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Journey at a glance

Trip overview
  • London

  • Dublin

    3 nights

  • Cork

    3 nights

  • Killarney

    2 nights

  • Galway

    3 nights

  • Belfast

    2 nights

  • Sleeper with cabin

    1 night

  • London


Full itinerary

Journey
3hrs 42mins
Standard class
LondonHolyhead
Journey
3hrs 35mins
Standard class

HolyheadDublin

You're shuttled to the ferry by courtesy bus from Holyhead's ferry terminal (the same building as the train station), before crossing the Irish Sea to Dublin. The comfortable ferry has all the usual onboard facilities: wifi, lounges, restaurants, a cinema and outdoor decks.
Stay
3 nights
Dublin

Dublin

The Republic of Ireland's capital, Dublin is the perfect place to enjoy riverside walks and cosy pubs with traditional Irish music (and every type of music). There are lovely green spaces like Phoenix Park and St Stephens Green to explore, and fascinating museums like EPIC, a high-tech experience charting the story of Irish emigration. Don't miss a tour of Trinity College.

Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

Where you could stay3 nights

Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

Situated in the heart of Dublin city centre in a historic building, The Gresham Hotel offers classic room alongside a restaurant, a bar and a gym. The River Liffey, Temple Bar, and the shopping districts are a few minutes’ from the hotel, while Connolly train station is a five-minute walk away.

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Room details
Room: Double king
Board: Breakfast included

Recommendations

  • Said to be the largest urban park in Europe, Phoenix Park is home to the Irish President (tours available most Saturdays) and lots of deer. Follow the many walking trails and spot the medieval tower house of Ashtown Castle, next to the park visitor centre.

  • Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 and over the centuries criminal and political prisoners have been held here. It's accessed by guided tour only, plus there's a museum and regular exhibitions.

  • A wonderful day-trip from Dublin, the lush green Wicklow Mountains National Park can be reached by private bus or on a tour. Glendalough (or Gleann Da Loch, meaning ‘The Glen of the Two Lakes’) is the gateway to the park, and its visitor centre is on an ancient monastery site, with a round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. From the visitor centre, you can walk on the scenic Green Road to the Upper Lake.

Journey
2hrs 45mins
Standard class
DublinCork
Stay
3 nights
Cork

Cork

The second largest city in the Republic of Ireland is a port city and retains a maritime feel, though its harbour is at Cobh 29km east (famous as the last port of call for the Titanic). Cork pulls in outstanding local produce from the surrounding county to serve up in its excellent restaurants and famous food market, but a word of warning, if you order a pint of the black stuff, overlook Guiness in favour of the local Murphy's Irish Stout.

Hotel Isaacs Cork City

Where you could stay3 nights

Hotel Isaacs Cork City

Byway favourite
The boutique Hotel Isaacs Cork City boasts comfortable, modern rooms and a unique waterfall feature in the courtyard. Conveniently located at a five minute walk from the city centre and 10 minute walk from Cork Kent Railway Station.

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Room details
Room: Small double room
Board: Breakfast included

Recommendations

  • Walk to St Anne's Church to climb the 132 steps (passing through the belfry) to the viewing gallery for a stunning view across the city. On the first floor you can try your hand at bell ringing by pulling on the 8 ropes (song sheets provided). 

  • It's an easy 26-minute train journey from Cork to it's harbour town of Cobh. You could spend a morning or a whole day there, visiting St Colman's Cathedral, photographing the picture-perfect "deck of cards" street of colourful houses, exploring the Heritage Centre and the Titanic Experience, or taking a ferry trip to Spike Island.

  • One of the oldest covered markets in Europe, the English Market was opened in 1788 by the Protestant or "English" Corporation in charge of Cork at the time. Packed with traders selling incredible local produce, as well as juice and coffee bars, plus cafes and restaurants. Perfect for an amble, especially if the weather is bad.

Journey
1hrs 19mins
Standard class
CorkKillarney
Stay
2 nights
Killarney

Killarney

Killarney town in County Kerry is a picturesque place that has deveoped to keep up with tourism demand for the vast Killarney National Park. The town has year-round festivals, some great live music pubs and a stadium to enjoy Gaelic football, but everyone is really here to explore the park's pristine lakes, McGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range and ancient woodlands. There's a range of guided tours that take in Muckross House, Ross Castle and the Torc Waterfall (or you can simply hire a bike).

