From Royal Thrones to Game of Thrones

Carrickfergus is an excellent location for exploring the many fantastic attractions in this area. Our new Packaged Itinerary includes a cream tea in a Royal State Room, stunning National Trust properties, a distillery visit, the medieval town of Downpatrick and one of the filming locations of the hugely popular TV series Game of Thrones.
Day 1 Arrival in Carrickfergus
We arrive at our hotel and enjoy our welcome tea/coffee while our luggage is taken to our rooms.

Day 2 Hillsborough Castle & Belfast 46 mile round trip
Today we travel to Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s. During our tour of the castle we will be guided through the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room. After our guided tour we will be treated like royalty and served morning cream tea in one of the grand and elegant State Rooms. We will then have free time to explore the beautiful gardens at leisure. In the afternoon, we travel to Belfast and enjoy lunch at leisure prior to meeting our guide for a half day step on guided tour of this fascinating city.

Please note Hillsborough Castle will be closed from 01/10/2017- 01/07/2018 and alternative Belfast attractions can be included during this time, please call our sales team for details.


Day 3 Mount Stewart (NT) & Echlinville Distillery 68 mile round trip
This morning, we visit the National Trust’s Mount Stewart House & Gardens, an 18th century mansion with lavish interiors and landscaped grounds. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. During our visit we can enjoy lunch at the tearooms. In the afternoon we travel to Echlinville Distillery for a guided tour. The tours offer a real insight into the workings of Northern Ireland’s first licenced distillery in over 125 years. We will be guided through the process, from the barley arriving from the fields, through to the maturation warehouse where the angels are certainly enjoying their share. We finish our tour with a tasting of the exquisite spirit before we board our coach and return to our hotel.

Day 4 Castle Ward (NT) & Downpatrick 90 mile round trip
Today we travel south to Castle Ward, the fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century. The house is a unique property with its impressive Gothic façade and boasts a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. During our visit we will explore the beautiful walled estate and impressive gardens with paths that wind their way through woodland and open onto the quiet shores of the Lough. Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is now famed for being the location of Winterfell, from the popular TV series Game of Thrones. It is also where we will find the ‘Whispering Wood’. During filming, hundreds of actors and crew worked here. We can enjoy lunch at leisure in the tearooms before travelling to the medieval town of Downpatrick reputed to be the final resting place of St. Patrick and home of the St. Patrick’s Centre where we will visit the interactive exhibition. In the afternoon we will have free time to explore Downpatrick and its many attractions including St. Patrick’s Grave, Down Cathedral, Down County Museum and Gaol.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we leave our hotel and begin our journey home.
Legend

Belfast Loughshore Hotel

Carrickfergus, County Antrim
AAA+ Free Bar No Single Supplement for Double Rooms
The Belfast Loughshore Hotel is located in Carrickfergus on the Antrim Coast, just a 15 minute drive from Belfast city centre. There is lift access to the 68 bedrooms, each of which is tastefully decorated with duvets and throws and equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a welcoming bar/lobby area with comfortable seating as well as a mezzanine lounge. The restaurant is invitingly cosy and offers a relaxing ambience. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Belfast Loughshore Hotel

Carrickfergus, County Antrim
4 Nights Half Board
July - October 2018
Twin from £332pp to £349pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (max 5, incl. driver)

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossings ex Cairnryan
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 1 night
• Quiz on 1 night
• Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle
• Morning cream tea at Hillsborough Castle
• Half day step on guided tour of Belfast
• Entrance to Mount Stewart House & Gardens
• Tour & tasting at Echlinville Distillery
• Entrance to Castle Ward
• Entrance to St Patricks Centre
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Prices starting from...

£332 for 5 days

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Features of this tour


  • Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle

  • Morning cream tea at Hillsborough Castle

  • Half day step on guided tour of Belfast

  • Entrance to Mount Stewart House & Gardens

  • Tour & tasting at Echlinville Distillery

  • Entrance to Castle Ward

  • Entrance to St Patricks Centre