Experience the convenience and romance of rail travel on this vacation! For those who want to leave the driving to someone else, this is the perfect way to travel.
Enjoy round-trip airfare to Dublin, a night in Dublin at the North Star Hotel, and then a leisurely train ride from Dublin to Cork. Once in Cork you'll enjoy two nights at the Imperial Hotel. You'll then take in the sights while riding on a train from Cork to Killarney, where you'll spend two nights at the Scotts Hotel.
You'll return back to Dublin via rail for one more night at the Academy Plaza Hotel. Since both hotels are located within walking distance of the train stations - and we offer personal assistance at Dublin rail stations to get you started, this couldn't be a more hassle-free trip where all of your transportation is taken care of.
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The North Star Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, opposite Connolly Railway Station and the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC). Trinity College, The O2 Arena and the Temple Bar District are all within a 10-minute walk, and private parking is available at the hotel.
With a tradition of friendly personal service, the North Star Hotel offers a fusion between contemporary and Heritage design.
The North Star features 175 bright, tastefully decorated and spacious guestrooms, with WiFi access and many other modern amenities. The award-winning McGettigans Restaurant offers a fine display of cuisine, including the best of both international and traditional Irish delights. Guests will also enjoy the hotel's traditionally styled Irish bar, McCoy's, as well as the new fully heated and covered beer garden, with plasma screens showing all the latest in sport. The hotel also features a fully equipped fitness center available to hotel guests exclusively (at no charge), and a Scandinavian-designed sauna.
The Imperial Hotel in Cork City is ideally located in the premier shopping and commercial district of the city. An ideal base for a short weekend city break, or as focal point from where to tour the scenic South West of Ireland, this 4 star hotel Cork enjoys a near-perfect location. Consider this Cork City Hotel as your base when visiting the attractions and sites of Cork!
Scotts Hotel is ideally located in Killarney town centre, perfectly suited for exploring all the beautiful sights and activities that Killarney and the surrounding area have to offer.
Scotts Hotel combines luxury and service right in the heart of Killarney, Co. Kerry. With a completely new, contemporary setting, extravagantly designed bedrooms, guests are sure to indulge in cozy comforts and enjoy a relaxing break during their stay in Killarney.
Set in the center of the historic city of Dublin, this modern seven-story hotel is located 150 meters from the Writers' Museum and a short distance from the lively nightlife of Temple Bar. All of the attractions of Dublin including, Trinity College, The Guinness Store House, St. Stephen’s green and Powersourt Design Center are all within easy reach. Why not enjoy a walking tour of this historic city with the Free podcast download (visitdublin.com) which includes tours of the Croke Park Museum, Georgian buildings in Dublin, Viking and Medieval Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle.
The 310 air-conditioned contemporary guestrooms are all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD televisions with cable service, direct dial phones, 24 hour room service, laptop compatible safes and tea and coffee facilities. Best Western Academy Plaza Hotel offers a bar and lounge and a coffee shop. This property features beauty services, fitness facilities, and spa services. Guests have 3 dining options on property, Abacus – a modern Chinese restaurant, Sir Harry's bar and brasserie and Giuseppe’s which specialized in traditional Italian fare.
