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Compare Ireland Hotel Prices in One Easy Search

If you can’t decide which leading hotel booking website to use to book your Ireland accommodation then the answer may be here.

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Compare Northern Ireland Hotel Prices

The team here at Ireland-Traveller have just stumbled upon an amazing hotel price comparison website that lets you compare the prices on Northern Ireland Hotels from over 20 leading hotel booking websites in a single search.

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Compare Ireland Hotel Prices

The team here at Ireland-Traveller have just stumbled upon an amazing hotel price comparison website that lets you compare the prices on Ireland Hotels from over 20 leading hotel booking websites in a single search.

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Cork Cruises – Cruise to Cork in Ireland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Cork in Ireland as a Port-of-Call.

Cork is Irelands second largest city.

Here you can visit St Finbarrs Cathedral, Cork City Museum and the 19th Century Cork Jail. Dont miss your opportunity to visit Blarney Castle, a short ride away, to kiss the Blarney Stone!

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Cork as a Port of Call can be found here:

Cork Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Cork Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Cork Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Blarney Castle and Irish Coffee
Visit the historic Blarney Castle with its lovely grounds before indulging in an Irish coffee and browsing the craft centre.

The medieval Blarney Castle towers above the village of Blarney with its majestic oblong keep and battlements that are typically Irish in form. At the top of the Castle lies the legendary Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. If you wish, you can hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquent speech. Surrounding the Castle are extensive gardens, with several paths leading off to some interesting natural rock formations, such as Druid’s Circle, Witch’s Cave and the Wishing Steps.

After the tour of the Castle, you’ll stop for a well-deserved Irish coffee, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills. This is one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland and you’ll have the chance to browse the high quality range of Waterford crystal, Irish linen, hand-loomed Donegal tweed, knitwear, bone china and Celtic jewellery.

On the return journey, you will be able to see landscapes of rivers, fields and hedgerows as you travel along country roads to the city of Cork. Enjoy a short panoramic drive around the main highlights of Cork and see how this large city still manages to retain the pleasant charm of a country town.

Cork Countryside and Kinsale
Enjoy a scenic journey through County Cork’s charming countryside and visit the picturesque coastal town of Kinsale.

Cork has some of the finest scenery in Ireland, with its lush valleys and beautiful coastline. Your journey will take you past rolling landscapes of fields, flowers and hedgerows, through tunnels, over bridges, along rivers and by small villages. A brief stop will be made to photograph the views over the Bandon River, before arriving in Kinsale.

The pretty little town of Kinsale, believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177, lies snug between hills and valley. It has won the European Prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards. Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was an important naval base for over 300 years and this is reflected in the many 18th-century structures, which still stand alongside the more recent Georgian homes and Dutch influenced architecture. There will be free time to meander through the quaint streets and admire the varied architecture before indulging in a spot of shopping or relaxing with a drink in one of the cafés or pubs.

On the return journey, a stop will be made at Charles Fort located above Summer Cove, for views over Kinsale Harbour, before continuing along the country roads back to the port.

Panoramic Cork and Whiskey
Enjoy a drive around Cork before visiting the ‘Jameson Experience Midleton’ to discover the traditions and taste of Irish whiskey.

Travel along the shores of Cork Harbour by coach to the charming university city of Cork. Your guide will provide an interesting commentary and point out the local landmarks as you drive down the main streets to the French Quarter, English Market, Father Matthew’s statue and Bishop Lucey Park. You’ll hear about the local history as you pass the Old Courthouse, the impressive limestone City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon, before stopping at the magnificent Gothic style St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral for photos.

Leaving the city, travel to the village of Midleton, where the famous rare Irish whiskey gets its name. A visit to the Jameson Experience will take you right to the heart of the cherished whiskey making tradition. There will be an hour-long guided tour of this beautifully restored 18th century self-contained industrial complex, unique in Britain and Ireland. There is a fully operational water wheel and a 32,000 gallon copper pot still, which is the largest in the world. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation which will breathe life into the Irish whiskey legend.

After the tour there will be the opportunity to sample a glass of whiskey whilst you relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub.

Cork Walk
Discover the rich historical past of this most vibrant of European cities on a guided walking tour of Cork.

Arriving by coach at the Imperial Hotel, you’ll commence your walk on South Mall, one of the most gracious streets in the city. A stop will be made on Parnell Bridge to absorb the panorama of the city, from the elegant, classical City Hall, the fluted columns of the Savings Bank to the modern lines of the College of Commerce and Morrison’s Island.

Continuing along the quays to the Parliament Bridge, you’ll see the slender spire of Holy Trinity Church rising up across the River. As you approach the South Gate Bridge, the 3 spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral suddenly appear on the skyline. A visit around this early French Gothic structure will reveal highly ornamented mosaic work and rich carvings.

