After traveling to Wales we took a ferry to Ireland. The ferry was a few hours, and it enabled us to bring our car. It was really great though - they had rooms for kids to play, movie rooms, game rooms, several areas to purchase food, and lots of different areas to sit and relax. When we arrived in Ireland we spent two nights in Dublin and honestly we would have been fine with just spending one night there. It's not that there's not much to do there - there certainly are ways to fill your time, but Dublin is definitely more of a college city and not so much a bring your small kids and walk around city. We did a tour of Christ Church Cathedral, the Guinness Storehouse, and quickly walked around the Dublin Castle. We wished we would have known, but Ed Sheeran had a concert in Dublin during the time we were there and with the grandparents traveling with us, we could have had free babysitters! We also got to meet up with a friend of Miles who is stationed just outside of Dublin right now - small world!
The Dublin Castle is now used for government offices
After Dublin we drove to the west coast of Ireland and saw Cliffs of Moher (so beautiful!) and the Bunratty Castle (big hit for the kids).
Poor little Hidalgo kids - such a rough life.
From Ireland we drove to Northern Ireland and stayed in Belfast for two nights. We did a bus tour of the city and a visit to the Titanic Museum which is located right where the Titanic was built. The middle schooler in me was pumped! We also got to walk on and tour the SS Nomadic - a ship that was used in both World Wars and brought passengers (the unsinkable Molly Brown) on to the Titanic. We had a really nice time while in Belfast (we were there for Easter) and it was nice to be back in Northern Ireland as I visited the country once before after graduating high school. We'd love to go back and make it out to the Giant's Causeway and some of the more scenic parts of the country we just didn't have time to squeeze in on this trip.
Next stop: Scotland!