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Castles, Character and Celebrations

Castles, Character and Celebrations

There is surely nowhere better than Dublin to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style. And on this tour you can also enjoy time in the elegant town of Birr and a trip to Kilkenny Castle. © Tourism Ireland



4* County Arms Hotel, Birr


A former 19th century home, this family run hotel is within easy walking distance of many pubs, shops and restaurants. There is a spacious, elegant lounge, a restaurant overlooking the garden and a comfortable, cosy bar. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, steam room and heated relaxation seats with saltwater footbaths. Luxury bedrooms include tea/coffee facilities and there is a lift.


• Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Spa bath • Steam room and heated relaxation seats with saltwater footbaths • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities •


Price includes


  • Return ferry crossings - Holyhead / Dublin

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome tea/coffee

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Irish themed dinner & Irish dancing one night

  • Live musical entertainment one night

  • Irish coffee making demonstration

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout


Image: © Tourism Ireland

Day 1

An early departure from home as we catch our afternoon ferry to Dublin and continue on to the hotel.


Day 2

St Patricks Day in Dublin
Happy St Patricks Day! Head to the city of Dublin to enjoy the friendly atmosphere, go shopping or sightseeing and, of course, join in the St Patrick's Day celebrations. Don't forget to visit the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn how to pull a pint the Irish way, or take an extended tour to find out about the history of this famous city with landmarks such as Dublin Castle, St Stephen's Green, Trinity College and Ha'penny Bridge.

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Day 3

Spend today in the elegant town of Birr which has stayed true to its 18th and 19th century character with tree lined malls, avenues and wonderful Georgian architecture. Why not visit Birr Castle and explore the largest formal gardens in Ireland (not suitable for the less mobile) and home to Birr's world-famous engineering and astronomical wonder, the 150-year-old Great Telescope (entrance not included)

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Day 4

Kilkenny Castle
Visit the fortress and chateau, Kilkenny Castle, one of the most instantly recognised buildings in Ireland. Dominating the 'High Town' of Kilkenny city, the castle reflects Oliver Cromwell's re-conquest of Ireland in 1650 in which he destroyed one entire side of the castle. Discover the restoration from the significant art gallery within its basement to the extensive and delicately-clipped ornamental grounds. There will be time to explore the medieval town of Kilkenny afterwards, with its ancient winding streets and idyllic rural buildings dating back to the 13th century.

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Day 5

We depart early morning for our return ferry home.


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