Further Information on the Dublin - Holyhead Ferry Route
Port of Dublin - For Full Information - Click Here
Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Life and at the centre of the Dublin Region. Dublin Port is Ireland's biggest sea port. It has both historical and contemporary economic importance. Approximately two-thirds of the Republic of Ireland's port traffic goes via Dublin Port. Recently, the port and its land, mostly at the eastern end of Dublin's Northside, were valued at €25 billion - €30 billion.
The modern Dublin Port is located either side of the River Liffey, out to its mouth. On the north side of the river, the main part of the port lies at the end of East Wall and North Wall, from Alexandra Quay. The element of the port on the south side of the river is much smaller, and lies at the beginning of the Pigeon House peninsula. Roll-On Roll-Off ferry services run regularly across the Irish Sea to Holyhead in Wales, Liverpool in England and in the summer months to Holyhead, Isle of Man. The largest car ferry in the world, the Irish Ferries ship Ulysses which can carry up to 2000 passengers, runs on the Holyhead route.
Holyhead Ferry Port - For Full Information - Click Here
Holyhead is the largest town in the county of Anglesey in the north west of Wales. Although it is the largest town in the county it is neither the county town nor actually on the island of Anglesey. Instead, it is located on Holy Island which is connected to Anglesey by Four Mile Bridge, so called because it is four miles from Holyhead on the old post road from London, and a causeway built by local philanthropist Lord Stanley in the 19th century. The causeway now carries the A5/A55 road and the railway line to Chester, Crewe and London.
Holyhead has a busy ferry port handling more than 2 million passengers each year. Stena Line, Europe's biggest ferry company, operates from the port as do Irish Ferries. Ferries sail to Dublin and Dún Laoghaire in Ireland and this forms the principal link for surface transport from central and northern England and Wales to Ireland. There is archaeological evidence that people have been sailing between Holyhead and Ireland for 4,000 years. Holyhead's maritime importance was at its height in the 19th century when the two and a half mile breakwater, widely acknowledged to be one of Britain's finest, was built, creating a safe harbour for vessels caught in stormy waters on their way to Liverpool and the industrial ports of Lancashire. Holyhead's sea heritage is remembered in a maritime museum.
Dublin - Holyhead - Choose to travel by fast ferry or standard cruise ferry. Irish Ferries offer their 30 minute check in on this service. The Speed ferry (Dublin Swift) service takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes where as the conventional ferry (Ulysses) takes 3 hours and 15 minutes. Up to 4 crossings a day.
Rosslare - Pembroke - This route also offers the 30 minute check in service. Cruise onboard Isle of Inishmore vessel in 3 hours and 45 minutes. Irish Ferries offer 2 crossings a day on this route.
Rosslare - Cherbourg - One hour check in for this longer distance journey onboard the luxurious Oscar Wilde. the journey takes 18 hours and 30 minutes and there are 3 crossings a week from Irish Ferries.
Rosslare - Roscoff - This route is also onboard the luxurious Oscar Wilde. 1 hour check in for this service which has a crossing time of 17 hours and 30 minutes. This service runs once a week.
Irish Ferries operates on the Dublin Port (North Wall) - Holyhead route, and from Rosslare Europort to Roscoff, Cherbourg, and Pembroke. MS Oscar Wilde operates between Rosslare Europort - Cherbourg and Roscoff. She entered service in December 2007 on the Dublin - Holyhead line, then the Rosslare - Pembroke Dock and finally to her selected route, Rosslare - Cherbourg and Roscoff.
Irish Ferries currently run 4 vessels;
MS Isle of Inishmore - Rosslare—Pembroke.
HSC Swift - Dublin—Holyhead.
MS Ulysses - Dublin—Holyhead (The world's largest ferry in terms of car-carrying capacity)
MS Oscar Wilde - Cherbourg and Roscoff
For Further information on Irish Ferries Click Here
Stena Line Irish Ferry Routes
Rosslare - Fishguard - Stena Line offer both a conventional and a high speed ferry service between Rosslare and Fishguard. Stena Lines' Superferry crossing time takes around 3 and a half hours where as the Express crossing time takes around 2 hours. Vessel include Stena Europe and Stena Lynx III.
Dublin - Holyhead - Stena Line offer a standard ferry service for the Dublin Holyhead route. (A high speed service is offered by Irish Ferries). This service is for passengers traveling with vehicles only. Crossing time is around 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead - Stena Line offer a high speed service between Dun Laoghaire and Holyhead with each crossing taking just under an hour and 45 minutes.
Stena Line was founded in, and is still operated from, Gothenburg, Sweden by Sten A. Olsson when he acquired Skagenlinjen between Gothenburg, Sweden and Fredrikshavn, Denmark in 1962.
Stena Line is one of the world's largest ferry operators, with ferry services serving Ireland and many other European countries. Stena Line doubled in size in 1990 with the acquisition of Sealink British Ferries from Sea Containers Ltd. This first became Sealink Stena Line, then Stena Sealink Line and finally Stena Line (UK), which now operates all of Stena's ferry services between Great Britain and Ireland. Stena Line has moved its Belfast Terminal from Albert Quay to the new VT4 during May 2008. This has reduced the length of the crossing to Stranraer by 10 minutes.
For more information on Stena Line Click Here