3* Park View Hotel, County Wicklow
This superb 3-star hotel is located in the village of Newtownmountkennedy on the edge of Wicklow National Park. Although modern in appearance, the hotel offers a wonderfully relaxing ambience.
Lift TV Telephone Tea/coffee making facilities Safe Complimentary toiletries Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board Free Wi-Fi Restaurant
Return ferry crossing
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Entrance to The Mill at Avoca Village
Entrance to Powerscourt House & Gardens
Entrance to Mount Usher Gardens
We make an early start to catch the ferry to Dublin and make our way to the hotel where tea/coffee will be waiting for us.
Wicklow Mountains National Park & Avoca
Today, we travel through Wicklow Mountains National Park, one of Ireland's most untouched regions, before heading to the spectacular valley of Glendalough. Here, we visit the medieval monastic ruins one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland before calling into the picturesque town of Avoca, the filming location for 'Ballykissangel' and home to Avoca Handweavers, Ireland's oldest weaving mill. Built on the banks of the Avoca River from where it used to draw its power, you'll find a large Avoca store and cafe, and a working handweaving mill where many of the throws, rugs and scarves are made.
We spend today at leisure in the vibrant city of Dublin, where we can visit its most famous attractions, including the Guinness Storehouse, National Museum of Ireland, The Book of Kells Exhibition, the National Gallery of Ireland and EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum. Or if you fancy a slower pace why not join one of the city's bus or boat cruises, viewing and learning about the city's history and attractions as you travel.
Powerscourt Estate & Mount Usher Gardens
This morning, we visit one of Ireland's most famous tourist attractions, Powerscourt House and Gardens, where we spend time at leisure in the Italian Renaissance style house, 47 acres of gardens and the highest waterfalls in Ireland. The gardens of this estate is its biggest draw and it's easy to see why, with its blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks, among other features and attractions. After lunch, we visit Mount Usher Gardens, one of Ireland's finest, and one of Monty Don's favourite gardens. Laid out along the banks of the Vartry River in Ashford, County Wicklow in the Robinsonian style, they measure 20 acres and contain around 5,000 different species of plants and trees. Water is also a main feature of the scenery, with cascades and suspension bridge visible from many sections. Winding paths lead visitors on a journey through groves and glades and on to the riverbanks. A collection of Eucalyptus trees, a hidden fern and Maple walk are just some of the features that will delight.
We retrace our steps to Dublin for the ferry crossing and then continue home.