Tour Northern Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
7 Night Tour From $1,018 pps
This tour starts in Dublin and ends in Belfast but these arrival/departure points can be customised.
Attractions on This Tour
Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, Dublin City
The Dublin Tour has been carefully designed to give you the freedom to explore and experience the history and culture of Dublin at your leisure. You will get the opportunity to visit all the main Dublin attractions along the route and these include Dublin Zoo, St Patrick’s cathedral and Trinity College (home of the Book of Kells).
Viking Splash Tour, Dublin City
Book a trip with Viking Splash Tours for a unique Dublin sightseeing experience by Land and Water. Viking captains will guide you on a fun and witty tour of Dublin City, taking in all the top sights including Viking and Medieval Dublin, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, Georgian Dublin and much more!
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City
At the heart of the city of Dublin for almost a thousand years, Christ Church cathedral has a rich cultural history which can be traced from the Vikings and the Anglo-Normans to the present. Its diverse architectural and sculptural heritage remains a source of fascination to visitors and pilgrims alike who enter this hallowed space.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin City
Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin.The parish church of Saint Patrick on this site was granted collegiate status in 1191, and raised to cathedral status in 1224. The present building dates from 1220. The Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland (a church of the Anglican Communion).
Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin City
Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university. It was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Due to its picturesque setting and the famous people connected with it - Oscar Wilde studied here - Trinity College is one of the city's main tourist attractions.
Kilmainham Jail, Dublin City
Built in 1796, Kilmainham Jail has an unique place in Irish History and was where for more than 100 years those who fought against the English occupation of Ireland were imprisoned and where many of them died, It is a sombre, even chilling, place to visit, but absolutely fascinating.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City
The Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading national institution for the collection and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum presents a wide variety of art in a dynamic program of exhibitions, which regularly includes bodies of work from its own Collection and its award-winning Education and Community Department. It also creates more widespread access to art and artists through its Studio and National programs.
National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Dublin City
The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History Collins Barracks was opened in 1997 and is housed in former army barracks. At this museum you'll find Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewelry, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising.
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City
At Guinness Storehouse you’ll discover all there is to know about the world’s most famous beer. A dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends…where else - in the Gravity® bar with a complimentary pint of the black stuff.
Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin City
A visit to the Old Jameson Distillery is so much more than just a tour, it is an exciting and engaging experience, guaranteed to enlighten and entertain any visitor.
Butlers - Chocolate Experience, County Dublin
Butlers Chocolate Experience is ultimate chocolate discovery tour in Ireland. Based in the home of Butlers Chocolates a visit here is a must for chocolate lovers of all ages.
Brazen Head - Food, Fairies & Folklore Night, Dublin City
The Food, Fairies and Folklore night is a regular event hosted by The Brazen Head – Ireland’s oldest pub. The pub itself which dates back to 1198 has managed to retain the charm and characteristics of its past and in particular its patrons, who have included literary greats such as: James Joyce, Jonathon Swift and Brendan Behan alongside such famed revolutionaries as Robert Emmet, Daniel O’ Connell, Wolfe Tone and Michael Collins.
Phoenix Park, Dublin City
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is a historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. It was originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century. The Park is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, all year round and is home to Áras an Uachtaráin, the President’s House.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, Dublin City
Immerse yourself in Dublin's rich literary heritage and enjoy a few pints along the way on a literary pub crawl through Dublin. This walking tour is a wonderful introduction to Dublin's literary past and exciting pub culture.
Croke Park - GAA Museum and Stadium Tour, Dublin City
To attend a Gaelic football or Hurling game is a truly unique Irish experience. This is a perfect way to get a feel for Irish culture. The pride people have for their county is always evident at these games. Matches are taking place in venues across the country but Croke Park is Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) headquarters and the finest sporting venue in Ireland. Big games are on nearly every week during the summer with many opportunities to experience a game. Croke Park is located just north of Dublin City centre and a visit to the GAA Museum and a tour of the stadium is a must
Little Museum of Dublin, Dublin City
The Little Museum of Dublin tells the story of Ireland’s capital city in the 20th Century. This new non-profit museum was formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Andrew Montague, in October 2011.
Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre, County Meath
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 BC), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley in Co. Meath, Ireland. Archaeologists classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however it is now recognized to be much more than a passage tomb. Ancient Temple is a more fitting classification, a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance.
Trim Castle, County Meath
Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. He was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 - a move which aimed to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare (Strongbow).
Slane Castle, County Meath
Slane Castle is set in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of the Boyne Valley and has been in the family of the Conyngham’s since 1701. Slane Castle is steeped in history and with the river Boyne flowing below the Castle, it has a mystical quality. The Hill of Slane, which overlooks the Castle, is where St. Patrick lit his paschal fire, following which he was summoned by the High King to Tara, and Ireland was subsequently converted to Christianity.
