Belfast, Game of Thrones & Giant's Causeway
Departs from Dublin Connolly Station
Jan-Mar/Nov-Dec: Sat Apr-May/Oct: Thu & Sat Jun-Sep: Mon, Wed, Thurs & Sat
Travel North by Train
This tour covers the highlights of Belfast City, stunning scenery featured in the award-winning Games of Thrones and Giant's Causeway into two exciting day.
DEPARTS FROM DUBLIN Connolly Station at 7:35 am on Day 1
RETURNS TO DUBLIN Connolly Station at 8:15 pm on Day 2 (20:15 Nov-Feb; Sundays 21:15 all year)
Dublin to Belfast
Check-in for 07:35 departure from Connolly Station, which was built in 1844 as the terminus of the Dublin & Drogheda Railway and is now the administrative headquarters of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s National Railway. We depart northwards through the Dublin suburbs, which soon give way to farmland. Soon we pass the exclusive coastal village of Malahide before we cross the wide Broadmeadow Estuary, followed by Rogerstown Estuary. Fine views of the sea appear as we pass through the coastal town of Skerries, followed by the fishing village of Balbriggan. A few kilometres further on we pass Gormanston, an Irish Air Corps military airfield –on the landward side. Red flags on the seaward side indicate military exercises are in progress. We travel through Drogheda. Immediately north of Drogheda we cross the historic river Boyne by a magnificent viaduct, with great views of the town. It was here that Oliver Cromwell put the entire population to the sword in 1649. At little further upstream is the site of the Battle of the Boyne, where [Protestant] King William of Orange defeated dethroned [Catholic] King James in 1690 –an event which is still celebrated annually by ‘Orangemen’ or ‘Northern Protestants’ on the ‘Twelfth’ of July.
We now begin to climb into the foothills of the Camlough Mountains and border country.
Arrive into Belfast, Ireland’s second largest city, you will be given Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tickets to join the Belfast Hop-On/Hop-Off tour which not only explores the city centre but also the Titanic Quarter (see the original dock where the great liner was built), and Belfast Castle. Our Hop-on Hop-off city tour provides your with a comprehensive look at our very special city. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours, to allow you to explore every area and district of this unique place. Rain, hail or shine, you'll stay comfortable on this tour- Belfast's only fully enclosed tour bus on wet days!
Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Hop on Hop Off City Bus Tour & Titanic Visitor Centre
Overnight Stay: Belfast City Centre
Game of Thrones
Enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast (the famous Ulster Fry) at your leisure.
09:00 Depart Belfast and travel north along the scenic Causeway Route on our Game of Thrones tour* where we visit seven iconic sites from Series 1 to 4.
At Cushendun we walk to the Caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her "shadow baby" who then slayed Renly Baratheon.
Then on to Ballycastle to see where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities. Travel along the natural tree arches of Dark Hedges on Kings Road, one of Ireland's most photographed locations, where Arya Stark escaped from Kings Landing dressed as a boy. We break for lunch (not included) at the cosy Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy Harbour where several major scenes were filmed. You might even hear a story or two from the staff who have played host to some of the biggest stars in the show!
The last stop is at the renowned Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site.
*This tour is independently operated by Railtours and it is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones.
Return to Belfast for train back to Dublin. Returning to Dublin Connolly at 22:15hrs (20:15hrs November - February and 21.15hrs on Sunday all year).
- Belfast city tour
- Titanic Quarter
- Belfast Castle
- Game of Thrones Scenery
- Return rail travel
- Reserved seats on the train
- Railtours Ireland Host throughout
- Escorted coach
- 1 night in Belfast City / 4* Hotel
- Ulster Fry in Belfast
- Game of Thrones Filming Location Tour
- Belfast Hop on Hop Off City Bus Tour
- Titanic Visitor Centre admission
- Giant's Causeway