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Breakaway to Ireland’s Ancient East with Irish Ferries

10 Jul 2018

Ireland’s beautiful south-east is a comfortable four-hour cruise from Pembroke on Irish Ferries’ Isle of Inishmore, with the port of Rosslare offering easy access to Counties Wexford, Waterford and Wicklow this summer.

For a short break packed with interest, visit Waterford City (see, which was founded by the Vikings in 914AD. Stroll through the ‘Viking Triangle’ and visit Reginald’s Tower to see original artefacts, view the excellent Medieval Museum and Georgian treasures at the Bishop’s Palace.

The 29-room Athenaeum House Hotel is a great Waterford base, quietly set in gardens running down to the River Suir, with city views. A three-night midweek break this summer costs from £722 per couple when sharing a double room, including a full Irish breakfast each morning, complimentary parking and return ferry travel.

Alternatively, there are family-friendly holiday cottages in seaside resorts like Dunmore East, where a week’s holiday for mum, dad and up to three children under 16 can be enjoyed for a great-value £899 for the weeks starting 18 or 25 August or £985 for the weeks starting 21 or 28 July, 4, 11 and 18 August.

Seacliff holiday cottages are set on the cliff top beside Dunmore East’s golf club and 650 metres from the sandy cove of Counsellors Strand. Each modern holiday home offers open-plan living, an ensuite double, a twin and a single room to sleep five, and there’s an onsite playground.

Seacliff is 90 minutes’ drive from Irish Ferries’ port at Rosslare, using the charming ferry to the River Suir. There are beaches, boat trips and great sightseeing, with Hook Lighthouse across the bay and historic Waterford half an hour’s drive. 08717 300 400
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Athenaeum House Hotel