Taking the Ferry for a Break in Ireland

A Family Break on the Irish Sea

When you book your family holiday, it can be difficult to please everybody, especially if you have young children and teenagers. That’s why many families travel toHolland or France by ship. Routes like Dover – Calais offer a convenient destination for British holidaymakers and the advantages don’t stop there. Some trips take less than two hours and with fast check-ins, frequent crossings and special offers, it can be the most family-friendly and economical way to travel.

A warm welcome

Even if you’re visiting Ireland for the first time, you’ll feel as though you’re being welcomed back home. As soon as you get on board, there’s so much to see that your main problem will be deciding where to start. Whether you’re travelling around or heading straight for hotels near the port, you won’t be short of people who’ll be happy to give you advice on the unmissable sights in their town. Although Ireland is most well-known for the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of the people, it has many attractions, such as the fabulous Funtasia Theme Park, to the North of Dublin

Fun and culture

As well as the more usual forms of entertainment, such as theme parks and shows, you will come across many buildings, landmarks and artefacts that speaks volumes about the country’s history and culture. If you arrive from the seaside into the capital city, you’re only a short drive from the famous Grafton Street, home to great shopping, pubs and family-friendly restaurants; Grafton Street runs between the impressive bookends of Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green. The children – and the adults – may enjoy a guided tour of Butler’s Chocolate Experience, where visitors can try their hand at chocolate-making and do some dressing-up if they want to. Dublin boasts a fascinating toy museum at Rathfarnham Castle, where you can enjoy a snack in the tea room as well as seeing toys from ages past. Every county on the Irish Sea has something special to offer and if you travel by ship you can expand your route to Larne and other parts of France.

The sea route will avoid the boredom and frustration that children tend to experience when forced to remain seated on a plane for long periods; you all arrive at the destination rested, well-fed and entertained as ships have Wi-Fi, TV and a gaming area for all ages, as well as comfortable seating, a shop and several food establishments. If you take your car, there’s no need to arrange train or coach travel so you’re ready to go as soon as you arrive. Your holiday starts as soon as you board and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.