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Ireland’s Premier Attractions and Heritage Towns

Travel Organisers Manual


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Introduction Heritage Island is dedicated to the promotion of Ireland’s Premier Attractions and Heritage Towns. Heritage Island represents wonderful attractions and towns that are as diverse as Ireland itself. They tell the story of kings and invaders, famine and emigration, priests and poets, encompassing the social, political and industrial heritage that has shaped not only the Ireland of today but also influenced Europe and the wider world.

Important Tip: Heritage Island works closely with group organisers worldwide to help ensure their groups really enjoy Ireland. Do visit our website at HeritageIsland.com for information and updates, and check our Travel Trade section (top right of the homepage). You will find the latest news, information on events, tour suggestions and the many ways in which we can support you. Finally, on behalf of all our members, we wish you soaring success during 2017/2018 and we look forward to welcoming more of your groups to Ireland.

Each of our featured member attractions and towns, throughout the Island of Ireland, can offer a very special experience for visiting groups. The choice of which to visit is yours. Whether you are a tour operator, an event planner, a teacher organising a school trip, or a special interest group, we hope this definitive reference manual helps to guide you to the places to best meet your group needs and to ensure they have an amazing Ireland experience. Each attraction and town profile in our guide is presented in an easy-to-read format and includes critical information such as location, opening times, facilities, average length of visit, key contacts and normal admission prices, where they apply. All attractions and heritage towns welcome group enquiries. Most can accommodate groups within their normal day. Many welcome and can accommodate conferences, meetings, educational tours and incentive groups. Some are prepared to open exclusively or specifically for groups outside of their normal hours. Use this manual as your guide and then make contact with the attractions of interest. They will be pleased to hear from you, and tell them Heritage Island sent you! Please note that all attractions offer group admission prices. As rates can vary, depending on such things as group size, and the time of year you are visiting, we feature their standard admission rates. Use them as a guide. We recommend that you contact the attraction or town directly when you wish to make your group booking.

Advice and Disclaimer: The information contained in this guide has been supplied by the individual properties or compiled from information provided by them. All information is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at January 2017. However, changes to dates, opening hours, admission rates, facilities and services can occur. It is therefore always recommended that you check details directly with the attraction or location. Opening times and dates may be significantly altered during the Christmas and New Year holiday seasons. Many attractions operate a Last Admission time in advance of their official closing time—often up to one hour in advance. If this may affect your travel plans, please check with the attraction directly. While every care has been taken in the collation of this guide, Heritage Island cannot accept responsibility for any errors, omissions or incorrect information, but when brought to our attention we will make changes in future editions. We welcome your feedback on this publication. Please email us at info@heritageisland.com to let us know what you think. Thank You. Published by Heritage Island Limited www.HeritageIsland.com


Ireland’s Premier Attractions and Heritage Towns 1 Aillwee Cave l Tel: +353 (0)65 707 7036

24 l Down County Museum

2 Airfield Estate l Tel: +353 (0)1 969 6666

25 l Dublin City Hall

3 Arigna Mining Experience l Tel: +353 (0)71 964 6466

26 l Dublinia

4 Athlone Castle l Visitor Centre Tel: +353 (0)90 644 2130

27 l Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

5 Aviva Stadium Tours l Tel: +353 (0)1 232 0878

28 l Dunguaire Castle

6 Avondale House & Forest Park l Tel: +353 (0)404 46111 7 Belleek Pottery l Visitor Centre Tel: +44 (0)28 6865 9300

Tel: +44 (0) 28 4461 5218 Tel: +353 (0)1 222 2204 Tel: +353 (0)1 679 4611

Tel: +353 (0)51 425 239 Tel: +353 (0)61 711 200

29 l Eagles Flying Tel: +353 (0)71 918 9310

30 l EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Tel: +353 (0)1 906 0861

8 Belvedere House, l Gardens & Park Tel: +353 (0)44 934 9060

31 l F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

9 Birr Castle Gardens l And Science Centre Tel: +353 (0)57 912 0336

32 l Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens

10 l Blarney Castle & Gardens

33 l Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Tel: +353 (0)21 438 5252

11 l Boyne Valley Tel: +353 (0)41 987 2843

12 l Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Tel: +353 (0)61 360 788

13 l The Burren Centre & The Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour Tel: +353 (0)65 708 8030

14 l Butlers Chocolate Experience Tel: +353 (0)1 671 0599

15 l Casino Marino Tel: +353 (0)1 833 1618

16 l Castletown House & Parklands Tel: +353 (0)1 628 8252

17 l Castle Ward

Tel: +44 (0)28 4062 3322

Tel: +353 (0)21 481 5543

Tel: +353 (0)69 65416

34 l GAA Museum & Croke Park Stadium And Skyline Tours Tel: +353 (0)1 819 2323

35 l Galway City Museum — Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe Tel: +353 (0)91 532 460

36 l Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience Tel: +44 (0)28 2073 1855

37 l Glasnevin Cemetery Museum Tel: +353 (0)1 882 6550 l The Gobbins Tel: +44 (0)28 93372318

38 l GPO Witness History Tel: +353 (0)1 872 1916

Tel: +44 (0)28 4488 1204

39 l Guinness Storehouse

18 l Christ Church Cathedral

Tel: +353 (0)1 408 4800

Tel: +353 (0)1 677 8099

19 l Clare Museum Tel: +353 (0)65 682 3382

20 l The Cliffs Of Moher Visitor Experience Tel: +353 (0)65 708 6141

21 l Cobh Heritage Centre Tel: +353 (0)21 481 3591

22 l Donegal County Museum Tel: +353 (0)74 912 4613

23 l Doolin Cave Tel: +353 (0)65 707 5761

40 l Hook Lighthouse Tel: +353 (0)51 397 054/397 055

41 l House Of Waterford Crystal Tel: +353 (0)51 317 000

42 l Irish National Stud & Gardens Tel: +353 (0)45 521 617

43 l Irish Whiskey Museum Tel: +353 (0)1 525 0970

44 l The Jackie Clarke Collection Tel: +353 (0)96 73508

45 l The Jameson Distillery, Midleton Tel: +353 (0)21 461 3594

46 l Johnnie Fox’s Pub Tel: +353 (0)1 295 5647

47 l The Kennedy Homestead & Emigrant Trail Tel: +353 (0)51 388 264

48 l Kilbeggan Distillery Experience Tel: +353 (0)57 933 2134

49 l King House Tel: +353 (0)71 966 3242

50 l King John’s Castle Visitor Experience Tel: +353 (0)61 360 788

51 l Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Tel: +353 (0)95 52001

52 l Lough Gur Tel: +353 (0)61 385 186

53 l Lough Key Forest & Activity Park Tel: +353 (0)71 967 3122

54 l Malahide Castle & Gardens Tel: +353 (0)1 816 9538

55 l Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

66 l Skibbereen Heritage Centre Tel: +353 (0)28 40900

67 l Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny Tel: +353 (0)56 778 6377

68 l Spike Island Tel: +353 (0)21 481 1485

69 l Strokestown Park Tel: +353 (0)71 963 3013

70 l Titanic Belfast Tel: +44 (0)28 9076 6399

71 l Trinity College Dublin Tel: +353 (0)1 896 2320 72 Tullamore D.E.W. l Old Bonded Warehouse Tel: +353 (0)57 932 5015

73 l Ulster American Folk Park Tel: +44 (0)28 8224 3292 74 Ulster Folk & l Transport Museum Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428

75 l Ulster Museum Tel: +44 (0)28 9044 0000

76 l Wicklow’s Historic Gaol Tel: +353 (0)404 61599

77 l Youghal Clock Gate Tower Tel: +353 (0)24 20769

Tel: +44 (0)28 6634 8855

56 l Mizen Head Signal Station Tel: +353 (0)28 35000/ 35225

57 l Mount Congreve Gardens Tel: +353 (0)51 384 115/ 384511

58 l Mount Stewart Tel: +44 (0)28 4278 8387

59 l Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1440

60 l National Sea Life Centre Tel: +353 (0)1 286 6939

61 l Navan Centre & Fort— Emain Macha Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 9644

62 l North Dublin’s Coastal Villages Tel: +353 (0)1 840 0891

63 l Powerscourt House & Gardens Tel: +353 (0)1 204 6000

64 l Russborough House & Parklands Tel: +353 (0)45 865 239

65 l Shannon Ferries Tel: +353 (0) 65 9053124

Heritage Towns l Armagh City 78 Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 1800 l Ballina 79 Tel: +353 (0)96 76100 l 80 Cashel Tel: +353 (0)62 63601 l Downpatrick 81 Tel: +44 (0)300 013 2233 l Enniskillen 82 Tel: +44 (0)28 6632 5000 l Foynes 83 Tel: +353 (0)69 65416 l Kilmallock 84 Tel: +353 (0)63 91300 l Lismore 85 Tel: +353 (0)58 54975 l 86 New Ross Tel: +353 (0)51 421 284 l 87 Portumna Tel: +353 (0)909 759 200 l Westport 88 Tel: +353 (0)98 27766


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AILLWEE CAVE

AIRFIELD ESTATE

And Birds of Prey Centre

This is a very special place in the heart of the Burren. Let the knowledgeable guides at Aillwee welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape. Your tour consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall, which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears. Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. The expert bird handlers are always available to help you understand these amazing Raptors and let you know about all the conservation programmes that are ongoing both nationally and internationally. Audio guides and information boards also give detailed information on all the residents. Daily flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren landscape. The Burren is also the birthplace of the Farmhouse Cheese `Burren Gold@ Aillwee’, winner of numerous Gold and Silver Medals at various national and international cheese fairs, and available in The Farmshop at Aillwee Cave. You may even be lucky enough to see the cheese maker at work. Address Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Airfield Estate is Dublin’s only 38-acre working farm & visitor attraction. Established in 1974 as a charitable organisation by Letitia & Naomi Overend for recreational and education purposes –the mission at Airfield Estate is to connect people with food and the land that it comes from. Located in the village of Dundrum, it offers many experiences including: An interactive exhibition & tours of the Overend family home; Ornamental Gardens - whereby the Walled Garden & Greenhouse reflect the Overend’s family passion for plants; The interactive display garage provides you with access to the Overend’s family cars include Letitia’s 1927 Rolls Royce; The Farmyard - where the famous Jersey cows are milked and the eggs are collected daily; The Kitchen Gardens where much of the fresh food is produced that goes directly into the field to fork restaurant; Woodland Walks with over 2,000 native trees, providing important wildlife corridors and improving the habitats of Airfield’s bird & insect populations; The Grey Barn special indoor/outdoor play space for 0-4 year old children; Overends Restaurant - the perfect place to enjoy the taste of Airfield on a plate. Airfield offers a place where you can reflect, be replenished & celebrate the connection between people & nature through the farm, gardens and natural environment. Tours can be organised with specialised guides or all experiences can be self-guided. Also offering option for bespoke tours & private dining. Address Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Email info@aillweecave.ie

