My how things have changed. My children have traveled by car, plane, train, bus, subway, Chunnel and now by a ferry. (Cora has done that in her first year of life!) Our journey to Ireland was very interesting. On Easter morning, we drove for almost 5 hours north into Wales to the Holyhead port. Our kids were quite content with their dual DVD players and Leap Pad and Leapster games. We saw mountains, castles, windmills and lots of sheep. We went through three tunnels in the mountains right by the Irish Sea. The ferry was such an easy and convenient way to travel. It was a 3 1/2 hour boat ride, and the kids thought we were on a cruise!
Our route from Chippenham, England to Holyhead, Wales
Ferry routes from Wales to Ireland. We went from Holyhead to Dublin.
Three content kiddos
We drove right along the Irish Sea
If you notice the temperature, that is in Celsius.
Hard to see, but there was a HUGE castle
Windmills in the Irish Sea
Driving with the mountains on the left and the sea on the right
Entering a tunnel through the mountain
There is our ferry at the port! It was massive!
Driving onto the ferry
We parked the car and got out for the 3.5 hour boat ride.
Front row seats in the ferry. It was a beautiful, calm day at sea.
Video clip from our front row seats
The kids enjoyed a pirate show and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Video clip looking out the window
We had a room for the kids to rest. The loved the bunk beds, although no sleeping took place.
Pulling into the port in Dublin. Dylan loved watching all of the action.
Video clip: arriving in Dublin port
This was a great way to break up a long driving trip. The kids had so much fun on the ferry boat! We had our picnic lunch, watched cartoons, colored pictures, watched a pirate show, "relaxed" in our bunk beds and just enjoyed the various views from the ship. It wasn't very crowded since it was Easter Sunday. Our hotel was only about 10 minutes from the port. This was a great beginning to a wonderful vacation in Ireland!