Chester Beatty Library: Consistently winning accolades as one of Dublin's best museums, the Chester Beatty Library contains a diverse array of manuscripts, books, calligraphies, miniatures paintings and more from countries all across the world. Located within the Dublin Castle, highlights of the collection include Egyptian papyrus texts, Buddhist paintings, stunningly elaborate versions of both the Koran and Bible, Chinese dragon robes, and other artistic treasures. Learn more
Dublin Castle: In the heart of historic Dublin is the Dublin Castle, which dates to the 13th century and was built on a site previously settled by the Vikings. The castle has served as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Where the present garden sits was once the site of the famous Black Pool or 'Dubh Linn,’ from which the city gets its name. Learn more
Dublin City Hall: Pass through the neoclassical columns of Dublin City Hall and into the old vaults and become immersed in a multimedia exhibition that traces the evolution of Dublin City. In just one hour, interactive displays take visitors through over 1,000 years of history. Besides the exhibition, it is possible to take a tour of City Hall free of charge. Learn more
Dublin Writers Museum: Opened in 1991 to celebrate the Irish literary tradition, the Dublin Writers Museum tells the stories of the lives and works of Dublin's literary celebrities. Portraits, books, letters and other personal items from famous names such as Wilde, Joyce, Swift and more are kept in this splendid 18th-century mansion. It's a must see for any book lover. Learn more
Dublinia: Located in the center of the medieval city of Dublin, Dublina is a heritage center that takes visitors on a journey back to medieval and Viking times. A great attraction at any age, visitor walk through both a medieval and Viking street as you learn about crime, punishment, death and disease throughout the ages. Learn more
Dublin Zoo: The most visited family attraction in Dublin is this 60-acre zoological park that opened in 1831. Despite its age, this is actually one of the most modern zoos in all of Europe. See lions, tigers, bears and more as you travel through habitats that include the African savanna, the South American rainforest, and the fringes of the Artic. Learn more
Guinness Storehouse: You simply cannot leave Dublin without stopping by the St James's Gateway brewery, the facility that has been pouring out the black stuff since 1759. The number one visitor attraction in the country, the Guinness Storehouse is located in a former Guinness fermentation plant. After learning everything there is to know about Guinness, visitors receive a complimentary beer in the glass-enclosed Gravity Bar at the top of the building, which offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the city. Learn more
Ha'penny Bridge: This striking cast iron pedestrian bridge crosses the River Liffey, an iconic landmark and one of the most photographed sights in Dublin. Some 27,000 people walk across the bridge on a daily basis. The name comes from the halfpenny toll levied on all users of the bridge up until 1919.
Hugh Lane Gallery: Dublin's reputation as a world-class art city becomes immediately clear inside the Hugh Lane Gallery, home to modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. The museum also houses the fascinating reconstructed studio of Irish-born figurative painter Francis Bacon. Learn more
James Joyce Centre: Housed in a marvelously restored Georgian house, the James Joyce Centre tells about the life and times of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Although Joyce himself probably never visited the house, it is the former studio of the flamboyant dance instructor immortalized in Joyce's classic, “Ulysses.” Tons of items relating to the life and work of Joyce – including a copy of his death mask – are on display in re-creations of period rooms. Learn more
Kilmainham Gaol: A tour of this Victorian prison that dates to 1796 not only covers the penal history of the building, but also the heroic and tragic events that led to Ireland's emergence as a modern nation. Leaders of several rebellions were detained and executed here, and the dramatic audio tour is sure to fascinate any visitor (including Ireland history buffs and novices). Learn more
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: This branch of the National Museum of Ireland takes visitors on a trip through the country's archaeological history starting way back in 7,000BC. The museum contains several outstanding examples of Celtic metalwork and medieval art, as well as a fascinating exhibition that details the recently found bog bodies that date back to the Iron Age. Besides the main museum, there are three other offshoots around Dublin that center on Natural History, Decorative Arts & History, and County Life. Learn more
Saint Patrick's Cathedral: Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the imposing Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in the country. There are several interesting tombs and memorials to explore, as well as the grave of "Gulliver's Travels" author Jonathan Swift, who was once dean of the cathedral.
The Spire of Dublin: One of Dublin's newest landmarks, this striking 398-foot needle is made of reflective stainless steel. The tallest work of public art in the world, the spire is an architectural marvel that starts with a base of less than 10 feet. At night, a beacon of light is sent skyward from the top.
Trinity College: Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College was Ireland's first university. Today the campus dominates Dublin's city center, with the magnificent bell tower rising nearly 100-feet tall and the university's most famous landmark. Also notable is the college library, a building that contains over a million books, the main tourist draw being the Book of Kells, a gorgeously illustrated original manuscript from the 9th century. Learn more