Irish Ferries has added six additional hotels to its self-drive holidays programme, which books ferry crossings together with hand-picked accommodation for best-value packages.
The Woodenbridge Hotel in County Wicklow purports to be Ireland’s oldest, welcoming travellers since 1608 but Irish Ferries’ guests will stay in the adjacent modern Woodenbridge Lodge overlooking the Aughrim River, almost equidistant from both Dublin port and Rosslare.
The ‘full Irish’ breakfast included in Irish Ferries’ arrangements should be good: the Woodenbridge has held an AA Rosette since 1995 and has its own bakery on Arklow’s main street (seven kms from the hotel) where the bread is made each morning.
Irish Ferries has negotiated three nights for the price of two at The Woodenbridge Hotel virtually all year round, with a weekend break in March from just £150 per person when two travel in their own car on the ferry and share a room. One or two children under 12 are free when sharing a family room.
In Cork City, The Ambassador Hotel also features in the programme for the first time, following a total refurbishment last year. The striking Victorian brick building was once a ‘hospital for incurable diseases’ but now provides four-star accommodation, good, well-priced food in McGettigan’s Cookhouse-style restaurant, a gym, and a friendly bar that is very popular with the locals.
The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the city’s quays beside the River Lee and has free parking for residents. A three night break in April costs from £230 per person when two travel in their own car on the ferry and share a room. One or two children under 12 are free when sharing a family room.
Other newly-featured hotels are the Ashling Hotel in Dublin City, the Granville Hotel in Waterford, the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa in County Galway and the Butlers Arms Hotel in County Kerry.
08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays
About Irish Ferries
- Irish Ferries operates a fleet of five ships on the Irish Sea: typically four sail between Ireland and Wales, one between Ireland and France.
- UK Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
- The fleet includes both the largest ship on the Irish Sea (Ulysses) and the fastest vessel (Dublin Swift) both serving the Holyhead to Dublin route.
- Drive times to Holyhead: from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Drive times to Pembroke: from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
- Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available at a supplement.
- Ship-wide free WiFi.
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