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48 hours in Ireland: Dublin or Belfast?

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Ireland; the home of Guinness and super friendly accents. It's the perfect destination for a weekend away, but choosing where to fly off to can be tricky. After a visit to both, here’s a couple of things to consider.

Price of a pint

It is imperative to try a cold glass of Guinness whilst in Ireland. Even if you don’t like the taste in England, you will there.

In the city centres, the price of a pint in Belfast is generally cheaper than in Dublin where you’ll more than likely find yourself paying above the odds. Remember that in Dublin you’ll have to get your money changed to euros, but with Brexit having made the pound drop, the exchange rates don’t make much of a difference anyway!

Experience

Titanic Belfast is an all-round experience with nine interactive galleries to explore. Tickets bought online are £18.00, which isn’t bad for a full day out with a fun “ride” included.

However, head to Dublin and you could be taking in the history of the Irish pint with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse. Buy your tickets online and you actually save 30%, with a price of €17.50 which is roughly £15. Not only do you get to see how Guinness is made and relive their past adverts, you also get to professionally pour your own pint to enjoy in the 360° high rise gravity bar.

Eat

There is nothing better than starting your day with a full Irish breakfast, with all the same ingredients as a full English, plus fried potato. You'll tend to find that breakfasts in Belfast are cheaper than Dublin, but this depends on where you go.

For city centre eating, Belfast wins this one. In Belfast, make Sunday morning hangovers a little easier by heading to St George’s Market for a huge “bin lid” breakfast butty. In Dublin, head to Urbanity for a good cup of coffee with breakfast.

Drink

Wherever you go in Ireland, you’re bound to have a good night out.

Belfast has something for everyone; whether it’s Filthy McNasties or Alibi for a more sophisticated night. In Dublin, the main strip is centred around Temple Bar, a famous pub named after Sir William Temple. The strip is hugely popular with tourists and going to Temple Bar itself is a must do whilst you’re there. The live music is great but the prices and the fact that it’s more like a sardine tin than a pub... not so much.

Stay

If you’re heading to Belfast with a group of friends, your best bet is to use Airbnb to find a house share in the city. Sharing means you’re cutting the costs down even more, without losing out on a modern and stylish stay. You can get an 11-bed townhouse for £186 per night, which works out at about £17 each!

In Dublin, hotels close to the city centre can be rather expensive. For example, one night’s stay at the Clayton Hotel comes in at around £100 per night. However, if you make a weekend of it, you can enjoy views of the River Liffey while dipping in a hot tub.

Whether you choose Dublin or Belfast, make sure to walk around, sip a pint of Guinness and enjoy a big breakfast in the morning.

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