Considering a short break away this summer with DH and 2 teens, budget quite low! Ferry prices to Dublin and Amsterdam look reasonable and have never been to either place. Have been to Edinburgh before and loved it but would perhaps prefer to try somewhere new. Where would you recommend? DCs like museums, galleries, sightseeing etc in small doses, prefer parks, shops, cafes. Would also like suggestions of reasonably priced central hotels please.
I'm from Dublin and I'd say Amsterdam! Dublin is a fantastic city but unfortunately it's pricey and you mention that you're on a budget. Tight budget and teens would not go well with a break in Dublin I'm afraid. Enjoy your break
I'd recommend Amsterdam over Dublin. It's such a strikingly beautiful city with the canals and narrow houses, in a way that Dublin can't compete with, it's very walkable, although hiring bikes is fun too. You can eat pretty cheaply in cafes and pancake houses and do check out hostels, that'll keep prices lowish.
Thank you for the responses- I was leaning towards Amsterdam anyway and now even more so. We all like cycling but don’t do it very often together so we would all enjoy that. I’ve looked at lots of hotels but all v expensive but maybe it would be ok if we just went for 2 nights only. Even cheaper chains like Ibis are expensive as we’d have to book two rooms. I hadn’t considered hostels, do you think they would be safe and not too noisy? @tracelab your blog is fantastic, lots of interesting info, thanks for the links.
Yes, Generator Hostel always gets good reviews. Maybe have a browse on www.hostelworld.com to see what appeals. Staying a bit outside the city, as suggested above, would also be cheaper and the public transport there is great.
Thanks again, seems as though Amsterdam is a very popular choice! Some of the hostels look amazing, may well choose one of them to stay at. If not perhaps a hotel near a tram stop a couple of miles out of the centre. It all looks very exciting!
Recently returned from a trip to Amsterdam with teens. Great place to visit but found it more expensive for lattes and MC Donald's eating and drinking than Dublin. And Dublin has more free museums and art galleries. We spent more than expected in Amsterdam but did enjoy our visit. The feedback from friends who have grown up breaks recently ( involving fine dining and browsing in all the lovely boutiques) in Amsterdam was also of suprise re costs. I think it's because Amsterdam used to be a reasonably priced alternative to Paris or Rome for a city break but that is no longer the brand image the city wants. Dutch public transport cheap and really excellent though. Think both cities have a very similar vibe. Oh and if you do end up in Amsterdam don't bother with the Heineken Experience Tour , it's so not worth the money -The Guinness Experience Tour is really miles better.