We'd thought of doing Belfast as a day trip from Dublin but the more videos we watched on YouTube the more we thought that we may need more time than a few hours! How many nights do you think is best to do the city justice? We like museums and galleries, live music and pubs, wandering around to see local attractions, and eating! :) We're planning on one day trip to Giant's Causeway (an organized tour) so that eats up some time.
Well, your tour of the Causeway Coast will take a full day, and doing the city justice will take another, so I'd say at least 3 nights which will give you your 2 full days.
you dont need to take a tour to the Giants causeway there is the Public transport that will take you there in under a Hour Giants Causeway is 1 hr from Belfast on the north coast of NI i will post here on how to do it this way and into the bargain you save money !
the easiest way to go to the Giants causeway and the North coast of Northern Ireland is to use the public transport system which is good in Northern Ireland, this will take under a 1 hr to get to from Belfast remember Northern Ireland is a very small place and no where takes longer than 2hrs to get to below is a map so you can see the distance from Belfast the capital of NI to the giants causeway which is approx 10 miles from Portrush as the crow flies below i outline how you can do this and cheaply and saving money this is ideal if you are staying a few days in Belfast ....
1.go to either Great Victoria street or Lanyon Place train stations in Belfast (Great victoria street is the more central one located on Great Victoria street the entrance is opposite the crown bar beside europa hotel look for the "GREAT NORTHERN MALL" sign above the door walk down this and turn left the train station is also combined with "europa bus centre" turn left once in the bus station then turn right past the vending machines.
2. go to the ticket office and purchase a £16 zone 4 I-link card this is a unlimited public transport card if you top it up for 1 day (or 1 week or 1 month whatever you need) this will give you unlimited travel on any bus or train anywhere in Northern Ireland (NI) for the length of the card so in this case one days unlimited travel......
3.board the train going to either Derry-Londonderry or Portrush (either doesnt matter) and get off in COLERAINE....this journey takes 1hr 25 min approx each stop is announced and there is a digital display telling you what stop is next you cant get lost , when in Coleraine get off the train and go into the combined bus and train station and get the 402 Ulsterbus causeway coast rambler bus to the Giants causeway this buses final destination is Ballycastle...turn left once you come off the train once inside the train and bus station (as its in the same building) once past the ticket barriers (stopping to scan your I-link card at the validator) walk past the coffee shop and there is a screen opposite it indicating the upcoming departures and what gate they go from look for the 402 service to Ballycastle jump on this and it will take 25 mins or so to reach the Giants causeway it also stops at dunluce castle and carrick a rede rope bridge ....use www.translink.co.uk (translink operate all the buses and trains in Northern Ireland) they have a journey planner on the site if you input "GREAT VICTORIA ST train station " to "the aird the nook Giants causeway selecting both rail and bus journeys it will give you the times of the buses and trains there usually you might have to wait around 20 mins for the next bus after coming off the train but there is a coffee shop there in the station to grab a bite to eat or a coffee remember NI is part of the UK so you will need POUNDS!!! not euro when in NI ....happy travels !
heres a map of NI http://www.nidex.com/map1.htm
Wow, thanks so much for all of that information!
If you are interested in social history and how people lived in the past, you might enjoy the Ulster Folk Museum just outside Belfast. Buildings from across Northern Ireland have been brought here and rebuilt. There is a reconstructed town scene with terraced housing, banks, shop, school, pub etc.
Rural buildings and farms have been rebuiult in the surrounding area. There is a transport gallery too. Costumed interpreters explain what life was like. This is a fascinating place and can easily take up a full day.
Thanks! Sounds really interesting!
the Ulster folk and Transport Museum is in Cultra which is a short train ride from great Victoria street station or lanyon place station if you used my earlier above example and got a weeks travel on a zone 4 i-link card you can use that to get to the Ulster folk and Transport museum also there is a far better bit in it with actual relics from the Titanic than the so called tourist trap (avoid avoid "Titanic " Museum"