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Dublin & Ireland's Secret Heartland

6 days from £499*
Departing: October 2016 - October 2017
* Price shown: 09 October 2016 from London Gatwick - LGW - HUD
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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 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

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Dublin, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. 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 Airport Date Price From Code
Birmingham
Birmingham 09 October 2016 £529.00 NF6HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 April 2017 £539.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 April 2017 £559.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 30 April 2017 £569.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 14 May 2017 £569.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 28 May 2017 £569.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 June 2017 £589.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 July 2017 £599.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 03 September 2017 £589.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 01 October 2017 £559.00 NF7HUA12
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 October 2017 £539.00 NF7HUA12
Bristol
Bristol 09 October 2016 £529.00 NF6HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 02 April 2017 £539.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 30 April 2017 £569.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 14 May 2017 £589.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 28 May 2017 £589.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 18 June 2017 £619.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 02 July 2017 £629.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 03 September 2017 £619.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 01 October 2017 £559.00 NF7HUB12
Bristol
Bristol 15 October 2017 £539.00 NF7HUB12
Exeter
Exeter 02 April 2017 £589.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 16 April 2017 £609.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 23 April 2017 £609.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 07 May 2017 £639.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 21 May 2017 £639.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 04 June 2017 £669.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 25 June 2017 £669.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 27 August 2017 £679.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 24 September 2017 £669.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 08 October 2017 £619.00 NF7HUC12
Exeter
Exeter 15 October 2017 £599.00 NF7HUC12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 October 2016 £499.00 NF6HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 April 2017 £529.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 April 2017 £549.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 April 2017 £549.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 May 2017 £579.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 21 May 2017 £579.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 June 2017 £609.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 June 2017 £609.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 August 2017 £619.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 September 2017 £609.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 October 2017 £559.00 NF7HUD12
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 October 2017 £539.00 NF7HUD12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 October 2016 £579.00 NF6HUE12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 April 2017 £609.00 NF7HUE12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 April 2017 £629.00 NF7HUE12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 May 2017 £639.00 NF7HUE12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 June 2017 £669.00 NF7HUE12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 27 August 2017 £689.00 NF7HUE12
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 08 October 2017 £619.00 NF7HUE12
London Luton
London Luton 09 October 2016 £519.00 NF6HUF12
London Luton
London Luton 23 April 2017 £549.00 NF7HUF12
London Luton
London Luton 21 May 2017 £589.00 NF7HUF12
London Luton
London Luton 25 June 2017 £619.00 NF7HUF12
London Luton
London Luton 24 September 2017 £619.00 NF7HUF12
London Luton
London Luton 08 October 2017 £569.00 NF7HUF12
London Stansted
London Stansted 09 October 2016 £519.00 NF6HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 April 2017 £529.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 April 2017 £549.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 23 April 2017 £549.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 07 May 2017 £579.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 21 May 2017 £579.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 04 June 2017 £609.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 25 June 2017 £609.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 27 August 2017 £619.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 September 2017 £609.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 08 October 2017 £579.00 NF7HUI12
London Stansted
London Stansted 15 October 2017 £559.00 NF7HUI12
Manchester
Manchester 09 October 2016 £519.00 NF6HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 02 April 2017 £529.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 16 April 2017 £549.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 30 April 2017 £559.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 14 May 2017 £559.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 28 May 2017 £559.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 18 June 2017 £579.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 02 July 2017 £589.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2017 £589.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 01 October 2017 £549.00 NF7HUG12
Manchester
Manchester 15 October 2017 £539.00 NF7HUG12
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 April 2017 £599.00 NF7HYM12
Newcastle
Newcastle 14 May 2017 £639.00 NF7HYM12
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 June 2017 £669.00 NF7HYM12
Newcastle
Newcastle 03 September 2017 £669.00 NF7HYM12
Newcastle
Newcastle 15 October 2017 £599.00 NF7HYM12
Southampton
Southampton 02 April 2017 £599.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 16 April 2017 £629.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 30 April 2017 £699.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 14 May 2017 £699.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 28 May 2017 £699.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 18 June 2017 £729.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 02 July 2017 £739.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 03 September 2017 £729.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 01 October 2017 £629.00 NF7HUH12
Southampton
Southampton 15 October 2017 £609.00 NF7HUH12

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

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 Heartland reviews verified by Reevoo

Dublin & Ireland?s Secret HeartlandScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
(7 out of 10)

MICHAEL

Merstham Redhill Couple
good
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 13 July 2016
(8 out of 10)

