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 boasting quirky histories, exciting eateries and the best pubs in the world – ideal for a combined city getaway. Between Dublin and Belfast, you can soak up two very distinct atmospheres in forty-eight hours. Just think, one minute you could be standing on Dublin’s 200-year-old Ha’penny Bridge... And two hours later, you could be gazing at the awe-inspiring Titanic Belfast!

The bottom line: if you find yourself torn between visiting Dublin or Belfast, the great news is that you can 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 drive north. After lunch in St George’s Market head over to Titanic Belfast or HMS Caroline and bask  in the city's extraordinary shipbuilding heritage. Follow the Glass of Thrones Trail back to town for refreshments in the lavish surrounds of The Crown pub. Spending the night in Belfast means you have to experience the live music scene! See here for more top tips for a great evening in Belfast.

Day 2

Take a legendary Belfast Black Cab Taxi tour and hear about Belfast’s incredible journey to becoming the vibrant city it is today. 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’ll 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 the Little Museum, or perhaps Dublin Castle, will keep you busy until dinnertime!

Day 3

How about exploring the city by bike? Or take the new Breweries and Distilleries tour to immerse yourself in these traditional Dublin industries, followed by a fascinating history lesson at Kilmainham Gaol. If epic coastal scenery is what you're after, embark on a Dublin Bay Cruise and experience this unique seascape in comfort and style. Or travel by DART train to absorb the myriad charms of Dublin's coastal towns and villages. Discover more evening plans here

Day 4

There's just enough time for some last -minute shopping on Grafton Street or perhaps the stunning Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, filled with beautiful boutiques and coffee shops. If shopping isn't your thing, take a stroll around the peaceful oasis of  St. Stephen's Green. Or drop into to the National Gallery of Ireland, housing works by Picasso, Monet and Irish artist Jack B Yeats - admission is free! After that, head for the airport. We hope to see you in Ireland again soon!

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