Ireland's East - Belfast & Dublin


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.


Discover the treasures of Northern Ireland & the Ancient East

From £1,079 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 30 passengers travelling by air in a specific month. Coach tour from £859 per person.

Best time to go

April, May, June, September, October

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.


Titanic Belfast

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

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

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

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

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.


Don't fancy the flight?

This tour is also available by coach and ferry, from £509 per person.

Book of Kells

This stunning illuminated manuscript from the 9th century is formed of the gospels of the New Testament. A world famous medieval document, the Book of Kells is one of Ireland's greatest cultural treasures and displays the Hiberno-Saxon style, with its complex patterns, elaborate letters and intricate details which glow with rich colour. The manuscript can be found in Trinity College's Old Library, a beautiful building in Dublin dating back to the 18th century.

Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle is in fact a Georgian mansion built in the 1770s. Today, it operates as a royal palace, home of the Royal Family on their visits to Northern Ireland. Its graceful State Rooms are a selection of unique spaces which have hosted important historical meetings, elegantly decorated with objets d’art. Outside, ornamental gardens and 100 acres of grounds surround the property.

Castletown House

Laying claim to being the oldest, largest, and finest Palladian property in Ireland, Castletown House holds significant architectural value. Since 1994, major restoration works have taken place in order to return this property to its former grandeur and display its fine collection of Irish decorative arts. The collection includes paintings, prints and furniture from Ireland and around the world.

No. 29

Located on Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Street, No. 29 is a Georgian House Museum which demonstrates Dublin life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During this period, the cosmopolitan and cultural city was booming. The house contains an interesting collection of paintings, toys, furniture, and Neo-Classical design.

Russborough House

Built in the mid-1700s, Russborough is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful stately homes. Its fine interiors recreate the grandeur of life in the 1740s, and the house also has several tales regarding the robberies – and subsequent recoveries – of its extensive art collection, which includes pieces by Velázquez, Vermeer, Goya and Rubens.

Powerscourt Estate

The grounds surrounding this Palladian mansion are simply stunning. Home to Ireland’s highest waterfall, impeccable formal gardens, elegant statues and ornamental lakes, the backdrop of the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain completes the picture.

Slane Castle & Distillery

Slane Castle has been home to the Conyngham family since 1703, and has a colourful history. The bold, crenelated building is rich with 18th century interiors, and enjoys a picturesque riverside setting. The working distillery at Slane is a more recent addition: known for its delightful Irish whiskey, a guided tour shows the production of the tipple and culminates in a tasting.

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