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Belfast: Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones Locations Tour

1. 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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Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Belfast Tour

2. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and 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.

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

3. 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.

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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.

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Belfast: Premium Game of Thrones Tour

5. Belfast: Premium Game of Thrones Tour

Depart Belfast and journey by air-conditioned coach to Carrrickfergus Castle. Continue along the Antrim Coast road to Carnlough harbor, and visit the Caves of Cushendun where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her shadow baby in "Game of Thrones." Continue to Larrybane, where Brienne of Tarth beat Ser Loras and was rewarded with a place in Renly's Kingsguard. Arrive at the Giant's Causeway and hear the fascinating legend of Finn MacCool. Stop at Dunluce Castle, and then enter the Dark Hedges where Ayra Stark made her iconic escape from King's Landing. 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 to tell, whether it be battling foes or reuniting with a companion. Once you reach the Dark Hedges, let your imagination run wild.

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

6. 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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From Dublin: Game of Thrones Tour

7. From Dublin: Game of Thrones Tour

Witness first-hand the stunning scenery featured in the world famous HBO series, Game of Thrones, on this full day excursion. Your first stop will be Carnlough, the quaint seaside town that served as the setting for some of the series’ most dramatic scenes. Continue on to Cushendun Caves, which was the background for ships sailing from Westeros as well as the location of the caves where Melisandre gives birth to a murderous shadow baby in season 2. This is also where Jamie Lannister had his last fight on his failed attempt to save Cersi in season 8.   Your next stop will be Larrybane Quarry, which played a large role in both seasons 2 and 6 of the series—your guide will point out to you the many scenes you will recognize at this location. Take a lunch stop at Fullerton Arms, a hotel in which many of the cast stayed while filming. Check out the themed dining room with its very own Iron Throne.   Continue on to the small town of Ballintoy, which was used for exterior shots of Pyke, where Theon Greyjoy returns from Winterfell to start negotiations with his father. As this region is difficult to access, you'll be sure to enjoy a quiet tour away from large coaches. Visit Giant’s Causeway, created by a giant volcanic eruption 50 to 60 million years ago, leaving 40,000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 meters high. See Dunluce Castle, the House of Greyjoy, built on the top of sheer-sided cliffs 100 feet above the ocean. Finally, see the Dark Hedges, a beautiful avenue of beech trees which starred as the King’s Road in the series.

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From Dublin: Giant's Causeway Tour and Whiskey Tasting

8. 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.

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Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway & Antrim Private Tour

9. Belfast: Full-Day Giant's Causeway & Antrim Private Tour

Start your tour from the center of Belfast and head to the north coast through Antrim. Visit the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland, the famous Giant’s Causeway, made up of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Head to Old Bushmills Distillery to discover Belfast's long tradition with distillation. Visit Dunluce Castle, one of the most dramatic ruins in the world, for a photo-stop. Move on to Dunseverick Castle, destroyed by General Robert Munro in 1642 and his Cromwellian troops in 1650. As you head over the Knocksoghey Brae, be greeted by spectacular views on Ballintoy Harbor. This stunning seaside location has been used for exterior Pyke shots and as the Iron Islands. Move on to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, near the charming village of Ballintoy. Choose to cross the bridge to support the National Trust, enjoy a coastal walk, or visit the charming tea-rooms on the site. Finally, make your way back to Belfast along the Antrim Coast Road to see fine views of Rathlin Island, and on a clear day, see the Scottish coast 13 miles away.

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Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Tour from Dublin

10. Giant's Causeway & Belfast City Tour from Dublin

Explore the marvelous, breathtaking beauty of Northern Ireland's coast on a full-day trip from Dublin that takes you to Giant's Causeway and Belfast. Step on board your private bus and head up to the Antrim coast, located on the tip of Northern Ireland. You will visit Giant's Causeway, a constellation of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, and one of the most famous natural wonders of the British Isles, if not the world. Once you see this amazing geological formation for yourself, you will quickly understand why it has become the Emerald Isle's top tourist attraction. Along the way, you will experience an amazing part of Northern Ireland, learning lots of history and seeing some of the country's most dramatic coastline. Once there, stop and breathe in the fresh air and explore the many different shapes and rock formations surrounded by mystery and mythology. Take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful sweeping beach looking over Whitepark Bay and Portbradden. Visit the vibrant and modern city of Belfast where you will have some free time for sightseeing or shopping before returning to Dublin.

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What people are saying about Dunluce Castle

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4.7 / 5

based on 5,373 reviews

Omg. Literally the best tour I’ve ever been on! Danny and Marco were the absolute best. Danny knew so much about Irish history and is a fantastic story teller. I literally had chills for some of the history stories. The views were amazing and just overall a great tour. You have to go with Fin McCools tours ❤️

This trip was really great overall. Daniel was pleasant, enjoyable and very informative on Irish culture and history. Definitely a must while visiting Ireland.

Wonderful. Don’t hesitate to book this well planned and timed trip. Guide Sean and Driver Larry were outstanding hosts for this trip leaving nothing to chance.

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

Great and informative guide and exceptional driver. Danny and Larry were both professional.