Afterwards, stroll down Sharman-Crawford to the tranquil and quaint Clarkes Bridge, one of the most atmospheric places in the city, before moving on to the hustle and bustle of the main thoroughfares. Here, you’ll see the classical limestone façade of the Courthouse, located in a street full of red brick buildings, one of the most enduring sights of the city. As you walk on to North Main Street and through Castle Street, you’ll find yourself in a very cosmopolitan part of the city. There will be free time to explore the English Market, and at almost 400 years old, this is one of Cork’s finest assets.

Landscapes of Kerry and Killarney
Combine the magnificent scenery of Kerry with a visit to Muckross House and free time in the award winning town of Killarney.

Travelling out of Cork, you’ll pass the busy market town of Macroom, whose castle dominates the centre of the town, before stopping in the Gaeltacht area of Ballyvourney for morning coffee. Further on you will enter the Kingdom of Kerry with its spectacular scenery, unusually mild climate, and rapid changes in light and weather – a bewitching place of intense beauty against which the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, rise as an impressive backdrop. You’ll travel to Kenmare and join part of the Ring of Kerry at Moll’s Gap. A photo stop will be made at Ladies View, one of the best locations to enjoy the spectacular Lakes of Killarney.

Killarney is a charming landscape of lakes and wooded vales, rolling sandstone hills and rich green pastures. Enjoy a guided tour of Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes, which is located within Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants who were employed in the house. Then, step into the superb Muckross gardens to admire the flora abundant with aroma and colour.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant followed by some free time in Killarney before your return journey.

Scenic Countryside
This panoramic drive takes you on a scenic discovery through the lush, green countryside of the Emerald Isle.

As your panoramic drive passes Cork Harbour, you will see the fine residences that dot the banks where it becomes the River Lee. You’ll then travel eastwards through the fertile farmlands to reach Youghal (pronounced Yawl), a seaport with medieval origins. A stop will be made for photos at this pretty coastal resort, which was chosen as the setting for the film ‘Moby Dick’ in the 1950’s due to its resemblance of a New England fishing port.

Continuing northwards through the Blackwater Valley and West Waterford, you’ll arrive in the heritage town of Lismore. There will be the opportunity to photograph the magnificent Lismore Castle, temporary residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which towers over the Blackwater River. There will be free time in Lismore to shop for souvenirs, relax with a drink or simply absorb the atmosphere of this historic little town.

Kinsale RIB Adventure
Experience the thrill of a sea safari RIB ride as you pass stunning scenery en route to the picturesque sailing town of Kinsale.

Board your high speed RIB for an exciting journey to the historic town of Kinsale. Your exhilarating ride will take you past spectacular scenery and there will be regular stops to see the local landmarks and learn about their history. View the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest Yacht Club in the world, and enjoy the views of Camden Fort, Carlisle Fort and Roches Point Lighthouse, all of which date from the 1800’s.

Travelling past the last pick-up point of ‘The Titanic’ on her ill-fated voyage, you will arrive in Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. You’ll make a brief photo stop at Charles Fort, before disembarking in the town centre of this colourful cosmopolitan town for an interesting walking tour followed by some free time.

On the return journey back to Cobh, your Captain will do his best to track down the dolphins which inhabit the area. A rare opportunity to see these wonderful marine mammals in their own environment.

Sights and Sounds of Tipperary
Enjoy a day of stunning scenery as you travel to Tipperary to visit Cahir Castle and the renowned Rock of Cashel.

Tipperary, Ireland’s largest inland county, has plenty of varied and breathtaking scenery with hills, mountains, plains and river valleys. Renowned for its lush pasturelands, it boasts the best Irish dairy products in the country. Rich in ancient heritage, Tipperary has long been a place of great significance and was once home to Ireland’s High Kings.

As you reach the town of Cashel, you will see the imposing Rock of Cashel rearing up from the landscape in a series of limestone ridges and topped by the serenely beautiful Cathedral of St Patrick. You’ll visit the Rock, which is a remarkable pre-Christian settlement and was formerly the seat of the Irish kings of Munster. A stop will be made at a restaurant located beside this impressive Rock for a traditional Tipperary musical performance of instrument playing, singing and dancing before enjoying a delicious lunch.

After lunch, you’ll travel to Cahir, located on the River Suir. A visit will be made to Cahir Castle, which dates mainly from the 15th century. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the Castle retains its impressive keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. It is one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles. Rooms in the keep are whitewashed and contain armour displays and period furnishings from the 16th and 17th centuries.

A Taste of Rural Ireland
Immerse yourself in rural life as you tour a working farm and watch a cookery demonstration before sampling freshly baked scones.

A leisurely drive from the cathedral town of Cobh will take you through the rich fertile farmland of County Cork to an area of the Munster Provence known as the Golden Vale. A unique visit will be made to Ballinwillin Farm, set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the Golden Vale’s most fertile region.

