Welcome to Northern Ireland a land of giant myths and legends. On this trip, you will discover the world-famous stunning Causeway Coastal Route, cross the Carrick a Rede Rope bridge 30 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, see the iconic Linen Mill studios where Game of Thrones® was filmed and then deep dive into Belfast, our capital city with a visit to Titanic Belfast, the world’s leading visitor attraction as voted in 2016, and some surprises along the way.

Day 1

Hillsborough Castle

Located on the southern outskirts of Belfast, Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the Royal Family in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. This charming Georgian residence has 100 acres of glorious gardens, two boutique gift shops and two delightful cafes serving dishes made with ingredients grown in our stunning walled garden. Discover stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy, and negotiation as our expert Explainers guide you through a 45-minute tour of Hillsborough Castle’s fascinating history and stunning State Rooms. Wander at leisure through the historic gardens which include ornate formal gardens, woodland, meadows and lake

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Linen Mill Studios

HBO have partnered with Linen Mill Studios to open the Game Of Thrones ® studio tour, located at the Linen Mill Studios, Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Showcasing authentic sets, costumes, and props from all seasons of the hit series, this engaging, enchanting tour will allow fans to truly step inside the world of Westeros and beyond.

Linen Mill Studios

The Merchant Hotel

The AA 5 Red Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. This Belfast Hotel includes a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite and a fabulous jazz bar.

The Merchant Hotel

OX Restaurant

With experience gained in the Michelin starred kitchens of Paris including the 3-star Taillevent, and an enthusiastic and unique approach to seasonal produce, chef owner Stephen uses imagination and creativity to help bring fresh ingredients to life on your plate. Too long have vegetables played the part of a mere garnish; OX guarantees menus which feature top quality meat and sustainably sourced fish, while also giving careful attention to seasonal vegetables and fruit. OX is committed to developing close relationships with local suppliers, menus are designed around the best available seasonal produce. As a result, each dish leaving the kitchen is thoughtfully designed so every element on the plate has an integral role in showcasing the best quality produce.

OX Restaurant Belfast

Day 2

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Experience takes you through nine galleries, telling the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. The galleries are innovative and interactive with many features including diving to the depth of the ocean to explore where RMS Titanic now rests. The Titanic story is told at Titanic Belfast in a fresh and insightful way.  Winner of the World’s Leading Visitor Attraction 2016 at the World Travel Awards.

Titanic Belfast

City Sightseeing Belfast

CitySightseeing Belfast is the leading tour operator in Belfast offering award winning hop on hop off city tours. This city tour offers the visitor a comprehensive look at Belfast city and allows them to explore every area and district of this unique place. This tour operates seven days a week.

Belfast City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Open-top Bus Tour

Culloden Estate and Spa

Standing high on the slopes of the Holywood Hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim Coastline, is the magnificent Culloden Estate and Spa, the most prestigious luxury five-star hotel in Northern Ireland. Originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden stands in 12 acres of beautiful, secluded gardens and woodland. Palatial surroundings, exquisite decor, fine antiques, and exceptional service combine to give the Culloden Estate and Spa a unique air of elegance. With all its tranquil opulence you could be forgiven for thinking the Culloden is a rural retreat, however, this beautiful property has the added advantage of being just 10 minutes from Belfast City centre and is conveniently located to many of Northern Ireland’s major visitor attractions.

The Culloden Estate And Spa

Vespers

Vespers is one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland. It serves modern Irish Cuisine using only the finest and freshest local ingredients.

The décor is gothic grandeur, the food gourmet chic, while waiters ensure your glass never runs empty. Let us show you to your seat and we’ll show you how to dine in ultimate style.

Vespers Restaurant

Day 3

Giant’s Causeway & Visitor Centre

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stunning Giant’s Causeway is a must-see visitor attraction. 60 million years ago, when molten lava cooled suddenly on contact with water the Giant’s Causeway was formed. It is an awe-inspiring landscape of mostly hexagonal basalt columns. The £18m Visitor Centre is an innovative state of the art facility which rises out of the landscape with walls of glass, soaring basalt columns and a sloping grass roof.

Giant’s Causeway | National Trust

The Dark Hedges

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. In fact, the iconic trees have been used as a filming location in HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones®, representing the Kingsroad.

