Now is the perfect time to start planning your festive break to Manchester. During the winter months the city of Manchester becomes a magical wonderland, full of seasonal smells, sights and sounds. From the bustling Christmas markets where shoppers can indulge in foodie delights or buy one of kind gifts to experiencing an enchanting theatre production.
Travel from Dublin to London from €72 return with Bus Éireann Eurolines and Irish Ferries. Bus Éireann Eurolines coach and ferry day services runs from Dublin to Birmingham and London. The Eurolines service departs from Dublin (Busaras) at 0700, and arrive in Birmingham city centre at 1530 and London city centre at 1900. The crossing is be onboard one of the largest car ferries in the world, the Irish Ferries “Ulysses”. www.irishferries.com
The night-time service sees two coaches depart daily from Dublin Busaras, travelling via Holyhead on Irish Ferries and onwards to Leeds and London, the latter including stops in Manchester and Birmingham.
The adult fares includes two medium size suitcases and all taxes costs from €72 return and €85 return for all other locations on the Bus Éireann nationwide network (including travel on connecting Bus Éireann services). Customers are advised to books in advance to avoid any disappointment.
You can also book tickets online at www.eurolines.buseireann.ie or for further information visit any Bus Éireann, Irish Ferries Office. In Britain, reservations may be made at National Express / Eurolines www.eurolines.com or any National Express travel agent. Telephone enquiries may be made to National Express customer service/booking centre at 08717 818 177
Caernarfon Castle, tucked in the northwestern corner of Wales in the UK is a magnificent example of medieval castle building. Work began on the site over 700 years ago. In 1283, the English King Edward the 1st built this castle to stamp his authority on the rebellious Welsh. Edward adorned the castle with imperial grandeur such as these carved stone eagles and stone heads mounted all along the battlements. To would be attackers, these heads may have looked like helmeted soldiers and hopefully acted as a deterrent. On permanent lookout, they symbolised the strength of the royal garrison within. The castle’s curtain walls were unique in Britain at the time because they contained passages that ran between the towers. They allowed guards to keep a constant lookout, and also offered valuable protection to archers. Running between the outer and inner walls, they are over six meters thick and were a unique innovation at the time. All the towers here at Caernarfon Castle perform specific functions: there was the well tower retrieving fresh water from the bedrock, one tower that stored and processed grain, another that housed the treasurery, and others such as the lookout towers that held more traditional defensive roles. But the greatest of all has to be the Eagle tower, which contains the royal apartments where King Edward intended to stay with queen Eleanor. Every thing about it was designed on a grand regal scale. King Edward brought his heavily pregnant wife to stay in this tower. He wanted the next future king to be born in Wales. He was later given the title prince of Wales, which has been conferred on each first-born royal son ever since. Our own Prince Charles was invested here at Caernarfon in 1969. Caernarfon Castle is a world heritage site, and it’s gone from being what would have been a palace to being part of Caernarfon itself: a thoroughly absorbed landmark in the fabric of Wales.