Taking your own car is a good option if you're holidaying in Ireland with kids – there are direct ferries to Dublin from Holyhead on Anglesey in Wales and from Liverpool.

You can fly to Dublin Airport (Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath) from many cities in the UK, with a range of no-frills and standard airlines including British Airways. Public transport options are plentiful from the airport into central Dublin 9km away.