Email info@airfield.ie

Phone +353 (0)65 707 7036

Phone +353 (0)1 969 6666

Website www.aillweecave.ie Sat Nav 53.0918, -9.1503 Location 35 km from Ennis; 47km from Galway Open Open year round: Daily: Mar-Jun, Sept, Oct 10.00-17.30; Jul & Aug 10.00-18.30. Check website for other dates. Closed Dec 24-26, Jan 1. Average Visit Length 3 hours Entrance Fees Joint Tickets: Adult €18; Child €10; Senior €15; Student €15; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €44; ‘Cave Only’ tickets available. Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours All tours are guided. Min 10, Max 35 for cave tour. Larger numbers for Birds of Prey flying display. Tours are in English. Incentive Programme Yes. Hawk Walks, Bushcraft Life Survival Skills courses. Performance Venue Small theatre in cave, maximum capacity 50. School/Education Yes. A Discover Primary Science Resource Centre Programme Dining Café and tea rooms serving hot and cold lunches and an extensive range of snacks. Wine licence. Shopping Two gift shops with extensive range of gifts and crafts. Farmshop selling homemade cheese, fudge and local and national foods. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 15 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Refreshment voucher. Coach-washing and clean-out area Coaches/Drivers with refuse point. Disability Access Cave is partially wheelchair accessible, booking in advance necessary. Birds of Prey Centre and all shops and toilets are fully accessible. Group Booking Tracy Lynch, E: tracy@aillweecave.ie Contact

Website www.airfield.ie Sat Nav 53.2879, -6.2351 Location 10 km from Dublin City Open Open year round. Closed Dec 24-26. Sept-Jun: 09.30-17.00; Jul-Aug 09.30-19.00; Last admission: 1 hour before closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult €10; Senior €8; Student €8; Child €5; Child (U3) Free (standard) Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes. Subject to time of year. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes. English brochures. Conference/ Multifunctional meeting rooms (14-80 capacity). Various Meetings private event spaces including a rustic barn. Incentive Programme Yes. Tailor-made food/field/farm/garden events School/Education Yes Programme Dining Restaurant and Coffee Shop. Estate sourced farm to fork dining experiences. Restaurant seats 120, coffee shop 30. Shopping Garden Centre selling gifts, garden items and plants. Airfield market, selling estate products. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 4 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee and scone. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Yes. Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking Darren Whelan, E: darren.whelan@airfield.ie or sales@ Contact airfield.ie


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ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE

ATHLONE CASTLE VISITOR CENTRE

Arigna Mining Experience is situated in the hill country of north Roscommon. The village of Arigna is situated in a picturesque valley with breath-taking scenery and an unspoiled landscape. The Arigna area has a coal-mining heritage of over 400 years.

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre now boasts eight new exhibition spaces that tell the history of Athlone and the surrounding area through wonderful illustrations and impressive audio-visual. The visitor is taken on a chronological tour of the history of the town. On the tour visitors will explore Early Settlement at Athlone, Athlone Castle’s first 400 years, Athlone Besieged, Siege 360°, People of the Siege, Fabric of Athlone, A Self-Sufficient People and Death and Destruction.

The Arigna Mining Experience will certainly appeal to those with an interest in history or anyone looking for a day out with a difference. Now a popular tourist spot, the centre allows visitors an insight into coal mining life in the Arigna Valley from the 1700s until its closure in 1990.

Last admissions are one hour prior to closing. Self-guided tours take between 45 minutes and one hour.

A typical visit includes a 45-minute underground tour with an ex-miner as your tour guide. The tour brings visitors to the mine’s coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. The authentic lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality of the experience. There is also a DVD presentation, an exhibition area where local geology and the formation of coal deposits is explained, and there is an excellent photo archive on show.

Address Arigna, Via Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon Email tours@arignaminingexperience.ie Phone +353 (0)71 964 6466 Website www.arignaminingexperience.ie Sat Nav 54.0771, -8.1202 Location 20 km from Carrick-on-Shannon Open Open year round: Daily 10.00-17.00. Last Tour at 17.00. Closed Dec 23-27 & Jan 1. Tours suspended for 3 weekends in December for Santa’s Grotto. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €10; Senior €8; Student €8; Child (5+) €6; Child (U5) (standard) Free; Family (2A+2C) €28, (2A+3C) €33 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours All tours are guided and in English (Staff can translate in French & German). 25 in each group in 15 minute intervals. Audio Visual 5 minute audio visual viewable in 2 areas in English. Seats 20 and 25 respectively. School/Education Yes. School packs available for teachers/ lecturers. Programme Dining Coffee shop/ café serving light lunches, snacks and treats. Seats 25 - 30. Shopping Gift shop selling local crafts, preserves, ceramics, souvenirs, books, jewellery and children’s souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. 200 spaces. Coach Parking Free on-site. 25-30 spaces. Drop off at entrance. Disability Access The building, the toilets and the underground tour are fully accessible. Group Booking Valerie/ Margaret, E: tours@arignaminingexperience.ie Contact

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

St. Peter’s Square, Athlone, Co. Westmeath info@athlonecastle.ie +353 (0)90 644 2130 www.athlonecastle.ie 53.4231, -7.9427 Situated in Athlone Town Open year round. Nov-Feb Wed-Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-17.00; Mar-Oct Tue-Sat 10.30-17.30, Sun 11.30-17.30; Jun-Aug Daily 10.00-18.00 (Sun from 11.00) Check website for details. Last admissions 1 hour prior to closing. 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes Adult €8; Child (U15) €4; Senior €6; Student €6; Family (2A+2C) €20. Family (2A+4C) €25. For 10+ Yes, depending on the time of year.

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 15, Max 30. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio-guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese (Mandarin). Audio Visual 360° cinema of the Great Siege of Athlone, 7 minute duration in English, seats 50. Performance Venue Castle Courtyard can be used for fairs, small events, music and recitals. Capacity (weather dependent) could be 200 pax approx. School/Education Yes. Based based on Castle themes. Programme Dining Small café serving tea/coffee and light refreshments. Seats 16 inside and 16 outside. Shopping Gift shop selling Athlone Castle merchandise, handmade pottery, postcards and books. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. 3 spaces. Drop off at entrance. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee/snack. Drivers welcome to explore visitor Coaches/Drivers centre. Disability Access Partially accessible. The visitor centre itself is wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet. Group Booking Mary Bannon, E: info@athlonecastle.ie Contact


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AVIVA STADIUM TOURS

AVONDALE HOUSE & FOREST PARK The Charles Stewart Parnell Museum

Aviva Stadium is an architectural icon of Dublin and also a historical place. The stories of the past 150 years rightfully proved that Ireland played an important part amongst the founding nations of the contemporary sport. If you love stadiums or completely have no interest in them, you are offered a unique glimpse into the world of professional sport. The views will take your breath away and the presence of such a sacred battleground will move you. The tour is educational but also an uplifting and inspiring experience.

In the peace of Avondale there are only memories.... Charles Stewart Parnell - ‘The Uncrowned King of Ireland’ - was born in Avondale in 1846, when Ireland was in the grip of famine, and went on to become one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history.

Why not try something unique today?

Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house, with original furniture and plasterwork, by an award winning audio-visual presentation.

The Aviva Stadium Tour has become an obligatory experience for the visitors to Dublin. The tour gives you the chance to walk through the most emblematic areas of the stadium, such as the Irish Dressing Rooms, Media Centre, Dugouts and a view from the top stand.

He dedicated himself to the goal of Ireland as a nation and he pursued it unswervingly, until a rose was thrown across his path and opened a new world the world of love, and his passion for Katharine O’Shea….

Other facilities include ‘The Kitchen Café’, 500 acres of magnificent parkland with walks, play area, orienteering courses and car/ coach park.

Aviva Stadium is a temple of the fighting Irish Spirit. Visit and feel what makes the Irish who they are as a nation. The passion for winning and never giving up is strongly embedded in the Irish DNA. It promises to be an hour well spent with very Irish and very entertaining tour guides. Address Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 D04 K5F9

Address Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Email tours@avivastadium.ie

Email avondalehouseenquiries@coillte.ie

Phone +353 (0)1 232 0878

Phone +353 (0)404 46111

Website www.avivastadium.ie Sat Nav 53.3352, -6.2285 Location Dublin 4, Dublin City Open Open year round: Daily Feb-Oct 10.00-16.00; Nov-Jan 10.00-15.00. Closed on event days. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €10; Senior €7; Student €7; Child (4-12) €5; Child (standard) (U4) Free; Family (2A+3C) €25 Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours All tours are guided in English or French. Min 1, Max 250. Audio Visual 12 minute film in English, seats 200. Conference/ Conferencing space for small groups of 10 and more, to Meetings major events catering for 10,000. Performance Venue Yes, spaces vary. Shopping Souvenir shop and sports shop. Car Parking Pay parking on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off at tours office. Disability Access Fully accessible, no limitations. Group Booking Bernie Gibney, E: tours@avivastadium.ie Contact

Website www.coillteoutdoors.ie Sat Nav 52.9166, -6.2270 Location 62 km from Dublin City. 2 km from Rathdrum Open Check website. Opening times are subject to change. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 5 hours Entrance Fees Adult €7; Child €4.50; Child (U5) Free; Concession/Student (standard) €6.50; Family (2A+2C) €20. Car park: €5 per car (need coins) Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Audio Visual 20 minute AV, in English, for 15. Dining Café serving hot & cold lunches. Seats 60. Shopping Books available to purchase from reception. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking E: avondalehouseenquiries@coillte.ie Contact


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BELLEEK POTTERY VISITOR CENTRE

BELVEDERE HOUSE, GARDENS & PARK

Celebrating 160 years, a visit to Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre is the perfect way to spend a day out and a must on any itinerary. Famously known for being the oldest working pottery in Ireland, this 4 star attraction offers a fascinating insight into the world of Belleek and the process that delivers this world class product. Offering a series of delicate delights to make your visit so much more memorable. Begin your visit with an interactive guided tour. Guides will take you on a 30-minute pottery tour where you will see the 16 steps of how this world famous product is created. Amongst some of skills demonstrated, you will see moulding, flowering, painting and basket weaving. As the oldest working pottery in Ireland, the heritage of Belleek is hard to ignore. In addition to the displays of exquisite craftsmanship, an audio visual presentation will inform you of the rich history of the pottery from its beginnings in the mid 1800s to present day. The Belleek Museum houses some of the finest examples of product ever produced by the pottery including the International Centre Piece, a replica of the winning piece from the World Fair ‘Exposition Universelle’ in the late 1800s. Once you have completed your tour, enjoy a little retail therapy in the Belleek Showroom and complete your visit with some time-out at the Belleek Tea Room. Address 3 Main St., Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 3FY

Lord Belvedere’s Hunting Lodge at Lough Ennell stands on 160 acres of maintained estate, punctuated with numerous follies, the largest being The Jealous Wall built to obscure his brother’s larger house. Belvedere House is fully restored and is noted for its exquisite rococo ceilings and bow end design. The Victorian Walled Garden exercises all the senses with a fragrant herb garden, old rose beds, tumbling herbaceous borders, alpines, climbers and vegetable potager. Belvedere plays host to a range of different outdoor events, including Garden Theatre, Bird Walks, Bat Walks, Music Concerts and Dog Shows. Belvedere has a licensed restaurant, shop, fairy garden, apiaries (beehives), four childrens’ play areas and several picnic areas. Belvedere has a full calendar of events including Halloween, Easter and Christmas events. Please check website for latest details.

