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Waterford, Wexford & the Garden of Ireland



A fascinating corner of Ireland

Based in the charming riverside town of Enniscorthy, this six-day break offers a fascinating insight into this lovely and varied part of Ireland. See the dramatic landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, watch skilled craftsmen at work at the Waterford Crystal factory and discover the stories of the Great Famine and the American Migration.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A visit to Powerscourt Gardens - voted 'Number Three Garden in the world' by National Geographic
  • Time to explore Glendalough, the valley of the two lakes, with its ancient monastic site
  • A guided tour of the Waterford Crystal factory
  • Visits to the historic harbour town of Waterford and to delightful Wexford
  • Time to explore the medieval city of Kilkenny
  • A visit to the fascinating Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • An orientation tour of Dublin (flight times allowing)
  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Dublin
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers
  • 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 11:30pm).

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to Dublin Airport, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you are then free to relax and unwind. Make the most of the hotel's leisure facilities or perhaps explore delightful Enniscorthy, which lies just a short stroll along the riverside path from the hotel.

Day Two

Afer a leisurely morning, we'll head to the county's ancient capital, Wexford. This lively, friendly town, with its pretty quayside and narrow winding streets, still retains reminders of its Viking and Norman past.

Day Three

Today's excursion takes you to the dramatic uplands of the Wicklow Mountains - much of which is a protected National Park.

The day's first visit is to Ireland's most famous country estate, Powerscourt. This magnificent Palladian mansion houses a range of interesting shops and a cafe, and is surrounded by stunning formal gardens. Follow the sweep of the ornate Italian Garden down to Triton Lake, see the exquisite Japanese Garden, and wander the formal walks of the rose and kitchen gardens.

In the afternoon you'll visit the ancient monastic site at Glendalough, where the extraordinary relics include a vast, roofless cathedral and the famous Round Tower.

Day Four

Our first stop today will be New Ross, where we'll visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic reproduction of an 1840s emigrant vessel. Here a guided tour, costumed performers and themed exhibitions will provide a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude of the Irish people over the years of the potato famines.

From New Ross we'll continue to historic Waterford. Stroll the cobbled streets and picturesque quayside of historic Waterford, and explore its two cathedrals and 1000-year-old Reginald's Tower. During our visit we'll also enjoy a tour around the Waterford Crystal factory, and see skilled craftsmen as they blow, cut, engrave and sculpt the famous glass into fabulous works of art.

Day Five

The ancient city of Kilkenny, former capital of Ireland, beckons today. Here you'll find Rothe House, the only example of an early 17th-century merchant's townhouse in Ireland, and have time to browse Kilkenny Art and Design Centre, or discover the art of brewing at the Smithwick's Experience. Don't miss the chance to explore Kilkenny's dramatically sited castle, which dates back to the 12th Century, and the splendid parklands that surround it.

Day Six

This morning we'll return to Dublin. Depending on your flight time, there may be time for a short city tour, and even a spot of shopping and sightseeing, before we head to the airport to catch the flight home.

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.

*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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Waterford, Wexford & the Garden of IrelandScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 170 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Very enjoyable despite early morning starts.
Confirmed traveller: 08 September 2017
Published on: 20 September 2017
(9 out of 10)


Ipswich Couple
A lovely holiday. The hotel was very good. The meals were good value with an excellent choice & large portions. The serving staff were very helpful. Both our Tour Manager & Coach Driver could not have been more informative & made the whole holiday enjoyable. The trips were all well organised & interesting. We would recommend this holiday & will be booking again to visit other places in Ireland.
Confirmed traveller: 01 September 2017
Published on: 14 September 2017
(9 out of 10)


Brighton Couple
Our first holiday with Newmarket we both enjoy our holiday it was great week.
Confirmed traveller: 30 June 2017
Published on: 28 July 2017
(10 out of 10)


Cheltenham Single traveller
This was an excellent holiday, well-organised, in a good hotel (although the meals were a bit inflexible, we had to all eat at the same time, even for breakfast) and with a great selection of excursions.
Our guide Maura was quite exceptional and deserves the highest praise for her enthusiasm and the amount of knowledge she was eager to share with us.
Confirmed traveller: 30 June 2017
Published on: 26 July 2017