Your hosts, Pat and Miriam Mulcahy, will introduce you to their home and farm. Having lovingly restored their period home, they have built up a considerable and unique rare breed of animals including magnificent deer, tame wild boar, old Irish grazers, Iron Age pigs and Kerry and Charolais cattle herds. On a tour of the farm meet the animals and admire the surrounding flora and fauna before heading to the main house.

In the farm kitchen, a cookery demonstration will show you the art of baking the traditional Irish scone. Sometimes savoury but mostly sweet, the scone is a much loved traditional ‘cake’ in Ireland. You will be able to taste the results, warm from the oven, with rich dairy butter and jam accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee.

West Cork Panorama
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the spectacular and unspoilt scenery of West Cork before visiting a quaint town for refreshments.

The West Cork shoreline twists and darts in and out of creeks, bays and coves, whilst inland is a tranquil pastureland of soft green hills where fat milking cows graze. Enjoy the beautiful and diverse panorama of West Cork before stopping at the lively market town of Clonakilty.

Clonakilty has been designated as West Cork’s Heritage Town by the Irish Tourist Board. The attractive traditional shop fronts have hand-painted signs in English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings – the brewery buildings, the mills and the quayside warehouses, telling of the town’s busy trading and industrial past. Clonakilty is the gateway to West Cork, a region blessed with some of Ireland’s most spectacular and unspoiled scenery.

Refreshments of tea, coffee and scones will be served in a local hotel, after which you’ll have free time to browse the shops of this pretty town.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Cork Shore Excursions at

Cork Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Cork are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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Greencastle Cruises – Cruise to Greencastle in Ireland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Greencastle in Ireland as a Port-of-Call.

There’s no denying that Londonderry has seen its fair share of conflict dating back to the 17th century when walls were built to fortify the city. They still stand today having withstood numerous attacks, including the Great Siege of 1689 by King James. The layout of the city remains relatively unchanged since the 17th century.

You’ll find a historic centre with the gothic St. Columb Cathedral at its heart. The four main streets radiate out from the ‘Diamond’ and lead to the four gateways; Bishop’s Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Shipquay Gate and Butcher’s Gate. From the quay behind the Guildhall hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants sailed for a new life in the New World.

Located just outside the walls is the attractive Town Hall or, if you want beautiful scenery, then the nearby Sperrin Mountains will provide a refreshingly energetic stroll. Alternatively, head for the famous Giant’s Causeway, built, as the story goes, by 52 foot Finn MacCool to enable neighbouring giant Benandonner to cross the sea of Moyle and compete in a show of strength.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Greencastle as a Port of Call can be found here:

Greencastle Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Greencastle Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Greencastle Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Leisurely Londonderry
Discover the sights, sounds and scenery of the historic walled city of Londonderry at a leisurely pace.
Londonderry, also known as Derry, lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which is spanned by two bridges. Cross the Foyle Bridge, a span bridge built in 1984, to the east bank for a stop at the ‘Top of the Hill’.

Witness the spectacular views of the city and surrounding region before continuing across the Craigavon Bridge, an 18th century double-decker bridge, to the ancient walled city.

Derry is the only remaining walled city in Ireland which is completely intact and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe. It is approximately 1 mile in circumference and circles the original town. Each stretch of these sturdy walls carries its own tale and offers different views of Derry’s rejuvenated city centre.

Within the walls stands the impressive Guildhall, built in 1890; with its neo-Gothic design and an array of stained-glass windows telling the historic story of Derry. Enjoy a visit to this imposing building which now houses the city’s Council Chambers and Mayor’s office.

There will be free time in the city to soak up the 1450 years of history whilst meandering through the bustling streets or stop for refreshments in one of the city’s traditional pubs. For the more adventurous a stroll along the 17th century walls, will reward you with a historic cityscape and views across the Foyle bridges to Waterside and the surrounding landscapes.

Inishowen Peninsula Scenic Drive
Visit the Inishowen Peninsula, a rugged and wild region of mountains, lakes and loughs with breathtaking scenery.

Inishowen, a long broad finger of land stretching north to the Atlantic between Lough Swilly and Lough Foyle, is Ireland’s northernmost point. It is arguably the most beautiful area in all of Ireland.

Along the shores of both loughs and the Atlantic Ocean, long stretches of sandy beaches are backed by sheer cliffs. Inland are some of Ireland’s most impressive mountains, with the 2,019 foot Slieve Snacht dominating the centre of the peninsula. Its heritage reaches back beyond recorded history, with relics of those distant days scattered across its face.

Driving around the Inishowen is to traverse a ring of seascapes, mountains, valleys, and woodlands. It has been said that Donegal is a miniature Ireland. Relatively undiscovered by most visitors to Ireland, Inishowen is a world apart, where present-day residents revere their ancient heritage, treasure the legends and antiquities of this remote region, and still observe many traditions of their ancestors.

