Northern Ireland Coast, City & Culinary Cracker

Wow, wow, wow! This new tour features one of our most thrilling days out, with a daring trek on the dramatic Gobbins Cliff Path, an exhilarating 20 metre walk along the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a visit to the tremendous Giant’s Causeway and a scenic Antrim coast drive all packed in! The rest of the tour is just as meaty, with a 4 hour tour of Belfast’s top food and drink spots and, with our 4 night option, a sparkling bottomless brunch too! To top it all off, we’re staying at the fantastic Ten Square Hotel in the heart of Belfast, so any free time can be well spent exploring this wonderful capital. Your younger, more adventurous customers will be itching to don their walking boots for this action-packed treat!

 

Depending on where you are based in the UK, we offer two itinerary options to choose from for ease of travel.

 

Click here to take a look at The Gobbins Cliff Path

Check out this video for a look at the Belfast Food Tour

 

Janine says...
“Belfast is a perfect location, combining city, coast and adventure for a memorable holiday, so the Ten Square Hotel, located in the heart of the city, is the perfect choice for this amazing, one-of-a-kind itinerary we have put together for our Younger Market offering.”

“With new Stena Line ships on the Birkenhead to Belfast route, this is a great opportunity to enjoy staying overnight onboard and, with the early arrival timetable, it allows you to pack so much more in at your destination. When driving to Northern Ireland, I take this option whenever possible – it’s perfect when you are based in central and northern England!”

OPTION 1: 5 days with overnight ferry crossing from Birkenhead


PACKAGED ITINERARY

Day 1 Overnight Sailing
Tonight, we board our ferry for our overnight sailing from Birkenhead to Belfast. 

Day 2 Arrival, Gobbins Cliff Path, Antrim Coastal Drive, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Giant’s Causeway
We arrive in Belfast early this morning and head to the lovely Belfast Loughshore Hotel, located in Carrickfergus on the Antrim Coast, where we enjoy breakfast. Suitably fuelled for the day ahead, we make our way to the exhilarating Gobbins Cliff Path. Billed as ‘the most dramatic coastal walk in Europe’, the path was created by Irish railway engineer Berkeley Deane Wise and first opened to the public in 1902. This is a real pulse bounding adventure, with daring bridges and tunnels carrying us over crashing waves, into sunken caves and across sheer cliff faces, so cameras (and sensible shoes) are a must! We enter the path through a solid basalt outcrop before navigating the first bridges over dramatic waves and boulders – keep an eye out for the nesting birds that roost among spleenwort and kidney vetch here. Passed the Sandy Cave and it's onto the Tubular Bridge, the iconic symbol of the cliff path which hangs 10 metres above the sea. We continue around The Gobbins' sheerest cliff to reach the elevated path at the Aquarium, where we discover shoals of tiny fish darting between rockpools encrusted with molluscs, sponges and red seaweed! Next up is an eerie tunnel passage taking us below sea level with the waves thundering around us, then passed two mysterious caves and onto a bridge around the last headland. We navigate the Swinging Bridge across a deep inlet, so-called because local youngsters would jump up and down to make the original bridge shake, although it’s much more rigid today – phew! Our reward is the Clifftop Viewpoint, where we admire glorious views of the rugged coast, the Seven Sisters caves, the submerged Kraken Cave and Heddles Port. After our thrilling start to the day, cobwebs well and truly blown away, we continue our coastal adventures from the comfort of our coach with a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast. We tuck into a packed lunch (well-deserved after this morning’s escapades!) as we journey around this beautiful stretch – it's clear to see why this is considered one of the greatest drives in the world. We arrive at the spectacular Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge ready to conquer another dramatic crossing. The 20 metre bridge, which hangs 30 metres above the rocks below, links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede and was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. We navigate the subtle swing of the bridge, soaking in the spectacular scenery surrounding us. Safely on Carrick-a-Rede island, which is home to a single building – a precariously perched fisherman's cottage – we take in the stunning views across to Rathlin Island and even Scotland before making our way back over the thrilling bridge. Even more breathtaking coastline awaits at our final stop of the day, the extraordinary natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway and its award-winning Visitor Centre. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national nature reserve, the world-famous basalt columns, dramatic cliffs and crashing waves make this a sight to remember. We then make our way to our hotel in the heart of Belfast where we spend the evening at leisure. We can make the most of our hotel’s brilliant food and drink offering or venture out for dinner. What a day! 

