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Take a trip to Britain

Ferry trip to Britain

Planning on taking a trip to Britain this summer? If you book between now and April 14th, Irish Ferries are offering 25% off all routes on any day until December 18th 2016. With 16 sailings per day, travellers can choose between two routes – Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke, with unlimited luggage.

If you’re not happy with the price, you can also compare ferry crossing prices from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, UK and France via In addition, those who complete a return motorist trip to France between June 1st and August 31st 2016 could qualify for a free trip to the UK for a vehicle and up to two adults.

You might think that our next door neighbour isn’t really the best spot for a holiday, but there’s actually plenty to do and see within driving distance of both ferry destinations. If you’re sailing into Holyhead, for example, the historic Caernarfon Castle is 30 minutes away by car, Snowdonia National Park and the seaside resort town of Llandudno are less than an hour away, while the cities of Liverpool (just under two hours) and Manchester (just over two hours) are not too far by road. Portmeirion is also well worth the visit – a little more than an hour from Holyhead by car, this hotel resort and tourist attraction has been built to resemble an Italian village with beautiful gardens, fountains and a church. Scotland might be a bit far to travel, though the border towns are a journey of about five hours.

If Pembroke is your destination, Oakwood Theme Park is a mere 20 minute drive (Stena Line also offer packages by car or by coach) – add an extra 1.5 hours to reach the Brecon Beacons National Park which features routes and trails for all ages and abilities, alongside some pretty fantastic scenery. You can also easily reach southwestern England, with Cheltenham, the Roman Baths complex in the aptly named town of Bath, the ancient Wookey Hole Caves in Wells (which are said to have been used by humans for almost 45,000 years) and the impressive features of Stonehenge all within a four hour journey of Pembroke.

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.