Belfast Highlights & Hillsborough Castle

Only a simple village in the 17th century, Belfast developed into a robust northern metropolis, becoming the engine that drove the whirring wheels of the Industrial Revolution in Ulster. Join us on this introduction to a fascinating city, highlighted by a visit to nearby Hillsborough Castle.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 4 hours

From your motor coach, admire the many exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, featuring elaborate sculptures over doors and windows. Stone-carved heads of gods, poets, scientists, kings and queens peer down from the high ledges of banks and old linen warehouses.

Venturing outside the city to the picturesque village of Hillsborough, you will see why the charming town has won numerous awards in the “Ulster in Bloom” competition.

At Hillsborough Castle, delight in discovering the residence of the British Royal Family and visiting dignitaries. President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair met at Hillsborough Castle on April 7, 2003, to discuss world affairs.

A guided tour of the castle will acquaint you with the tales of the Hill family who held the title of Marquis of Downshire, and the Governors. Hear about the castle’s role in more recent Northern Ireland history, and view many interesting pieces of furniture and works of art. Afterward, stroll through the gardens or explore the beautiful village of Hillsborough.

All too soon, it will be time to depart this lovely corner of Ireland and return to the pier and your Crystal ship in Belfast.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces and some stair climbing, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. Hillsborough Castle is subject to closure without prior notice. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.