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Dublin & Ireland's Ancient East

Malahide Castle

Ireland's Ancient East is brimming with attractions, culture and stories of a truly fascinating region of Ireland. On this wonderful break we have a chance to explore some of Dublin's fantastic attractions and as we head just a little further afield you are at the gateway of Ireland's Ancient East - a remarkable story-filled area where you can wander through 5,000 years of history - our tour includes Malahide Castle, Belvedere House & Gardens and of course - Irish Whiskey!!

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DUBLIN & IRELAND'S ANCIENT EAST

 

23 - 27 August 2021

Monday - Friday

5 Days

From £535

 

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

 

Malahide Castle & Gardens Guided Tour   |   Howth   |   Dublin Bay Circular Cruise   |   Belvedere House & Gardens   |   Tullamore Dew Distillery Guided Tour   |   Dublin

 

Ireland’s Ancient East is brimming with attractions, culture and stories of a truly fascinating region of Ireland.  On this wonderful break we have a chance to explore some of Dublin’s fantastic attractions and as we head just a little further afield you are at the gateway of Ireland’s Ancient East – a remarkable story-filled area where you can wander through 5,000 years of history - our tour includes Malahide Castle, Belvedere House & Gardens and of course – Irish Whiskey!!

 

 

DAY ONE

We depart from your home with our exclusive door to door pick-up service, join your tour coach and head to Holyhead for our crossing to Dublin.  Upon arrival we continue our journey to our hotel in County Meath, tea/coffee await us on arrival whilst your luggage is taken to your rooms.  Time to relax before dinner.

 

DAY TWO

This morning, we visit Malahide Castle and Gardens where we enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of the castle and get a glimpse of life of the Talbot family who resided there for some 800 years. King Henry II gifted Richard Talbot the lands and harbour of Malahide for his services to the crown in 1185. From that point on, the Talbot family became intertwined with Malahide’s history and development. From setting down roots in the medieval era, generations of the Talbot family have now called Malahide Castle home. Hear their stories, explore the private rooms and collections, explore the gardens and discover the central part this castle played in Irish political and social life on a guided tour.

We then head for the pretty seaside village of Howth where we have free time to enjoy lunch before making our way to Howth harbour to embark on a 1 hour circular cruise of Dublin Bay. A very chilled and relaxing way to experience Dublin from an entirely new vantage point. The Dublin Bay Cruise takes in a variety of landmarks along the way, including the James Joyce Tower, a Martello tower where James Joyce once spent six nights, and the idyllic Dalkey island, which is home to, among other things, colonies of adorable grey seals. Other landmarks include the gloriously untouched Ireland’s Eye and Howth Head. The mini trip brings you not only around the beautiful vista of Dublin Bay, but it also helps you to travel through time and to understand how and why the modern city of Dublin developed to become the capital city of Ireland.

 

 

DAY THREE

Today we travel to neighbouring Belvedere House & Gardens, a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate with a fully restored Georgian Villa, Victorian Walled Garden and 18th century parkland punctuated with Romantic follies including the largest in Ireland the Jealous Wall. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Tullamore Dew Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour to learn about the art of Irish Whiskey making and tasting at the end. Set in the heart of Ireland, the Old Bonded Warehouse sits on the banks of Tullamore’s Grand Canal. Since 1829, Tullamore whiskey has been exported to the world. Savour almost two centuries of the distillery’s history and experience the art of Irish whiskey-making and discover the secret that gives Tullamore D.E.W. its unique complexity. Hear tales of the characters who made the whiskey world famous and see how they trick the barley into growing and find out why the angels always get their share.

 

DAY FOUR

After breakfast we head to the vibrant city of Dublin where you can explore the many attractions it has to offer, including The Guinness Storehouse, St Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, The Book of Kells and Trinity College, Dublin Castle and EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum.

 

DAY FIVE

This morning we leave our Irish hosts and head to Dublin for our crossing to Holyhead and home.

 

YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

 

  • Luxury coach travel

  • Home pick up

  • 4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

  • Porterage

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • Live music in the bar

  • Live music with Irish dancers on last night

  • Guided tour Malahide Castle & Gardens

  • Dublin Bay Cruise

  • Admission Belvedere House & Gardens

  • Tullamore Dew Distillery guided tour & tasting

  • Brown bread & Irish coffee making demo.

