Put off air travel in these days of cancellations and bankruptcies? Why not take the train? From quick hops across the channel to journeys that become part of the holiday, we pick trips that cut out the airlines completely
Virgin Trains’ Rail & Sail tickets to Ireland are one of Britain’s best-kept travel secrets. It’s possible to buy a ticket from a local station to Dublin for £46 or less each way, with train and ferry all on one ticket. The train takes the scenic north Wales coast to Holyhead (sit on the right hand side for the sea views), passing under the imposing battlements of Conwy Castle. The crossing to Dublin takes 3¼ hours. Stay at Kelly’s hotel (doubles from €74 B&B) if you want to be in the (noisy) centre of the action (it’s above Hogan’s bar) or at Ariel House (doubles from €110 B&B), 2km from the city centre, for peace and quiet (unless there’s a big rugby or football match on – it’s next to the national stadium).