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Once home to literary greats such as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, the city boasts an abundance of Georgian architecture as well as cosy bars and lots of great restaurants. Enjoy them all by walking in the area around Merrion Square and St Stephen’s Green or wander into Trinity College and seek out the stunning Book of Kells, the 1,200 year old illuminated manuscript. For a complete contrast, head to the Guinness Storehouse and sample the national drink in its historic homeland. Pay a visit to one – or both – of the city cathedrals, cross the Liffey on the Ha’penny bridge and visit the GPO, site of the famous 1916 Easter Rising. Take in the Dublin Writers Museum or catch an Irish play at the Abbey Theatre. We’ll provide recommendations for bars, restaurants and sights to help you make the most of every moment.
Dublin by Bike: As Dublin is fairly flat, an ideal way to explore is by bike and we have teamed up with two Dublin born brothers who offer an excellent guided bike tour of the city, in a small group, taking you beyond the normal tourist routes. Tours can be tailored to suit and all equipment is supplied. A typical itinerary lasts around three hours and covers highlights of Georgian Dublin: the Grand Canal, the quaint Old Jewish Residential Quarter, the Liberties of Dublin and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and the River Liffey. Along the way, your guide will highlight points of interest, enlivened with historical facts and tales of modern day scams. The tour finishes at Merrion Square – just in time for a well-earned lunch.
To allow you to see more of the countryside we have also included a day trip of your choice, where you will join a small group of visitors and be accompanied by an expert local guide. Choose from:
The Glendalough Valley in Wicklow Mountains National Park; the two glacially carved lakes in this gorgeous valley have attracted people and wildlife since earliest times. In the 6th century, St. Kevin founded a ‘Monastic City’ whose ancient churches, high crosses and round tower remain to this day. Ireland does not get more beautiful. The nearby Heritage Centre has a small museum beautifully detailing the history of the area.
A tour to Newgrange, Knowth, Tara and Prehistoric Ireland. A thousand years before Stonehenge and the Pyramids, the Stone Age farming community along the Boyne River erected a series of huge mounds. The mound at Newgrange was aligned to catch the rays of the sun at the Winter Solstice. At this time, the rising winter sun illuminates rock art 185 feet inside a stone passageway. The scale is magnificent and visitors can walk inside for a short re-enactment of this timeless event. Inside and outside the mound at Newgrange and Knowth are the greatest assemblage of prehistoric rock art to be found anywhere in Europe – all still in place. The nearby Hill of Tara, ancient home of the High Kings of Ireland, is a prehistoric landscape dotted with ritual monuments.
Enjoy the best of both worlds in this welcoming guest house, comprising two imposing Georgian townhouses. It’s situated in a remarkably peaceful leafy avenue just to the South of Dublin city centre, yet you’re just a short walk from St Stephen’s Green, a pint or two of Guinness in a local bar, or a delicious meal in one of Dublin’s many fine restaurants.
Based in Dublin, with a choice of day tours included to the Wicklows, or to Newgrange.
£305 per person for January, February, November & December, £350 per person for March, April & October, £370 per person for May to September.
Prices based on 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis, which includes the two tours described. This is based on two sharing a double or twin room ensuite.
We would be delighted to book your travel to Ireland for this holiday.
The most convenient ferry routes is the overnight Liverpool to Dublin or the much shorter routes from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin or Dun Laoghaire.
There are direct flight connections to Dublin from numerous UK airports including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Luton, Southampton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
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A brilliant short break. Dublin is a wonderful, exciting and friendly city.John, Hexham, England
I cannot imagine touring Scotland any other way now that we have had our experience with your company.Leslie, Alabama, USA
Made a fast moving trip so much less stressful - from the first B&B to the last taxi to the airport in Dublin!Gayle, Alabama, USA
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