A stop will be made for refreshments at Doagh Folk Village. This village tells the story of customs, traditions and history of the people of Inishowen. A ‘Famine Village’ has been created giving you a firsthand account of hardships endured at that time in Irish history.

A Visit to Giant’s Causeway
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark.

The dramatic North Antrim coast is renowned for its beauty and the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway is its unique jewel in the crown, known to the Irish as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Feel the wind in your hair as your ferry crosses Lough Foyle to Magilligan Point. Travelling along the beautiful Antrim coast, enjoy the rich colours and diverse scenery before stopping to photograph the picturesque Dunluce Castle, one of the most extensive ruins of a medieval castle in Ireland.

On arrival at the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre watch an interesting audio-visual presentation before boarding a shuttle bus for a short ride down to the Causeway. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. Be amazed as you scan the mysterious stones and look for the structures which resemble objects such as the Organ, Giant’s Boot, Camel’s Hump and Chimney Stacks.

Delights of Derry
Experience the culture, history and creativity of Derry’s ancient walled city and interesting Tower Museum.

Derry’s City Walls were never breached which is why it is often referred to as ‘The Maiden City’. Arriving in the city, stop to admire the beautiful stone structure of St Columb’s Cathedral. This Gothic Cathedral, which was completed in 1633, has a fine spire, vivid stained glass windows and a total of 13 bells. In the vestibule is a mortar shell, which fell in the churchyard during the Siege of Derry in 1689.

Walking around the remarkable rustic City Walls reveals a splendid city crammed full of history, heritage, interest and a vibrant cultural scene. The city also claims Europe’s largest collection of cannons, many of them thundered in anger over the 17th century sieges. As your guide brings the past to life, view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street.

Arriving in Union Hall Place, a visit will be made to the award-winning Tower Museum. “The Story of Derry” tells the colourful and dramatic history of the city from earliest prehistory to the present. The museum includes an audio visual exhibition depicting the history of the civil rights march through Derry in 1972, which later became known as Bloody Sunday. The top of the Tower Museum provides the only open air viewing facility in the heart of the city centre with stunning panoramic views of the inner city and River Foyle.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Greencastle Shore Excursions at

Greencastle Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Greencastle are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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Belfast Cruises – Cruise to Belfast in Northern Ireland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland as a Port-of-Call.

Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, enjoys a wonderful setting of high hills, sea lough and river valley. Its name originated from the Gaelic ‘Beal Feirste’ meaning ‘mouth of the sandy fjord’. Founded in the 17th century, the city prospered becoming one of the world’s leading industrial names, and was home to Harland and Wolff – the shipbuilders who built the ill-fated Titanic.

Despite its more recent political troubles, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant, alluring destination. Amidst its beautiful Victorian buildings you can shop in stylish boutiques, sip a Guinness in one its charming old pubs or take a scenic stroll in Barnett Demesne park. The centrepiece is the City Hall, completed in 1906, with its domed roof and grand Italian marble staircase.

Other points of interest on the city include Belfast Cathedral, which has the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland plus Celtic themed mosaics and stained glass, Belfast Castle, sitting on the slopes of Cave Hill, and Belfast Zoo.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Belfast as a Port of Call can be found here:

Belfast Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Belfast Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Belfast Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Belfast Panorama
This leisurely drive will introduce you to the industrial and elegant Titanic city of Belfast with its rich and varied past.

Embark on a journey around the main sights of Belfast including the Grand Opera House, the Albert Memorial, Queen’s University and the Botanic Gardens, as your friendly guide brings the local area to life.

In the grounds of the impressive renaissance style building of the Belfast City Hall, there’ll be a stop to see the marble Titanic Memorial, which was erected to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the ill-fated Belfast built liner in 1912.

Travelling a short distance outside the bustling city, you will learn about Northern Ireland’s troubled past as you pass by Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, before reaching Cave Hill Country Park for views of Belfast Castle. The Castle is one of Belfast’s most outstanding and historically significant buildings. There are beautiful gardens and an adjoining country park. Don’t miss the splendid views of Belfast Lough and sight of the city below you.

Cave Hill has become ingrained into Belfast’s social history and culture, and into the very lives of its people. Indeed the Hill is one of the most celebrated landmarks of the city along with ‘Mac Art’s Fort’, a rock where United Irishmen planned the rebellion of 1795.

Leisurely Belfast and Crown Liquor Saloon
Visit the famous landmarks that are a part of the city’s colourful history followed by refreshments in the Crown Liquor Saloon.

Take a leisurely drive around Belfast’s well-known landmarks such as City Hall, Queen’s University, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens and the Albert Clock as your knowledgeable guide provides information about Belfast’s long and often turbulent history, including the great industrial triumphs and the civil unrest that has often tarnished its image.

See the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which are a unique cultural experience. Look out for the former Crumlin Road Court House, Crumlin Jail and the Peace Line.