Address Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Email visitorcentre@belleek.ie

Email info@belvedere-house.ie

Phone +44 (0)28 6865 9300

Phone +353 (0)44 934 9060

Website www.belleekpottery.ie

Website www.belvedere-house.ie

Sat Nav 54.4790, -8.0932 Location 39 km from Enniskillen Open Open year round, including bank holidays: Jan-Feb: MonFri. Mar-Dec: Daily. Please contact the centre for specific opening hours and tour times. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes Entrance Fees Adult £5; Senior £3; Student £3; Child Free; Family £10 (standard) Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 1, Max 25. Audio Visual 20 minute AV, for 50, in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. School/Education Yes. Guided guided tours. Programme Dining Self-service restaurant. Shopping Showroom selling complete range of Belleek Pottery, Galway Crystal and Aynsley China. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Coach wash and refuse area. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Patricia McCauley, E: takethetour@belleek.ie Contact

Sat Nav 53.4772, -7.3692 Location 7 km from Mullingar Open Open year round: Daily from 09.30. May-Aug until 20.00. Please check website for details. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Dec 24-26 Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior €6; Student €6; Child €4; Child (U3) Free; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €23 Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for In certain circumstances. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes in English Audio Visual 8 minute AV, in English, for 30. Conference/ Meeting/conference rooms, all upstairs (no lift). Lakeview Meetings room seats 16 Classroom style and The Bury and Marlay rooms each seat 33 theatre style. ‘The Courtyard’ in the visitor centre seats 200 theatre style. Syndicate rooms available. Audio-video facilities. Suited to product launches, seminars and diverse entertainment and events. Lunches/ parties catered for. Performance Venue The Courtyard in the Visitor Centre is suited to musical and other events. Seats 200. School/Education Yes. Worksheets available. Programme Dining Café serving wide range of fresh local foods and snacks. Lunch/dinners available for pre-booked groups. Seats 150. Shopping Gift shop selling clothing, jewellery and gifts. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up at Visitor Centre. Disability Access Visitor Centre, café, shop and toilets are accessible. Elsewhere in house and gardens limited access - steps & steep inclines; gravel surfaces in grounds and gardens. Group Booking Belvedere Reception, E: info@belvedere-house.ie Contact


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BIRR CASTLE GARDENS AND SCIENCE CENTRE

BLARNEY CASTLE & GARDENS

The stunning gardens at Birr Castle are home to unending botanical marvels with an abundance of exotic flora to be found throughout along with feats of scientific and engineering wonder for all to view and enjoy. Explore the gardens, which are home to the Great Telescope, once the largest in the world created by the third Earl of Rosse in the 1840s along with Ireland’s largest tree house and adventure area. The award-winning millennium formal gardens, surrounded by the romantic hornbeam cloister walk, proudly houses the world’s tallest box hedges and includes plants exclusive to the gardens. The 120 acres of gardens house an impressive plant collection of rare species from around the world, including over 40 trees published as champion trees of Britain and Ireland. The historic science centre transports visitors back to a time when Birr Castle was a hub of scientific discovery and innovation. The interactive galleries reveal the wonders of early photography, engineering and astronomy. The castle, a family home since the 17th century, opens its doors during the summer months for guided tours offering visitors the chance to visit this private residence. Complete your visit with a trip to the Discovery Gift Shop and the Castle Courtyard Café. Address Rosse Row, Birr, Co. Offaly

Situated 8km/5miles from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements. To kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk. In the grounds of the castle, the Rock Close is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch’s Kitchen, Druid’s Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Blarney Castle Estate offers visitors the chance to stroll through one of the country’s most spectacular gardens. Blarney Castle & House are set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees & plants. There is a fern garden with the atmosphere of a tropical jungle, a poison garden full of deadly but fascinating plants, an 80metre/262feet long double herbaceous border and rose pergola, extensive rhododendron beds and spring bulbs. Address Blarney, Co. Cork

Email bookings@birrcastle.com

Email info@blarneycastle.ie

Phone +353 (0)57 912 0336

Phone +353 (0)21 438 5252

Website www.birrcastle.com Sat Nav 53.0967, -7.9143 Location Birr Town Open Open year round. Closed Dec 25, 26 & Jan 1. Daily Mar– Oct: 09.00-18.00; Nov–Feb: 10.00-16.00. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €9; Senior €7.50; Student €7.50; Child (5-12) €5; Child (standard) (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €25. Rates do not include access to the castle Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 30. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Maps in English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Conference/ Meeting room for up to 30. Meetings School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serving light lunches and snacks (March to September). Shopping Gift shop. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. Drop off and pick up at entrance gate. Special Facilities for Free access to attraction and lunch. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access All areas accessible except castle. Group Booking Finola McDermott, E: bookings@birrcastle.com Contact

Website www.blarneycastle.ie Sat Nav 51.9292, -8.5686 Location 9 km from Cork City Open Open year round: Daily from 09.00; Closing times vary through the season. Please check website for details. Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior €12; Student €12; Child (8-16) €6; Child (standard) (U8) Free; Family (2A+2C) €37 Special Opening for Yes Groups? Self-Guided Groups Yes. English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. Audio Visual 1 hour audio guides in English. Performance Venue Outdoor spaces available for groups to use for performances. Dining Café serving Irish foods and snacks. Seats 70. Shopping 3 gift shops selling Blarney Castle souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off point. Disability Access The castle is not accessible, but a large portion of the gardens are accessible. Group Booking Noreen Murphy, E: info@blarneycastle.ie Contact


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BOYNE VALLEY

BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLK PARK

The Boyne Valley, situated on the east coast of Ireland, is only 30 minutes from Dublin. Virtually every important event in Irish history took place in the Boyne Valley, making it the best place to start your holiday in Ireland. Some of it’s best known attractions include the 5,000 year old burial chambers at the Newgrange World Heritage Site, and the interpretive centre at the Battle of the Boyne site. Right in the heart of Drogheda Heritage town, visit the Gothic Revival St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with the preserved head of St. Oliver Plunkett. Visit Highlanes Gallery in a 19th century Franciscan Church to see the fine Municipal Art Collection, and the sword and mace presented by William of Orange after the Battle of the Boyne. Tour Millmount Museum and the Martello Tower to experience the wonderful views over Drogheda. No visit would be complete without seeing Trim Castle, the best preserved and most impressive Anglo Norman castle in Ireland. It is situated in the heritage town of Trim where you can also enjoy guided tours and a leisurely walk down the River Boyne.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is one of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions and richly deserves to feature on the itinerary of every visitor to the Shannon Region.

Address Drogheda Heritage Town, Drogheda, Co. Louth Email info@discoverboynevalley.ie Phone +353 (0)41 987 2843 Website www.discoverboynevalley.ie Sat Nav 53.7179, -6.3561 Location A wonderful tour of attractions throughout counties Meath and Louth. Open Open year round: Please check website for details. Average Visit Length Varies Entrance Fees Fees apply to some visitor attractions. Please check website (standard) for details. Group Rates Yes, varies by attraction Special Opening for Varies, by attraction. Groups? Guided Group Tours Varies by attraction; see www.discoverboynevalley.ie Self-Guided Groups Yes, at most attractions Audio Visual Yes, some sites have AV including Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Conference/ Yes. Please see our listing, www.discoverboynevalley.ie Meetings Performance Venue See www.discoverboynevalley.ie School/Education Yes, at some attractions, see www.discoverboynevalley.ie Programme Dining Many Boyne Valley attractions have restaurants or tea rooms, or there are facilities close by in each town or village. Shopping Some attractions have gift shops. Car Parking Available at most heritage sites. Coach Parking Available at some some heritage sites. Disability Access Available in most locations Group Booking See attractions at www.discoverboynevalley.ie or Contact E: info@discoverboynevalley.ie

Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries, and works of art from the period. The castle is famous for the night time medieval banquets which operate throughout the year — a favourite with groups visiting the region (reservations necessary). Bunratty Folk Park, set on 26 acres, is a stunning recreation of 19th century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church, a magical walled garden and village street complete with pub, post office and various shops. A Traditional Irish Night operates in the Folk Park on evenings from Apr-Oct (reservations necessary). The Bunratty Collection features over 450 items of medieval furniture and artefacts housed at Bunratty Castle.

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Bunratty, Co. Clare reservations@shannonheritage.com +353 (0)61 360 788 www.shannonheritage.com 52.6986, -8.8111 13 km from Limerick City Open year round, except Dec 24-26. Daily 09.00-17.30. Last admissions to Folk Park 16.15 (subject to change): Last admissions to Castle 16.00. 2 hours and 30 minutes Adult €15; Student €9; Child (6-12) €9; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €33.60, (2A+6C) €38 For 10+ Yes

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours A guiding service is provided in the Castle. Scheduled slots are not available. Max circa 40. Check for languages. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Free explanatory leaflets available in several languages. Conference/ Meeting rooms subject to availability including the Corn Meetings Barn, Mac’s Pub Breakfast and Dining Rooms. Incentive Programme Yes. Tailor-made programmes available. Performance Venue Bunratty Castle Banquet Hall and Great Hall. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Tea Rooms and Mac’s Pub provide choice of food menus and snacks. Shopping Several shops on-site including an extensive gift shop at entrance. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off point. Special Facilities for Coach washing and staff dining facility. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Partially wheelchair accessible. Paths in Folk Park can be uneven, reflecting the period. Castle is not wheelchair friendly. Accessible Toilets. Group Booking Anita O’Loughlin. E: reservations@shannonheritage.com. Contact For tailor-made, incentive and specialist services E: sales@shannonheritage.com


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THE BURREN CENTRE & THE KILFENORA CÉILÍ BAND PARLOUR

BUTLERS CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE

To begin to discover the secrets of the Burren a visit through the Burren Centre is essential. Here the story of the Burren is impressively presented in ‘A Walk Through Time’ multidimensional exhibition. Subliminal ambient aural effects suggest the geological formation of the landscape, its flora and fauna. Beautifully displayed artefacts, original works of art, enthralling audio-visual and interactive experiences together with dramatic life-like reproductions of human activity all combine to provide an insight into the rich history and heritage of the Burren.

Visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience, the ultimate chocolate discovery tour! Located at the home of Butlers Chocolates, Ireland’s premier luxury chocolatier, a visit here is a must for chocolate lovers of all ages! Watch the Butlers Chocolate movie, wander around the interactive Butlers Chocolate museum and follow the chocolate timeline. Savour the chocolate aroma from the gallery as you enjoy a panoramic vista of the Butlers factory.

Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the new exhibition entitled ‘The Kilfenora Ceili Band Parlour’, which explores the music and history of this renowned band. Projections showcasing a musical journey, archival photographs, historical artefacts and interactive displays provide a fascinating insight into their musical journey for over 100 years. There is enjoyment for all the family at this wonderful attraction. Homely Tea Rooms await you after your visit where you sample some excellent traditional cuisine. Crafts are displayed in the creatively designed and spacious craft shop. Visit the famed Kilfenora Cathedral, adjacent to The Burren Centre, dedicated to St. Fachnan and built in about 1189 on the site of an early monastery. Address Kilfenora, Co. Clare

Visit the Experience Room to enjoy demonstrations of how chocolates are created and filled, with the opportunity to dress just like a Butlers chocolatier to decorate your own chocolate novelty, which you then bring home as a treasured souvenir of your visit! Afterwards, why not visit the on-site Butlers Chocolate Café to pick up some chocolate gifts or treat yourself to a Butlers award-winning Hot Chocolate? Tours must be booked in advance. Save 5% when you book online. Tour availability and tour times are available at www.butlerschocolates.com/book.

Address Clonshaugh Business Park, Dublin 17

Email info@theburrencentre.ie

Email experience@butlers.ie

Phone +353 (0)65 708 8030

Phone +353 (0)1 671 0599

Website www.theburrencentre.ie Sat Nav 52.9902, -9.2165 Location 8 km from Ennistymon Open Open mid-Mar to end of Oct. Mid Mar-May and Sept-Oct: Daily 10.00-17.00. Jun-Aug: Daily 09.30-17.30. Average Visit Length 40 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior €5; Student €5; Child (6-15) €4; Child (U6) (standard) Free; Family (2A+3C) €20 Group Rates For 12+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Self-Guided Groups Yes, see below for languages. Audio Visual AV in French, Dutch, German and English. School/Education Yes. School packs available online. Programme Dining Restaurant serving a wide variety of home-cooked foods and snacks. Seats 65. Shopping Craft shop selling local and traditional Irish crafts, crystal, knitwear and souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible, with accessible toilets. Group Booking Frances Connole, E: info@theburrencentre.ie Contact

Website www.butlerschocolates.com/chocolateexperience Sat Nav 53.4036, -6.2195 Location 6 km from Dublin City Open Open year round, Mon-Sat & selected Bank Holidays. Closed Mar 17, Dec 24, 25, 26 & 31. On-site Butlers Chocolate Café open: Mon-Fri 08.00-17.30, Sat (09.00-17.30). Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €13.50; Senior €12.15; Student €13.50; Child (3(standard) 18) €13.50; Child (U3) Free; Family (2A+2C (U12)) €50, (1A+3C) €50 Group Rates For 25+ Special Opening for In certain circumstances. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 25, Max 80. Audio Visual 8 minute AV, in English, for 53. Conference/ Private cinema comfortably sits 53 and perfect for all types Meetings of meetings School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serves snacks, salads, chocolate treats, beverages and Butlers famous hot chocolate. Seats 70. Shopping Café selling chocolates, fudge, toffee and seasonal lines at a discounted price. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Joanna Lawlor, E: experience@butlers.ie Contact


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CASINO MARINO

CASTLETOWN HOUSE & PARKLANDS

The Casino is Ireland’s miniature garden temple masterpiece cared for by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Designed as a pleasure house for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont, in 1759, it is also one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe. The Casino, meaning ‘small house’, surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms, endlessly rich in subtlety and design. The interior is decorated with ornate plasterwork and richly patterned marquetry floors. A visit to the Casino will reveal the many clever architectural illusions by its architect and builder.

Castletown House is the most celebrated and magnificent Palladian style mansion in Ireland. The House was built in the 1720’s by William Conolly who was later to become an important political figure in early 18th century Ireland. His architectural legacy, Castletown was re-invigorated in the mid to late 18th century by his grand nephew Tom and his wife Lady Louisa Lennox. The extraordinary scale, decoration, plasterwork and collections at Castletown as presented today, continue to bring to life this unique period in Ireland’s history.

The Casino is located at Marino, just off the Malahide Road, only 4.8km/3miles north of the centre of Dublin. Booking is essential for all primary and secondary schools in Ireland who have free admission into all OPW properties. Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month!

Castletown has entered a new era in recent years. The Office of Public Works (OPW), who manage the property and parklands, are collaborating with a number of organisations to ensure that a wide public audience can share in the future of Castletown. This list is not exhaustive and includes the Castletown Foundation, OPW/ Maynooth Archive and Research Centre and the UCD Architecture and Landscape Research Unit.

The unique interiors of the building are chosen to showcase the work of artists and designers, both national and international as well as from the local community. Also hosting accompanying lecture series and annual cultural events. Free admission to exhibitions. Charges apply for guided tours. Pre-booking essential for groups. The Casino is now approved and available for Civil Ceremonies. Email for further information. Casino is accessed by flights of stone steps. Caution: Steep drop at Lions and perimeter of building. Children must be supervised by Adults. Address Cherrymount Crescent, Malahide Road, Marino, Dublin 3

Vehicle access: Exit 6 from the M4 at Celbridge West. OPW Heritage Cards accepted.

Address Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Email casinomarino@opw.ie

Email castletown@opw.ie

Phone +353 (0)1 833 1618

Phone 353 (0)1 628 8252

Website www.casinomarino.ie

Website www.castletown.ie

Sat Nav 53.3713, -6.2269 Location 3 km north of Dublin City Open Open daily, mid Mar to end of Oct. 10.00-17.00; Jun-Sept: 10.00-18.00. Last Admission: 45 minutes hour before closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour Admission Charges Adult €7; Senior €5; Student €3; Child €3; Family €12; OPW (standard) Heritage Cards accepted and Dublin Pass. Group Rates For 10+

Sat Nav 53.3491, -6.5304 Location 20 km from Dublin City Open Parklands: Open year round. House: Mar 16- Nov 5; Daily 10.00-18.00 (Last entry: 17.00). Average Visit Length 2 hours and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Entrance fees: Parklands Free. House: Adult €10; Senior €8; (standard) Student €5; Child €5; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+3C) €25; OPW Heritage Cards accepted. Group Rates For 12+

Special Opening for Yes Groups?

Special Opening for Yes. Open earlier/later, private dining post tour available Groups? etc.

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 20. Other languages dependent on guide recruitment.

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 12, Max 54.

Self-Guided Groups On occasion with very large groups. English, French, German, Italian. Performance Venue Yes School/Education Yes Programme Shopping Books available to purchase. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point Disability Access Not wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: casinomarino@opw.ie Contact

Self-Guided Groups See website. French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Polish and Irish leaflets. Conference/ Events & Conference Centre in restored 18th century Stable Meetings Wing. Hunting Room (90 people); Billiard Room (30), Green Room (12). Incentive Programme Yes. Archery, Whiskey Tasting etc. Performance Venue Yes, see conference and meetings above. School/Education Yes. Free admission to primary/secondary schools. This Programme scheme is not available to tour operators, summer schools, or organisations teaching English to foreign students etc. Dining Café serves hot foods and wide range of snacks. Groups welcome, with advanced booking. Can seat 70, using 3 rooms. Shopping Gift shop selling books, postcards, prints and souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. Take Exit 6 off M4. Coach Parking Free on-site. 20 spaces. Drop off and pick up at Visitor Reception or Courtyard Café with prior notice. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee/scone and free attraction admission. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Partially accessible with accessible toilets. Group Booking Claire Hickey, E: castletown@opw.ie Contact


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CASTLE WARD

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

A unique 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles. See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th-century mansion resting on a rolling hillside and looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough in County Down. Walk or cycle along the Lough trail or through the sheltered woodlands and spot butterflies, rabbits, Irish hares, buzzards, pine martins and swans. Step into a fantasy world of castles and dragons as you explore the Georgian Farmyard on the shores of Strangford Lough, boasting ten film locations for the global television series HBO Game of Thrones. Stroll through the sunken garden and see vivid reds, yellows, greens and pinks from flowers and subtropical plants in the four tier Victorian garden. Watch the resident makers create hand-made pottery and jewelley before your eyes, while children draw and drive toy tractors in the barn. Experience Strangford Lough in a canoe, climb and abseil the cliffs, and build a raft with the on-site outdoor pursuits company Clearsky Adventure.

Located at the heart of Dublin city, Christ Church Cathedral has been a place of worship for 1,000 years. The history of Christ Church reflects the history, both religious and political, of Ireland. The Crypt is the largest in Ireland, and dates back to the late 11th century. The Cathedral’s own copy of Magna Carta is on display there, alongside priceless silverware and the costumes from the hit TV show the Tudors and a mummified cat and rat. Music forms a very important part of cathedral life and the Choir traces its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school. The cathedral choir performed the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742. Visiting Musicians often perform lunchtime Recitals at 13.15 in the nave. The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, ranging in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons, represents a world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing.

