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Dublin & Ireland’s Secret Heartland

6 Days From £509*
Departing April - October 2016
* Price shown: 07 May 2017 from Manchester - MAN

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The Irish heartland and vibrant capital

This gently paced holiday is based in a lovely four-star hotel, overlooking Lough Ennell, with its own leisure club and spa. Carefully planned to make the most of your visit, the holiday includes something for everyone - from ancient Clonmacnoise and the Derryglad Folk Museum to Dublin and a River Shannon cruise.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A visit to fascinating Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum
  • Time to explore lively, historic Dublin
  • Visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
  • Discover the historic, riverside town of Athlone
  • Enjoy a guided tour of ancient Clonmacnoise
  • Entry to, and a tour of, fascinating Belvedere House and Gardens
  • Cruise along the River Shannon
  • Entry to the Derryglad Folk Museum
  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar
  • Return flights to Dublin
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Tour only passengers will be met by the Tour Manager at Dublin Airport on Day One. Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers are included (pick-up time from the airport on Day One is 1:30pm).

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to Dublin, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the rest of your day is free. Explore the hotel's parkland, or make the most of the spa and leisure facilities. Alternatively, visit the nearby town of Mullingar, where you'll find the cathedral of Christ the King, several museums and a range of interesting shops.

Day Two

Head to Strokestown Park House, today, for a guided tour of this 18th-century mansion, faithfully restored to give a real taste of Georgian Ireland. In direct contrast to the house, the Strokestown Famine Museum is a sobering reminder of the horrors of that time, including original letters written by tenants suffering at the time.

This afternoon, enjoy the unspoiled beauty and wildlife of the mighty River Shannon, and learn about some of the history and folk lore of the area as you cruise up a stretch of Ireland's longest river to Athlone.

Day Three

Dublin - the city of Joyce, Yeats, U2 and Riverdance - beckons today. Start with a short panoramic tour of the main sights then spend the rest of the day exploring. See Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the Old Jamestown Distillery or the Guinness Storehouse, and browse the city's many excellent shops.

Day Four

Today, we head to County Kildare to visit to the Irish National Stud, home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds. See the Living Legends (five retired geldings), browse the Irish Horse Museum and visit the adjacent Japanese Gardens before we continue to Kildare, one of Ireland's oldest towns.

Today's final stop is the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons, where you'll see artefacts associated with such legendary names as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and the Beatles.

Day Five

This morning, you'll visit the Derryglad Folk Museum. This unique collection of over 6,000 items gives an excellent insight into Irish farm and folk life. From here head to Athlone, perhaps to visit the 12th-century castle, take a nature walk along the river or enjoy some traditional Irish hospitality.

Finally you'll take in Clonmacnoise, one of Europe's most highly regarded monastic sites. The extensive ruins include two round towers, a cathedral, churches and three Celtic crosses. A 20-minute audio-visual show sets the scene before a fascinating guided tour.

Day Six

Your last morning is spent at Belvedere House and Gardens, the lovely Georgian estate adjacent to your hotel. Set in 160 acres, it boasts a fine Palladian villa, a wonderful Victorian walled garden and Ireland's largest folly. From here we'll head to the airport for your flight home.


