Discover Ireland and unearth your perfect city break

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Discover Ireland and unearth your perfect city break

If you dream of discovering a land of beauty, history and culture, then Ireland and Northern Ireland have to be on your bucket list. With regular flights from Southampton Airport to Belfast, Cork and Dublin, it could not be easier to explore the Emerald Isle and its unique cities.

Belfast - Delve into history

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a city of four quarters and famous for its links to the Titanic and home to Game of Thrones.

Base yourselves at the 4-star Europa Hotel, strategically placed at the heart of Belfast city centre and the perfect location to easily explore the four quarters.

In Belfast’s Titanic Quarter you’ll find the impressive Titanic Belfast museum, Titanic’s Dock and Pumphouse, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage and great day out.

The Gaeltacht Quarter pays tribute to Northern Irelands political history. A city sightseeing bus tour is perfect for exploring and discovering this historic area.

The Cathedral Quarter is an architect-lovers dream filled with cosy pubs and trendy restaurants. The ideal place to spend your evening, with a Guiness in the cosy candle lit bar, The Spaniard, followed by dinner at 21 Social – just one of the many great restaurants on offer. You can then top the evening off with some live jazz at Berts Jazz Bar.

When you’re ready to wind down your city break, the Queen’s Quarter is the cities leafy area. Home to the stunning Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum, and a treasure trove of shops, cafes, bars, galleries and live entertainment venues.


 

Cork - A culture-lovers dream!

Cork is brimming with tradition and culture. Built on the River Lee the centre of the city is an island within an island and home to Cork Harbour.

The Clayton Hotel Cork City is Cork’s premier 4 star hotel that overlooks the famous River Lee and is a great location for exploring the city.

Just a short walk from the hotel you’ll find Crawford Art Gallery and museum. One of the many places to discover unique artist displays, sculptures and pictures in the city.

For foodies, head to the Old English Markets where you’ll discover a feast for the senses as well as the taste buds amongst the vibrant colours and artisan stalls.

The evenings can be spent enjoying the buzz found in the many restaurants and bars. Market Lane mixes European and modern Irish flavours across its 2-floor restaurant and cocktail bar, a mere 4-minute walk from the Clayton Hotel.

When it’s time to unwind and relax, Cork’s gardens and open spaces provide a picturesque settling in the heart of a bustling city and offer the perfect spots to complete your break.

 

Dublin - An adventure for your taste buds!

On the east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey the stunning Irish capital of Dublin is just over an hour flight from Southampton Airport.

This thriving, multicultural capital offers a huge variety of restaurants, bistros, cafes, and food markets across the city.

The Grafton Capital hotel is located just 600m from both St Stephen’s Green and Dublin Castle, the ideal base for exploring the city and its attractions.

Just a 6-minute walk from the hotel is Dublin’s famous Temple Bar with its cobbled streets

lined with bars, restaurants, galleries and entertainment. Sample the whiskeys and craft beers in the traditional Temple Bar Pub, enjoy the eruption of colour every Saturday with its food market, and try something different at the Open Air Cinema in Meeting House Square.

Of course, no visit to Ireland’s capital would be complete without a trip to the world renowned Guinness Storehouse.

Once you’ve soaked up all the culinary culture, you can sit back and enjoy the ride as you explore the rest of the city by open-top-bus. A great way to take in sites which include, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Ha’penny Bridge.

To book your city break away today visit our Southampton Airport Direct Travel website.