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Belfast City Tours
At present, Allens Tours, www.allenstours.co.uk, Belfast City Tour,
www.belfastcitytour.com, City Sightseeing Belfast, www.belfastcitysightseeing.com,
Belfast Splash Tours, www.belfastsplashtours.com, Translink City Sights,
www.ulsterbustours.com and Belfast Sight Seeing, www.belfastsightseeing.ie, are
running general bus tours of Belfast.


Belfast Splash Tours, www.belfastsplashtours.com this tour spends time both
driving on land and sailing on the River Lagan and takes in key attractions such as the
Titanic Quarter, Odyssey Arena, Grand Opera House, Crown Bar, City Hall, Botanic
Gardens and Queen’s University. For further information and to book, please call
0044 (0)28 9077 0990 or visit www.belfastducktours.net.


There is a Historic Belfast Walking tour that departs from The Belfast Welcome
Centre in the city centre. It gives information on city centre historic buildings,
historic pubs and provides general history of the city centre and riverside areas.
Tickets can be purchased from the Belfast Welcome Centre (contact details below)
on day of tour.


A walking tour called Blackstaff way departs from The Belfast Welcome Centre every
Saturday at 11am and focuses on the history of the West of the city centre. Again
tickets can be purchased form the Belfast Welcome Centre.


Historical pub walking tours www.belfastpubtours.com are available on Thursdays at
7pm and Saturdays at 4pm between May and October inclusive.


A free walking tour of Belfast City Centre, highlights include Belfast City Hall,
Cathedral Quarter, Albert Clock and Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. Please visit
www.belfastfreetours.com or telephone 077 7164 0746 for further information.
A company called Coiste, Tel: 028 9020 0770, www.coiste.ie/politicaltours.htm offers
political walking tours of west Belfast. These must be booked in advance either by
calling into the Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Place, or by contacting the
company directly. The tour focuses on Republican West Belfast, but can also include
the Loyalist Shankill area by prior arrangement.


An audio visual tour exists for the Belfast area called iTours. The hand-held MP4
player holds tour information for North, South, East and West Belfast, as well as the
city centre. It costs £8 to hire the player for a 24 hour period or £12 for a 48 hour
period, with an additional £1 charge to purchase headphones. A credit card pre-
authorisation for the amount of £30 or a cash deposit of £25 is also required for
security purposes. The players can be hired from the Belfast Welcome Centre or
from other outlets around the city. It is also possible to download individual tours
onto your own device from the website www.gotobelfast.com or you may wish to
purchase an iTour SD card at a cost of £10, which features pre-loaded tours and is
inserted into compatible mobile phones. Please telephone 028 9024 6609 or visit
www.gotobelfast.com.


A personal, audio guided tour exists for Belfast and Northern Ireland called “My Tour
Talk”. The compact, hand-held MP3 player holds audio tour information and allows
you to explore areas in your own time and at your own pace. The tours within the
Belfast area include ‘Belfast on a Wet Day’, ‘Belfast Pub Tours’, ‘Belfast Mini Break
Explorer’ and ‘Belfast Family Days’. It costs £12.99 to hire the MP3 player for a 24
hour period. A credit card number or a cash deposit of £30, as well as a passport or
driver’s license are required for security purposes. The players can be hired from the
Belfast Welcome Centre, or it is possible to download individual tours onto your own
iPod or MP3 player from the website www.mytourtalk.com.


It is also possible to do a tour of the Titanic's Dock & Pump-House, near the
shipyards, where the Titanic and her sister ships were fitted out. The visitor centre,
based at the Pumphouse is open daily from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Please visit
www.titanicsdock.com for more information.
A Luxury Titanic Tour operates by arrangement only. A Mercedes people carrier,
which holds up to five people, will collect you from anywhere in Belfast. Please
telephone 078 5271 6655 to book or visit the website www.titanictours-belfast.co.uk
for further information.


A guided walking tour of the Titanic Quarter also exists. Please telephone 079 0435
0339 to book or visit the website www.titanicwalk.com for further information.


Lagan Boat Company offers boat trips of the Titanic Quarter. Times vary depending
on tides so It is necessary to book in advance by telephoning 028 9033 0844, and
further information can be found on the website www.laganboatcompany.com.


