Ireland’s countryside reflects 5000 years of history.
Visit Ireland's Boyne Valley bronze-age sites older than the pyramids, learn about the Vikings and Celts who conquered and contributed to Ireland’s ancient culture.Experience the mystical sites where ancient Druids practiced their rites and where Christianity in Ireland spread with the help of our beloved Saint Patrick, bringing with it medieval scholars and monks. The Book of Kells, now in Trinity College Dublin is a must see as a perfect example of Ireland’s impressive scholastic past. Ireland’s more recent history is as colourful and fascinating as its ancient past. Norman invaders brought with them castle building which have enhanced the countryside to the present day. Pirates looted up and down the coast, Scottish and British settlers and Irish native clan battles have all left their mark on this unique country.Visit the Titanic experience and relive her devastating maiden voyage or the Jeanie Johnston famine ship to discover the conditions where over one million people left Ireland during the 1840’s famine.The year 2016 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ‘ 1916 Rising’, which initiated the revolution, from which Ireland gained her independence. Celebrations and commemorations will be going on for the year which makes it a great time to visit!.
Places to Visit in Ireland
It's huge, it's complex, it's iconic. The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick's Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster.
Perched on the Co. Antrim coast on top of a sea cliff, the crumbling ruin with its stunning back drop was reputed to have inspired C.S. Lewis in the Chronicles of Narnia. If you are watching the Game of Thrones series, you may recognise Dunluce as the stronghold of Pyke on the Iron Islands.
Since its foundation in 1204 Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of the Dublin city. Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters ( 11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments which are the most important state rooms in the country.
The grounds of the site are free to explore, as is the Chester Beatty Library and the Revenue Museum. Visit Dublin Castle on an Ireland Short Break and experience the city's fascinating history.
Kilkenny Castle, Co. Kilkenny stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building. Enjoy the extensive ground and visitors’ attractions and allow you mind wander back in time.
Ross Castle, Co. Kerry is a 15th Century tower house and built by the O’ Donoghues. More recently it was associated with the Browne Family. It is situated in the beautiful Killarney National Park and for the setting alone it is worth a visit. Our Southern Ireland Tour takes the day to visit all the best Kerry attractions not to be missed.
Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles in Ireland. It was built from 1142 by Conor O’ Brien, The Prince of Thomand and is situated in Cahir town centre. It has a massive keep, high enclosing walls, spacious courtyards and a hall and is extensively restored. Wander on your own or take a tour, you will get a glimpse of what life was like in Medieval Ireland.
Probably Ireland’s best castle it is also one of its prettiest. This historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. This is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.
Ashford castle is the most luxurious of all the castle hotels in Ireland. It was voted best of the Best Awards during Virtuoso Travel Week, a luxury travel show in Las Vegas. Millions of euro have been poured into the five-star hotel since it was acquired by the Tollman family for its Red Carnation collection in 2013. Recent refurbishments include a 32-seat cinema, the replacement of all 820 windows and extensive room works - including those which hosted John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara during the filming of “The Quiet Man” in 1951. Our Ireland Movie Tours incorporate this lavish hotel and we definitely recommend as one of the best Castle Hotels in the country. The 350-acre estate has now returned to its position as one of Ireland's most exclusive hotels.
It’s no wonder that the makers of the movie ‘Braveheart’ chose Trim in County Meath as the shooting location for their epic thriller. One look at Trim Castle’s stony outline against a dramatic Irish sky and storybook images of valiant warriors and timid monks spring to life. Ireland’s largest Norman castle it is a site to be seen.