The Six Nations, which kicks off on 1 February this year, has always been a popular sporting event that unites Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and during the event the atmosphere across both countries is electric. If you are a rugby fan and want to soak in the atmosphere during February and March, it could be cheaper and more of an adventure to travel to Belfast and then hire a car to travel to Dublin for the rugby matches at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. For ticket information visit http://www.irishrugby.ie/home.php.
Ireland vs. Wales
This is possibly the most eagerly-awaited match among Irish rugby fans, as Wales are definitely the team to beat, having being crowned Six Nations champions for the last two years, although the Irish were able to beat the Welsh by 30-22 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. It was clear that Ireland considered themselves serious contenders for the Six Nations Championship last year and will no doubt go into the match with the same level of hunger on 8 February.
Why fly to Belfast?
The least expensive return flight to Belfast from Heathrow is £67, whereas the cheapest flight to Dublin from the same airport is £91, according to the Cheapestflights.com site. The fact that Belfast is 23% cheaper than Dublin on average, as well as allowing you and your friends to experience the culture of two different cities rather than one makes the idea of travelling from London to Belfast, then Belfast to Dublin an attractive one.
Dublin is only around 100 miles from Dublin by car, so driving back to Belfast after the match would not create any problems, allowing you to take in breath-taking scenery during the two-and-a-half hour journey. Hiring a car from a company like Hertz will make the journey even more enjoyable, allowing access to information local landmarks, places to park, and the Hertz NeverLost navigation system, which will ensure that you don’t get lost during your journey, or be unable find a parking space or locate your car, in the event that you don’t remember where you left it.
Things to see in Belfast
City Hall — where government officials meet – is popular tourist attraction, as is the Searcher — a statue erected as a commemoration of the centenary of the birth of CS Lewis in the city. The Albert Clock is perhaps the monument most associated with Belfast throughout the world and has a wonderful backstory and heritage.
When you arrive in Dublin, go to the Brazen Head for an evening of Irish folklore and storytelling in the oldest pub in Dublin. Kilmainham Gaol is another great attraction, rich with history, if a somewhat unpleasant and gruesome history.
Where to stay in Dublin