A C.S Lewis bus tour departs from the Linenhall Library every Sunday (early June –
late September) and on the first Sunday of the month thereafter.. The tour takes
you to sites associated with the writer C. S Lewis, including his birthplace and the
school he attended. Tickets must be booked in advance through the Belfast
Welcome Centre. They may be purchased over the telephone on (028) 9024 6609 by
debit or credit card (a £2 transaction fee applies), booking online at
www.gotobelfast.com (a £2 transaction fee applies), or by coming into the Welcome
Centre and paying in cash.


It is possible to do a city tour by Black Taxi. Black Taxi Tour companies mainly
specialize in political tours, visiting West Belfast. The taxis take you to political wall
murals along the Republican (Catholic) Falls Road, and the Loyalist (Protestant)
Shankill Road, and also include the peace line between the two areas. Most tour
companies also offer a general city tour, but these would not include the political
history. I.e. it is a choice of a political tour or a city tour, not both. Generally, the
tours last approximately 75 minutes. There is a minimum charge of £25 - £30 for up
to three people, or £8 - £10 per person for four or more people.
Please find listed below various Black Taxi tour companies:
All Ireland Tours – Tel: 028 9030 1832 – Mobile: 077 1267 4345 –
www.belfastcityblacktaxitours.com
Belfast Attractions.co.uk – Tel: 028 9029 4345 – www.belfastattractions.co.uk
Citi Cabs – Tel: 028 9066 5566 – www.citicabsni.com
Harpers Taxi Tours – Tel: 028 9074 2711 – Mobile: 077 1175 7178 –
www.harperstaxitours.co.nr
Ireland Luxury Tours – Tel: 078 5546 2558 – www.irelandluxurytours.com
Original Black Taxi Tour – Tel: 077 5156 5359 - www.gotobelfast.com
Taxitrax Tours – Tel: 028 9031 5777 – www.taxitrax.com
The Black Cab Tour – Tel: 077 9860 2401 – www.gotobelfast.com
Valuecabs Taxi Tour – Tel: 028 9080 9080 – www.valuecabs.co.uk


A ghost walk tour of Belfast city centre is conducted by a ripperologist and member
of the exclusive Victorian White Chapel Society. For further information please visit
www.ghostwalkbelfast.com or telephone 079 0725 1414.


Free public tours of City Hall are available Monday - Saturday. Led by an experienced
guide, they last around one hour and uncover the history of Belfast City Hall, while
exploring some of its finest features and also provide information on Councillors,
both past and present. Tours currently operate Monday to Friday at 11am, 2pm and
3pm and on a Saturday at 2pm and 3pm. It is recommended that you book in
advance for groups by telephoning 0044 (0)28 9027 0546 or email
civicbuildings@belfastcity.gov.uk.


Day Tours
There are several companies that offer day tours to the Giant's Causeway and
surrounding areas.
Firstly, a company called McCombs Executive Travel and Tours,
www.minicoachni.co.uk, organises a daily tour from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway
The tour takes the coastal route on the way up, stopping briefly at Carrickfergus
Castle, www.ehsni.gov.uk, and visits the Causeway, www.ntni.org.uk, Carrick-A-Rede
Rope Bridge, www.ntni.org.uk, and includes a brief stop at Dunluce Castle,
www.ehsni.gov.uk. The tour also stops at Bushmills Whisky Distillery,
www.bushmills.com for approximately 30 minutes. It is necessary to book in
advance either by calling into the Welcome Centre or contacting Minicoach directly
by emailing info@minicoachni.co.uk, or telephoning +44 (0) 28 9031 5333.
McCombs Executive Travel and Tours also offers an express service, which goes
inland from Belfast and includes part of the coast from Ballycastle. It stops at
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge before continuing to the Giant’s Causeway. During the
winter months, this tour only operates on Saturdays and Sundays.


Another company called Paddywagon also operates a daily tour to the Giant’s
Causeway. This tour takes the inland route and includes the Causeway, Carrick-A-
Rede Rope Bridge, a photo stop at Dunluce Castle, and the city of Derry. Again, it is
necessary to book in advance either by calling into the Welcome Centre or
contacting Paddywagon directly by emailing info@paddywagontours.com, or
telephoning +44 (0) 28 9033 3367. Please visit the website
www.paddywagontours.com for further information.