JIM

Lancaster Couple
This was a good holiday, but not outstanding. It was good value and the hotel and itinerary would have been more costly if undertaken independently. Key strengths were the tour manager, the coach driver and the mostly excellent hotel. We had a week that had rain on all but one day. While the planned visits were, overall, well chosen and interesting, a couple were of only moderate interest (silverware shop and informal museum). Clonmacnoise was the visit on the itinerary that most attracted us to the tour; we were not disappointed (despite a lot of rain). We were grateful to the driver for giving us a quick tour of the town of Mullingar; the coach tour of Dublin was very helpful. Timings (length of visits) were generally well considered. At the two Geogian houses visited, the guides were well meaning, but tended to be repetetive, speculative and occasionally patronising (we heard too much about chamber pots) - more could have been made of the connection of the house and family with political issues such as land tenure legislation and electoral reform in the nineteenth century (which ultimately led to the demand for home rule and the demise of the great estates). At the hotel, rooms were of good size; room and bathroom were in excellent condition. Unfortunately, our room had a view that included overfilled rubbish bins which were sometimes raided by crows. Otherwise, the hotel grounds were delightful: many on the tour enjoyed a lakeside walk each evening. The leisure suite at the hotel was excellent. Meals were good, with some dishes first rate. However, evening meals took two hours, with occasionally half an hour wait from sitting at table to the first appearance of food. Two fellow passengers had mobility issues (wheel chairs) and we noted that their needs were very well attended to throughout the tour. Our motivation for choosing this tour was a family connection with West Meath (emigration in the 1860s). Never having visited, we were interested to know what the area is like. As it turned out, there seems to be not a lot to see in the Irish midlands - which, actually, is what we had thought likely.
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 09 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

Bristol Couple
We enjoyed the holiday very much. The hotel was a bit out on a limb and we only had the walks to the lake to do in the evening but they did have entertainment on two nights and then, of course, there was the European Cup football which my husband enjoyed! There was plenty of food served and there were at least 3 choices for each course. The bedrooms were roomy but hot - at least they provided an electric fan, which helped. The excursions were very good on the whole going to two places a day - we weren't sure if we would like the stud farm but found it fascinating and a beautiful place to visit, especially having the Japanese Garden. The Irish people are very friendly!
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 08 July 2016
(7 out of 10)

ALLAN

Basingstoke Couple
Good itinerary; although (like others we spokje to), they felt a longer time spent at Belvedere House and gardens would have been more desirable, rather than it being squeezed into the last morning of the holiday between checking out of the hotel and travelling to the airport.

Evening meals i the hotel were good although (as noted by others on the tour as well), there seemed to be an overabundance of mashed potato being served up with the nain courses.(It seemed strangely incongruous after the first excursion of the tour to the Irish National Famine Museum!)

The "Viking boat" cruise on the Shannon from Kildare to Athlone had an interesting commentary, but otherwise it seemed lacklustre . Could the time taken for that have been utilised to extend another visit? Particularly as the advertised visit to the church in Kildare was not possible as it was closed on the day of our visit.

The tour is titled "Dublin & Ireland’s Secret Heartland ", but we felt that given only one daytime visit to Dublin where there isn't time to visit lots of places to interest, "Dublin" shouldn't be featured as prominently.
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(10 out of 10)

JOHN

Andover Couple
A really enjoyable holiday,the timings for the excursions were just right.The hotel and food was excellent.The only downside was the awful weather but something Newmarket could do nothing about.
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(7 out of 10)

JOAN

Bognor Regis Couple
This is our third holiday with Newmarket. It was not so enjoyable this time for the following reasons :

Upon arrival at Dublin airport it was difficult finding the tour manager , most other guest felt the same . She suddenly appears with not a great deal of enthusiasm. She was waiting on two guest she could not find , they happened to be looking for her . A board with Newmarket tours would have stopped the confusion.

I felt she only did what was required of her job wise & no more . Not pleasant to see her puffing on a cigarette on days out then coughing heaverly on the coach .

Regarding seat rotation on the coach she allowed others on the trip to have the front seat all through the trip . One lady had a walking stick , but was able to walk around the towns or gardens . The other wheel chair lady was able to climb from her chair onto the coach . They both could have managed a seat or two back in order to give others the opportunity of a front seat . The last tour manager announced sharing to give others an option . A rotation system should be put in place like another travel company I know do . If not you get an aggressive it's my right attitude which we found horrible and spoilt the trip .

The hotel, room were very nice , food was excellent . Hotel staff , spa & grounds were great .

The tour manager in our opinion was not up to the job , and if we do another Newmarket trip I would want to know who was our tour guide going to be.
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(5 out of 10)

PAUL

Saltash Corwall Couple
Think this needs to be developed a tour of a Guiness or Irish whisky brewery would be more Interesting than the Newbridge Silver outlet shop we visited as was a waste of time as only a shop and not able to see products being made.
More time at the Irish National Stud would have been great so you could have visited parts you found more interesting on the guided tour.
Confirmed traveller: 01 July 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016