Welcome to County Antrim
From Ballycastle to Portrush, Antrim's famous coastline is truly spectacular. But while the Causeway Coast might get the crowds there's plenty more to see in this stunning county, from the nine wooded Glens of Antrim to a 12th-century Norman castle in Carrickfergus
Top experiences in County Antrim
County Antrim activities
Giant’s Causeway Day Trip from Belfast
Leave central Belfast in the morning and head to the first stop is Carrickfergus Castle -- a striking Norman castle that’s said to be one of the best preserved in Northern Ireland. Enjoy a photo stop here, and hear from your guide how it was built in the 12th century to guard the approach to Belfast Lough. Head northeast along the Antrim Coast by luxury coach. To the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, an exhilarating crossing that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. Feeling brave? Take a walk across it (own expense) and try hard not to look down at the 100-foot (30-meter) drop! If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land, your guide will point you in the right direction for a bracing walk along the magnificent headland.Hop back on board your bus and continue to the Old Bushmills Distillery, where the famous Bushmills Irish whiskey is produced. After lunch in the distillery’s bar (own expense), browse tempting wares in the gift shop and then head off to see the incredible Giant’s Causeway!As Northern Ireland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway is sure to impress! The fascinating natural wonder consists of hexagonal rock columns that somehow fit together like a baffling puzzle. Climb the ancient stones that line the coastline, and hear the myths surrounding their appearance from a professional National Trust guide. A popular tale is that the rocks were created as giant stepping stones for the fabled Irish giant Finn Mac Cool, so that he could cross the sea to Scotland.After enjoying Giant’s Causeway, board your coach and travel south, stopping to admire the ancient ruins of Dunluce Castle, a once-important medieval stronghold. After a short walk around, return to central Belfast where your tour ends.
'Game of Thrones' and Giant's Causeway Day Tour
Hop aboard your coach at your central Belfast hotel, and travel along the scenic Causeway Coastal Route. As you travel north, your guide will talk to you about the popular Game of Thrones TV series, adapted from George Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Stop in the town of Cushendun and walk to the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her ‘shadow baby’ who went on to slay Renly Baratheon. Hear tales of the power struggles, battles and trysts between the noble families of Westeros, and learn all about the exploits of King Joffrey Baratheon.Travel by coach to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities, and after stretching your legs on a stroll, travel to the Dark Hedges road. With its natural 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. Pose for pictures, and then continue your journey north.The next destination is larrybane Quarry right next to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – an iconic crossing that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. While not used in Game of Thrones, the bridge is framed by magnificent headland that provided a backdrop for several scenes. After a quick photo stop, continue to the fishing village of Ballintoy for lunch (own expense), and then travel to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway,While the location hasn’t been used in Game of Thrones, the site is the Causeway Coast’s showpiece, and it’s well worth visiting while in the area. Walk around admiring the hexagonal rock columns and gaze out at the crashing waves along the dramatic coastline.Board your coach and travel back to Belfast, your tour then finishes in the early evening in the center of Belfast.
Titanic Belfast Entrance Ticket: Titanic Visitor Experience Including SS Nomadic
Head inside Titanic Belfast with your entrance ticket and explore the exciting attraction at your own pace, browsing the extensive exhibitions that comprise the Titanic Visitor Experience. The impressive structure stands on the very ground where the famous Titanic ship was built over a century ago. Walk through the Titanic Belfast's giant atrium and gaze around at the four hull-shaped wings that house the Titanic Visitor Experience. Head inside the exhibition and explore nine large galleries with state-of-the-art interactive discovery zones that tell the fateful story of the Titanic, from her launch, maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Besides gleaming details about the fascinating ship, learn how Belfast was a boomtown at the turn of the century. See exhibits about Harland and Wolff, the shipping supremos who built the Titanic along with other great vessels of her time.Walk through a reconstruction of the original shipyard and slipways, and have a go on the impressive Shipyard Ride -- an attraction that uses special effects and animations to recreate shipbuilding in the early 1900s. At the end of the Titanic Visitor Experience is the Ocean Exploration Centre, another fascinating interactive exhibition that focuses on oceanography and marine research. Browse the audiovisual presentations and learn how oceans and seabeds behave. How long you spend inside Titanic Belfast is up to you -- many visitors find two hours sufficient to see all the exhibitions. If you are hungry or want a drink, head to the on-site Bistro 41 or Gallery Café. Food and drinks are payable at your own expense.
City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with 48-Hour Pass
See the sights of Belfast on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 20 total stops and the entire route takes approximately 1 hour. The bus departs every 15 - 60 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 48 hours from first use.A city with an infamous history, Belfast has become a lively, friendly and welcoming place for the visitor, with a rich history and culture.City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Stops: Castle Place Customs House Odyssey Arena Titanic Belfast Titanic Dock and Pumphouse Parliament Buildings St George's Market May Street Great Victoria Street Dublin Road Shaftesbury Square Queens University Eglantine Avenue Falls Road Falls Road International Wall Murals Spectrum Tourist Information Center Shankill Memorial Garden Crumlin Road Donegal Street
Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Day Trip from Belfast
Your tour is designed to visit as many sights as possible in one day, so you'll have chance to stop along the way to admire the Dark Hedges, a key filming location for hit TV series Game of Thrones. After a 10-15-minute stop to take photos, enjoy a quick visit to the striking ruins of Dunluce Castle, before continuing to the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy around 1.5 hours to marvel at the spectacular landscapes, made up of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. Continue along the coast to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, a 66-foot (20-meter) long bridge that crosses the Atlantic Ocean, linking the mainland to the Carrick-a-rede island. You'll have around an hour and 20 minutes to explore, which is plenty of time to brave the bridge crossing (crossing fee included) or hike along the coast, enjoying views of nearby Sheep Island and the Mull of Kintyre.Make a final stop in Cushendun, the closest point between Ireland and Scotland with amazing views of Scotland on a clear day, then drive back to Belfast over the Glens of Antrim, taking in dramatic views along the Antrim Coast. Your tour ends back in central Belfast around 6pm. Please note: Bringing a packed lunch is advised in order to maximise time on the tour.
Giant's Causeway Day Tour from Belfast
Explore the world famous Antrim Coast and UNESCO listed Giants Causeway free from the crowds and the queues. Geologically the Giants Causeway is a volcanic formation, basalt columns which naturally take the form of hexagons.Visually, it is a stunning array of hexagonal rocks so regular they seem manufactured, rising and falling along the sea coast. The exact same formations appear directly across the North Sea in Scotland, and from this geological constancy comes a legend of ancient rivalries and Irish cunning.Travel inland straight to the Causeway Coast. Then arrive at Dunluce Castle (stunnning 14th century ruins, photostop). Visit Bushmills Whiskey Distillery (the oldest licensed distillery in the world, 30 minutes). Arrive at the Giants Causeway site (decribed by many as the 8th wonder of the world 2 hour stop). Carrick a Rede rope bridge (Stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland if you're brave enough to cross, 80 minute stop). Travel along the scenic Antrim Coast Road (described as one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world). Carnlough, a beautiful, quaint fishing village located on the coastal route (30 minutes comfort stop), return to Belfast approx 6pm.