Experience the atmospheric setting of one of Belfast’s most famous pubs, the Crown Liquor Saloon, whilst enjoying refreshments of tea or coffee and delicious scones. Marvel at the period gas lighting, cosy snugs, and the ornate interior of brightly coloured tiles, carvings and glass that surround you. This beautiful building, owned by the National Trust, has been wonderfully preserved and is a Victorian homage to the art of drinking.

Belfast City Walking Tour
Experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Belfast whilst listening to its captivating history.

Stroll the charming streets of Belfast and immerse yourself in 300 fascinating years of history. Savour the architectural gems as you explore the city’s humble origins and follow the original 1660’s street layout. Starting at Queen’s Square, the oldest part of the city, you will see the Custom House and Albert Clock, before wandering down to the River Lagan. Here, you can glimpse the cranes of Harland and Wolff shipyard whilst listening to tales of the famous ill-fated Titanic that was constructed here. As you amble along the High Street your guide will explain the city’s historic origins whilst you pass Pottingers Entry, Ann Street, Cornmarket, Castle Lane, Castle Arcade and Donegall Place. Marvel at the City Hall, a symbol of Belfast’s Victorian greatness, where the Titanic Memorial is located in its grounds.

Belfast’s friendly pubs have been the cornerstones of the city’s social life for centuries. You’ll stop at one of these pubs where you’ll be able to soak up the local atmosphere whilst enjoying refreshments of tea, coffee and scones.

On the return drive, you will pass the renowned Catholic Falls Road and Protestant Shankill Road. A photo stop will be made at the murals which tell the story of Belfast’s troubled past.

A Visit to Giant’s Causeway
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark.

Travel inland through Ballymena and Bushmills to the dramatic North Antrim Coast, home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway.

The unique rock formations of the Causeway have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms and the rugged symmetry of the columns never fail to intrigue and inspire. Be amazed as you scan the mysterious stones and look for the structures which resemble objects such as the Organ, Giant’s Boot, Camel’s Hump and Chimney Stacks.

Following your memorable visit to this top visitor attraction, a photo stop will be made at the magnificent cliff-top Dunluce Castle and if there is time a brief stop will be given to take photos of the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that spans a chasm of 80 feet deep.

The Titanic Trail
Immerse yourself in the history of the legendary Titanic whilst exploring her birthplace and surrounding areas.

Follow in the footsteps of Titanic’s builders on this tour of Queen’s Island, where Titanic was designed, built and launched.

During this guided tour you will have special access to some historic buildings and places including: Titanic Quarter; the former Headquarters of Harland and Wolff; Titanic’s Drawing Offices; Titanic’s Slipways and Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House.

The structures of Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House were integral parts of her creation and are still largely intact. Gain an in-depth understanding of the dock, the people who worked here and discover how such amazing ships were built in a city with no steel.

Step back in time to the sights, sounds and smells of the steam-powered pumps and hear the apprentice’s story of his first week at work as you view an interactive audio-visual display. Trace along the full length of the dock to truly capture the size and scale of the Titanic, and where the caisson gate – over 100 years old – still stands today in perfect condition.

Refreshments will be served in the new Pump House Café and Visitor Centre where you can relax admidst the history of Titanic.

Picturesque Coast and Scenic Glens
Discover Northern Irelands’ finest scenery ranging from the magical beauty of the Glens to its dramatic, rugged coastline.

Glenariff Forest Park is situated amid the world famous Glens of Antrim, an area to which visitors have been coming for over a century. Glenariff, the Queen of the Glens, is considered by many people to be the most beautiful of the 9 Antrim Glens.

The Park, now including the former Parkmore Forest, covers an area of 2928 acres of which 2224 acres has been planted with trees. The remainder consists of several small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and conservation reasons. Bisecting the Park are 2 small but beautiful rivers; the Inver and the Glenariff, containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky steep-sided gorges.

Enjoy some free time to explore the Park independently before proceeding to the famous Glenariff Tea House for refreshments of tea or coffee and delicious homemade scones.

As you return via the coastal road, you will be constantly delighted as dramatic headland and scenic bays come into view. On a clear day, you may even be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre.

Belfast by Duck
Enjoy an entertaining journey on an amphibious ‘Duck’ to see the surrounding sights of Belfast by land and river.

Board your amphibious vehicle for a drive through the streets of Belfast. Belfast is a city of industry and elegance and boasts a rich and varied past. Its origins go back to an ancient fort controlling the ford across the River Lagan, which flows through the city. The city tour will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city. Built with 19th century industrial money, many fine buildings from this era still grace the city and are reminders of its prosperous past.

Enjoy commentary on such sights as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s University. You’ll drive past the impressive renaissance style Belfast City Hall with its 300 foot long façade of Portland stone, which dominates Donegal Square.

