The spectacular Belfast Day Tour From Dublin takes you from Dublin to the historic city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. To join the tour, make your way to the tourist office in the Old Church, Suffolk Street, Dublin City Centre. During the tour there will be stops every 1 ½ hours or so, in order that you can stretch your legs.
Every day we depart on our Belfast one day tour from Suffolk Street, ( outside the old stone church ). You guide will then introduce themselves to you, run through some safety checks and make sure everyone is happy before you set off on the 1 day tour to Belfast from Dublin. Once you hit the motorway your guide will give you an overview on the history of Northern Ireland, it's troubles and politics and explain the origins of the conflict so everything will make more sense to you once you arrive.
Belfast is about half the size of Dublin, so it's not particularly large. Once we enter the city we will first visit west Belfast which is the location of the famous the Peace Wall which runs through this part of the city separating the loylist and republician communities. You will stop here and read the many comments of encouragement written on the wall by thousands of visitors including Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. You will also see many of the famous murals along the way. You will also visit the Republican museum which tells the story of Irish freedom from the republican perspective. Note that this closed on Sunday's and Monday's.
You'll have worked up a hunger by now so your guide will drop you into the city centre for some free time and to grab a bit to eat. There are lots of things to discover and explore in this vibrant city. Here are some suggestions ;
• Visit the busiest and arguably the best bar in Belfast. The Victorian Crown Bar.
• Visit the Grand Opera house and visit St. Anne's cathedral.
• The Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast's own leaning clock tower!
• Visit one of the main landmark buildings in the city - Belfast City Hall
After your free time we pick you up and begin the second half of the Belfast city guided tour which includes east Belfast. We will also visit the cities dockyards where the famous RMS Titanic was built before we leave the city for the town of Downpatrick.
Downpatrick means 'Patrick's stronghold' and is the resting place of Ireland's most famous saint. Here you will first visit the Saint Patrick exhibition centre which tells the story of the great man, how he arrived in Ireland and how he brought Christianity to Ireland. When you learn all there is to know about the great saint we will take a short walk behind the centre to visit the cathedral and the grave of St Patrick.
Dundrum is a beautiful seaside village just a short drive from Downpatrick. Here you will visit a great Norman castle built in the 12th century by John De Courcy. This ruin stronghold sits on high ground with fortified walls and a central tower building. One can climb a medieval staircase to the top of the outer walls and take in the amazing views that go on for miles.
The largest mountain range in northern Ireland is the Mourne Mountains. After we leave Dundrum castle this will be you next destination. The Mournes are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Ireland with the highest peak call Slieve Donard which you can clearly see towering over the rest of the peaks. You guide will take you to a spectacular lake stop and then show you 'gravity hill' where you will see the bus roll up a hill all by itself.
Sadly all great things must come to an end and we must start to make our way back to Dublin. But not before one last photo stop at Ross' Monument set on a fantastic coastal road. This 99ft spire was erected and dedicated to Major General Robert Ross who burned down the White House in retaliation of American troops burning of York in 1813 ( now modern Toronto ). You should arrive back in Dublin at about 7:30pm.