Killarney Avenue

Where you could stay2 nights

Killarney Avenue

Overlooking the Golden Gates of Killarney National Park, the 4-star Killarney avenue has spacious, classic rooms, a restaurant and a bar. The air-conditioned rooms feature large windows, free wireless internet and TVs, and bathrobes and slippers are available on request.Locally sourced food is served in the Druids Restaurant whilst the Kenmare Rooms has fine whiskeys, ales and live music at weekends. Guests have complimentary access to the Leisure Centre complete with whirlpool, sauna, pool and gym in sister property Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre located 200m away. 

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Room details
Room: Classic twin room
Board: Breakfast included

Recommendations

  • A few different companies operate boat tours of the lakes of Killarney National Park: traditional boats, as well as heated covered vessels. One outstanding option takes in the scenery of the Gap of Dunloe and can be combined with walking, cycling, or riding a horse and trap.

  • Whether you choose to hire a bike (there are plenty of rental shops in town, most provide maps) or book a guided tour, cycling is the lovliest way to see sights in Killarney National Park (there's a network of surfaced tracks in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas).

Journey
0hrs 56mins
Standard class
KillarneyMallow
Journey
0hrs 38mins
Standard class
MallowLimerick Junction
Journey
0hrs 28mins
Standard class
Limerick JunctionLimerick
Journey
1hrs 55mins
Standard class
LimerickGalway
Stay
3 nights
Galway

Galway

Perfectly placed to explore Ireland's west coast and the Irish-speaking Aran Islands, Galway is a harbour city with a busy pedestrianised centre lined with colourful shop fronts. There's a choice of great pubs where traditional musicians gather year-round for sing-alongs, and don't be surprised if your visit coincides with either a jazz, comedy, film, international arts or seafood festival.

The Eyre Square Townhouse

Where you could stay3 nights

The Eyre Square Townhouse

In the centre of picturesque Galway City, Eyre Square Townhouse is a 2-minute walk from the train and coach stations.  All of the comfortable, bright rooms have comfortable beds and modern en suite facilities with a power shower. Each room has a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi is available. There is a computer with free internet in the townhouse for guests to use. The award-winning Revive Cafe and Bistro is on site, serving fresh organic produce in relaxed surroundings. The Eyre Square Townhouse is located close to the many shops, bars and restaurants tha

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Room details
Room: Small double room
Board: Room only

Recommendations

  • Take a ferry to visit the largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore (Inis Mór), at the mouth of Galway Bay. Here, on this rugged Atlantic Ocean lashed island, the Irish language is still spoken and there are atmospheric ruins of Celtic and early Christian sites to explore. Spend a day here walking, cycling or on a guided tour, and enjoy view of the Cliffs of Moher on the return trip.

Journey
2hrs 20mins
Standard class
GalwayDublin
Journey
2hrs 10mins
Standard class
DublinBelfast
Stay
2 nights
Belfast

Belfast

It's well worth spending a leisurely few days in Northern Ireland's capital with its Titanic connections, street murals and traditional pubs. Explore the Cathedral Quarter and Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), visit St. George's Market (here since the 1890s selling local crafts and produce), and take a walk along the River Lagan or in the Botanic Gardens. 

Bullitt Hotel

Where you could stay2 nights

Bullitt Hotel

Bullitt Hotel offers accommodation in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, 1.2 km from the Titanic Quarter. Guests can enjoy a choice of the property's restaurant, 3 bars and cafe. There is free WiFi at the hotel. Every room has a king-size bed and TV with satellite channels. Guests will find a minibar and mini fridge in the room, and can enjoy views of Belfast. Each room has en-suite facilities, with extras including free toiletries and a hairdryer.

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Room details
Room: Standard king room (dinky)
Board: Room only

Recommendations

  • Black taxi tours for up to six people cover various themes including Game of Thrones and general sightseeing, but it's the 1hr 30min murals tours that are truly eye opening. Belfast's political murals and peace walls are a fascinating insight into The Troubles.

  • A huge gleaming attraction at the shipyards where the Titanic was designed, built and then launched in 1911. Titanic Belfast has lots of intereactive galleries and you can take a fascinating self-guided walk (with headphones). 

Journey
1 night
8hrs 0mins
Standard class

BelfastLiverpool

Take the overnight ferry from Belfast to Liverpool.
Journey
2hrs 12mins
Standard class
LiverpoolLondon

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