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May 14, 2018

Self-drive Half Term Break in Ireland: £568 total including Ferry

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is the ideal half term break destination, with five-night stays at Irish Ferries’ holiday cottages costing from just £568 for a family of up to five, including return ferry crossings for car and family.

Counties Wicklow and Wexford are easy to reach by ferry via Dublin or Rosslare, and the crossing time (around three to four hours depending on route) is just right for enjoying onboard facilities like the entertainment centre or the cinema, as well as restaurants and promenade deck.

And during May half term, a five-night break at either Aughrim Holiday Village or Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes costs just £568 including ferry travel.

Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow is an attractive cluster of cottages. The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  The houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes are only three kilometres from the popular family resort of Courtown on the Wexford coast. The collection of pet-friendly cottages offer modern family accommodation, each with three bedrooms (two bathrooms) to sleep a family of five. There’s also a children’s play area and tennis court onsite. Nearby attractions include a seal rescue centre and Courtown’s indoor/outdoor adventure centre.

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • Irish Ferries offers the most varied and exciting fleet sailing to Ireland: the twin-hullled catamaran Dublin Swift is the biggest high-speed ferry, and the cruise-ferry Ulysses is currently the largest ship on the Irish Sea, being 12 decks high and weighing in at almost 50,000 tonnes and superb on-board facilities.
  • Drive times: to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.


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September 23, 2015

Half Term: Kids Travel & Stay Free in Ireland by Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries Holidays has two great offers for October half term, with free places for children when travelling with their parents by car and staying in selected cottages and hotels.

At Holiday Cottages

Irish Ferries features family-friendly holiday cottages in 29 beautiful locations around Ireland, from County Wexford in the sunny south-east, around the south coast and along the Wild Atlantic Way in the west of Ireland. Children under 16 travel and stay free at all of them this half term, for example:

How about a week in a three-bedroom holiday cottage at Glenbeg Point in County Wexford, within a stone’s through of Ardmine Beach and two kilometres from the seaside resort of Courtown?

The modern cottages, modelled on a traditional Irish ‘croft’ are set in a pleasant spot with a kids’ play area and tennis courts on-site. Each has an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, with French doors opening onto a patio. There’s a double for parents, a twin and a single.

Booked as a package with Irish Ferries Holidays, to include ferry crossings between Pembroke in Wales and Rosslare for a car, two adults and up to three children under 16 is just £421 for 7 nights arriving Saturday 24 October 2015.

At Hotels

Children – typically under 11 years – travel and stay free when sharing a family room at selected hotels across Ireland, on self-drive short breaks this half term. For example:

For a family-friendly break in Dublin, stay at the Regency Hotel which offers free car parking and easy access to the city centre by public transport. This welcoming three-star hotel has a swimming pool and gym, as well as a bar and restaurant. When sharing a family room with two full-paying adults, up to two children under 11 years travel and stay free – including breakfast each morning.

Mum and Dad each pay just £174 each, which means a family of four can enjoy a three-night break starting Sunday 25 October for a total of £348 – and that is including ferry crossings from Holyhead to Dublin for a car and all the family.

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