The third company is called Allens Tours, www.allenstours.co.uk The tour takes the
coastal route on the way up, stopping briefly at Carrickfergus Castle,
www.ehsni.gov.uk, and then visits the Causeway, www.ntni.org.uk, Carrick-A-Rede
Rope Bridge, www.ntni.org.uk, and includes a brief stop at Dunluce Castle,
www.ehsni.gov.uk. The tour also stops at Bushmills Whisky Distillery,
www.bushmills.com, for approximately 30 minutes. It is necessary to book in
advance either by calling into the Welcome Centre or contacting Allens Tours directly
by emailing info@allenstours.co.uk, or telephoning +44 (0) 28 9091 5613.
Allens Tours also offer an express service, which goes inland from Belfast and
includes part of the coast from Ballycastle. It makes photo stops at the Carrick-A-
Rede Rope Bridge, Whitepark Bay and Dunluce Castle before continuing to the
Giant’s Causeway.


A company called Kingdoms of Mourne Coach Tours,
www.travelirelandcoachtours.com, offers coach trips around Co. Down. The tour
visits The Mountains of Mourne, a Mountain Park called Spelga Dam, the coastal
town of Newcastle, the historic town of Downpatrick, associated with St. Patrick, the
fishing port of Kilkeel and the seaside town of Carlingford, which is set at the foot of
the Cooley Mountains. It is essential to book in advance either by calling into the
Welcome Centre or contacting the company directly by emailing
info@travelirelandcoachtours.com or telephoning +44 (0)28 9077 2180.


Groups that offer tours of Ireland include the Paddywagon tour company
www.paddywagontours.com, Pab Tours www.pabtours.com, Ulsterbus tours
www.translink.co.uk/tours.asp, Tour Ulster www.tourulster.com, Plantsman's
Gardens Tours www.plantsmansgardentours.com, Intercomm Tourism
www.irishhistoricaltours.com and Travelbreak www.travelbreakni.com.


It is also possible to take tours around Northern Ireland by taxi. Please find below
details of taxi tour companies who may be able to assist you:


All Ireland Tours – Tel: 028 9030 1832 – Mobile: 077 1267 4345 –
www.belfastcityblacktaxitours.com
Belfast Attractions.co.uk – Tel: 028 9029 4345 – www.belfastattractions.co.uk
Citi Cabs – Tel: 028 9066 5566 – www.citicabsni.com
Harpers Taxi Tours – Tel: 028 9074 2711 – Mobile: 077 1175 7178 –
www.harperstaxitours.co.nr
Ireland Luxury Tours – Tel: 078 5546 2558 – www.irelandluxurytours.com
Original Black Taxi Tour – Tel: 077 5156 5359 - www.gotobelfast.com
Taxitrax Tours – Tel: 028 9031 5777 – www.taxitrax.com
The Black Cab Tour – Tel: 077 9860 2401 – www.gotobelfast.com
Valuecabs Taxi Tour – Tel: 028 9080 9080 – www.valuecabs.co.uk
Selection of Attractions
Albert Memorial Clock, Queen’s Square,
Aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, 60 Castlereagh Rd, www.auntsandras.com
Belfast Castle, Antrim Road, www.belfastcastle.co.uk
Belfast Cathedral, Donegall Street, www.belfastcathedral.org
Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, www.belfastcity.gov.uk
Belfast War Memorial Museum, Talbot Street, www.niwarmemorial.org
Belfast Zoo, Antrim Road, www.belfastzoo.co.uk
Botanic Gardens, University Road, http://www.parks.belfastcity.gov.uk
Crown Liquor Saloon (opens from 12.30pm), Great Victoria Street,
www.crownbar.com
Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, www.goh.co.uk
Linenhall Library, Donegall Square North www.linenhall.com
Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Rd, www.niassembly.gov.uk
Queens University, University Road, www.qub.ac.uk/visitorscentre
St. George’s Market, May Street & Oxford St, www.stgeorgesmarket.com
St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Square North, www.stpeterscathedralbelfast.com
Titanic's Dock & Pump-House, Queen’s Road, www.titanicsdock.com
Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, www.ulsterhall.co.uk
Ulster Museum, located within Botanic Gardens, www.nmni.org/um
Waterfront Hall, Lanyon Place, www.waterfront.co.uk
W5, Odyssey Pavilion, www.w5online.co.uk




For information about travel to Belfast, tourist attractions and events, please visit
www.gotobelfast.com or contact the Belfast Welcome centre on +44 (0) 28 9024
6609.

				
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