A Visit to Northern Ireland
Discover buzzing, brilliant Belfast on this five day itinerary complete with a day trip to the magical Giant's Causeway and the Old Bushmill's whiskey distillery.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Appreciate Belfast's unique history with a guided tour
- Visit the famous Titantic Museum
- Take a day trip to the Causeway Coast
When To Travel
Day 1: International Flight
Begin your journey with an international flight to Dublin or London, before taking a connecting flight to Belfast
Day 2: Arrival to Belfast
On arrival into Belfast, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a signboard. He will then transfer you to your city centre hotel, the journey taking around 40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions.
After checking into your hotel, enjoy a relaxing late lunch before a tour of the Titanic Museum Belfast. The Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience spans six floors and features nine interactive galleries which tell the story of the Titanic from the initial plans through to the doomed ship's construction, launch and tragic end. There are even live cameras to watch present day undersea exploration of the wreck.
The buzzing Titanic Quarter is an up and coming part of the city where you can drop in on some of the small cafes or visit the linked Nomadic floating museum, which brought 1st class passengers onto the Titanic.
This evening enjoy some live jazz in your hotel bar.
Day 3: Belfast Tour
Today, set off with your local driver-guide for your full day tour of Belfast.
Begin the tour with a visit to the sectarian murals of the Falls Road and Shankill Road, and peace wall to learn more about the history of the so-called Troubles. From here take in St George's Market - the last Victorian market in Ireland, Crumlin Road Jail and the Stormont Parliament buildings before spending the afternoon exploring the celebrated gardens and newly-reopened neo-classical house at Mount Stewart, overlooking the waters of Strangford Lough.
- Those with an interest in art should add in a tour to the Metropolitan Art Centre
- For those travelling after July, Hillsborough Castle - the Queen's official Irish residence will be reopened after an extensive renovation project.
Day 4: Giant's Causeway
This morning, depart with your driver-guide for the Giant's Causeway - speed down the motorway and your journey should take no more than one hour and 15 minutes from Belfast.
Explore the incredible geometric columns which were formed over 60 million years ago and learn about the Irish folktales of the giant Finn McCool. Stop in at the Old Bushmills Distillery for a tour and tasting of this traditional whiskey which they have been producing for over 400 years. Game of Thrones fans should add in a stop at the nearby Dunluce Castle - or as it's better known, the House of Greyjoy. On your route back to Belfast, take the scenic coastal route for beautiful views towards Scotland, and if you're feeling particularly active, take a walk on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge - a coastal walk which was first built by fishermen in 1755.
Day 5: Onwards flight
After checking out of your hotel, your driver is on hand to transfer you to Belfast airport for your onwards flights.
Susie is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.