Explore Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

An insight into the country’s archaeology and history

Northern Ireland is an area of rich and diverse ancient and historical interest. From great prehistoric sites shrouded in mystery to amazing rugged landscapes, this small corner of the world has a lot to offer. From enigmatic megalithic archaeology to medieval castles – and the region’s troubled modern history, we will sample the wonders of Northern Ireland’s varied past. With Belfast as our hub, this tour will allow us to experience the warm welcome of the city’s culture.

  • Walk along the Peace Wall in Belfast to view its Murals
  • Visit Titanic Belfast and hear about the story of this iconic liner
  • Get insights into Ireland’s past from early prehistory up until the modern day
  • Explore Navan Fort - ancient seat of kings – and its reconstructed Iron Age dwelling

Itinerary 2020

Day 1


We fly from London to Belfast and check into our hotel. In the early afternoon, we meet for an orientation walk around the city. Before dinner, there will be an introductory lecture.

Hotel: Overnight in Belfast
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Titanic Belfast

This morning we will visit the Ulster Museum, which features significant archaeological finds from Northern Ireland. A walk along the Peace Wall and Murals brings us back into modern history. In the afternoon we spend time at Titanic Belfast, exploring the history of this tragically famous ship. Our last visit of the day will be to the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Hotel: Overnight in Belfast
Meals: All meals included

Day 3


Today we journey to Downpatrick, stopping at the impressive Neolithic Legananny Dolmen and Ballynoe Stone circle en route. Upon our arrival, we visit Down Cathedral to view the magnificent stained glass windows and St. Patrick’s grave just outside. Next, we visit the 18th century mansion Castle Ward, the setting of Winterfell in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’.

Hotel: Overnight in Belfast
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Navan Fort

We begin with a tour at the Giant’s Ring, a Neolithic henge monument situated on the outskirts of Belfast. On to Armagh to visit Navan Fort, a large hilltop enclosure assumed to represent an ancient ceremonial site. We continue with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh and the Beaghmore Stone Circles, a complex of early Bronze Age megaliths.

Hotel: Overnight in Belfast
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Giant’s Causeway

Today we journey north. Situated dramatically on the edge of an outcrop on the craggy Antrim coast, we visit the ruins of Dunluce Castle, seat of the McDonnell Clan. A short drive brings us to probably the most famous geological feature of Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway. Before we make our way back to Belfast, we pay a delicious and warming visit to Bushmills Distillery.

Hotel: Overnight in Belfast
Meals: All meals included

Day 6


Before we travel home, we visit St. George’s Market, one of Belfast’s oldest attractions. Built between 1890 and 1896, it is now one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - All local transport
  4. Meals - Water with all meals, tea or coffee with dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Mon 10th Aug - Sat 15th Aug




sgl supp: £325


Led By: Jeremy Bennett

Guide Lecturer

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