Enter the River Lagan up stream to view Belfast from a uniquely different perspective. After splashing into the river, your ‘Duck‘ will sail downstream, allowing you to view the remarkable regeneration and renaissance the river area has seen since The Good Friday Peace Agreement of 1998. The original Belfast Gasworks is visible, alongside the Scirocco site where air conditioning was invented. The modern Waterfront Hall, and its copper dome is a world class conference and concert venue. It sits on the river beside the fabulous new statues and modern art work. Wild salmon and trout jumping out of the water alongside herons and gulls can all be seen any day throughout all times of the year.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Belfast Shore Excursions at

Belfast Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Belfast are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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Dublin Cruises – Cruise to Dublin in Ireland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Dublin in Ireland as a Port-of-Call.

The Irish capital Dublin has undergone an incredible transformation in the last decade with many modern buildings springing up to add to its historical and cultural appeal.
Dublin’s pubs and bars are world-renowned from the city’s oldest, The Brazen Head, to the newest wine bar.

A visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Brewery provides an insight into the history of Ireland’s favourite tipple.

Grafton Street is a shopper’s paradise with a stop at Bewley’s historic coffee house a must for people-watching.

The library at Trinity College is home to the eighth-century Book of Kells, with the National Museum housing exhibits dating back from the Irish Bronze and Iron ages. The city’s literary heritage is celebrated at the adjoining National Library with works of famous Irish writers such as Beckett, Joyce, Swift and Yeats collected together.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Dublin as a Port of Call can be found here:

Dublin Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Dublin Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Dublin Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

River Cruise and Dublin Sights
‘Dublin’s Fair City’, one of Europe’s liveliest cities can be enjoyed on this excellent combination tour by river and land.

Your voyage of discovery begins with a transfer to the River Liffey upon which Dublin is built. Board the ‘Spirit of Docklands’ for a gentle and relaxing cruise (45 minutes) and hear the story of Dublin, from the first arrival of the Vikings 1,000 years ago to the rapid development of the city. You’ll be told the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and hear about Gandon’s masterpiece, the majestic Customs House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Learn how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the spire in O’Connell Street.

Rejoining your coach, you’ll then take a panoramic drive through the city. See the Georgian Squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam and stop to photograph the renowned Dublin doorways. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s Cathedral is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Next, drive past the Guinness Brewery, home of the famous ‘Black Stuff’ for which Dublin is famous. Continuing to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, you’ll see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you’ll pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice.

City Tour and Guinness
Discover what goes into making a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ – the ingredients, the processes and the effort.

Travelling through the city, you’ll see the Old Parliament House, Trinity College and the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam. Travel to St Stephen’s Green and Dawson Street and view the Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor. You’ll pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral en route to visit the home of the famous brew – Guinness.

The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and ends in ‘Gravity’, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin. The ‘Guinness adventure’ begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint-shaped heart of glass. Find out how the drink that carries Arthur Guinness’s name has travelled around the world. After your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the world famous stout. There will also be time to shop in the Guinness Store, where you’ll find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness memorabilia.

Leisurely Dublin
Enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.

Pass by the Customs House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey, before crossing to the south side. Here, you’ll see The Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college.

Your panoramic drive of the city takes you past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous ‘Doorways of Dublin’. Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green. On Dawson Street, view The Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor.

See Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. See where the famous ‘Black Stuff’ is produced as you pass the Guinness Brewery en route to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park.

Back on the north side you pass the Four Courts, and the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street. Tea or coffee and biscuits will be included during your tour.

A Walk in Dublin’s Fair City
What better way to become acquainted with the city than by walking the infamous streets and seeing the architecture up close?

Arriving at the Georgian Square of Merrion, your walking tour of the city will commence with a stroll through the Gardens of Merrion Square. You’ll pass the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and Ely Place, before arriving at St Stephen’s Green. A short walk along ‘The Green’ will take you to Dawson Street, where you’ll see The Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor.

Crossing from Dawson Street to South Anne’s Street, there will be a stop for a cool drink in one of Dublin’s famous pubs.

Then, take a walk along Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s fashionable shopping streets. Located at the bottom of Grafton Street is Trinity College. Stroll through the University grounds before enjoying some free time in the city.

Traditional Dublin
See the sights of Dublin, sample a glass of the famous brew and enjoy some traditional Irish music and dance.

Drive through Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital, stopping for photos of the famous Doorways of Dublin, Government Buildings and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Both Guinness and Riverdance started their life on the Banks of the River Liffey. Riverdance was originally a 7 minute live television performance, broadcast from Dublin to a European viewing audience of over 300 million during the Eurovision Song Contest in1994. It integrated traditional and modern music, with spectacular hard-shoe Irish dancing in a way never dreamed of before. The heart of the nation was captured that very first night by young and old alike, and this was to be the beginnings of what became the runaway artistic and commercial success of the decade in Ireland.

