Further Information on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead Ferry Route
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Dún Laoghaire is a suburban seaside town and county seat of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County, Ireland. The town has a ferry connection to Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales, one of Ireland's main sea links to the UK. The harbour, one of the largest in the country, and base for a major car ferry route to the United Kingdom, is notable for its two granite piers. Much of the town's early growth came from visitors from Dublin, and today there is one large hotel, heavily refurbished in 2007, the Royal Marine, along with several small hotels, and a number of bed-and-breakfasts.
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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 Dun Laoghaire 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.
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.
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