Loughcrew Cairns, County Meath
In a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history, the cairns at Loughcrew form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. The Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000 bc as burial chambers. The cairns are in two groups; Carnbane West, about 15 cairns, including Cairn L which is roofed and contains superb symbolic carvings in good condition. This group is some 2km walk from the Car Park on gently sloping ground. Carnbane East includes Cairn T, also roofed and with excellent engravings, and is a shorter but steeper walk.The climb to Cairn T is very steep and visitors are asked to wear suitable footwear and to be careful. There is no access for visitors in wheelchairs.
Navan Centre and Fort, County Armagh
The Navan Centre and Fort takes a unique and fun approach to understanding one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha (Navan Fort). This site, which once acted as the ancient seat to the Kings and Queens of Ulster is shrouded in folklore and mysterious legends. Not only that but, many intriguing archaeological discoveries have been made at the site.
Armagh Planetarium, County Armagh
Armagh Planetarium is a world-renowned astronomical educational establishment. Established in 1968 its purpose is to bring astronomy to a wider audience. The Planetarium is a multifaceted organisation dedicated to astronomy education for all levels, from nursery through to retirement age. It is the Planetarium's unique ability to adapt to changing audience needs that have enabled it to stay at the forefront of science education since its formation.
Armagh County Museum, Armagh City
Armagh County Museum is Ireland’s oldest county museum. Its fine displays and collections reflect the rich and varied lives of the people who lived, worked and had connections with this famous city and county over the centuries.
Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim
Visit one of Northern Ireland’s most striking monuments whether you approach it from land, sea, or air. This Norman castle is situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. With over 800 years of history behind it, today it is under the care of the NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) and is open to the public for a fun day out in a unique setting, or to those wishing to learn more about its history.
Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down
Set on a dramatic backdrop of mountains and sea, in Castlewellan Forest Park you’ll find one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. Tree enthusiasts from all over the world come to this very park for its stunning tress, which reside in the National Aboretum, although this is not all Castlewellan has to offer. You’ll find a range of informal and formal design from terraces and fountains to ornamental gates and flower borders.
Belfast City, County Antrim
The city of Belfast is divided into four distinct quarters: the Gaeltacht Quarter, the Cathedral Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Titanic Quarter. One after another you’ll be won over by the unique characteristics in each. Although you’ll find diversity in the architecture and the types of attractions in each of these quarters, at their cores you’ll find the same charismatic nature and welcoming charm of the people who live in this fantastic city.
Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House, Belfast City
Belfast’s Botanic Gardens were first established in 1828 and have been open to the public since 1895. Within its confines you’ll find an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous border. Tree enthusiasts are in for a treat with rare oaks (planted in the 1880’s), including the hornbeam-leafed oak. The gardens are less than a ten minute walk from Queen’s University Belfast and have been an important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage as well as a popular meeting place.
St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast City
St. Anne’s Cathedral or Belfast Cathedral is the focal point on Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. It was constructed around the old parish church of St. Anne. The foundation stone was laid by architect Sir Thomas Drew on the 6th of September 1899, however the old parish church remained in use until the 31st of December 1903. The only feature of the old church which remains is the Good Samaritan window.
Titanic Belfast, Belfast City
Titanic Belfast is a must see on any visit to Belfast or Northern Ireland. Located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site where the world famous ship was built, this iconic structure offers a truly unique visitor experience. Over six floors you’ll be brought on a state-of-the-art journey through the story of the Titanic and its rich ties with the city of Belfast, from her first conception in the early 1900’s, through to her construction, launch and her famous maiden voyage, which would tragically become her last.
Titanic Tours, Belfast City
When RMS Titanic sailed away from Southampton on her maiden voyage on April 10th, 1912, she was hailed as ‘the new wonder of the world’. A remarkable feat of Edwardian engineering and craftsmanship, she was the largest and most luxuriously appointed ship ever to sail the seas, and despite her tragic sinking she remains a source of enduring pride in the city where she was built - Belfast.
Titanic's Dock and Pumphouse, Belfast City
Discover the story behind Belfast’s maritime magic at the site of the Thompson Dry-Dock and Pump-House, once the beating heart of Harland & Wolff during the construction of the great White Star Liners – the Britannic, Olympic and most famously, the Titanic.
Belfast Gaeltacht Experience, Belfast City
From humble beginnings in 1991 and the opening of Cultúrlann when it accommodated only pupils, the centre has since evolved into a shining beacon at the centre of Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter. The small programme of events and courses began to grow and today the centre produces a full calendar music sessions, concerts, poetry readings, workshops, céilís and children’s art programmes, to name a few.
Stormont Castle, County Antrim
Stormont Castle is a baronial mansion on the Stormont Estate in east Belfast which is used as the main meeting place of the Northern Ireland Executive. First it was the home of the Cleland family, descendants of the Rev John Cleland rector of Newtownards from 1789-1809.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, County Down
Take a journey through time and discover what life was life 100 years ago. Cottages, farms, schools and shop from eras long gone by have been recreated here for you to explore. Amidst the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum you will find yourself chatting to costumed visitors demonstrating traditional crafts. Whilst in the Transport Museum you can climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight.
