IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE
Proud, unpretentious and packed with Celtic mystery, a visit to the Emerald Isle is one you'll remember for a lifetime. Although decidedly different, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland share the same spirit that has helped the country produce some of the finest art, literature and music the world has ever known.
Whether you're looking to explore the rich and rugged landscape or let your hair down in one of the lively cities, there's something in Ireland for everyone. What are you waiting for? Your Irish adventure is only a ferry ride away.
It’s a breeze to discover Ireland with your pick of P&O Ferries. For those living in England, our Liverpool to Dublin route will ensure a pleasant start to your travels. If you reside in Scotland, choose convenience with our crossing from Cairnryan to Larne.
A P&O ferry from Liverpool to Dublin will land you in the heart of the Republic of Ireland's vibrant capital. With the freedom to explore in your own vehicle, you'll discover the iconic attractions that make Dublin a dream destination. There are landmarks at every turn, from the Neo-Gothic majesty of St Patrick's Cathedral to splendour surrounding Trinity College.
A pub crawl through Dublin's cobbled streets will take you on an unforgettable journey through the city that inspired writers including Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. Between flowing pints of Guinness, you'll experience elements that make Dublin seriously good fun; fiddle-filled folk music, a vibrant theatre scene and deliciously hearty food.
LUSCIOUS IRISH LANDSCAPES
If you want to explore the lesser known parts of the Republic of Ireland, Trim is a great starting point. Just an hour away from Dublin, this is where the glorious countryside begins to take possession of the city. The untamed walking paths allow you to explore Southern Ireland's fabled history at your own pace, with ancient ruins at every turn. If you fancy an epic driving adventure, the Wild Atlantic Way is the only way to go. The longest coastal drive in the world, this romantic route is endlessly exciting, covering 1,500 miles of dramatic scenery including the cliffs of Slieve League and the craggy peaks of County Donegal.
BELFAST CITY BREAK
Swiftly becoming one of the most fashionable destinations in Europe, Belfast has everything you could want from a city break. The buzzing Northern Irish metropolis is located under an hour drive from Larne, making it easily accessible. Experience local live music at a traditional Irish tavern, or expand your horizons in one of the many art galleries sprinkled across the city. Why not relive history at the one and only Titanic Belfast? This museum is the world's largest Titanic experience, which is located on the slipways where the ill-fated ship was built. As well as fascinating historical attractions, Victoria Square is a shoppers paradise packed with high street stores and independent boutiques.
COASTAL DRIVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND
For such a small island, the Emerald Isle boasts tremendously diverse terrain, making it perfect for those looking to soak up some dramatic scenery. Travelling with P&O gives you the freedom to enjoy a self-drive escape in your own car. If you start your trip in beautiful Belfast, head along the Causeway Coastal Route - one of the best road journeys in the world. Spanning 120 miles of jaw-dropping scenery, this route will see you pass crumbling castles and hidden beaches before arriving at Londonderry, Northern Ireland's famous walled city. En route you'll see the UNESCO protected Giant's Causeway and have the opportunity to hike, explore and drink in some of the finest landscapes on the planet.
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