The island of Ireland’s capital cities are compact, lively hubs packed with quirky histories, tasty eateries and pubs with style. In short: perfect for a city getaway. Between Dublin and Belfast, you could easily eat, sleep and play your way through all the highlights in forty-eight hours. Just think, one minute you could be standing on Dublin’s Liffey-spanning Ha’penny Bridge with 200 years of history beneath your feet. Two hours later, you’re gazing awestruck, about to enter the shimmering Titanic Belfast.
Basically, if you ever found yourself torn between visiting Dublin OR Belfast, the good news is, you can just do both. Easy.
Day 1: Arrive at Dublin Airport
Take one of the many buses outside the terminal to Belfast city centre and enjoy the views of mountains and rolling hills as you head North.
After lunch in St George’s Market head over to Titanic Belfast to spend an afternoon taking in the city's impressive ship-building heritage. And spending the night in Belfast means you have to experience the live music scene! Check out our recommendations here.
Not in the mood for walking? Take a legendary Belfast Black Cab Taxi tour, and hear about Belfast’s incredible journey to the vibrant city it is today while you take in all the city sights. Your friendly driver will drop you off at the train station at the end of the tour. Then, you can use the short two-hour train ride to Dublin to take in the views, or just take a nap – you’re going to need plenty of energy for your Dublin adventures! Once you land in the city, we recommend taking a walk around the compact centre to get a feel for the place. A visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells, or perhaps a visit Dublin Castle, will keep you busy until dinnertime!
How about taking a cycling tour of the city? Or jump aboard a ‘hop on, hop off’ bus tour to visit the famous Guinness Storehouse, followed by a fascinating history lesson at Kilmainham Jail. If epic coastal scenery is what you're after, take the DART train and experience the beautiful Dublin coastline in comfort and style. In the evening, join a Dublin Literary Pub Crawl and be entertained by professional actors performing from the works of Dublin's most famous writers, such as James Joyce.
There's just enough time for some last minute shopping on Grafton Street or the stunning Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (filled with boutiques and a great place to grab a coffee...). After that, head for the airport. We hope to see you in Ireland again soon!