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Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle

Dunluce Castle

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8,385 Reviews
87 Dunluce Rd., Bushmills, County Antrim, Belfast

The Basics

The cliffside Dunluce Castle features on the itinerary of many round-trip day tours from Belfast and Dublin. Combine it with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, or take aGame of Thrones tour to discover the show’s many filming locations throughout Northern Ireland. If you have more time and a passion for the great outdoors, discover the ruins and the rest of the picturesque coastline on a comprehensive multi-day walking tour of the region.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Belfast

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get off in Belfast for a superior trip
Alan_L, Jul 2021
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
super guide with great knowledge. It is a lot of bus time. TIP. I solved this by getting off in belfast and not returning to dublin. Many others did the same. It allowed more time at tremendous Titanic Museum!
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A transcendent magical trip
Sapfo_T, Dec 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
It was an amazing experience,worthy all the way and not to be missed!each sight of this trip is a nature’s secret gem! Go raibh maith agat!
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Great tour but first time guy lacking experience
Winnie_L, Mar 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Despite high wind and heavy rain, it is still a great tour. We were a little disappointed with the guide but granted it was his first tour. Could have done better without just reading a script and providing more advanced info on the locations we were visiting, set some expectation such as how far a walk it would be to the site, what is available and what not.
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Absolutely Beautiful
Judith_M, Mar 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
We went on a bus tour with Finn McCool tours to Giants Causeway and Carreck a Reede Bridge. Absolutely Beautiful Sights! We had the luck of the Irish with the weather. The walk back and forth from the Bridge is a workout. The bridge itself is fun to cross. It’s not very long so don’t be nervous! Highly recommend both areas!
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Great day trip to Northern Ireland
Alexandria_R, Feb 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Great tour even if the weather wasn’t the best! Rain did not deter this experience in the slightest! Be prepared for a long day though- will definitely need a caffeine boost at the rope bridge cafe as it is a long ride in the coach on the way home. Plenty of time at each stop where you don’t feel rushed for time and can enjoy the experiences.
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Awesome Guide and Driver
MrsJenkins, Feb 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
We had a great time on our trip! Sean was awesome! Lot's of information but he wasn't on the mic talking our ears off the whole time. He had the perfect balance. He had a playlist of current and classic Irish music that went with the whole trip as well. And he wrote our names for us in Ogham (the old Irish language) which was a great little personal touch!
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Great guide!
Manimala, Feb 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Daniel the guide and Mike the driver were awesome!! though it was one of those rainy windy days, the information given was great and the driving was safe! Highly recommend the tour!
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Wonderful!
michellemrhyne, Jan 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Even though it was a cold I have never experienced in my life, especially since I'm from Florida, the sights were 100 % worth it. The Carrick-a rede rope bridge was unfortunately closed because of bad weather, so we were given the option of doing the game of thrones tour with the other half of the bus or we could walk to see the bridge. We chose to see the bridge and everything was just so beautiful and peaceful. This tour was one of our highlights.
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Excellent trip
Debbiestevens8, Jan 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Had an amazing day, giant’s Causeway not to be missed, beautiful coastline on the way, this really was the highlight to our stay in Dublin, throughly recommend.
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Derek is the best!
maksymp261997, Jan 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
I didn’t expect such a lovely and interesting tour guide as Derek. Yuri is also a great driver! The tour was very interesting and it was by far better and funny than I expected it to be. Really recommend this tour as it shows Northern Ireland at its best and I learned a lot about Irish history on this tour. 5 Star Tour!!!
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Great tour, with great guide!
Nikoline N, Jan 2020
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Please give Captain John a promotion, cause he was the best guide ever!!! Everyone in my group loved his funny sarcastic stories. The trip was great and the timing for the different locations were perfect! We all had a great trip! Thank you :-)
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Amazing Tour
Jeff T, Nov 2019
Dublin: Giants Causeway tour, Dunluce castle,Dark Hedges including Belfast
Gavin and Mick were fantastic from the moment we were picked up to the moment our tour was finished and we were dropped off back in Dublin. The tour was beautiful, fun, exciting and educational. Would do the this trip again in a heartbeat!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is a must forGame of Thrones fans, as well as anyone interested in Irish history and legends.

  • The castle is perched on top of a cliff above the sea, so children should be kept away from the edge.

  • Bring a raincoat and an umbrella, as the weather can be brisk and the ruins provide minimal protection.

  • The site has limited wheelchair access.

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How to Get There

The castle is best reached by road, with most tours offering round-trip transfer to the rural location. Otherwise, visitors can take a train to Portrush or Coleraine, then finish the journey by bus. There is some parking available on-site.

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When to Get There

The castle is open daily. While autumn and winter tend to bring harsher weather, their clear days offer a stunning early sunset and atmospheric photo opportunities. Summer months bring longer opening hours and less exposure to winds and rain.

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Ghosts of Dunluce Castle

With a curious history, including a burnt-out village and rumors of a kitchen full of staff that fell into the sea, Dunluce Castle has its fair share of ghost stories. A popular site with paranormal enthusiasts, the grounds are said to be haunted by a mysterious maiden who calls out on the winds for the love she lost at sea.

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