 

HAMLET COURT HOTEL, Enfield Co. Meath

This family run hotel is a real gem, located in the small village of Johnstownbridge; the hotel offers exceptional service, personal touch and a warm Irish welcome.  Bedrooms are decorated in a homely style and have excellent facilities including tea/coffee making facilities.  The traditional restaurant serves home cooked food whilst the traditional authentic Irish bar is a welcoming space where guests can enjoy a drink.  The hotel also has a lift.

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE

Beginning with our exclusive home pick-up service, join your tour coach and head to Holyhead for our crossing to Dublin. Upon arrival we continue our journey to our hotel in County Meath, tea/coffee await us on arrival whilst your luggage is taken to your rooms. Time to relax before dinner.

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DAY TWO

This morning, we visit Malahide Castle and Gardens where we enjoy a 45 minute guided tour of the castle and get a glimpse of life of the Talbot family who resided there for some 800 years. King Henry II gifted Richard Talbot the lands and harbour of Malahide for his services to the crown in 1185. From that point on, the Talbot family became intertwined with Malahide's history and development, from setting down roots in the medieval era, generations of the Talbot family have now called malahide Castle home. Hear their stories, explore the gardens and discover the central part this castle played in irish political and social life on a guided tour.

We then head for the pretty seaside village of Howth where we have free time to enjoy lunch before making our way to Howth harbour to embark on a 1 hour circular cruise of Dublin Bay. A very chilled and relaxing way to experience Dublin from an entirely new vantae point. the Dublin Bay Cruise takes in a variety of landmarks along the way including the James Joyce Tower, a Martello tower where James Joyce once spent six nights and the idyllic Dalkey island, which is home to among other things colonies of adorable grey seals. other landmarks include the floriously untouched Ireland's eye and Howth Head. The mini trip brings you not only around the beautiful vista of Dublin Bay but is also helps you to travel through time and to understand how and why the modern city of Dublin developed to become the capital city of Ireland.

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DAY THREE

Today we travel to neighbouring Belvedere House & Gardens, a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate with a fully restored Georgian Villa, Victorian Walled Garden and 18th century parkland punctuated with Romantic follies including the largest in Ireland the Jealous Wall. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the Tullamore Dew Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour to learn about the art of Irish Whiskey making and tasting at the end. Set in the heart of Ireland, the Old Bonded Warehouse sits on the banks of Tullamore's Grand Canal. Since 1829, Tullamore whiskey has been exported to the world. Savour almost two centuries of the distillery's history and experience the art of Irish whiskey-making and discover the secret that gives Tullamore D.E.W. its unique complexity. Hear tales of the characters who made the whiskey world famous and see how they trick the barley into growing and find out why the angels always get their share.

B, D

DAY FOUR

After breakfast we head to the vibrant city of Dublin where you can explore the many attractions it has to offer, including The Guinness Storehouse, St Patrick's and Christchurch Cathedrals, The Book of Kells and Trinity College, Dublin Castle and EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

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DAY FIVE

This morning we must bid farewell to our Irish hosts and head to Dublin for our crossing to Holyhead and home.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

HAMLET COURT HOTEL, Enfield Co. Meath

This family run hotel is a real gem, located in the small village of Johnstownbridge, the hotel offers exceptional service, personal touch and a warm Irish welcome.  Bedrooms are decorated in a homely style and have excellent facilities including tea/coffee making facilities.  The traditional restaurant serves home cooked food whilst the traditional authentic Irish bar is a welcoming space where guests can enjoy a drink.  The hotel also has a lift.

 

 

INCLUDED:

Door to door pick-up

4 nights' accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Porterage

Welcome tea/coffee

Live music in the bar

Live music with Irish dancers on last night

Guided tour Malahide Castle & Gardens

Dublin Bay Cruise

Admission Belvedere House & Gardens

Tullamore Dew Distillery guided tour & tasting

Brown bread & Irish coffee making demo

 

Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. If no single supplement applies this is limited to single room allocation and therefore additional cost may apply.  Prices displayed are per person unless otherwise stated. If door to door pick up is included there may be additional charges for out of area. Itineraries and hotel inclusions may be subject to change.

 

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Bodelwyddan Bodelwyddan, Marble Church
Garden City Garden City , Amontola Restaurant
Holyhead Port Holyhead Port, Stena Main Terminal
Holywell Holywell, Bus Station
Llandudno Junction Llandudno Junction, Train Station Car Park
Llanfair PG Llanfair PG , Park and Ride, off Britannia Bridge
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