Belfast is a wonderful, lively city – and there’s lots to do in the surrounding areas too. One of the most popular is the infamous Giant’s Causeway. If you haven’t heard of it before, you might’ve seen pictures of its unique hexagonal stones spread out along the coastline. It’s only about an hour and 20 minute drive from the city, and there are a number of tour buses that depart daily from the city as well. Try Paddywagon Tours
or Allen’s Belfast Bus Tours
If you’re a Game of Thrones® fan, then you’re in luck! Northern Ireland is home to many of the filming locations
of the show: the Dark Hedges (the Kingsroad, which Arya Stark travels down), Mussenden Temple and Downhill Beach (where Melisandre proclaims Stannis Baratheon as the champion of the Lord of Light) and Castle Ward (Winterfell, home of the Starks) It’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped into your screen and entered Westeros. It’s hard to visit every Game of Thrones site in just one day, but there’s a three-day trip idea
that could help you plan a way to see them all.
For the adventurers and thrill seekers, check out the Gobbins Cliff Path
– this is a walk on the edge of the world! The rugged path hugs the cliff face and takes you across awesome bridges, through hidden tunnels and into sea caves once used by smugglers. The path only takes about two and a half hours to complete start to finish, but it’s best to wear good hiking shoes and prepare yourself for a few steep climbs. If you’re looking do to more afterwards, try checking out the nearby Brown’s Bay Beach in Ferris Bay or the ancient remains of Ballylumford Dolmen.
So you see, there are plenty of ways to explore the beauty of Northern Ireland using Belfast as your base!