Silversea Luxury Cruises A Bangor

Bangor

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursiones en Bangor

Belfast City & Crumlin Road Gaol

Experience a taste of civilian and prison life from a bygone era during this scenic and informative, half-day excursion to Belfast City.


Belfast City Centre, Grand Opera House and Landmarks

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Belfast's City Centre, the central business district. Upon arrival, begin your narrated drive through the city, with photo stops along the way. Pass by the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial Clock, City Hall, and Victorian and Edwardian buildings. These architectural gems feature elaborate sculptures over doors and windows, along with stone-carved heads of gods, poets, scientists, kings, and queens peering down from the high ledges of banks and old linen warehouses.


Queen's University, Shankill Road, Falls Roads and Murals

From here, pass by Queen's University, established in 1845 by Queen Victoria, Shankill Road, an authentic working-class community, and the Falls Roads area, where murals on almost every gable wall tell the story of its violent past and hope for the future. From here, proceed to the former Crumlin Road Gaol (Jail) for a guided tour and an introduction into prison life.


Crumlin Road Gaol

Over 20,000 prisoners made their way through here from 1845 onwards. Your first stop is Reception, the prisoner's introduction into prison life. It was here they were stripped and washed before becoming part of the prison system. Continue on to the Tunnel, which connects the Gaol with the Courthouse on the opposite side of the road. The four wings of the Gaol radiate out, and offer splendid vistas of exquisite, 19th-century Victorian architecture. From here, walk down C-wing to see the conditions under which prisoners lived. At the end of C-wing is the condemned man's cell. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs to negotiate at the Crumlin Road Gaol. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.

An Afternoon at Hillsborough Castle

Discover a pair of Northern Ireland's most beautiful and historic government buildings during this splendid, half-day excursion including a visit to Hillsborough Castle and photo stop at Stormont.


Hillsborough Village

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the picturesque town of Hillsborough, Ulster's prettiest village. Upon arrival, see why this charming town has won numerous awards in the 'Ulster in Bloom' competition whilst marvelling at the floral displays and colourful facades.


Hillsbourough Castle and Gardens

Your first stop is at Hillsborough Castle, residence of the British Royal Family and visiting dignitaries. President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair met here on April 7, 2003, to discuss world affairs. During a guided visit to the late-18th century castle, learn about its many past occupants, including the Hill family, who held the title of Marquis of Downshire, and the Governours. Learn about the castle's role in more recent Northern Ireland history, and view many interesting pieces of furniture and works of art. Following your tour, some free time is made available to stroll through the magnificent gardens or explore the beautiful village of Hillsborough.


Stormont

Next, re-board your coach for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to the pier. En route, proceed for a photo stop at nearby Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. A symbol of progress to Northern Ireland's troubled past, the power sharing executive with responsibility for northern affairs rule from this impressive building, which boasts Portland stone and Mourne granite.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at Hillsborough Castle. Walking at Hillsborough Village is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.Hillsborough Castle may close to visitors at short notice if required for state visit or Governmental use

Belfast city & Titanic

Explore the renowned landmarks of Belfast and memorials honouring the R.M.S. Titanic during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Belfast City Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Belfast City. Upon arrival, take a panoramic drive through the city. Along the way, pass by renowned landmarks that include the Grand Opera House, Albert Clock, Queen's University, Botanic Gardens, and the giant cranes of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard, which dominate the Belfast skyline. Continue past Belfast City Hall, an impressive building that features an approximately 300-foot-long (about 90-metre-long) façade of Portland stone and dominates Donegal Square. A stop is made here to photograph what is perhaps the most noteworthy of the statues on the grounds; Brock's marble figure of Thane on a granite pedestal commemorating the 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, the ill-fated, Belfast-built liner.


Titanic Belfast

Next, proceed for a visit to Titanic Belfast. Opened in April 2012, this signature building tells the story of the Titanic. It features nine galleries containing a variety of interpretative materials and media, including CGI, film, video, audio, archival materials, and scale models. Your unforgettable adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium, which is surrounded by four high-impact, 'hull'-shaped sections that house the experience. As you wander up through Titanic Belfast, see the re-construction of the shipyards and Titanic under construction, and hear stories of the passengers, crew and heroes of the day. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at Titanic Belfast. Walking at Titanic Belfast is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Expect crowds at the Titanic Belfast.

Mount Stewart House & Gardens

Embrace the scenic splendour of one of the most wonderful National Trust properties in Northern Ireland during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Mount Stewart House and Gardens.


