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Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

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Owls Head, Maine
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Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

Myself and three young ladies are arriving in Dublin the first of August and planning to take the ferry to Holyhead then travel to Chester England. Any suggestions on travel, sites and lodging?We are thinking the train and hostels . We do not want to rent a car and hoping that public transportation will work for us. Any ideas? Thanks,

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Cardiff, United...
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1. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

www.irishferries.com/uk-en/offers/sail-rail/

Presume that you are spending some time in Dublin first and not just flying there so you can take a train, a boat and a train to get to where you're going?

Owls Head, Maine
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2. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

YEs, we are flying in on Saturday then spending two nights in Dublin. Planning on taking the ferry on Monday morning. We are deciding whether to book the ferry in advance. Your thoughts?

Cardiff, United...
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3. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

I don't specifically know whether the prices are likely to go up or what the availability is like on that route to be honest. But if your plans are set, why not book in advance?

Use the below website for info on this route however (and indeed any train travel in Europe).

www.seat61.com/Ireland.htm#.U6CkzrF2EqM

Stroud, United...
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4. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

Why not fly to Manchester?

Chester, United...
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5. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

It's an easy train journey from Holyhead to Chester. Once in Chester it's a very walkable city. How long are you staying here?

As foot passengers there's not much advantage in booking just the ferry in advance but do some online searches - there might be deals on ferry plus train tickets. Look at the web sites for Irish Ferries and Stena Line.

Edited: 5:35 pm, June 17, 2014
Dingle, Ireland
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6. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

The train journey along the North Wales coast is worth doing for its own sake, it is spectacular, it runs along the beach between the sea and the mountains. I also like the ferry trip on the Ulysses.(Irish Ferries).

London
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7. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

Dublin to Chester would qualify for the 'Sail-Rail' through ticket. Slightly cheaper to book in advance but not essential.

'The Man in Seat 61' has a good page with the various options, and how to buy tickets.

www.seat61.com/Ireland.htm#.U6FMR_ldU3g

Bucks
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8. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

There are two ways to book a Dublin to Chester SailRail ticket (ferry+train all on one ticket).

1) www.irishferries.com/ie-en/offers/sail-rail/ for 43 euros ship+train, 49 euros Swift fast ferry + train. Small booking fee added, I think. Tickets can be collected at Dublin port. You get a ferry reservation and an open train ticket valid any train to Chester, you have to look up trains separately if you want to know the times, www.nationalrail.co.uk

2) www.virgintrains.co.uk will book tickets Dublin Port (Irish Ferries) or Dublin Port (Stena) to Chester for £31 (advance) or £38 (standard price) and you can have them posted overseas for £7.50.

The 08:05 Irish Ferries ship 'Ulysses' is lovely, huge (50,000 tons - Titanic was 'only' 46,000 tons), rock steady, and very comfortable. The 08:45 Irish Ferries Swift fast ferry is quicker, but has fewer facilities and can be a bit bumpier as it speeds through the waves. There's also an afternoon Swift sailing. Stena Line have both an 08:20 and 15:10 sailing by ship from Dublin port.

Clearwater, Florida
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9. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

What is the best way to get from Chester to Ireland? Could stop at

Dublin, or go to another city. We are 2 people, want to take some tours and have about 5 days. Should we book them out of Dublin? Or go to another city to take them? We will need to end up in Dublin to fly home.

Thanks!

Dingle, Ireland
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10. Re: Dublin to Holyhead to Chester England Help

Chester to Ireland? I would do the journey outlined by Anna in reverse, train to Holyhead and then ferry to Dublin. Start a new thread in the Ireland forum regarding trips out of Dublin, Ireland is not in the UK and has a different currency.

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