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Powerscourt Gardens & the Wicklow Mountains


Ireland's ancient east


Stay in the charming, riverside town of Enniscorthy and explore Ireland's ancient south east corner to uncover the area's rich history and beguiling scenery. Wander medieval passageways in Kilkenny, see the rugged landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, visit the world-renowned Powerscourt Gardens, tour Borris House and the Kennedy Homestead, and hear the gruelling stories of those that emigrated to America during the Great Famine, on this fascinating tour.

East Ireland Tour Highlights

  • Stroll through Powerscourt Gardens - voted number three in the world's Top 10 Gardens by the National Geographic
  • Explore Glendalough, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, with its ancient monastic site
  • Visit Borris House, ancient seat of the Kings of Leinster
  • Explore the Kennedy Homestead of JFK's ancestors
  • Wander the medieval city of Kilkenny
  • Learn about the great Irish emigration at the fascinating Dunbrody Famine Ship

What does the price include?

  • Five nights' carefully chosen dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy
  • Visits to Kilkenny, Glendalough, Powerscourt Estate and New Ross
  • Guided tours of Borris House, Dunbrody Famine Ship, the Kennedy Homestead and Dublin (flight times allowing)
  • Return flights to Dublin
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

East Ireland Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Dublin

Fly to Dublin, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in Enniscorthy. Depending on your arrival time, spend the rest of the day exploring the town, where interesting shops, a beautiful cathedral, the National 1798 Rebellion Centre and a fine Norman castle are scattered around the compact centre.

Day Two: Explore Kilkenny

Our journey today takes us to the ancient city of Kilkenny, where a fine collection of historical buildings adorn its narrow, cobbled streets. Wander through the little stone passageway called the Butter Slip, one of the town's prettiest medieval corridors, and see Rothe House, the only example of an early 17th-century merchant's townhouse in Ireland. You can also visit the Kilkenny Art and Design Centre, which showcases the town's thriving crafts industry, explore the Norman castle and its splendid parkland surroundings, or learn about the art of beer-making at the Smithwick's Experience.

Day Three: Travel through the Wicklow Mountains and visit Powerscourt

Travelling north, we're treated to a day of remarkable scenery on a journey through the Wicklow Mountains. We'll call firstly at Glendalough, celebrated both for its beauty and historical interest. This 'valley of the two lakes', where the ancient monastic site was founded by St Kevin in the 6th Century, is packed with ancient relics and ruins. See the vast, roofless cathedral, several tombs, Celtic crosses and a superb round tower.

Our trip continues with a visit to Powerscourt, Ireland's most famous country estate, majestically set beneath Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. This Palladian mansion houses a collection of boutique shops and a leafy terrace cafe, and is surrounded by stunning formal gardens that were voted number three in the National Geographic's Top 10 Gardens list. See the ornate Italian Garden, which sweeps down to the Triton Lake and its Baroque fountain; stroll through the exquisite Japanese Gardens and follow the picturesque paths through the Rose and Kitchen Gardens.

Day Four: Enjoy a guided tour of Borris House

Heading into County Carlow this morning, we'll visit Borris House, once the seat of the Kings of Leinster. Situated in beautiful, untouched Barrow Valley, the House is steeped in history, and is one of very few Irish estates that can trace its history back to the royal ruling families of ancient Ireland. Enjoy a guided tour, which offers a fascinating insight into the building and its previous residents, then explore the grounds at your own leisure, admiring the stunning backdrop of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs Mountains and Barrow Valley. Don't miss the Lace Garden inspired by Borris lace, the newly restored granary barn and the Victorian laundry with its original features.

Day Five: Explore New Ross and visit the Kennedy homestead

Our final excursion takes us to New Ross, where thousands of emigrants fled for a new life in America during the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1800s. We'll climb aboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic reproduction of an 1840s emigrant vessel, for a guided tour in which costumed performers and themed exhibitions demonstrate the bravery and fortitude of the Irish people in those desperate times.

Later, we'll head to the Kennedy homestead, birthplace of President John F Kennedy's great-grandfather. Enjoy an audio-visual presentation and guided tour to learn the story of five generations of this famous family.

Day Six: Fly back to the UK

Head back to Dublin Airport this morning for your return flight home. Depending on your flight time, you might enjoy a short orientation tour of the attractive Irish capital, and possibly some time for shopping and sightseeing.

Riverside Park Hotel ★★★★

This super four-star hotel is just a few minutes on foot from the centre of Enniscorthy.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two and a quarter hours.

Dunbrody Famine Ship accessibility

The ship is fully accessible, with a lift to the lower deck.

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.

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.

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.

Ryanair ID requirements

Some of the flights on this tour use Ryanair, who only accept a valid passport as ID when checking in. They will not accept a driving license as ID on any of their flights, including within the UK and Ireland. Newmarket cannot be held responsible if you fail to meet the airline's ID requirements.

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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