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July 11, 2018

Breakaway to Ireland’s Ancient East with Irish Ferries

Ireland’s beautiful south-east is a comfortable four-hour cruise from Pembroke on Irish Ferries’ Isle of Inishmore, with the port of Rosslare offering easy access to Counties Wexford, Waterford and Wicklow this summer.

For a short break packed with interest, visit Waterford City (see, which was founded by the Vikings in 914AD. Stroll through the ‘Viking Triangle’ and visit Reginald’s Tower to see original artefacts, view the excellent Medieval Museum and Georgian treasures at the Bishop’s Palace.

The 29-room Athenaeum House Hotel is a great Waterford base, quietly set in gardens running down to the River Suir, with city views. A three-night midweek break this summer costs from £722 per couple when sharing a double room, including a full Irish breakfast each morning, complimentary parking and return ferry travel.

Alternatively, there are family-friendly holiday cottages in seaside resorts like Dunmore East, where a week’s holiday for mum, dad and up to three children under 16 can be enjoyed for a great-value £899 for the weeks starting 18 or 25 August or £985 for the weeks starting 21 or 28 July, 4, 11 and 18 August.

Seacliff holiday cottages are set on the cliff top beside Dunmore East’s golf club and 650 metres from the sandy cove of Counsellors Strand. Each modern holiday home offers open-plan living, an ensuite double, a twin and a single room to sleep five, and there’s an onsite playground.

Seacliff is 90 minutes’ drive from Irish Ferries’ port at Rosslare, using the charming ferry to the River Suir. There are beaches, boat trips and great sightseeing, with Hook Lighthouse across the bay and historic Waterford half an hour’s drive.  08717 300 400

June 29, 2016

Ireland’s Ancient East: save 10% on Irish Ferries Holidays

Irish Ferries Holidays is encouraging travellers to ‘drive through history’ this July and August by offering 10% off self-drive packages that combine ferry travel with hotel accommodation.

‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ is Tourism Ireland’s ‘label’ for the historic attractions of the eastern counties.  These include the Boyne Valley’s Neolithic site which has World Heritage status; beautiful Glendalough with its 1000 year-old tower; medieval Kilkenny and Viking Waterford City.

“Whether you sail into Rosslare or Dublin, it’s just a short drive to discover 5,000 years of history, and if you book by 18 July for this summer, you save 10% on our packages,” says Dermot Merrigan, head of passenger sales at Irish Ferries.

For example, a week-long tour of Ireland’s Ancient East could include an afternoon cruise ferry into Dublin and a night in the coastal resort of Bray.

A scenic drive on Day Two through the Wicklow Mountains taking in Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough ends with arrival at the Millrace Hotel in Bunclody for a two night stay.

From this beautiful spot where Counties Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford meet, discover Huntington and Enniscorthy Castles or the 500 year-old oak trees at Altamont Gardens.

On Day Five, discover Kilkenny’s medieval streets before driving south to Waterford City on the River Suir to trace its Viking past, staying for two nights at the Tower Hotel.

Enjoy a final night in Wexford before sailing on the morning ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke.

When two people travel by car together and share a room, the per person price for this seven-night holiday is £364 to include ferry crossings and three- and four-star hotels with breakfast each morning. or call 08717 300 400





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