Stop at an Irish pub situated near the River Liffey for a live performance of the traditional music and dance. Try the Guinness or, if you prefer, why not have a cool glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Coastal Panorama
Enjoy panoramic views of Dublin Bay as you travel to the coastal towns of North County Dublin.

Travel via Fairview and the northern suburb of Coolock before arriving at the beautiful seaside village of Malahide, a noted yachting centre. In the latter part of the 19th century with the advent of the railway, Malahide became a tourist resort and a residential town. Since then, though the population has exploded in a major way, Malahide Village has still managed to retain an old-world elegance. A stop will be made to photograph Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland, which was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years.

Continue your coastal drive through the village of Portmarnock where the world famous Portmarnock Golf Club is located. This club was, for many years, home of the Irish Open Championship.

Soon you will arrive in the quaint fishing port of Howth. Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey with the lovely fishing harbour and marina below, is the 11th century Abbey Tavern, a perfect spot to enjoy an Irish Coffee and savour the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland. Enjoy some short free time to wander through the marina with its extensive variety of private boats and fishing vessels, or relax in the Abbey Tavern.

Departing from Howth, drive over the summit, where you will enjoy wonderful views of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains beyond. You will return to the port via Dollymount and Clontarf.

A Viking Adventure
Enjoy this fun and unusual tour of Viking Dublin by land and sea in a special World War II amphibious military vehicle.

Your costumed and colourful Viking Captain will tell you all about the most exciting sights in Dublin; how the Vikings first settled in the city over 1,000 years ago and how Dublin has become a thriving, cosmopolitan European city.

In 837, Viking ‘Dragon’ warships appeared at the mouth of the Liffey. Five years later, a Norwegian force took the harbour. These events turned Dublin into a Viking city, a heritage of which Dubliners are still proud. During the tour you will see the sights where these early mariners settled and view some of Dublin’s famed landmarks such as Trinity College, Merrion Square, the 2 cathedrals of Christchurch and St Patrick and O’Connell Bridge. You may even be asked to give a Viking roar at passers by!

Finally, you’ll experience a real thrill as your Captain drives the ‘Duck’ into the water for a 20-minute tour of the historic Grand Canal Basin. Each one of the Viking Captains is certified and highly trained. They are colourful characters and love to have fun. So, although they look like rough and tough Vikings, don’t be afraid to ask them a question about anything you see on the tour.

Malahide Castle and Howth
A scenic tour taking in the coast, a Castle, beautiful countryside and an Irish coffee!

You’ll travel via Fairview en route to Malahide Castle, seat of the Talbot family. The Castle, set in 250 acres of parkland, dates back to the 14th century and contains one of the finest collections of Irish period furniture together with a collection of Irish portrait paintings from the National Gallery. The Castle remained under the care of the Talbot family until the death of Lord Talbot in 1975, when Dublin Tourism then acquired it.

Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey with the lovely fishing harbour and marina below, is the Abbey Tavern, an ideal spot in which to enjoy a short rest and savour an Irish coffee. As you enter the Tavern, you’ll be struck by its old-world charm, authenticity and simplicity.

At the top of the Hill of Howth a wonderful panorama opens up overlooking Dublin Bay, with the sprawling city and its suburbs beneath you, set against a backdrop of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains.

Sights and Sounds of Dublin
Enjoy the full Dublin experience by combining beautiful scenery, live music, traditional food, a mountain walk and a city tour.

Leaving Dublin port you’ll head for Stepaside, a small village located in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Stop at a local pub for refreshments of tea or coffee and a scone to fuel you for your Dublin Mountains guided walk.

The trail begins at the ancient 200 year old Kilgobbin Church, which stands near a 12th century High Cross. Enjoy the scenic views of Dublin as you walk along ancient trails and listen to tales of local legend and history. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna as you meander through the forest trails of the landscape. There will be ample opportunity to take photos of the views over Dublin City and across Dublin Bay to Howth Head.

After your walk, you will be welcomed into a pub where you will be served a 1 course Irish lunch, whilst you listen to the sounds of traditional live music.

On arrival back in Dublin, there will be a panoramic tour of the city. You’ll pass the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, River Liffey, Trinity College – Ireland’s oldest college and the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, where you will see the famous Doorways of Dublin. A photo stop will be made at the impressive medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1192, before returning to the port.

Discover County Wicklow
Combine a leisurely drive through some of the finest scenery in Ireland with a visit to an important monastic site.

Your scenic drive through County Wicklow into Wicklow Mountains National Park will take you past jagged mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.

On arrival in Glendalough, you will stop for refreshments of tea or coffee and scones at a local hotel before visiting one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. The early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses. Admire the picturesque setting as you take a guided tour around the monastic ruins which are scattered around 2 lakes.

