GROUP ESCORTED TOURS

Ireland: Great Houses & Gardens

Following on the success of Tania Illingworth’s tours of Great Houses and Gardens in Northern Ireland and Scotland, this tour focuses on Great Houses and Gardens in and around Dublin.
GROUP ESCORTED TOUR

ABOUT THE TOUR

Stay for four nights at the comfortable 4* Barberstown Castle Hotel in County Kildare, just 40 minutes from the centre of Dublin, an ideal location for the visits, some of which are only by special permission.

Highlights include a tour around the 18th-century landmarks of Dublin City before venturing to County Wicklow to visit Russborough House, Powerscourt Gardens and Charleville House and Gardens plus a private lunch at Killruddery House with the Earl and Countess of Meath. In County Kildare visits include Burtwon Gardens, Leixlip Castle, where owner Mrs Penny Guiness will greet the party. Enjoy private drinks and lunch at Lodge Park – the home of Mr and Mrs Robert Guinness.

The tour will be accompanied once again by Mark Donnelly (Fine Art and Antiques Consultant and Lecturer).

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TOUR LEADER

Tania Illingworth | Scotland | The Ultimate Travel Company
THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
5 days from £2,250 per person

TOUR DATE: 19 MAY 2025 – 23 MAY 2025

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: £420

Price Includes

  • Accommodation throughout as shown in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily; 3 lunches; 1 dinner
  • All entrance fees, visits, excursions and transportation as per the itinerary
  • Gratuities in restaurants for included meals; gratuities to guides/s; gratuities to driver/s; porterage
  • Local guides and visit coordinator
  • The services of your tour leader throughout

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal expenditure (e.g. telephone calls / laundry etc.)
  • Government levies or taxes introduced after costing and publication of this programme on 10/05/24.
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Day 1

London / Dublin / Kildare

Suggested flight (not included in the cost of the tour) British Airways BA 834 departing London Heathrow at 11.00 hrs arriving Dublin Airport at 12.25 hrs. Lunch under your own arrangements (please buy or bring a sandwich before departure from London as complementary food is no longer served on the flight).

On arrival drive into Dublin and stop en route to visit the Casino at Marino, said by some to be the finest small Neo-classical building in Europe. Built by 1775 by James Caulfield, the 1st Earl of Charlemont, it was used as an entertaining pavilion in the grounds of his estate overlooking the sea north of Dublin. Designed by Sir William Chambers (of Somerset House fame) who never actually visited the site, this ‘folly’ is testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the local builders.

Continue to Dublin for a tour by coach. In the 18th century Dublin was described as the second city in the British Empire. It had its own independent parliament and for a hundred years was the beating heart of Ireland. The Wide Streets Commission was established in 1758 to reshape the thoroughfares of the old medieval city so great avenues and handsome squares were constructed to ease the congestion of bovine and horse-drawn traffic, as well as to house the growing population as the country prospered at this time. Drive by the Four Courts and the magnificent Custom House designed by Sir James Gandon, Trinity College and the former parliament buildings on College Green. The imposing townhouses of the Irish aristocracy take pride of place on many of the squares, the most famous being Leinster House on Merrion Square, built 1745-48 for James Fitzgerald, Earl of Kildare, later Duke of Leinster and now used as the Irish parliament building Dail Eireann.

In the late afternoon, drive to County Kildare and check into the 4* Barberstown Castle Hotel, a country house hotel ideally located for the houses and gardens on the tour. The hotel has adapted the original medieval castle keep and the later Elizabethan additions to a splendid guesthouse with extremely comfortable bedrooms and a choice of three restaurants, all surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful gardens. Dinner at the hotel.

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