One break, two cities: Dublin and Belfast

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Make it one adventure, two cities on your Ireland getaway: Make a break for Dublin and Belfast

Great For
  • Culture
  • History
  • Relaxing
  • Cuisine
  • Sightseeing
  • Nearest Airports
    Belfast | Dublin |
  • Major Attractions
    Dublin Castle | Titanic Belfast | Trinity College | Giant's Causeway
  • Known For
    Literary history | Culture | Buzzing music scene | Artisan Food |

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 on how to spend an evening in Belfast here.

Day 2

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!

Day 3

How about exploring the city by bike? Or jump aboard a ‘hop on, hop off’ bus tour to visit the famous Guinness Storehouse, followed by a fascinating history lesson at Kilmainham Gaol. If epic coastal scenery is what you're after, take the DART train and experience the beautiful Dublin coastline and it's towns and villages 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. Discover more evening plans here

Day 4

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. If shopping isn't your thing, take a stroll around the park St. Stephen's green or make a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland, housing works by Picasso, Monet and renowned Irish artist Jack B Yeats, free to enter and well worth taking time. After that, head for the airport. We hope to see you in Ireland again soon!

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