Having enjoyed the beauty of this peaceful valley, you’ll rejoin your coach for the scenic return journey. Sit back and relax as you take in the stunning scenery of the Wicklow Mountains, hidden mountain streams, lush valleys, scenic lakes and the great expanse of rugged land which typifies the Irish countryside.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Dublin Shore Excursions at

Dublin Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Dublin are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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The Ireland-Traveller Top 10 of Package Holidays

The Ireland-Traveller Team have just added our “Package Holiday Top 10″ providing fast links to ten of the most popular online package holiday companies.

If you’re looking for that perfect overseas holiday then try out this outstanding selection of reputable and, of course, ABTA protected operators.

Most of the “Top 10″ listed offer thousands of holidays so between them you should be able to find something perfect.

Keep checking back as their offers change daily. For example you’ll often find a discount code displayed on the home page of both Thomson and First Choice.

Nearly all the sites have a ‘holiday deals’ or ‘holiday offers’ page so keep an eye on those too for a great holiday deal.

Jet 2 offer some super deals from a small selection of local airports but for the largest choice of destinations and departure airports the leading Thomson, Thomas Cook, First Choice and Direct Holidays will take some beating.

Olympic holidays are great for Greece and Balkan Holidays specialise in Bulgaria, Croatia and the rest of the beautiful Balkans.

If you want to find something a little more up-market then check out Sovereign Holidays. Amazing!

The Ireland-Traveller Team hope you find a wonderful holiday.

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Travel Magazine Discounts : Ireland and much more

Ok, so the team here at Ireland Traveller are totally addicted to all things travel but one thing we do all enjoy reading is a good travel magazine.

We obviously have a great interest in Ireland but are always keen to read about other destinations and activities.

There’s a fantastic range of travel magazines published every month and we all look forward to them dropping on to our doorstep.

Reading a good travel magazine is actually quite an uplifting experience (especially when we see “Ireland” mentioned!!)

Personal favourites of the Ireland Traveller Team are:

Country Walking Magazine
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Lonely Planet Magazine
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
National Geographic Traveller Magazine

but we also enjoy

Cruise International Magazine

and for those that enjoy dreaming about owning property overseas there’s the excellent

A Place in the Sun Magazine.

These travel magazines are about so much more than just holiday destinations. This months Sunday Times Travel Magazine contains an excellent article …

“50 ways the get the perks and upgrades that you’re not entitled to” …… it contains very useful tips indeed!

So despite clearly being Ireland obsessed why not be broad-minded and subscribe to a travel mag or two.

Magazine Group are currently offering discounts of up to 74% off the cover price when you subscribe for 12 months.

That discount applies to both of our Ireland Traveller Team favourites, the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.

You can order online at Magazine Group (Travel)

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New! Ireland Holiday & Travel Resource

The Ireland-Traveller team have been working hard over the past few weeks compiling a fantastic one-stop Ireland travel resource.

This new content for the site isn’t limited to just Ireland travel providers.

Along the top-bar menu there are now links to Ireland Hotel bookers, Ireland Holiday Operators, Ireland Flights, Cruises and Holiday Extras.

There’s also a section dedicated to UK based holidays because even those of us who travel overseas regularly still enjoy UK holidays and breaks. The UK has lots to offer and is very conveniently placed for the UK based traveller!

If you explore the listings you’ll be amazed at some of the fantastic holidays on offer. I’d personally never heard of some of the operators that we’ve listed but they all have amazing and often unique offerings. Work your way through them and you’ll hopefully be pleasantly surprised at what we’ve found and listed.

If you’re after a Ireland holiday package then stick to the holiday listings.

If you want to travel independently to Ireland then we’ve listed some of the main hotel discounters. You can use these to find a great deal to Ireland if you’re flexible on the actual accomodation you stay at. Just enter your preferred resort with dates and these fantastic sites will search all available hotels for you and find the best deals.

If you have a favourite hotel group then we’ve linked to all the main hotel chains online booking facilities. Sometimes these have a lowest price guarantee or offer extra perks such as free papers or late check-outs. Often worth a look.

We hope you find this latestest addition to the Ireland-Traveller website useful and will enjoy watching the resource grow as we add new providers on a regular basis.

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Ireland Hotel Reviews – Business and Holiday Reviews

Essential research before you book any Irish holiday hotel or business hotel is to read hotel reviews. There are many dedicated hotel review sites on the web but surprisingly sometimes it’s best to read reviews on hotel booking sites.

These sites email their customers after a trip asking for reviews. Therefore you know that the reviews you are reading are really from people who’ve actually been to the hotel or apartments because they’d made a real booking.

Many of the ‘review only’ sites have been accused in the past of being ‘infiltrated’ by hotel owners, bar owners or even competitors trying to manipulate the content.

However, would hotel booking sites really publish bad reviews? Good question. However the answer is clearly yes, they do. You only have to read them to see that.

Three hotel bookers with fantastic Ireland hotel review databases are, and Alpharooms…..

Don’t book anything before checking these out!

Alpha Rooms

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