaks and swords) are provided for you to use. Imagine that you are disguising yourself to avoid being captured by the Brotherhood or be adventurous and make up your own story. Once you reach the Dark Hedges, let your imagination run wild. The tour will include a separate Game of Thrones expert guide rather than a driver/ guide as used by other operators. This tour will be suitable for the avid fan as well as the curious. No trip to the famous Antrim Coast would be complete without a visit to Giant's Causeway, so although there will be no filming taking place there, you will make a stop at this world-famous UNESCO site.  Belfast Open-Top 2-Day City Pass: The Belfast Open-Top 2-Day City Pass will provide you with a comprehensive tour of this special city and allow you to explore every area with 23 stops to choose from. The tour operates seven days per week and tickets are valid for 2-days. If you do not hop-off the tour, it will take approximately 1-hour and 45 minutes. Tours depart from High Street but you can join the tour at any of the stops along the route. There will also be a multilingual service available in six languages including English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian and French. The city tour will take in the following attractions: Titanic Belfast (discounts available), HMS Caroline (discounts available), Parliament Buildings, Crumlin Road Jail (discounts available) Queens University and the political wall murals.  

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.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

8. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

This full-day tour takes you from Dublin to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.  Visit the Titanic Museum and spend 1.5 hours learning the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models and more. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Spend 1.5 hours getting up close to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. You will have the time to walk along the cliffs overlooking the Causeway taking stunning pictures, before going for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself. The tour will then include a photo stop at the magnificent Dunluce Castle. This 13 century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer! Stop at the Dark Hedges for 15-20 minutes. This centuries-old lane of beech trees has featured in films (Transformers) and on television (Game of Thrones). Then you’ll be able to explore Belfast for around 30 minutes. See the Big Fish, Albert's Clock, St. Anne's Cathedral and much more. You will have time to do some shopping and buy some food before heading back to Dublin.

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.

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

10. From Belfast: Giant's Causeway and Game of Thrones Tour

Leaving central Belfast in the morning, the first stop is the Dark Hedges for 30 minutes, known as the location where Arya Stark made her escape down The Kings Road. Journey down the tunnel-­like avenue of intertwined beech trees, and spend a few minutes at the site where Ayra Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing. Stop at the Giant's Causeway for around 2 hours to discover this UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the Giant's Causeway and enjoy around 2 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns formed during a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Admire this incredible place on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and hear the legend of Finn McCool. Onward to Ballintoy Harbour where you will get around 1 hour to enjoy one of the favourite filming locations on this tour. Experience the scene where Theon comes home for the first time. Your guide will show you where Theon was baptised in front of Balon and Yara, and where Euron was drowned and crowned to be king. Enjoy the most beautiful harbour in Ireland as you take in the views and reflect on all the magic and mystery of Game of Thrones. Go back to the Causeway coastal route to return to Belfast, and enjoy beautiful view of islands just off the coast like Rathlin Island, Sheep Island or even Scotland on a nice day.

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What people are saying about The Dark Hedges

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,424 reviews

We had a great time with Patrick on this tour. He’s funny, passionate, and is a clear Irish patriot! Loved hearing about a little bit of Irish rock and roll history as well. Giant’s Causeway was quite incredible- unliked anything we’d ever seen. Sure, the drive is a little lengthy from Dublin, but Patrick made it interesting and engaging! Thanks so much Patrick!

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.

Very well guided tour. It was also perfectly timed to avoid staying in one place for too long and to use time most effectively.

Interesting and not obvious tour. The times were perfectly marked. The guide was very nice and helpful.

We were given so much time for each location, which was so nice to be able to explore!