Tour Code: 3310DC10G
Duration: 2 days
Discover the historical city of Belfast and visit iconic locations used in the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series on this unforgettable 2-day trip from Dublin. Enjoy a scenic train ride along the eastern coast of Ireland before exploring Belfast independently with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket and admission to Titanic Belfast visitor center. Then, travel to key locations that were used in the award-winning HBO fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’ with a local guide. See sites like the Dark Hedges road and the Cushenden Caves before enjoying free time at UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway.
Day 1: Dublin – Belfast
Make your own way to Connolly station in Dublin to meet your host and board your train to Belfast. Sit back and enjoy the scenic ride along the eastern coast of Ireland. As you travel, listen to your host share fascinating details about the areas you pass by.
On arrival in Belfast, receive a ticket to the Titanic Belfast visitor center and a hop-on hop-off bus pass. With the rest of the day free to spend at your leisure, the hop-on hop-off bus allows you to travel easily between Belfast’s top sights. Board your bus from any of the stops and listen to the live or recorded commentary as you travel through the city, hopping on and off at your leisure. See the Itinerary for a list of stops.
Perhaps hop off in the Titanic Quarter to redeem your Titanic Belfast ticket. See the dock where the doomed liner was built and wander around a reconstruction of some of the Titanic’s rooms. Other sights include Crumlin Road Gaol and Peace Wall where you can leave your thoughts alongside the likes of the Dalai Lama and Bill Clinton.
After exploring the city, check in to your 4-star hotel in the city center.
Overnight: 4-star Europa Hotel or Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast
Day 2: Belfast – Game of Thrones filming locations – Giant’s Causeway (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, then travel by coach along the Causeway Coastal Route to begin your tour of sites from the TV show, Game of Thrones. As you travel, listen to your guide talk about the series that was adapted from George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
Stop in the town of Cushendun to visit the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow baby.' Hear tales of the power struggles and trysts between the noble families of Westeros, and learn about the exploits of King Joffrey Baratheon.
Then, continue to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities, and travel to the Dark Hedges road. With its archway of intertwined trees, the road is one of Northern Ireland’s most photographed locations and the place where Arya Stark dressed as a boy to escape from King’s Landing.
Head to the cosy Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy for a pub for lunch (own expense), before traveling to Larrybane where several major scenes were filmed.
Your final stop is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway. While it hasn’t been used in Game of Thrones, it is one of the Causeway Coast’s must-see sights. The captivating natural wonder consists of hexagonal rock columns that mysteriously fit together. Hop across the stones and hear myths surrounding them from a National Trust guide.
After exploring Giant’s Causeway, board your coach and travel back to Belfast to catch your return train to Dublin.