Antrim Coast/Glens of Antrim
The Antrim Coastline and Glens offers spectacular views and world renown sites. The highlight of the coast is at The Giant's Causeway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from the Causeway there is lots on offer along the 80 mile route including The Bushmills Whiskey Brewery, top links golf courses and amazing natural beauty.
Glenarm Castle Estate and Walled Gardens, County Antrim
Glenarm Castle is one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful estates. For 400 years this estate has been home to the Earls of Antrim and the setting of a glorious Walled Garden. Situated just 40 minutes outside of Belfast City, this is a place of outstanding natural beauty, accented with a fabulous setting of built and rural heritage.
Giant's Causeway, County Antrim
For centuries countless visitors have marveled at the majesty and mystery of the Giants Causeway. At the heart of one of Europe’s most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire visitors. To stroll on the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim
The famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on Antrim’s Causeway Coast is not to be missed when visiting this region. The 30 m (98 ft) deep and 20 m (65 ft) wide chasm that separates Carrick-a-Rede Island from the mainland is traversed by an exhilarating rope bridge, traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross the bridge to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views, especially of Rathlin and the Scottish Islands.
Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim
Visit Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery for the ultimate Bushmills experience. Take a tour of the distillery to watch whiskey making take place and enjoy a wee taster too as the secrets of 400 years of distilling at the home of Irish whiskey are being unlocked.
Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden, County Antrim
Joey Dunlop (also known as the “King of the Roads” and “Yer Maun” was born in Ballymoney in 1952. This ambitious and courageous man became one of the most successful competitive motorcyclists of all time.
Derry City, County Derry
Derry is a small, beautiful, fully walled city. It has strong ties to many Irish emmigrants who left for America. It is also the UK's City of Culture for 2013.
Walled City Heritage Trail, Derry City
Derry, also known as the “Walled City” or the “Maiden City” is one of the longest inhabited places in Ireland. The earliest mentions of the area are in historical references dating back to the 6th Century when a monastery was founded there by the great Irish Saint Columba/Colmcille in 546 AD.
Tower Museum, Derry City
The Tower Museum in Derry City opened its doors in October of 1992 and has won many accolades since. It currently houses two permanent exhibitions: “The Story of Derry” and “ An Armada Shipwreck – La Trinidad Valencera”.
Guildhall, Derry City
Located on land reclaimed from the River Foyle, Guildhall is a beautiful building just outside the wall of Derry City. The building dates back to 1887, originally costing £19,000 ($31,500) and was officially opened in 1890 as an administrative centre for the Londonderry Corporation.
Fort Dunree, County Donegal
Fort Dunree or Dún Fhraoigh (meaning “Fort of the Heather” was a very important defensive site through the history of the area. For one, it acted as a station for Irish forces during World War II in order to prevent the warring nations from violating the country’s neutrality. In modern times however, it has become better known for the abundance of beautiful scenery that surrounds it as well as the varied wildlife which occupies the territory.
McGory's Traditional Irish Music Sessions, County Donegal
McGrory’s of Culdaff (estd. 1924), provides the best of food and music in a relaxing setting showing its visitors the highest level of hospitality that Inishowen has to offer. Aside from the bar and restaurant at McGrory’s you’ll also find The Backroom. The Backroom at McGrory’s is a purpose built live music venue that has been hosting quality acts since it first opened.
Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal
Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals.
Glenveagh Castle and Gardens, County Donegal
Deep in the Derryveagh mountains, there's a piece of Donegal that owes its existence largely to America. Glenveagh castle and its exotic gardens, which rise like an apparition over Lough Veagh, were built in the 19th Century by John George Adair, a man who was born in County Laois, but who made his fortune in the United States.
Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum, County Donegal
The Folk Village Museum offers an excellent guided tour for visitors. In the tour you will experience life as it was in the 1700’s, 1800's and 1900’s. The thatched cottages are exact replicas of those belonging to that era and are furnished accordingly. Take a look at how our ancestors lived, cooked, the beds they lay on, the tools they used, their means of lighting and heat. For those of you who can trace your ancestors to Ireland, this is an ideal opportunity to see rural life at first hand.
Glencolmcille Walks, County Donegal
Glencolmcille is a hills walker’s paradise. The combination of the stunning landscape and sense of isolation make this one truly unique walking experience. The Irish Tourist Board (Board Faille) has designated two specific walking routes in the area as part of their National Walks Network and these are known as the Glencolumcille Loop. The two walks are called “Drum” and “Tower” loop and each share a starting point at Ionad Siúl.
Killybegs Maritime Heritage Centre, County Donegal
On the coastline of Donegal, in the picturesque village of Killybegs, you’ll find the Maritime and Heritage centre. The experience here is twofold, offering visitors the chance to discover Killybegs rich historic ties with both fishing and carpet making.
Annaginny Park Farm, County Tyrone
At Annaginny Park Farm, you’ll find a wide range of geese, wallaby, rhea, emu, red deer, a highland cow and much more. A visit to the park provides a great family day out with country walks, picnic area and BBQ facilities also available. On site, you'll find a nature reserve, rainbow trout fishery and a caravan and camping park.