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Northern Ireland
  Belfast  Mon Jul 18 2022  08.00hrs 
 
Northern Ireland
  Rate (adult/child): €630/€630
 
Price Includes:
  • Luxury coach throughout with experienced driver
  • Orientation tour of Belfast City.
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation (B&B)
  • Entrance and tour of Hillsborough Castle
  • Entrance to Glenarm Castle Gardens
  • Entrance to Giants Causeway
  • Entrance to Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Excursion to Seamus Heaney Homeplace
  • Entrance to Mount Stewart House and Gardens
  • Ferry from Portaferry to Strangford
  • Visit to St Patrick’s Grave
 
Itinerary: 
 
Monday 18 July 2022
We will pick you up from our designated pick-up point and drive up the M1 motorway towards Belfast. There will be a comfort stop en route before arrival in Hillsborough, Co Down where you will visit Hillsborough Castle. This beautiful late Georgian mansion is a working royal palace functioning as the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and it has been the home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s. You will have a 45-minute tour of the house and you will have free time for lunch and a browse in Hillsborough village. We will depart Hillsborough at approximately 15.00hrs and continue the short distance into Belfast City Centre where a guide will board the coach and take you on a tour showing you all that the City has to offer from the bustling University to the notorious political murals of East & West Belfast which depict in their own unique way the turbulent events of the so called 'Troubles'. At the end of the tour, you will be taken to your City Centre hotel and check in for the first of our 4 nights. Dinner will be at your leisure this evening (B&B)
 
Tuesday 19 July 2022
After breakfast today we will travel to Seamus Heaney Homeplace, about an hour’s drive from Belfast. Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate, is undoubtedly Northern Ireland’s most literary legend. He was one of Ireland's best loved public figures and one of the world's greatest writers. Your day will start with a bespoke guided tour of his native South Derry, to find out more about the people, places and countryside that inspired him. You will see his birthplace at Mossbawn and retrace the footsteps of the young Seamus Heaney on his way to school in the 1940s. You will visit other places synonymous with Seamus Heaney, including the villages of Castledawson, Bellaghy and Toome. Along the way you will visit The Turf Man, a life-size representation of Heaney's most famous poem “Digging”. After the tour you will visit the Homeplace Visitor Centre which includes a stunning exhibition which interprets Seamus Heaney’s work.
We will return to Belfast in the afternoon and you will have the remainder of the evening at your leisure. (B&B)
 
Wednesday 20 July 2022
After breakfast this morning, we will make our way to one of Belfast’s most popular attractions, the infamous Victorian prison, Crumlin Road Gaol. Explore over 150 years of history with a guided tour. You can stand in the underground tunnel that connects the Gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, sit in the governor's chair, see the condemned man’s cell. The Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners.
After the visit to the Gaol, you will be returned the short journey to the City Centre and those who would like to visit the Titanic Belfast Museum will be dropped off there – this is an optional visit and not included in the price of the tour. Those who prefer may wish to spend time in the City Centre visiting one of the many attractions, the City Hall or you may wish to explore the Cathedral Quarter. Dinner will be at your leisure this evening in one of the many restaurants in the City Centre. (B&B)
 
Thursday 21 July 2022
Today we will travel to the North Antrim Coast via the beautiful Coast Road – described as being one of Ireland’s most scenic drives and taking you through towns and villages including Cushendun, Cushendall and Glenarm before reaching Ballycastle. We will stop off at Glenarm Castle, one of few country estates that remains privately owned but open to the public. The Castle is steeped in a wealth of history, culture and heritage and attracts over 100,000 visitors annually from all over the world. You can enjoy a walk through the gardens, enjoy some refreshments in the Tea Room, purchase some local produce, or browse through a wide range of ladies & gents fashions and accessories and a selection of beautiful gifts, souvenirs and crafts in the Byre Shop and Shambles Workshop - with many ranges exclusive to Glenarm Castle. Our journey will continue along the Coast Road, where you will pass by the ruins of Dunluce Castle and on to Northern Ireland’s most spectacular natural attraction, often described as the eighth wonder of the world, the World Heritage Site of the Giants Causeway. Here you will enter the Visitor Centre and then take a walk to see the impressive basalt columns formed millions of years ago by a volcanic eruption which culminated in the formations seen today. You can walk to the rocks or you can take the shuttle bus from the Visitor Centre for a small return fare. After our visit to the Causeway, we will continue a little further around the Coast Road through Portballintrae and Portstewart before taking the more direct route via the motorway back to Belfast and your hotel with time to freshen up before heading out for an evening of leisure. (B&B)
 
Friday 22 July 2022
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive to the Ards Peninsula to visit the fabulous Mount Stewart House and Gardens for a self-guided tour. The famous gardens were planted in the 1920s by Edith, Lady Londonderry and are of international importance. Lady Londonderry’s passion for bold planting schemes, coupled with the mild climate of Strangford Lough, allows rare and tender plants from across the globe to thrive in this celebrated garden. After our visit, we will board the coach and make our way along the Ards Peninsula to board the small ferry across Strangford Lough onto Downpatrick. After visiting St. Patrick’s grave at the Church of Ireland Cathedral, there will be some free time before we make our way south and back to your original pick-up points.

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