County Down, Strangford Lough, and Mount Stewart House & Gardens

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Mount Stewart, a 19th-century house and garden in County Down, Northern Ireland. Owned by the National Trust, Mount Stewart is situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, just outside the town of Newtownards and near Grey Abbey. It was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, who played a leading role in British and Irish social and political life.


Mount Stewart House

Upon arrival, take a self-guided tour of Mount Stewart House, which went through an extensive restoration process in 2013-2014, and is a treat for both first-time and repeat visitors. Explore the house at your leisure, and discover the significant family collections on display for the first time. This wonderfully restored house brings the past back to the present day. Rooms previously open to visitors are now re-presented and interpreted, and four additional rooms are now accessible to the public for the first time.


Gardens

Next, take a stroll through the magnificent gardens, which were planted in the 1920s, have made Mount Stewart famous and earned it an UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination. A magnificent collection of fine trees and rare shrubs from all over the world flourishes in the gardens of Mount Stewart. The gardens also contain an unrivalled collection of rare and unusual plants, colourful parterres, a secluded 'Wee Garden'; to the north, a mature Victorian pinetum of North American conifers, Victorian kitchen garden, recently recreated and replanted, newly-planted arboretum, and large, octagonal glass pavilion. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier via Grey Abbey and Millisle, with photo stops en route.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at Mount Stewart House. Walking at Mount Stewart House & Gardens is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Belfast city highlights

Discover the splendid architecture, landmarks and storied history of Belfast during this picturesque orientation excursion through the city.


Belfast City Centre, Grand Opera House and Landmarks

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Belfast's City Centre, the central business district. Upon arrival, begin your narrated drive through the city, with photo stops along the way. Pass by the Grand Opera House, and Victorian and Edwardian buildings with elaborate sculptures over doors and windows, along with stone-carved heads of gods, poets, scientists, kings, and queens peering down from the high ledges of banks and old linen warehouses.


Botanic Gardens, Shankill Road, Falls Roads and Murals

From here, pass by Queen's University before stopping for a self-guided stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Located in these gardens is the Palm House, a superb structure of cast iron and curved glass panels built even before Kew Gardens opened in London in 1839. Leaving the Botanic Gardens, re-board your coach and drive to Shankill Road, an authentic working-class community, and the Falls Roads area, where murals on almost every gable wall tell the story of its violent past and hope for the future.


Cave Hill, Belfast Castle and Lough, Mac Art's Fort and Stormont

Your tour continues with a drive to Cave Hill for panoramic views overlooking Belfast Castle, one of the most celebrated landmarks of the city. The castle's presence is ingrained into Belfast's social history and culture. On its lower slopes, Belfast Castle boasts beautiful gardens and an adjoining country park. Don't miss the splendid views of Belfast Lough, and the city below you. Mac Art's Fort, a rock where united Irishmen planned the rebellion of 1795, overlooks the castle. After your photo stop at Cave Hill, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier. En route, a photo stop is made at Stormont, Northern Ireland's Parliament Building, which boasts Portland stone and Mourne granite.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at the Botanic Gardens is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled.

Ards Peninsula Discovery

Experience the pristine natural beauty of the Ards Peninsula during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Ards Peninsula

Depart the pier for the short, scenic drive to the Ards Peninsula, an area of immense beauty and spectacular scenery that curls around the western shore of Strangford Lough. At a length of approximately 18 miles (about 29 kilometres), the Ards Peninsula is one of the largest sea inlets in Ireland. The peninsula is a bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve, home to many species of marine life and the ideal setting for a picturesque coastal drive.


Newtownards, Grey Abbey and Portaferry Castle

Your drive pass through Newtownards. The principal town of this area, it is situated at the northern top of Strangford Lough. From here, drive along the coastal road to Grey Abbey, a town named after the Cistercian Abbey founded here in 1193. After a photo stop at the Grey Abbey's substantial ruins, re-board your coach and continue along the coast to Portaferry, situated on the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula, at the mouth of Strangford Lough. Here, in the 'narrows' between the villages of Strangford and Portaferry, the Irish Sea meets the calm waters of the Lough. A photo stop is made at the ruins of Portaferry Castle, which dates from the 16th century and looms above the town.


Ballywalter, Millisle and Donaghadee

Next, re-board your coach and proceed north along the coastal road, through the towns of Ballywalter and Millisle, en route to Donaghadee. Upon arrival, a stop is made for a cup of Irish coffee, followed by some free time at your leisure to explore the history of this seafaring town. Take in splendid views across the Irish Sea, where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Scotland. In the harbour stands the impressive Donaghadee Lighthouse. Built in 1836, it was the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Donaghadee is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages.

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