Also offering tearoom, gift shop and second-hand bookshop. Address Strangford, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT30 7BA Email castleward@nationaltrust.org.uk Phone +44 (0)28 4488 1204 Website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castleward Sat Nav 54.3691, -5.5854 Location 7 miles north east of Downpatrick. 1 mile from Strangford. Open Mansion House: open Mar 17-Oct 31. Open Daily 12.00– 16.00. Stableyard and Farm Buildings: open Mar 17 – Oct 31 10.00-17.00. Landscaped Parkland, Trails & Garden open year round. Average Visit Length House Guided Tour 50 minutes. A visit to the grounds takes from 2 hours up to 5 hours. Entrance Fees Adult £9; Child £4.50; Child (0-4) Free; Family (2A +3C) (standard) £22.50. Group Rates Yes. Special Opening for Yes. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes. Self-Guided Groups Main House is guided tour. Grounds are self-guided. School/Education Yes. A number of different education programmes operating Programme throughout the year. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ castleward Dining Tea Room. Seats 60; overflow barn/theatre for additional 100. Serving soup/sandwich, cake, treats for children; tea, coffee. Specifically designed menus for large groups may be agreed in advance. Shopping Offer a wide range of National Trust locally sourced and unique gifts such as gardening and outdoor ranges, fragrances and soaps, kitchen items, jams, chutneys, a range of books and toys for children. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Partially accessible Group Booking E: castleward@nationaltrust.org.uk Contact

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Christ Church Place, Dublin 8 welcome@christchurch.ie +353 (0)1 677 8099 www.christchurch.ie 53.3435, -6.2710 Dublin City Centre. Open Mar-Oct: Mon-Sat 09.30-18.00, Sun 12.30-18.00 (closed 14.30-16.30). Open to 19.00 Apr-Sep; Nov-Feb Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00, Sun 12.30-15.00. Closed Dec 26. Last admission 45 min before closing. 40 – 60 minutes Adult €6.50; Senior €5; Student €5; Child (4-16) €2.50; Child (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €16 For 10+ Yes

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes. 15 + Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio Visual Built-in screen and projection in Music Room, PA in nave and Crypt. Conference/ Music Room available on Mondays and Fridays and outside Meetings of choir terms. Incentive Programme Corporate dinners, receptions, choral recitals and early / after hours visits. Performance Venue Yes. Performing musicians from all over the world are welcomed for lunch-time recitals and evening concerts Dining For groups of 25+. Tea/coffee in Crypt Café, accompanied by soup, sandwiches and scones. Opening times same as visiting hours. Drinks, Canapés and Dinner can be arranged in Crypt for groups. Shopping Gift Shop sells postcards, brooches, hand-made jewellery from Irish designers, magnets, rosary beads, home-made fudge, hand crafted cups, silk scarfs, pop up cards and magnets. Car Parking No on-site parking. Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Coach drop off points located at Dublinia on Winetavern Street, at Jury’s Hotel on Christ Church Place and on Castle Street. Disability Access Partially accessible. A ramp can be provided at main welcome desk area for wheelchair users. To access the crypt, guests have to go outside onto John’s Lane, located at back of Cathedral. Group Booking E: welcome@christchurch.ie Contact


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CLARE MUSEUM

THE CLIFFS OF MOHER VISITOR EXPERIENCE

The Riches of Clare exhibition at Clare Museum, located in a beautifully restored former convent built by the Sisters of Mercy in 1861, tells the history of the county over a period of 6,000 years using authentic artefacts, colourful text panels and audio-visual presentations.

Looming over County Clare’s west coast, the cliffs stretch for 8kms/5miles and 214metres/700feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Unchanged for millennia, the landscape of the cliffs has for centuries welcomed visitors who come to marvel at their splendour and be at one with nature. The cliffs are home to over 60,000 nesting seabirds and the popular Puffins can be seen from April to July. There are over 750metres/2,460feet of safe pathways to walk with raised viewing platforms for the best views. O’Brien’s Tower, built in 1835, stands at the highest point where one can view 5 surrounding counties and the Aran Islands on a clear day. The award-winning eco-friendly visitor centre is set into the hillside and offers an all-weather experience, including gift shop, restaurant, café, first aid facilities and visitor information. The Cliffs Exhibition must be seen and brings to life the story of the Cliffs of Moher, presenting the geology, wildlife and human aspects of the cliffs in an entertaining and educational way. Rangers are on-site for conservation and safety, and offer cliff edge guiding, information on wildlife and geology. Information guides in 13 languages. Free Audio Guide App for Android and Apple devices.

The exhibition is divided into the themes of Earth, Power, Faith, Water and Energy and includes a large collection of objects on loan from the National Museum of Ireland - making a visit to Clare Museum an essential introduction to the whole county. Admission is free with ample car parking and free coach parking beside the museum.

Address Arthur’s Row, Ennis, Co. Clare

Address Liscannor, Co. Clare

Email claremuseum@clarecoco.ie

Email info@cliffsofmoher.ie

Phone +353 (0)65 682 3382

Phone +353 (0)65 708 6141

Website www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum/ Sat Nav 52.8474, -8.9887 Location Ennis Town Centre Open Oct-May: Tues-Sat 09.30-13.00, 14.00-17.30; Jun-Sept: Mon-Sat 09.30-13.00, 14.00-17.30. Last admissions at 17.00. Closed bank holiday weekends, Sun & Mon. Opening hours subject to change. Average Visit Length 40 minutes to 1 hour Entrance Fees Free Admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 1, Max 40. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Guidebooks are available in Irish, French, German, Italian and Polish. Incentive Programme Walking tours of the town can be arranged. School/Education New schools programme in place. Programme Dining None on-site. Several restaurants and café within 250 metres. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. 14 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Coach washing area and waste disposal facility. Drivers Coaches/Drivers lounge in adjacent hotel with CCTV and free Wi-Fi. Disability Access Fully accessible, with accessible toilets. Group Booking John Rattigan, E: claremuseum@clarecoco.ie Contact

Website www.cliffsofmoher.ie Sat Nav 52.9714, -9.4235 Location 5 km from Liscannor; 10 km Lahinch and Doolin; 14 km Ennistymon Open Open year round: From 09.00. Closing times vary with daylight hours. Check website for details. Closed Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 15 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior €4.50; Student €4.50; Child (U16) Free. (standard) Includes: Cliffs, Visitor Centre & Parking. Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Max 20 per guide and 40 in total. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Free Cliffs of Moher audio-guide (download from itunes). Information leaflet and site map in 14 languages. Audio Visual 4 minute AV, for 180, with music and sound effects. Incentive Programme Tailored Guided Tours. School/Education Yes Programme Dining 2 cafés offering a wide range of meal and snack options. Cliffs View Café seats 150 and Puffins Nest Café seats 40. Outdoor picnic tables and seating areas. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs, gifts, books, clothing and jewellery. Car Parking On-site (included in admission). Coach Parking On-site (included in admission). 36 spaces. Drop off and pick up point 50m from Visitor Centre. Special Facilities for Free snack/meal voucher with a party of 10+, driver lounge Coaches/Drivers and guiding booklet. Disability Access Fully accessible visitor centre with accessible toilets. Wheeled access to main cliff areas, restricted cliff viewing. Group Booking Tara Griffin, E: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie. For Specialist Contact Services, contact Maura Fay, E: maura.fay@cliffsofmoher.ie


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COBH HERITAGE CENTRE

DONEGAL COUNTY MUSEUM

The Queenstown Story, a self-guided tour, relaying the tales of Emigration to North America, transportation of Convicts to Australia, “The Forgotten Irish” the story of the Irish slaves in the West Indies, and of course the Titanic and the Lusitania disasters. These subjects are dealt with as you walk through the exhibition. It is a very moving, educational, interesting and emotive way to spend an hour –“walking in the footsteps of our ancestors” who left these shores and whose last sight of Ireland was the town of Cobh. The exhibition is full of stories and history and gives visitors the opportunity to explore this rich historic past and engage with the stories told.

Address Deepwater Quay, Cobh, Co Cork

Donegal County Museum is based in a fine old stone building, once part of the Letterkenny Workhouse, which opened in 1845. The Museum houses a substantial collection of artefacts relating to the history and heritage of Donegal. The first floor exhibition charts the history of Donegal from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Temporary exhibitions covering a wide range of topics are held throughout the year. The ‘Donegal Museum Detectives’ Backpack is full of fun activities for children and can be borrowed free of charge by visitors to the Museum. The North West Digital Film Archive and Donegal Islands Film and Radio Archive are available for viewing in the Museum. These archives contain a wide variety of both film and radio material relating to Counties Donegal and Derry and the offshore islands of Donegal. Access to these archives is free of charge.

Address High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Email info@cobhheritage.com

Email museum@donegalcoco.ie

Phone +353 (0)21 481 3591

Phone +353 (0)74 912 4613

Website www.cobhheritage.com Sat Nav 51.8490, -8.2986 Location Cobh, Co. Cork, 20 km from Cork City Open Open year round. Closed Dec 24-27, Dec 30-Jan 10. MayOct: 09.30-18.00 (Last entry: 17.00); Oct-Apr: 09.30-17.00 (Last entry: 16.00). Sun & Bank Holidays: From 11.00. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €9.50; Senior €8; Student €8; Child (6-15) €5; Child (standard) (U6) Free; Family (2A+4C) €25 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 20, Max 40. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio guides in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch available for free use. Audio Visual Various AVs in English - the longest is 8 minutes. Audio guides available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. Dining Café offering tea/coffee, snacks and light lunches. Wine licence. Seats 80. Shopping 2 gift shops selling souvenirs, clothing, glassware and jewellery. Car Parking Free parking nearby. Coach Parking Free on-site. 4 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Free coffee/snack. Refuse disposal facilities. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access The building is fully accessible with level surface and disabled toilets. Group Booking Gillian Murtagh / Jack Walsh, E: info@cobhheritage.com Contact

Website www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/countymuseum/ Sat Nav 54.9546, -7.7348 Location Letterkenny Town Open Open year round. Mon-Fri 10.00-16.30; Sat 13.00-16.30; Closed for lunch: 12.30-13.00; Closed Public Holidays Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Free Admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free Guided Group Tours Yes. By appointment. In English. Min 10, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets in French, Polish, Irish and Spanish Audio Visual School/Education Yes Programme Car Parking Free on-site. Limited spaces. Coach Parking Parking nearby. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Wheelchair accessible. Group Booking Caroline Carr, E: museum@donegalcoco.ie Contact


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DOOLIN CAVE

DOWN COUNTY MUSEUM

“Journey to the Great Stalactite”. Visit the award winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre located 4 kilometres outside the village of Doolin and only 15 minutes from Cliffs of Moher in the heart of the Burren in County Clare. Doolin Cave is one of the best-kept secrets of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers Brian Varley and JM Dickenson and re-live their 1952 adventure to discover the Great Stalactite in the cave’s main chamber. Estimated to weigh over ten tonnes and measure 23feet in length, the Great Stalactite is a true wonder of nature. Don’t miss your chance to view this spectacular heritage attraction.”

Located in the eighteenth century county Gaol of Down, the museum’s collections interpret the diverse history of the County. The museum’s permanent exhibition, ‘Down Through Time’, tells the story of 9000 years of human history in the County with over 1,100 objects and documents exhibited in fascinating displays. The early Christian heritage of the area is showcased in a new gallery, ‘Raising the Cross in Down’, which has as its centrepiece the Downpatrick High Cross, while the restored cells capture the atmosphere of the old gaol.

“Afterwards, enjoy a stroll on the nature trail or try some delicious home baked cake in the on-site cafe. You will also have the opportunity to browse the pottery gifts made from glacial clay at Doolin Cave.”

