Before the invention of bus tours, tourists viewed cities atop mounted elephants, taking advantage of the space by placing luggage in their trunks. Set off on sight-seeing safari with today's Groupon: £9 for a bus tour of Belfast for two from Allen's Tours
Setting forth with a fleet of open-topped, double decker buses, Allen's Tours criss-crosses the country showcasing all the modern marvels and historical highlights of Northern Ireland. From the geological splendour of the Giant's Causeway to the vibrant buzz of the country's capital city, this independent tour company offers visitors a true taste of Our Wee Country.
Things kick off in the city centre, with a visit to the grand City Hall, the slanting Albert Clock and the newspaper offices on Donegall Street. Moving away from the centre of Titanic Town, the tour dives into the edgy histories of the Falls and Shankill Roads, coming complete with commentary on the famous murals. Other highlights include the Titanic Quarter and New Titanic Building, as well as a trip to the parliament buildings at Stormont and an amble through the leafy streets adjacent to Queen's University.
Tour highlights:City Hall, Linen Hall Library, and Donegall Place
Crumlin Road: Crumlin Road Jail, Court House, and Mater Hospital
Donegall Street: St Anne's Cathedral, Cathedral Quarter, University of Ulster, Belfast Telegraph, and Irish news
Falls Road: Republican murals, Divis Tower, Peace Line, Clonard Monastery, and St Peter's cathedral
Great Victoria Street: Europa hotel, Jury's hotel, Grand Opera House, Crown Bar
High Street: Albert Clock, Customs House Square, Victoria Centre, Laganside Bus Station
Queen's Road: Odyssey Pavilion, W5, Titanic Quarter, Harland & Wolff Cranes, SS Nomadic
Shaftesbury Square: Lavery's Gin Palace, and Equality Commission
Shankill Road/Agnes Street: Loyalist murals, Garden of Remembrance, and Peace Wall
Stormont Parliament buildings Titanic Quarter
University Road: Queen's University, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, and Stranmillis Road)
Waterfront Hall, St George's Market, law courts, and Central Station
Allen’s Tours was rated an impressive 4.5/5 by well informed TripAdvisor users. Reviewers complimented the friendly and informative guides, and many felt the tour gave a good overview of the city.
The City tour was informative and have covered the places that we wanted to see and the guide was very friendly and easily approachable.
– kkmahesh, TripAdvisor, Mar 2012
The tour gave us a good introduction to the city and we later revisited most of the places covered on the tour at our own pace. My tip for a stay in Belfast. Do this tour 1st, decide what you want to revisit and return under your own steam.
– BrianWood94, TripAdvisor, Mar 2012