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Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Belfast: 1 or 2-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Take a two-deck open-top bus tour around Belfast to experience all the city has to offer in 1 or 2 days. This sightseeing ticket makes stops at 19 locations around the city so you can discover each of them at your leisure. The tour takes in the ever-changing Titanic Quarter, the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, travels between the peace lines and walls, and provides panoramic views from the top deck. Hop off at any stop, walk around as long as you like, and be picked up every 30 to 40 minutes at the same point. Your ticket also gets you discounted entrance fees to some of the top Belfast attractions. STOP 1 - Donegall Square WestSTOP 2 - SSE Arena - Odyssey, W5 Discovery, Cinema, Bowling STOP 3 - Titanic Quarter - Premier Inn STOP 4 - HMS Caroline - Titanic Dock, Green Light - Maritime Mile STOP 5 - Titanic Belfast - Titanic Visitor Experience, SS Nomadic STOP 6 - St. George’s Market - Market Days - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday STOP 7 - Great Victoria Street - Crown Bar, Europa Hotel, Grand Opera House STOP 8 - Dublin Road - Golden Mile, Etap Hotel STOP 9 - Shaftsbury Square, Lavery's Bar, Crescent Arts Centre STOP 10 - Queens University - Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Tropical Hot House STOP 11 - Eglantine Avenue - International Football Stadium, Lisburn Road Shopping STOP 12 - Culturlann McAdam O'Fiaich - Art Gallery, Bookshop and Gifts STOP 13 - Falls Road - Falls Memorial Garden, Bobby Sands Mural STOP 14 - International Peace Wall - Peace wall, St Peter's Cathedral STOP 15 - Peace Wall - Sign The Famous Wall STOP 16 - Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road - Murals History STOP 17 - Remembrance Garden - Shankill Road STOP 18 - Crumlin Road Jail House STOP 19 - Donegall Street - Cathedral Quarter St Patricks, St Anne's Cathedral

Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

2. 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. From 12 December – 3 January 2021. Enjoy a wintery stroll in the open air and take in the acres of breath-taking gardens, before cozying up with a nice cup of something warm and a slice of cake from the café. Watch out for magical elves and fairies hiding in the enchanted gardens and discover the folklore surrounding Christmas.

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

3. 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.

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What people are saying about County Antrim

It was fabulous. Real good fun. The fellas are really friendly so you can ask them anything. We sat on right of bus at the top but I wish we had sat on the left. Definitely try and get the front of the bus if you can. Recommend for sure. Belfast is an amazing city. Love the Irish people. One of my best city breaks. Can’t wait to go back and tour all over Ireland. Top of my must list

Great bus tour showing you all the sights of Belfast . We had a really good guide too who was very humorous and even sang a song . He told us all the history of Belfast .

Such a relaxing afternoon. We started with lunch from the cafe, sat outside in the sunshine & then following the guide map made our way through the gardens.

A great way to get a quick look and history of Belfast. I miss the trip to the Belfast castle which used to be part of the tour.

Great way to see some of the top attractions and get some history at the same time from the on board narrative.