Address Craggycoradon East, Doolin, Co. Clare

Address The Mall, English St, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6AH

Email tours@doolincave.ie

Email mail@downcountymuseum.com

Phone +353 (0)65 707 5761

Phone +44 (0)28 4461 5218

Website www.doolincave.ie Sat Nav 53.0419, -9.3450 Location 2 km from Doolin. 12 km from Cliffs of Moher (15 minutes drive) Open Open Daily Mar-Oct 10.00-17.00; Open Weekends Nov-Dec & Feb-Mar 17 11.00-16.00 Average Visit Length 1 hour to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior €13; Student €13; Child €7; Family (standard) (2A+3C) €50 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes. Exclusive private guided tour with cave owner John Groups? Browne. Guided Group Tours All group tours are guided in English. Min 2, Max 20. Tour translated into French and German on leaflet. School/Education Yes. Specialised tours available. Programme Dining Café serving light lunches, salads and snacks. Shopping Gift shop selling bespoke items, local arts and crafts, books, jewellery and children’s novelty items. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 2 spaces. Drop off at visitor centre. Disability Access Visitor centre is fully accessible including toilets. There are lots of steps leading to the cave and the nature trail. Group Booking Jennie Browne, E: tours@doolincave.ie Contact

Website www.downcountymuseum.com Sat Nav 54.3286, -5.7194 Location Downpatrick Town Open Open year round. Mon – Sat 10.00-16.30; Sun 13.30-17.00; St. Patrick’s Day 10.00-18.00; Closed Dec 24 – Jan 1. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Free Admission (standard) Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 25 per guide, or 50 in total. Self-Guided Groups Yes. See above for audio guides. Conference/ Large function room seating 100 lecture style, 40 classroom Meetings style. Audio-visual support facilities. Incentive Programme Yes. ‘Jail Breaks’, Team Building etc. Performance Venue Yes, with or without some staging, 100 capacity theatre/ lecture style. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serving hot lunches, salads and snacks. Gluten free options. Seats 80. Shopping Gift shop selling books, jewellery, cards, local crafts and children’s items. Car Parking Free Parking on Mall. Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free on-street parking nearby. Drop off at front gate. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Accessible with accessible toilets. Some restriction on some sized wheelchairs in restored cells. Group Booking Anne Kelly, Clive Wallington or Laura Sage. Contact E: anne.kelly@nmandd.org; clive.wallington@nmandd.org; or laura.sage@nmandd.org. For schools, Linda McKenna, E: linda.mckenna@downdc.gov.uk


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DUBLIN CITY HALL

DUBLINIA

The spectacular Dublin City Hall was designed by Thomas Cooley and built as The Royal Exchange for a then-prosperous Dublin’s merchant population between 1769-1779. Dublin City Council has owned the building since 1851 and has restored it to its original beauty. Talks on the history of the building are available by prior arrangement and the atmospheric vaults house The Story of the Capital exhibition, an exciting exhibition tracing the history of Dublin City. It tells of the city’s founding, through Viking times and into the unique and vibrant city of today. The story is told through multimedia displays, which offer a fascinating insight into the city’s evolution, and the city’s treasures can also be viewed. A new section dedicated to 1916 was included in 2016.

Dublinia, is located at the crossroads of Dublin’s medieval city, with four exciting exhibitions. In the Viking Dublin exhibition, take a trip back to Viking times and learn of the myths and the mysteries surrounding the Vikings and their legacy. Also, find out what really happened during the Battle for Clontarf and the eventual decline of Viking power in Dublin. Visit the Medieval Dublin exhibition and witness the sights, sounds and smells of this busy city. Learn about crime and punishment, death and disease and even toothache remedies of 700 years ago. See how archaeologists dig deep to uncover Dublin’s past in the History Hunters exhibition. How does archaeology work with history and other sciences to piece together the jigsaws of our ancestors’ lives? See Viking and Medieval artefacts including a medieval skeleton (courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland). The newly renovated St Michael’s Tower, an original medieval tower, is a 96 step climb to the top, where you can see spectacular views of the city. Learn all about the history of the tower and the surrounding parish in the new exhibition at the Tower base. At Dublinia, see Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages

Address Dame Street, Dublin 2

Address St. Michael’s Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 8

Email cityhall@dublincity.ie

Email info@dublinia.ie

Phone +353 (0)1 222 2204

Phone +353 (0)1 679 4611

Website www.dublincityhall.ie Sat Nav 53.3439, -6.2672 Location Dublin 2, Dublin City Open Open year round: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.15. Closed Sun & Bank Holidays. Check website for updates. Average Visit Length 45 minutes to 1 hour Entrance Fees Free Admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 25. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets available in English, Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Mandarin and Japanese. Conference/ Rotunda available for hire for private functions, civil Meetings ceremonies, gala dinners and cocktail receptions. Performance Venue The Rotunda can accommodate 200-250 seated conference style, 150-180 seated banquet style, 300-400 drinks reception/cocktail party style School/Education Yes. Worksheets available. Programme Dining Café serving light snacks. Seats 30. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs and books. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Pay parking nearby. Drop off and pick-up at West Door on Castle Street. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Denise Buckley or Anne-Marie Carter E: cityhall@ Contact dublincity.ie

Website www.dublinia.ie Sat Nav 53.3432, -6.2719 Location Dublin 8, Dublin City Open Open year round, except Dec 24/25/26. Mar-Sept: 10.0018.30 (Last entry: 17.30); Oct-Feb 10.00-17.30 (Last entry: 16.30). Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €9.50; Senior: €8.50; Student €8.50; Child €7.50; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €25 Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, for Irish primary and secondary schools only. Min 10, no maximum. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio speakers giving short description in each room in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Also translation sheets of all wall panels. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serving light snacks. Shopping Gift shop selling books, Viking and Medieval memorabilia and Irish gifts. Car Parking Pay car park on Werburgh Street, behind Jury’s Hotel. Ask at Dublinia for discount parking tickets, before returning to car park. Coach Parking Parking nearby. Drop off and pick-up at entrance. Disability Access Fully accessible except St Michael’s Tower. Group Booking Carolyn Kelly, E: bookings@dublinia.ie Contact


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DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP EXPERIENCE

DUNGUAIRE CASTLE

Visitors to New Ross, County Wexford, located in Ireland’s Ancient East, will immediately be drawn to the magnificent sight of the historic ‘Dunbrody Famine Ship’ towering over the quayside. Alongside this full scale replica of the original ship is the state-of-the-art Irish Emigration History Centre. Experience New Ross in 1849 and board the Dunbrody as a Famine Emigrant bound for New York. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of a Tall Ship crossing the ocean, as well as encountering passengers and crew telling their stories, live interpreters bringing history to life. Arrive in the New World and learn of the hardships immigrants endured in New York and Grosse Isle. Hear the stories of real people triumphing over adversity. Trace the progression of the Irish in America and visit the Irish America Hall of Fame.

Built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan, this restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the picturesque shores of Galway Bay. In the early 17th century the castle passed into the hands of the Martyns of Galway. Richard Martyn, Mayor of Galway lived here until 1642, and the Martyns of Tulira Castle owned the castle until this century. In 1924, Dunguaire was bought and repaired by Oliver St. John Gogarty, the famous surgeon and literary figure. This was the time of the great Celtic revival in Irish Literature exemplified by the works of writers such as Synge, Yeats, Shaw and O’Casey, and it became the venue for meetings of these literary revivalists. In 1954, Christobel Lady Amptill, who completed the restoration started by Oliver St. John Gogarty, acquired the castle. Today the restored castle gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived from 1520 to modern times. From April to October you can enjoy fabulous entertainment and locally sourced food at the renowned castle banquet.

Address South Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Address Kinvarra, Co. Galway

Email info@dunbrody.com

Email reservations@shannonheritage.com

Phone +353 (0)51 425 239

Phone +353 (0)61 711 200

Website www.dunbrody.com Sat Nav 52.3936, -6.9476 Location South Quay, New Ross Town Open Open year round. Daily 09.00-18.00 (Mar-Oct last tour: 17.00); (Nov-Feb last tour: 16.00) Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €10; Senior €8; Student €6; Child (U12) €6; Family (standard) (2A+1C) €22, (2A+2C) €25, (2A+3C) €30 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours All tours are guided in English. Audio Visual Tour, for up to 45, starts with 5 minute AV in English. Can be subtitled in either French or German. Incentive Programme Open to explore programmes. Performance Venue Restaurant can be used/hired in the evening as a performance venue. School/Education Programme Dining Restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Extensive menu. Seats 100. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs, Dunbrody branded products, books and genealogy. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. 10 spaces. Drop off at visitor centre entrance. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee/scone. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Visitor centre, toilets and ship are all fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking Maura Murphy, E: mauramurphy@dunbrody.com Contact

Website www.shannonheritage.com Sat Nav 53.1422, -8.9261 Location 29 km from Galway City Open Open Apr-Mid Oct: 10.00-16.00. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €6.30; Senior €3.70; Student €3.70; Child (6-16) (standard) €3.60; Child (U6) Free; Family (2A+2C) €15.40, (2A+6C) €17.50 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Performance Venue Yes, space can be hired privately, or shared with other guests for the medieval banquet. Dining Medieval banquet held in the evenings. Shopping Gift shop selling gifts, guidebooks, cards and souvenirs. Car Parking Free parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. Disability Access Not suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. Group Booking Anita O’Loughlin, E: reservations@shannonheritage.com Contact


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EAGLES FLYING

EPIC THE IRISH EMIGRATION MUSEUM

The attraction for all the family: excitement, fun, photo opportunities and much more at affordable prices. Experience Eagles, Hawks, Owls and Vultures flying right over your head or landing next to you or on your hand. You have never been that close to a raptor. Ireland’s largest Bird of Prey Centre offers incomparable experiences.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

350 birds and animals out of 76 different species - 100 of them being Birds of Prey, some of them with a wingspan of 3 metres/10 feet are waiting for you. The interactive and highly entertaining bird shows start at 11.00 and 15.00 every day.

Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. EPIC brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way.

Before and after the shows you can enjoy guided tours or walk the 27 hectare parklands and see birds in aviaries. You can also cuddle the animals in the PetZoo. In case of rain the shows can be presented indoors.

Address Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Address The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Email Eagles.flying@hotmail.com

Email info@epicchq.com

Phone +353 (0)71 918 9310

Phone +353 (0)1 906 0861

Website www.eaglesflying.com Sat Nav 54.1040, -8.5680 Location 3.5 km from Ballymote Open Open April 1-Nov 7: 10.30-12.30 & 14.30-16.30 Shows start (daily) at 11.00 & 15.00 Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €11.90; Child (3-16): €6.90; Student €10.90; Family (standard) (2A+2C) €35.90 Group Rates For 16+

Website www.epicchq.com Sat Nav 53.3488, -6.2460 Location Dublin’s Docklands, 10 minute walk from O’Connell Street Open Open year round. 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry). Closed Dec 24-26 Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €14; Senior €12; Student €12; Child (6-15) €7; Child (standard) (0-5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €35 Group Rates For groups of 10+

Special Opening for Yes Groups?

