Ireland

Ireland's East

A taste of heritage and culture

Ireland’s east evokes images of lush landscapes, elegant cities and idyllic towns spanning centuries of history. Dotted with grand Palladian properties, gorgeously situated distilleries, and innumerable collections of fine art, an exploration of the east of this island reveals some of the best of Ireland’s culture and heritage. The key cities offer a variety of attractions that allow you to get to the heart of Irish history: Belfast is rich with Victorian architecture, historic ship building heritage and art galleries, whereas Dublin hoards more ancient treasures within its vibrant streets.

IRELAND’S ART & HERITAGE

Discover the treasures of Northern Ireland & the Ancient East

  • Belfast – head into Northern Ireland to explore Titanic Belfast, Parliament, and the Ulster Museum
  • Dublin – visit Trinity College, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Chester Beatty Library
  • Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula – explore one of Ireland’s best preserved medieval towns
  • Rademon Estate Distillery – sample Irish gin on this ancient estate steeped in history
  • Blessingbourne Estate – an 18th century property filled with Arts and Crafts era treasures
  • Return flights included
  • 4 nights half board accommodation
  • This tour is also available as a coach tour if you don’t want to travel by air

From £699
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April

Suggested Hotel

Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk

  • 4-star hotel located on the lovely Cooley Peninsula
  • Historic Victorian property in 130 acres of parkland
  • Perfectly situated for visiting Belfast and Dublin
  • Elegant bedrooms with modern amenities
  • Own restaurant and bar overlooking the gardens
  • Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Attractions:

  • Titanic Belfast
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    Learn the complete story of the world’s most famous ship, RMS Titanic. This insightful and memorable experience is based in the historic shipyard where the Titanic was built, and tells the ship’s tale from its conception to its tragic demise.

  • Ulster Museum
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    The Ulster Museum is located within Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, and houses a rich collection of treasures. Exploring art, history and natural science, the museum tells the human story of the north of Ireland, from ancient times up until the present day.

  • Stormont Parliament Buildings
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    Explore the Parliament Buildings, home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, on a guided tour. These beautiful buildings on the Stormont Estate were opened in 1932. Designed by Arnold Thornley in a Greek Classical style, careful symmetry and symbolism is incorporated into the elegant architecture of the building.

  • Trinity College
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    Dublin University’s Trinity College is widely considered to be the most prestigious university in Ireland, and was founded by Elizabeth I. With an extensive history stretching back over 400 years, a tour here takes in the ancient buildings and traditions, and explores the beautiful college’s four major squares.

  • National Gallery of Ireland

    Founded in the 19th century, Ireland’s National Gallery in the heart of Dublin holds an impressive collection of over 12,000 works of European art. Strongly representing Irish painting, it also has notable exhibitions of the Dutch masters and the Italian Baroque.

  • Chester Beatty Library

    This fascinating collection of manuscripts, prints and rare books draws from the great cultures and religions of the world. Collated in the 20th century by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, it was bequeathed to the Irish State on his death. The stunning amalgamation of treasures in this museum stretches back to around 2,700 BC, and is displayed within an 18th century clock tower in the grounds of Dublin Castle.

  • Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula
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    Carlingford is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Ireland, full of whitewashed houses, Celtic heritage, cafés and boutiques. Located on the beautiful Cooley Peninsula, there are picturesque views of the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough at every turn.

  • Rademon Estate Distillery

    Steeped in history, this ancient estate produces Shortcross Gin in its copper stills. Although gin production here is a modern venture located in a contemporary glasshouse, the estate's house was built in the 17th century and it presents a perfect marriage of old and new.

  • Blessingbourne Estate

    Blessingbourne is an historic country house and estate, built in the 18th century in an Elizabethan style. Bursting with character and filled with Arts and Crafts features, the manor is complemented by beautiful grounds and backed by mature trees. The estate also hosts the fascinating Carriage and Costume Museum, which is packed with historic paraphernalia and shares the stories of those who have lived in the house throughout the centuries.

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