Note: A detailed itinerary including timings is available below. Check out our gallery here for images of the tour.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except December 24-27.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- Depart: 09:00 (arrive by 08:45).
- Return: Approximately 18:30.
- No Pick-Up: Irish Tour Tickets Office (10 Great Victoria Street).
- Pick-Up: City centre hotels (see bottom of Bookings Tab for details). Hotel pick-ups must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance.
- Approx. 9 hours.
- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Crossing Fee.
- Lunch - Participants are encouraged to bring their own packed lunch. Other options you may wish to consider are:
- 1) The Giant’s Causeway Nook Café.
- 2) The Causeway Hotel (also its adjoining shop).
About The Belfast Game Of Thrones Day Tour:
Your journey from Belfast to Westeros begins outside the Irish Tour Tickets Office on Great Victoria Street. Be sure to check in at 08:45 on your chosen date, as the coach will embark on the first leg of the tour at 09:00. Complimentary hotel pick-up is also available (see above).
As you make your way out of Belfast, peer up at the Samson and Goliath cranes. These real world giants are even more breathtaking when viewed up close.
Following a scenic coastal road out of Belfast you'll pass Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman era fortification that's borne witness to countless power struggles throughout the centuries. Listen as your guide recounts tales of sieges, murders and executions every bit as memorable as those from the TV series.
The first stop is a location from season 6, Carnlough Village, whose rustic 19th century harbour proved ideal for Game of Throne's location scouts. It was used to represent the waterways of Braavos, most notably the canal into which Arya Stark jumped after being stabbed by the Waif. Fans with sharp eyes and a good memory may even recognise the same waterside stairway that Maisie Williams' character clambers up after evading her nemesis.
Continue onto Cushendun Caves, a spot that's become synonymous with the series due to a particular scene featuring Melisandre, Ser Davos and the Shadow assassin in season two. As well as its relevance to Game of Thrones the Cushendun Caves are an impressive piece of geology popular with all kinds of Northern Irish day trippers. Your guide will intersperse commentary about the caves as a film location with traditional tales of myth and legend.
Proceeding onto Giant's Causeway you'll meet with a chance to explore this natural wonder on foot. Listen as your guide paints a colourful vocal picture of the area's mythology, a story of warring giants and magical fairies. There's also interactive exhibitions at the Causeway Visitor Centre, entry to which is included in the tour price.
Close to the tour's half-way point you'll make a brief photo stop at Dunluce Castle. The violence and intrigue that permeates the history of this place gives it a touch of the Harrenhal, and numerous local fantasy writers have derived inspiration from its crumbling ramparts and cliff top perch.
After you've had time to admire the ruined fortifications the tour will move onto the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This iconic attraction is alluded to in season six during a rather unceremonious change of leadership for the Iron Islands. Participants are welcome to cross during the 1.5 hour stopover, but should note that crossing fees are not included in the price of the day tour. Saying that, you may wish to hold off altogether if your surname is Greyjoy.
Directly opposite the rope bridge is Larrybane Quarry. Amidst its windswept, limestone cliffs you'll witness the spot where Brienne of Tarth beats Ser Loras in a tournament fight to win a place in Renly Baratheon's Kingsguard. It's also where Catelyn Stark comes to negotiate with Renly on behalf of her son, Robb Stark. Larrybane and the rope bridge are both part of the same 1.5 hour stop.
Final stop on the Game of Thrones day tour is the enchanting Dark Hedges, a vaulted boulevard of beech trees that has served as the poster child of Northern Irish GoT locations since the series' inception. On screen it portrays King's Road, along whose length Arya Stark travelled during her escape from King’s Landing. After leaving the Dark Hedges the coach will make its way back to Belfast (approx. 18:30).
- 08:15 | Hotel pickups (if requested).
- 09:00 | Depart Belfast from Irish Tour Tickets Office (10 Great Victoria Street).
- 10:20 | Arrive at Carnlough Village (stay approx 20 minutes).
- 10:40 | Depart Carnlough.
- 11:20 | Arrive at Cushendun Caves (stay approx 35 minutes).
- 11:55 | Depart Cushendun Caves.
- 12:55 | Arrive at Giant's Causeway (stay approx 1 hour 30 minutes).
- 14:25 | Depart Giant's Causeway.
- 14:35 | Arrive at Dunluce Castle (stay approx 15 minutes).
- 14:50 | Depart Dunluce Castle.
- 15:15 | Arrive at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge / Larrybane (stay approx 1 hour 30 minutes).
- 16:45 | Depart Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
- 17:10 | Arrive at The Dark Hedges (stay approx 25 minutes).
- 17:35 | Depart Dark Hedges.
- 18:30 | Arrive back in Belfast (Irish Tour Tickets Office).