Special Opening for Yes, by special request Groups?

Guided Group Tours Guided tours are part of the programme. No min or max. Available in English, German, Dutch, French (occasionally Spanish and Italian).

Guided Group Tours Yes. Minimum 10. Can cater for large group sizes.

Incentive Programme Bird-of-prey experience, pet experience (with wildlife, reptiles and more). School/Education Yes Programme Dining Kiosk with tea/coffee, soft drinks and snacks. Shopping Souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Lothar Muschketat, E: eagles.flying@hotmail.com Contact

Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio guides are €1 and are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Audio Visual Yes. A high-tech fully digital self-guided exhibition. Conference/ Yes. More details available on request. Meetings Incentive Contact for more details. Programme: School/Education Yes. Programme Dining The chq Building boasts a range of great cafés and restaurants including coffee shops, Irish home bakes, Japanese food, a Thai noodle house, and a 300-seater restaurant and wine bar. Shopping EPIC Gift Store selling gifts, jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, crystal and confectionery. Bespoke in-store engraving available. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. Drop off and pick up point near entrance. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking E: groups@epicchq.com Contact


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F.E. MCWILLIAM GALLERY & STUDIO

FOTA HOUSE, ARBORETUM & GARDENS

An award winning museum and art gallery, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio celebrates the work of the sculptor, Frederick Edward McWilliam, who was born in Banbridge on 30 April 1909. A contemporary and friend of Henry Moore, McWilliam made his name in London and established a reputation as one of the most important sculptors of his generation.

Fota House is an Irish Heritage Trust property and is Ireland’s finest example of Regency period architecture with superb neoclassical interiors. Discover the grand decor of the principal rooms and charming nursery, or the service wing with the beautifully preserved kitchens, where you can experience what life was like for the cooks, butlers, footmen and maids who supported the lavish lifestyle of the gentry. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Fota’s gardens and stroll in the historic ‘pleasure grounds’ or the award winning Victorian walled garden.

After McWilliam’s death in 1992, his estate gifted the contents of his studio, originally situated in Holland Park, London, and a number of sculptures to Banbridge District Council. In 2008 a purpose built gallery, sculpture garden and replica of McWilliam’s studio was opened on a site conveniently situated on the outskirts of Banbridge, just off the main Belfast to Dublin road. Featuring a display of McWilliam’s work, temporary exhibitions of Irish and international art, a craft shop, Quails Café and Banbridge Visitor Information Point, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio has established a reputation for excellent visitor experiences and attracts a wide range of local, national and international visitors. Now run by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery is the gateway to the stunning countryside and cultural attractions of the area. Address 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, Co. Down BT63 5NN

Fota House hosts a variety of lively cultural events, which include seasonal offerings at Christmas and Easter. When exploring the property, a visit or guided tour of the award winning glasshouses is highly recommended. In addition to enjoying the regular events, you can be a part of Fota by becoming a member of the dynamic Fota Volunteer team.

Address Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork T45 Y642

Email info@femcwilliam.com

Email info@fotahouse.com

Phone +44 (0)28 4062 3322

Phone +353 (0)21 481 5543

Website www.femcwilliam.com Sat Nav 54.3309, -6.2856 Location Located 2km from Banbridge, off main Belfast to Dublin road. Open Open year round. Sep-May Mon- Sat: 10.00-17.00; Jun-Aug: Mon- Sat 10.00-17.00, Sun 13.00-17.00. Closed Dec 25, 26 & Jan 1. Average Visit Length 60 minutes Entrance Fees Free admission. (standard) Group Rates Free admission. Special Opening for Yes. Maximum of 15 per group for ease of access to studio. Groups? Larger groups can be split if pre-booked. Guided Group Tours Only on request in English. Self-Guided Groups Visit is self-guided as matter of course. Performance Venue Occasional. School/Education Yes. Programme Dining Award winning restaurant. Tea/Coffee and extensive range of speciality dishes for breakfast and lunch. Seats 40. Can cater for groups. Pre-booking required. Shopping Handcrafted high quality items, locally produced, books and exhibition catalogues. Car Parking Free on-site Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: info@femcwilliam.com Contact

Website www.fotahouse.com Sat Nav 51.8898, -8.3037 Location 8 km from Cork City; 3 km from Cobh Open Open Mar 21 – Sept: Daily 10.00-17.00. Last tour at 15.30. Average Visit Length House tour 45 minutes Entrance Fees Entrance fees for House Tour: Adult €8; Senior €6; Student (standard) €6; Child (U13) €3; Family (2A+2C) €19. Check website for details. Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 6, no Max. Groups of 25 or more will have a 5 minute stagger. Conference/ 5 Rooms with different capacities from 25 to 100. Meetings Incentive Programme Participative activities and outdoor challenges. Performance Venue Internal room capacity of 100. External serviced open venue 4500 School/Education Yes. Fota Learning Zone. Programme Dining Café serving salads, sandwiches, lunches and dinners (prebooked). Seats 100. Shopping Gift shop selling heritage goods and books. Car Parking Pay parking on-site. Coach Parking Pay parking on-site. 20 spaces. Pick up point 175m from house. Special Facilities for Free light refreshments. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Full access to toilets and café. 70% tour of House accessible, Group Booking Vincent Bartley, E: Vincent@irishheritagetrust.ie Contact


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FOYNES FLYING BOAT & MARITIME MUSEUM

GAA MUSEUM & CROKE PARK STADIUM AND SKYLINE TOURS

The role played by Foynes in the establishment of passenger flights across the Atlantic is excitingly captured in the Museum which is located in the original Airport Terminal Building. Foynes was the first International Airport in Ireland and operated right through the 2nd World War. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors carrying a diverse range of passengers including military personnel, celebrities and refugees. Foynes and the flying boats will be forever connected with the invention of Irish Coffee as they combined to give us this uniquely Irish treat. In 1943, Chef Sheridan spent months perfecting one of the world’s most famous tipples to some weary and cold passengers all those years ago. A wonderful 3D hologram re-enacts this historic event in the very building of its creation, and you can enjoy an Irish Coffee in a beautiful 1940s setting. Explore the wide-ranging maritime exhibits and interactive displays depicting life on the River Shannon and enjoy the panoramic view of Foynes from the top of Control Tower.

Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years and is the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland’s largest sporting organisation. The GAA Museum celebrates Ireland’s unique national games of hurling and Gaelic football. The museum’s collections and exhibits illustrate the rich history of these national games, highlighting the significant contribution the GAA has made - and continues to make - to Ireland’s cultural, social and sporting heritage. Explore the home of Gaelic sport on the Croke Park Stadium Tour as you take a behind-the-scenes journey through this 82,300 capacity stadium. The guided Stadium Tour offers an access-all-areas trip through the home of Ireland’s national games. The Etihad Skyline Rooftop Tour at Croke Park offers visitors unmatched panoramic city views and insights into Dublin’s celebrated landmarks, combined with the thrill of walking on top of Europe’s third largest stadium. Learn more about Dublin’s history on this unique experience. Test your Gaelic football and hurling skills in the interactive games zone – see how fast you can react, check out your passing skills, practice a fingertip save or discover the art of the high catch! All tours include admission to the GAA Museum.

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Main Street, Foynes, Co. Limerick info@flyingboatmuseum.com +353 (0)69 65416 www.flyingboatmuseum.com 52.6111, -9.1084 38 km from Limerick City, in Foynes Open Mar 14 – mid-Nov. Daily: Mar-May 09.30-17.00; JunSept: 09.30-18.00; Oct & Nov: 09.30-17.00. Last admission 1 hour before closing. 1 hour and 30 minutes Adult €11; Senior €9; Student €9; Child (5-16) €6; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+4C) €28 For 10+ Yes

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 38. Larger groups are staggered. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Visitor guide with map available in English. Audio Visual 1940s style cinema screening the award-winning ‘Atlantic Conquest’ (17 min). Seats 55. Available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Polish and Irish. Conference/ Board room for up to 12. Museum lobby for large or medium Meetings size conferences/meetings, with capacity for 200. Incentive Programme Guided tours available. Fun Irish Coffee Master Classes. Performance Venue The Museum can cater for 200. Bar on-site. School/Education Yes. Focuses on the development of early flight and Ireland’s Programme role. Dining “Airport Restaurant” in a beautiful 1940s style setting, serving home-baked cuisine. Groups catered for with value menus, with advance booking. Seats 150. Shopping Gift shop selling Irish and aviation themed souvenirs, gifts and jewellery. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 8 spaces. Drop off and pick up at reception or restaurant. Special Facilities for Free lunch for drivers and guides. Windscreen washing and Coaches/Drivers water facilities on-site. Disability Access Fully accessible including toilets. Group Booking Barry O’Kelly, E: info@flyingboatmuseum.com Contact

Address St. Joseph’s Avenue, Cusack Stand, Croke Park, Dublin 3 Email gaamuseum@crokepark.ie Phone +353 (0)1 819 2323 Website www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum Sat Nav 53.3605, -6.2499 Location Dublin 3, Dublin City. 15 minutes walk from O’Connell Street Open Open year round, except Christmas; Jan-May & Sept-Dec: Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00; Sun & bank hol from 10.30; JuneAug: Mon-Sat 09.30-18.00; Sun & bank hol 09.30-17.00; See website for details ref. event days. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Stadium tour: Adult €13; Senior €10; Student €10; Child €9; (standard) Family €35; Check website for Skyline & other details. Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes in English or Irish. Min 15, Max 50. Audio Visual 13 minute AV, in English, for 100. Subtitles available. Conference/ Top events venue. Multiple rooms for up to 600 people. Meetings Performance Venue Yes. Accommodates up to 600 people. Multiple rooms. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serving hot food, gourmet sandwiches, salads and snacks. Seats 120. Shopping Gift shop selling stationery, books and giftware. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Accessible with accessible toilets. Group Booking Gemma Sexton, E: gsexton@crokepark.ie Contact


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GALWAY CITY MUSEUM — MÚSAEM CATHRACH NA GAILLIMHE

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Standing on the banks of the River Corrib and adjacent to the Spanish Arch in Galway City, this museum explores the rich archaeology, history and heritage of Galway, the City of the Tribes. Hosting an eclectic mix of permanent and touring exhibitions spanning a range of interests, with something to suit all ages. Visitors can engage with Galway, past and present, enjoying the space as a centre of learning, inspiration and cultural enrichment. The ground floor houses the exhibitions: Routes to the Past (Prehistoric Galway); Galway Within the Walls (Medieval Galway) and Pádraic Ó Conaire: the Man and the Statue. Galway’s wartime story is told on the first floor in the exhibitions, Revolution in Galway, 1913-1923 and Galway & the Great War. The Galway Hooker exhibition looks at Galway’s unique maritime history while Galway’s greatest sporting moments are remembered in GAA: The Three-in-a-Row 196466. The SeaScience exhibition on the second floor reveals marine life along Galway’s coastline through fun and informative displays for all the family to enjoy.