 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham14 May 2017 £529.00
Birmingham18 Jun 2017 £599.00
Birmingham03 Sep 2017 £599.00
Birmingham24 Sep 2017 £579.00
Birmingham01 Oct 2017 £569.00
Birmingham08 Oct 2017 £549.00
Bristol14 May 2017 £549.00
Bristol18 Jun 2017 £629.00
Bristol03 Sep 2017 £629.00
Bristol01 Oct 2017 £569.00
Cardiff14 May 2017 £599.00
Cardiff18 Jun 2017 £709.00
Cardiff03 Sep 2017 £679.00
Cardiff01 Oct 2017 £629.00
Exeter23 Apr 2017 £609.00
Exeter07 May 2017 £599.00
Exeter04 Jun 2017 £709.00
Exeter25 Jun 2017 £679.00
Exeter27 Aug 2017 £689.00
Exeter24 Sep 2017 £679.00
Exeter08 Oct 2017 £629.00
London Gatwick23 Apr 2017 £509.00
London Gatwick07 May 2017 £539.00
London Gatwick04 Jun 2017 £619.00
London Gatwick25 Jun 2017 £619.00
London Gatwick27 Aug 2017 £629.00
London Gatwick24 Sep 2017 £619.00
London Gatwick08 Oct 2017 £569.00
London Heathrow07 May 2017 £599.00
London Heathrow04 Jun 2017 £679.00
London Heathrow27 Aug 2017 £699.00
London Heathrow08 Oct 2017 £629.00
London Luton23 Apr 2017 £549.00
London Luton25 Jun 2017 £629.00
London Luton24 Sep 2017 £629.00
London Luton08 Oct 2017 £579.00
London Stansted23 Apr 2017 £509.00
London Stansted07 May 2017 £539.00
London Stansted04 Jun 2017 £619.00
London Stansted25 Jun 2017 £619.00
London Stansted27 Aug 2017 £629.00
London Stansted24 Sep 2017 £619.00
London Stansted08 Oct 2017 £589.00
Manchester07 May 2017 £509.00
Manchester14 May 2017 £519.00
Manchester18 Jun 2017 £589.00
Manchester03 Sep 2017 £599.00
Manchester24 Sep 2017 £589.00
Manchester01 Oct 2017 £559.00
Manchester08 Oct 2017 £549.00
Newcastle14 May 2017 £599.00
Newcastle18 Jun 2017 £699.00
Newcastle03 Sep 2017 £729.00
Southampton14 May 2017 £709.00
Southampton18 Jun 2017 £769.00
Southampton03 Sep 2017 £769.00
Southampton01 Oct 2017 £639.00

Bloomfield House Hotel


Idyllically situated in the heart of the beautiful Westmeath Lakelands and overlooking Lough Ennell, this four-star, family-owned hotel is nestled in rolling countryside amid acres of rich parkland

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one and a half hours.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Hotel spa facilities

To avoid disappointment, please pre-book any treatments direct with the hotel prior to going on holiday.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

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Dublin & Ireland?s Secret HeartlandScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 78 reviews
(5 out of 10)


St. Leonards-on-sea Friends
Hotel was a long , dangerous walk from town & grounds were very restricted ,so no option but to go on all excursions. Taken to three places each day & time spent at each was very limited ,eg very short time to explore Dublin, including eating. Really didn't need visit to Phoenix park at beginning of day. Wide variety of attractions offered but not enough time. Felt I'd spent entire time on the coach or checking the time to get back on it! Leaving at 9 & returning at 5 to 5.30 meant no chance to use spa.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 29 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


Sturminsternewton Couple
Very good hotel. Tour manager & coach driver very good. The excursions that we went on were good. Personally I would have preferred to spend a few mornings or afternoons actually enjoying the hotel & its facilities.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 28 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


Sheffield Friends
T he central location between Dublin & Athlone was fine for the excursions out and back but did require a daily total of 3hrs coach travel.The itinerary was well planned , the hotel great in a tranquil setting with varied daily menu choices.Our tour guide ,Caroline, was informative with a relaxed, friendly delivery of info. and the amount of free time was just right.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 27 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


East Grinstead Couple
Enjoyed the tour immensely and our tour rep and driver were excellent. The hotel was good but would have preferred where you could walk into a town.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Fareham Friends
Helped by beautiful weather, this holiday to Ireland was my favourite Newmarket holiday so far. The hotel was in an absolutely stunning setting and everything about it was excellent - food, comfort and best of all the staff. The coach driver, Hughie, was a superb driver and Caroline an excellent tour manager.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 24 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Wellingborough, Northants. Couple
As pensioners we were very pleased with the flight seats booking which we would have found difficult. The tour managers knowledge and organisation were excellent. We have taken six holidays with Newmarket in the last couple of years or so and have never been disappointed with any.
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 24 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Hailsham Couple
This is the third Newmarket Irish holiday we have been on and it was just as good as the others. Some of the excursions were more interesting than others but we understand not everyone will enjoy the same things. Hotel good with excellent food. Tour guide Caroline and coach driver Hughie were both brilliant!
Confirmed traveller: 14 October 2016
Published on: 23 October 2016