Trips to Ireland and North Ireland

Leave behind the familiar shores of Great Britain and embark on a ferry journey to the diverse and enchanting cities of Ireland. This seamless transition across the Irish Sea invites you to explore a rich tapestry of history, culture, and vibrant urban life. Each city offers a unique experience, distinct from what you might find at home.

Stena Line offers ferries from Scotland, England and Wales to both Ireland and Northern Ireland. When booking ferry and accommodation at the same time on the Sembo website, you get up to 20% discount on the ferry.

Trips to Ireland and North Ireland

City Breaks to Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dublin: A Fusion of History and Modernity

Step off the ferry into Dublin, where centuries-old history meets contemporary dynamism. Unlike the bustling metropolis of London, Dublin offers a more compact and walkable city center. Wander through Trinity College and marvel at the Book of Kells, then meander down Grafton Street, where street performers provide a lively backdrop to your shopping experience. Dublin's pubs are a cornerstone of its culture—sip a pint of Guinness at the historic Brazen Head and enjoy live traditional music, an atmosphere distinct from Britain's pub scene.

Belfast: A City Reborn

Belfast, the vibrant capital of Northern Ireland, presents a fascinating contrast to cities like Manchester or Glasgow. Visit the Titanic Belfast museum, an architectural marvel that tells the story of the ill-fated liner in the city where it was built. Walk through the Cathedral Quarter, where modern bars and restaurants buzz with energy against a backdrop of historic buildings. The city's murals and Peace Walls offer a unique perspective on Belfast’s past.

Galway: Bohemian Spirit and Cultural Richness

Galway, on Ireland’s west coast, is a city with a bohemian heart and a distinct charm. Unlike the structured elegance of Edinburgh or Bath, Galway’s Latin Quarter is a maze of cobblestone streets filled with colorful shops, art galleries, and vibrant street performers. Experience a traditional Irish music session in a local pub, an authentic cultural encounter. Galway’s culinary scene, with its emphasis on fresh seafood and local produce.

Cork: A Culinary Haven

Cork, in the south, is a city that tantalizes the senses. Its English Market rivals any food market in Britain, offering an array of local specialties from fresh fish to artisanal cheeses. Cork’s compact city center, with its unique blend of Georgian architecture and modern art galleries, makes for an intimate urban experience. Enjoy the city’s café culture, and don’t miss a visit to the vibrant Shandon Bells, where you can ring the bells and enjoy panoramic views of the city—a delightful departure from the usual cityscape.

Derry: A City of Resilience and Culture

Derry, also known as Londonderry, offers a compelling mix of history and contemporary culture. Walk along the historic city walls, a feature unique to Derry, and explore the Bogside murals that tell the story of the city’s turbulent past. The city’s annual Halloween festival is renowned as one of the best in the world, providing a festive atmosphere that’s distinctly different from British celebrations. Derry’s blend of resilience and creativity makes it a fascinating destination.

City Breaks to Ireland With Ferries Included

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