Belfast City & Crumlin Road Gaol (Jail)

Get to know Belfast, a bustling city that still retains the intimacy and friendliness of a small village and learn about the city’s political history with today’s half-day excursion.

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    All ages
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    4 hrs

Belfast has a long and often turbulent history. This visit of the capital city of Northern Ireland will take you through the landmarks that have played their part in the city’s colorful development, from its great industrial triumphs to the civil unrest, which has often tarnished Belfast’s image.

Stop for photos at Belfast City Hall, an impressive building with a 300-foot long façade of Portland stone, which dominates Donegall Square. The most notable feature of the grounds is Brock's marble figure Thane, in memorial to the victims of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The ship was built in Harland and Wolff's shipyard located in the east of the city.

Enjoy commentary on such sights as the Grand Opera House, the Albert Memorial and Queen’s University. Queens University was established in 1845 by Queen Victoria as one of the three Colleges of Ireland, the others being at Cork and Galway. The Lanyon designed main building in the Tudor Gothic style is one of the iconic buildings of Belfast’s skyline, and the finest Victorian architectural set-piece in the Province. Queen’s is famous for its graduates such as Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney and Northern Ireland’s former First Minister David Trimble. 

Drive through the alternative sights of Belfast including the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a unique cultural experience. 

Stop and visit the former Crumlin Road Gaol (Jail) for a fully guided tour and an introduction into prison life. Over 20,000 prisoners made their way through here from 1845 onwards.

The four wings of the Gaol radiate out and allow you to marvel at the 19th century Victorian architec­ture. Your guide will escort you down C-wing and you can experience for yourselves what the conditions would have been like for prisoners at vari­ous points throughout the Gaol’s history. A tour of the prison will provide a deeper insight into the challenges endured by Belfast during “the troubles”.

Following your interesting morning rejoin your motor-coach for the return journey to your waiting Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. This excursion is not fully wheelchair accessible due to stairs leading to certain cells that will be visited. 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. 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.