Work, college, thousand things to do. Sometimes, everyone needs a time to relax. A short or day trip is a great option for those who does not have much time, but still want to know new places and have a spare period to put the thoughts in order. With a low budget and a great plan, an ordinary weekend can become fantastic. It is always better to start with near locations. For those who lives in Dublin, here are some tips for where to go during a weekend or holidays.

Holyhead – Wales

For those that are not aeroplanes lovers, the Ferry is an option to do this day trip. The promotional tickets are seasonable available. You can travel from €6.00 return (by foot). The companies that do this trip are Stenaline and Irish Ferries, heading out from the Dublin Port.

The Ferry takes around three hours to get there. And it is also three hours to come back. That is enough to get a great view around the small town. You can book the type of trip you want by the time you purchase the tickets in their website.

Holyhead is the biggest town in Anglesey Island, Wales. The main tourist points are the lighthouse, the old church full of tombs – which is also the first school in Holyhead and the Maritime Museum. The hike to get in the top of Holyhead mountain takes around 1,5 hours, so it is important for the traveller to bring water and some snacks – as you do not get anywhere to buy during the journey.

The Lighthouse - Holyhead (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

The Lighthouse – Holyhead (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

Getting to the top of the mountain, enjoy the view in the benches available to sit all around. To get in the lighthouse, you have to go down the mountain by a stair way. It is important to mention that you have to pay for the lighthouse entrance.

To come back to the town centre, you can do the mountain way or the highway. Both take around the same 1,5 hours to come back.

Around town you will find the Maritime Museum (paid) and the Church (free entrance).

St. Cybi's Church Holyhead (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

St. Cybi’s Church Holyhead (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

Liverpool – England

 

Liverpool is a maritime city in England and very famous for being the hometown of the English band The Beatles. However, it is a great option for fans or not of the group. The trip, by plane, takes around 30 minutes. People can find tickets from €9.99, depends on the season (available by Ryanair or Aer Lingus).

Albert Dock, Liverpool (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

Albert Dock, Liverpool (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

The trip can take one or two days, depends on what is the plan. Liverpool has many museums to visit and beautiful streets to explore. Some of them are the World Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, The Beatles Museum and Walker Art Gallery.

Another great thing to do is the Magical Mystery Tour that shows all the places that made The Beatles. Do not forget to visit The Cavern Pub and check where it all started.

The Cavern Pub, Liverpool (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

The Cavern Pub, Liverpool (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

For the football fans, the home of Liverpool Football Club is there. The team lovers can do a stadium tour, visit the Liverpool FC Museum and have fun in the famous Boot Room Sports Café.

Another nice thing to visit is a total replica of The Central Perk, the famous café from the American sitcom Friends. Even the menu is the same and has some other beverages inspired in the characters. A must see for all fans.

The Central Perk Cafe, Liverpool (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

The Central Perk Cafe, Liverpool (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

Dublin beaches and ports – Howth, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey

For those who really does not want to spend much, the tip is to make a small trip to the beaches around Dublin. These three destinations, Howth, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey, offers you hikes, beautiful views, lighthouses, parks and awesome food and in a short distance.

Howth Lighthouse (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

Howth Lighthouse (Photo Credits: Julianne Longo)

You can go by DART or bus, depending where are you in Dublin. Do not forget your snacks, beverages and camera. The beautiful views around all these villages will leave you breathless.