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Hosted Railtours for the Independent Traveller
Travel by train and ferry to Dublin
Tour LE09-DH02

London-Dublin, Cork & Blarney Castle

Travel from London to Dublin

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Virgin Train
Irish Ferries
Cobh
Cork River
Virgin Train
Irish Ferries
Cobh Harbour
Cork City
Virgin Train
Irish Ferries
Cobh
Cork River
What's included?
  • Return Rail & Ferry London to Dublin
  • Transfers from Dublin Ferryport to City Centre Hotel
  • Dublin City Tour & Attraction Admissions
  • Breakfast on Dublin to Cork Train Mon-Fri only
  • 3 Nights Dublin / 4* Standard Hotel
Overview & Map

Travel by train and ferry to Dublin

Travel from London to Dublin with Virgin Trains and Irish Ferries and then enjoy a trip to Ireland's Southern capital, Cork, visiting the world renowned Blarney Stone and the Queenstown Story at Cobh, on Cork Harbour, famous as the Titanic's last port of call.

Full Itinerary
Day 1:

London to Dublin

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Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time - look for our check-in hosts in the yellow jackets!


Check-in London Euston Station at the Network Rail Mobility Assistance Reception for 09:10 departure of your Virgin Train direct to Holyhead. You will be met by your Railtours Ireland host and escorted into your reserved seats. Your train, complete with snack car / bar will speed through the heart of England and along the North Wales coast to reach Holyhead in just 3 hours and 40 minutes. Holyhead rail station is also the cruise ferry terminal so after a short bus transfer to the berth you walk onto the ship – The Irish Ferries ‘Ulysses’ to Dublin, ship weighing 55,000 tonnes. Enjoy an invigorating 3 hours and 15 minute voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.
Arrive into Dublin 17:25pm where you will be welcomed by your Railtours Ireland host and transferred to your four star standard hotel in Dublin City Centre for a 3-night stay.

Overnight Stay:

Dublin City Centre

Day 2:

Discover Dublin at your leisure

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Free to discover Dublin with your Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket

The popular tour, the Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, is offered with both live and multilingual commentary. All drivers are Failte Ireland approved, which means not only are they great story tellers, they're also brimming with information and history of Dublin's past, and will have you laughing all the way around the tour route too.

Overnight Stay:

Dublin City Centre

Day 3:

Cork, Blarney Castle & Cobh

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Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our Check-In represenative will be in their yellow jacket!


Check-in for 07:00 departure from Dublin Heuston Station


Arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35, we transfer to our Railtours Ireland tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens, built in 1446 by Dermot Mc Carthy. You will have time to kiss the famous stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping and lunch at Blarney and we recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.


Depart Blarney Castle for Cóbh, via the city centre and a short city tour.


On arrival at Cóbh we will visit St Colman’s Cathedral. We will then proceed down along the sea front passing the former White Star Line offices en route to the beautifully restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal. This is now the Cóbh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story. The centre also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration; 3 million Irish people emigrated from Cóbh, (principally to the United States) including Annie Moore, whose statue is located in front of the heritage centre.


Depart Cobh by train to return to Dublin.

Returning to Dublin Heuston Station at 20:00hrs.


Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Blarney Castle and Gardens & Cobh Heritage Centre


Overnight Stay:

Dublin City Centre

Day 4:

Dublin to London

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Railours Ireland Host will transfer you to the Dublin Ferry Port


Dublin – London (via Irish Ferries Ship - Ulysses):

Monday-Saturday

08:05: Depart Dublin (Ferryport) by cruise ferry

Sunday
08:05: Depart Dublin (Ferryport) by cruise ferry
11:30: Arrive Holyhead arrive by ferry

12:38: Depart HollyHead Direct

16:38: Arrive London Euston Station


Sunday - Change at Crewe

16:44: Arrive Lonon Euston Station