The Dark Hedges

Bushmills Inn

Originally a Coaching Inn in the 1600s for saddle sore travellers, the Hotel is steeped in history with a myriad of places to explore. From inglenook turf fires to hayloft snugs, there’s something to find behind every door. You can ask our team to show you the hidden Library or Flag Room and tell you of their significance. Guests have full use of the cosy reading rooms and an intimate snug with wood burning stove and stack of logs is a wonderful place to enjoy a tipple or two from the Bushmills range.
Quietly luxurious, there are 41 guest bedrooms, including a mix of Classic, Deluxe and Superior rooms and the Garden View or Master Distillers Suites. Lovely views of the River Bush can be seen from the windows of many of the rooms here, giving a soothing outlook for your stay. Each of the elegant bedrooms and suites have been individually designed to provide a sanctuary for guests.

bushmillsinn.com

Restaurant at Bushmills Inn

The Restaurant is one of the most idyllic places to eat in Bushmills, offering all-day dining and serving the finest dishes using seasonal and locally sourced produce in an elegant, atmospheric, and relaxed setting. Their emphasis is on quietly unobtrusive, yet attentive service. They offer a sophisticated yet informal environment, showcasing their rich history and heritage in the setting of the original 17th century stables and wine cellar, contrasted by intimate snugs with whitewashed walls and warm mellow brick timbers.

Bushmills Restaurant & Bar

Day 4

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede. It spans 20 metres and is 30 metres above the rocks below. The bridge is one of Northern Irelands most loved tourist attractions and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Carrick-a-Rede | National Trust

Glenarm Castle

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Glens of Antrim, you’ll find the ancestral home of the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim, and one of Northern Ireland’s most historic family houses. With over 500 years of history and heritage, the McDonnell’s are also descended from the ancient Kings of Dalriada, while Glenarm Castle itself was built by Randal McDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim in 1636. From unique artefacts to tantalising secrets, you’ll hear the intricate living history behind the family who live here; all brought to life by George, your guide and the Castle Butler. The tour of Glenarm Castle and Garden gives you an exclusive opportunity to peek behind-the-scenes, see real treasures from the Girona shipwreck off Dunluce Castle in 1588

Glenarm Castle & Garden – Glenarm Castle Estate

Galgorm Resort and Spa

Northern Ireland’s Premier luxury Hotel and Spa situated only 30 minutes from Belfast is the perfect location to relax and get away from it all. Set within 163 acres of lush parkland with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, Galgorm Resort has a truly unique setting. Close to both Belfast airports and the stunning scenery of the North Antrim Coast, it is the perfect base from which to explore the region’s most renowned attractions. This Resort is home to 125 luxurious guestrooms including 48 deluxe roomsJunior and Signature Suites, and the unique Thermal Village & Spa that is the first of its kind in Ireland. The Resort also boasts a selection of restaurants & bars and extensive conference and banqueting facilities

Galgorm

Fratelli Ristorante

Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge. Meaning ‘brothers’ in Italian the Fratelli brand concept is to welcome guests into a family-friendly, informal environment where the focus is on simple yet quality cookery and a warm welcome. Their friendly team serve traditional pizza and pasta dishes with a modern twist, using carefully sourced Italian produce. Menus boast authentic Italian cicchetti perfect for sharing, fresh local seafood and meat, alongside the Italian classics we love; mouth-watering pizza, pasta and not to mention tempting mini desserts. Kids can build their own pizza before enjoying a mini bambinocino.

Fratelli Ristorante

Day 5

Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle is a must see along the Causeway Coastal Route. This 17th century castle sits perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic. During a stormy night in 1639, part of it fell into the sea and it was abandoned. It is one of the most picturesque and romantic of Irish Castles. With evidence of settlement from the first millennium, the present castle ruins date mainly from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was inhabited by both the feuding McQuillan and MacDonnell clans. Historical and archaeological exhibits are on display for public viewing. The magical ruins have inspired many including Winston Churchill and writer CS Lewis.

Dunluce Castle

Winterfell Tours

Discover where it all began on the Game of Thrones Winterfell Tour from Belfast. Visit locations that have featured in all 8 seasons of GOT on the unique adventure through Westeros. With a local guide by your side, learn how Northern Ireland has been vital in bringing the Seven Kingdoms to life. Meet the real-life Direwolf Dogs & explore over 20 key Game of Thrones tour filming location hotspots on the ancient sprawling demesne of Old Castle Ward

Game of Thrones Tour Belfast

Grand Central Hotel

The Grand Central Hotel is at the heart of Belfast. Set in the Linen Quarter, this luxury hotel is a spectacular hub for exploring all Belfast has to offer. With 300 bedrooms designed for absolute comfort and relaxation, the vibrant and contemporary Grand Café, stunning Seahorse Restaurant and Observatory, Ireland’s tallest cocktail lounge, a stay at the Grand Central is unforgettable.

Grand Central Hotel Belfast

EIPIC

For the sixth year in a row Deanes EIPIC has won the prestigious Michelin Star accolade! Alex Greene is from Dundrum in the Mourne country in Northern Ireland. He began his cooking career in the Michelin Starred Deanes in 2007 and from there went on to work in Petrus by Gordon Ramsay, Claridge’s by Gordon Ramsay and The Cliff House in Ardmore, all Michelin Starred establishments. For the past two years he has been working in Deanes EIPIC delivering the freshest and most seasonal produce cooked to perfection.

EIPIC