Welcome to the Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour with the No1 Hop on Hop off service from Allen’s Tours.Our buses are white and blue and easily spotted. They are open topped so that you can enjoy the scenery better and take photos and video footage. We also have covered buses incase it rains.You could spend your whole break in Belfast and still find your days packed with things to see and do. Enjoy a tour of this vibrant and constantly changing city on our pleasurable and entertaining ‘Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour’ and learn about its history and what the future has in store for Northern Ireland’s capital city.On your Belfast City sightseeing tour you will find out about what is going on in modern-day Belfast and also about what happened in our recent past. Everyone can visit and experience first-hand the political wall murals on the Shankill and Falls Roads, the peace line and learn about recent civil unrest by listening to the dedicated and knowledgeable local Belfast City sightseeing tour guides.Our Belfast City Sightseeing tour is very popular and the biggest and best in the country. It is also the only tour that shows you East Belfast with the CS Lewis Statue and Freedom Corner. Read the testimonials below and discover what other people are saying about their experience onboard our tour buses. We look forward to seeing you soon! The Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tours depart daily at 1015hrs and runs every 20-60 minutes thoughout the day with the last departure at 1615hrs. You can hop-on/hop-off at 21 stops along the route and if you don’t get off the bus, the trip will take 1 hour 45 minutes.The Belfast City Sightseeing Tour leaves regularly from High Street, opposite the IN-Shops Centre.
The ticket lasts for 24 hours and you can’t miss our great looking buses with Allen’s Tours on the front as they drive around the city.
What You Will See On Your Belfast City Sightseeing Tour
Stop 1 – Belfast City Sightseeing Allen’s Tours Departure Point, High StreetHigh Street is just along from Castle Place which was the traditional transit junction in Belfast from the 1850’s. We depart from here as it is a very central location and the area is steeped in history.Underneath High Street the River Farsett still flows and helped give Belfast it’s name – Beal Feirste (translating into English as ‘the mouth of the Farsett or mouth of the sandbank’)Belfast Castle stood here in the 1600’s, they hanged Henry Joy McCracken at Dunnes Stores in 1798, the Luftwaffe flattened Bridge Street in 1941 and the Troubles have also left their mark.
Stop 2 – Royal Avenue and Castle Court Shopping Centre
Stop 2 – Odyssey Complex and Titanic Quarter
This is where the biggest shipyard in the world was once situated. It is here that Titanic was built although all you will see now is industrial decay and the biggest waterfront development in Europe coming to life.The Titanic drawing offices still stand and if you are on a tour after 14.00hrs, we will take you down to the Titanic slipways and Titanic drawing offices.
Stop 3 – Stormont and Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings is the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The new power sharing Executive was formed on 8th May 2007 and has heralded a new era of political stability.It is also a public park so we reckon you should grab a few sandwiches in the city and hop off the Belfast City Sightseeing Tour bus and explore the massive estate which is open every day.We drop off and pick up at the Carson Statue at the front of the building. Just ask your guide when getting off where you will be picked up again.
Stop 4 – St Georges Market, Belfast Waterfront Hall and Hilton Hotel.
St Georges Market is one of the finest old buildings in Belfast. There is a food market on a Friday and Saturday morning that finishes about 14.00hrs.The Waterfront Hall is the main concert and conference centre in the city. While you are here, look across the road and you will notice the blast wall that still surrounds the High Court.This wall is over 12ft thick and is made of reinforced steel and concrete. Its sole purpose was to protect the High Court from car bombs during the Troubles.
Stop 5 – St Annes Cathedral and Cathedral Quarter.
St Annes Cathedral is open every day until 4pm and is only a few minutes walk from the tour departure and finish point. The Cathedral Quarter is the best area to go out at night in Belfast and has to be explored by foot. Its narrow passageways and cobbled alleyways are where the finest and oldest bars can be found.
Stop 6 – Crumlin Road Jail and Courthouse
The Jail and Courthouse are currently undergoing redevelopment and we expect them to open fully by 2010. Stay on the bus here as the tour should stop briefly to allow the guide to explain the history of this building to you.
Stop 7 – Top of Shankill Road – WALL MURALS
Our political areas are entirely safe these days and every year thousands of visitors hop off and explore the communities before hopping back on the Belfast City Sightseeing Tour bus later in the afternoon.Remember that you don’t have to get on at the same stop you got off so hop off at this stop, make your way down the Shankill Road by foot and hop back on at Stop number 9.
Stop 8 – Shankill Memorial Garden – WALL MURALS
The Shankill Memorial Garden is dedicated mainly to the victims of the Shankill bomb which went off just across the road from the garden.We recommend you explore the Shankill community by foot and use your 24 hour pass to jump back on any tour bus.
Stop 9 – Lower Shankill – WALL MURALS
Stop 10 – Lower Falls Road – International Wall – St Peters Cathedral – WALL MURALS
The International Wall is the first batch of republican murals. This long wall shows images of Palestine, the Basque Country, Iraq and Cuba.As with the Shankill, these areas are safe for tourists so recommend you hop off and walk up the Falls Road and hop back on the Belfast City Sightseeing Tour bus later in the day at stop number 11 or 12.
Stop 11 – Mid Falls – Royal Victoria Hospital – Dunville Park – WALL MURALS
Stop 12 – Falls Road – An Culturlann – WALL MURALS
The centre of the Irish language community in Belfast can be found in An Culturlann which houses an Irish language radio station, a cafe and bookshop and a Tourist Information centre specifically for West Belfast.
Stop 13 – Malone Lodge Hotel
Stop 14 – Eglantine Avenue and Malone Road – University bars and cafes
Stop 15 – QUEENS UNIVERSITY – The Ulster Musuem – Botanic Gardens – Cafes/Bistros/Bars/Nightclubs.
This area is very busy and lively at night time, especially the Botanic Area. Many people hop off here to explore the university itself and enjoy the dozens of bars and cafes in the area. This is a neutral area with no political images at all.
Stop 16 – Shaftesbury Square/Bradbury Place – Benedicts Hotel – Madisons Hotel – Belfast International Youth Hostel
Stop 17 – Europa Hotel and Grand Opera House – Jurys Hotel, Europa Bus and Train Station
The Grand Opera House is the main performing arena for the arts in Belfast. If you can fit in time to see around it we are sure you’ll not be disappointed – www.goh.co.ukThe Europa Hotel was the only hotel in Belfast for the main part of the Troubles so came under constant attack by militant republicans. Now fully renovated it is one of the finest hotels in the city.
Stop 18 – Jurys Hotel
Last stop on the Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tour.
Hank and Martha McDowell, USA.Awesome, the City is changing all the time. Great Fun! Pity about the rain.
Frank Juffter, Norway
I found the guide informative and fun. No better way to see Belfast
Alan McEwanre, Scotland
We had the kids with us but we were all looked after and the guide was the funniest man alive!
Tony Gatmell, Canada
Awesome Tour. For a novice like myself I began to understand the troubles.
Noel and Debbie Quinn, Australia
This was the best tour we have ever been on. Belfast is unique and so is this tour. TAKE THE BIG Hop ON HOP OFF BUS!!!
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