Day 3 Belfast & Bottomless Brunch/Afternoon Tea
We enjoy a lazy start to our day, with some free time to explore fantastic Belfast. We can take in some of the city’s top sights, including the world-famous Titanic Belfast museum or any of the stunning landmarks of Belfast Cathedral, Castle or City Hall, the latter of which happens to be on our hotel’s doorstep! At lunchtime, we make our way back to our hotel (or simply step out of our room if we’ve opted for a quiet morning in!) for a spot of food and drink. We indulge in a bottomless brunch or afternoon tea with fizz in the contemporary Loft Bar, which is located on the hotel's 7th floor and comes with spectacular views across Belfast. We enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 4 Belfast Food Tour & Departure (Overnight Sailing)
We enjoy another slow start to our day, perfect if we fancy ticking off any more of Belfast’s fantastic attractions or just feel like taking it easy before this afternoon’s antics. Speaking of, this afternoon we embark on the award-winning Belfast Food Tour. This cracking experience promises to take us ‘off the eaten track’, with a 4-hour, fun and food filled guided walk around some of Belfast’s top food and drink spots and an enthusiastic local foodie to guide us. Starting in the historic St George’s Market, where we mingle with local traders and producers, we then go on a culinary journey of traditional bars and top-notch shops, devouring over 25 of some of the best local food and drink picks along the way! With a flavour for the city and the produce of Northern Ireland well and truly under our belts (literally!), we finish our culinary quest in a smashing restaurant in the lively Cathedral Quarter. We have some time to say our farewells to Belfast this evening before we join our ferry tonight for our overnight sailing back to Birkenhead.

Day 5 Arrival in Birkenhead
We arrive in Birkenhead early this morning and continue our journey home.

 

OPTION 2: 4 days with ferry crossing from Holyhead


PACKAGED ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive in Holyhead this afternoon for our ferry crossing to Dublin. Here, we disembark and make our way to our fantastic hotel, arriving in time for dinner.

Day 2 Arrival, Gobbins Cliff Path, Antrim Coastal Drive, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Giant’s Causeway
We arrive in Belfast early this morning and head to the lovely Belfast Loughshore Hotel, located in Carrickfergus on the Antrim Coast, where we enjoy breakfast. Suitably fuelled for the day ahead, we make our way to the exhilarating Gobbins Cliff Path. Billed as ‘the most dramatic coastal walk in Europe’, the path was created by Irish railway engineer Berkeley Deane Wise and first opened to the public in 1902. This is a real pulse bounding adventure, with daring bridges and tunnels carrying us over crashing waves, into sunken caves and across sheer cliff faces, so cameras (and sensible shoes) are a must! We enter the path through a solid basalt outcrop before navigating the first bridges over dramatic waves and boulders – keep an eye out for the nesting birds that roost among spleenwort and kidney vetch here. Passed the Sandy Cave and it's onto the Tubular Bridge, the iconic symbol of the cliff path which hangs 10 metres above the sea. We continue around The Gobbins' sheerest cliff to reach the elevated path at the Aquarium, where we discover shoals of tiny fish darting between rockpools encrusted with molluscs, sponges and red seaweed! Next up is an eerie tunnel passage taking us below sea level with the waves thundering around us, then passed two mysterious caves and onto a bridge around the last headland. We navigate the Swinging Bridge across a deep inlet, so-called because local youngsters would jump up and down to make the original bridge shake, although it’s much more rigid today – phew! Our reward is the Clifftop Viewpoint, where we admire glorious views of the rugged coast, the Seven Sisters caves, the submerged Kraken Cave and Heddles Port. After our thrilling start to the day, cobwebs well and truly blown away, we continue our coastal adventures from the comfort of our coach with a scenic drive along the Antrim Coast. We tuck into a packed lunch (well-deserved after this morning’s escapades!) as we journey around this beautiful stretch – it's clear to see why this is considered one of the greatest drives in the world. We arrive at the spectacular Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge ready to conquer another dramatic crossing. The 20 metre bridge, which hangs 30 metres above the rocks below, links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick-a-Rede and was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755. We navigate the subtle swing of the bridge, soaking in the spectacular scenery surrounding us. Safely on Carrick-a-Rede island, which is home to a single building – a precariously perched fisherman's cottage – we take in the stunning views across to Rathlin Island and even Scotland before making our way back over the thrilling bridge. Even more breathtaking coastline awaits at our final stop of the day, the extraordinary natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway and its award-winning Visitor Centre. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national nature reserve, the world-famous basalt columns, dramatic cliffs and crashing waves make this a sight to remember. We then make our way to our hotel in the heart of Belfast where we spend the evening at leisure. We can make the most of our hotel’s brilliant food and drink offering or venture out for dinner. What a day! 

Day 3 Belfast & Bottomless Brunch/Afternoon Tea
We enjoy a lazy start to our day, with some free time to explore fantastic Belfast. We can take in some of the city’s top sights, including the world-famous Titanic Belfast museum or any of the stunning landmarks of Belfast Cathedral, Castle or City Hall, the latter of which happens to be on our hotel’s doorstep! At lunchtime, we make our way back to our hotel (or simply step out of our room if we’ve opted for a quiet morning in!) for a spot of food and drink. We indulge in a bottomless brunch or afternoon tea with fizz in the contemporary Loft Bar, which is located on the hotel's 7th floor and comes with spectacular views across Belfast. We enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way back to Dublin for our afternoon ferry crossing back to Holyhead.

 
Legend

Ten Square Hotel

Belfast, County Antrim
AAAA Central Location
Housed in a historic building, the 4 star Ten Square has been recently refurbished to offer 131 modern bedrooms with stylish, contemporary décor, all equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel enjoys views of Belfast’s iconic City Hall. Public areas include a steakhouse restaurant, spacious bar & lounge, relaxing rooftop bar and traditional style pub. Coach parking is off-site & chargeable.

Ten Square Hotel

Belfast, County Antrim
2 Nights Room Only (onboard ferry)
2 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £409pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £113
Based on Friday departures

Inclusions
• Return overnight ferry crossing Liverpool - Belfast (room only)
• Breakfast at Belfast Loughshore Hotel on Day 2
• Entrance & guided walk on Gobbins Cliff Path
• Packed lunch on Day 2
• Entrance to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
• Entrance to Giant’s Causeway & Visitor Centre
• Bottomless brunch/afternoon tea with fizz in The Loft Bar on 1 afternoon
• 4 hour Belfast Food & Tasting Tour


3 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin from £355pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £71
Based on Friday departures

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossing Holyhead - Dublin
• Hotel dinner on 1st night
• Entrance to Gobbins Cliff Path
• Packed lunch on 1 afternoon
• Entrance to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
• Entrance to Giant’s Causeway & Visitor Centre
• 4 hour Belfast Food & Tasting Tour
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Prices starting from...

£409 for 3 days

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Features of this tour

• Exhilarating and scenic cliff path & rope bridge walks
• Tremendous Giant’s Causeway & Visitor Centre
• Scenic Antrim coast drive named among the best in the world
• 4 hour food tasting and fun filled guided Belfast tour
• Bottomless brunch/afternoon tea with fizz (4 night stays only)