Address Spanish Parade, Galway City

Follow in the legendary footsteps of giants at Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site. The famous basalt columns of the Causeway landscape, left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago, are home to more than Finn McCool. Its nooks and crannies are dotted with dainty sea campion, and defensive fulmars protect their cliff nests. Windswept walking trails wind through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with an all-accessible walk at Runkerry Head and more challenging terrain along the Causeway Coast Way. The interactive exhibition and innovative audio-guides, in a range of languages, unlock the secrets of the landscape and regale visitors with legends of giants. Gift Shop featuring local crafts. A short distance from the Giant’s Causeway (7 miles) and further along the stunning Causeway Coastal Route is Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge - a truly exhilarating rope bridge experience offering unrivalled cliff and coastal scenery and fantastic bird watching. Tea Room. Gift Shop. Guided tours available.

Address

44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Antrim, BT57 8SU

Email museum@galwaycity.ie

Email

giantscausewaytic@nationaltrust.org.uk

Phone +353 (0)91 532 460

Phone

+44 (0)28 2073 1855

Website www.galwaycitymuseum.ie

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway

Sat Nav 53.2697, -9.0537

Sat Nav

55.2408, -6.5116

Location

3 km from Bushmills Village

Open

Daily Jan-Feb 09.00-17.00, Mar-Jun 09.00-18.00, Jul-Aug

Location Galway City Open Open year round. Tue-Sat 10.00-17.00; Sundays (Easter to Sept) 12.00-17.00. Closed Mondays & Dec 23-29, Jan 1 Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes Entrance Fees Free Admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 15, Max 20. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Information provided in English, Irish, Spanish, French and German.

09.00-19.00, Sep-Oct 09.00-18.00, Nov-Dec 09.00-17.00 Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees (standard)

Prices valid to 28 Feb 2018. Adult £10.50; Senior £10.50; Child (5-16) £5.25; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A&2C) £26.25

Group Rates

For 15+

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 2, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups

Yes. Audio Guides included in the group admission charge. Languages are English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, European Portugese, Polish, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.

Audio Visual

Free flowing interactive exhibition including a Big Screen video. Audio Guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, European Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.

School/Education Programme

Yes

Dining

Grab n Go style café serving sandwiches, salads, soup, Irish stew, selection of cakes. Seats 90. Bar and Restaurant menus available in Causeway Hotel.

Shopping

Gift shop selling local products and crafts.

Car Parking

On-site (included in admission).

Coach Parking

On-site. 7 spaces. Pre-booking required. Drop off and pick up point in Carpark 2.

Disability Access

Visitor Centre is fully accessible. Changing Places facility. Shuttle bus is wheelchair friendly.

Group Booking Contact

Susan Smith, E: northcoastbookings@nationaltrust.org.uk

Audio Visual Various AV elements in English throughout. Conference/ Education Room available for hire (accommodates 30). Meetings School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serving tasty breakfasts, brunches and lunches including vegan and vegetarian options. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Drop off and pick up outside Jury’s Hotel. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible with special car parking area. Group Booking museum@galwaycity.ie Contact


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GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM

THE GOBBINS

Since 1832, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Ireland’s Necropolis. Located just 2.7km from Dublin’s city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate – perfect for those interested in exploring the legacies of Ireland’s heroes. A hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery each guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history, telling the stories of Ireland’s fascinating history through daily walking tours, turning a learning experience into a period of magic with a careful balance of passion, sensitivity and even fun. Enter Daniel O’Connell’s crypt; search online genealogy burial records; Tower café; shop - the best of Irish craft and design; Museum and exhibition centre. Highlights: Ireland’s largest cemetery - fascinating & fun guided walking tours/ dramatic re-enactments visiting the graves of the renowned figures that shaped modern Ireland; Ireland tallest round tower; Walkway to Botanic Gardens; Gravediggers pub. Choose from General History or ‘Dead Interesting’ tour, exploring the quirky, fun stories of Glasnevin.

Explore The Gobbins, a spectacular location on the Causeway Coastal Route, where you can truly escape everyday life and experience nature at its most elemental. During your amazing 2.5 hour walking tour you taste the sea salt on your lips, feel the Irish Sea wind, marvel at tales of local smugglers, witness the native sea birds and keep your eyes open for some dolphins swimming off the rugged coastline. Your adventure is led by one of the fully trained local guides who will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face; across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel; traversing hidden tunnels under the Irish Sea; up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers. The Gobbins Path is an arduous trek that is often narrow and uneven, accessed by a very steep pathway. Due to the nature of the rugged coastal location, suitable outdoor clothing and walking boots or shoes are essential. To enjoy The Gobbins a good level of fitness is needed.

1st Prize Winner Best Cultural Experience in Ireland at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. Address Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11 Email museum@glasnevintrust.ie Phone +353 (0)1 882 6550 Website www.glasnevinmuseum.ie Sat Nav 53.3706, -6.277 Location 2.7 km from Dublin City Centre Open Open year round. Daily 10.00-17.00 in Winter (10.00 – 18.00 in Summer). Closed: Dec 25, 26, Jan 1. Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €13; Senior €10; Student €10; Child €10; Child (U5) (standard) Free; Family (2A+4C) €35. Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English and Irish. Audio Visual 12 minute AV, in English, for 50. Conference/ Boardroom accommodates 25 people. 2 large galleries can Meetings accommodate 150 - 250 people. Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue The old chapel seats 150 - fantastic acoustics. All areas of museum are available for rent. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serves breakfast, light lunches and snacks throughout the day. Seats 75. An outdoor terrace seats 40+. Picnic area. Shopping Gift shop selling Irish craft and design, jewellery, clothing and books. Car Parking Pay parking on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point available. Disability Access Wheelchair accessible, including lifts and toilets. (A 10 step descent into the O’Connell Tower which forms a small part of the guided tour). Group Booking Cathy Martin, E: cmartin@glasnevintrust.ie ; Contact booking@glasnevintrust.ie

Address The Gobbins Visitor Centre, 68 Middle Road, Islandmagee, Co Antrim, BT40 3SL Email info@thegobbinscliffpath.com Phone +44 (0)28 93372318 Website www.thegobbinscliffpath.com Sat Nav 54.7808, -5.7076 Location Between Carrickfergus and Larne. 29 km from Belfast City. Open Due to open early Summer 2017. Average Visit Length 3 hours for tour; additional time for café, exhibition and shop. Entrance Fees Adult £10; Senior £8, Student (with valid ID) £8.50; Child (standard) (7+) £8.50; Family (2A & 3C) £25. Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Guided tours in English as matter of course. Self-Guided Groups No Dining Café serving a range of breakfasts and light lunches, ie. soup, sandwiches, stew, burgers, etc. Shopping The gift shop stocks a range of locally crafted goods as well as merchandised items and exclusive gifts. The Gobbins Gallery features artwork from local artists. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Visitor Centre is fully accessible but the coastal walk is not. Group Booking E: info@thegobbinscliffpath.com Contact


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GPO WITNESS HISTORY

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

GPO Witness History is an award winning permanent visitor attraction located in the historical and iconic GPO building on O’Connell Street, Dublin. This highly interactive and spectacular visitor attraction focuses on the 1916 rising, the aftermath of this rebellion and also how Ireland has developed since. The GPO building was a focal point of the 1916 Easter Rising, which shaped the history of the nation. This engaging and interactive experience brings history to life though electronic touch screens, video, Audio Visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen.

Visit and explore Ireland’s top visitor attraction, providing an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS® brand and company. Guinness Storehouse® is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin.

Relax afterwards in the café and browse the gift shop, which overlooks the courtyard. This iconic venue is also available for private functions and events.

Address GPO, O’Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1

Housed in an old fermentation plant, now the seven-storey visitor experience tells the story of Ireland’s iconic drink and brings to life the heritage of Guinness® from early days to growth as a global brand, known all around the world. The experience starts standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which rises through the building. It’s a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in Gravity® bar where visitors will receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin.

Address Market Street, Dublin 8

Email info@gpowitnesshistory.ie

Email info@guinnessstorehouse.com

Phone +353 (0)1 872 1916

Phone +353 (0)1 408 4800

Website www.gpowitnesshistory.ie Sat Nav 53.3493, -6.2611 Location O’Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1, Dublin City Open Open year round. Check website for opening times/closure dates. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Average Visit Length 45 minutes to 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €10; Student €7.50; Child (14-18) €7.50; (standard) Child (6-13) €5; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €25, (2A+3C) €26, (2A+6C) €30. Rates valid until March 31st 2017. Check website for 2017 rates. Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English and Irish. Min 10, Max 20. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Headsets in French, German, Italian and Spanish available. Audio Visual 15 minute AV, in English and Irish. Incentive Programme Yes. Performance Venue Yes. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café, seats 50. Shopping Gift shop on-site. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Parking nearby. Drop-off on the left hand side Middle Abbey Street for South going North traffic, and Lower Abbey Street for North going South. Also drop-off point at the top of O’Connell Street. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking E: info@gpowitnesshistory.ie Contact John Horgan. E: horganj@shannonheritage.com

Website www.guinness-storehouse.com Sat Nav 53.3419, -6.2867 Location 1 km from Dublin City Centre Open Open year round. Daily: Sept-Jun 09.30-19.00 (Last admission at 17.00); Jul-Aug 09.00-20.00 (Last Admission is at 18.00). Closed Dec 24-26 & Good Friday (April 14, 2017) Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €20; Senior €18; Student (18+) €18; Student (U18) (standard) €13.50; Child (U11) Free; Family (2A+4C) €48.50 Group Rates For 15+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese. Min 15, Max 40. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Free paper information guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. Audio guides available at a charge of €1. All audio guides also have ISL (International Sign Language) function and are free of charge for anyone that requires them. Conference/ Arrol Suite accommodates 200; Arrol Restaurant 100 and Meetings Arrol Bar 60. Dining Cooperage Café, Brewers Dining Hall, Arthur’s Bar and 1837 Bar and Brasserie offer a variety of dining options to suit everyone. Shopping Guinness flagship store with extensive range of exclusive Guinness clothing gifts and memorabilia. Car Parking Free visitors car park off-site on Crane Street (3 minutes walk) on a first come first served basis. Limited availability. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Fiona Herald, E: Fiona.Herald@diageo.com Contact


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HOOK LIGHTHOUSE

HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL

The visitor centre at Hook Lighthouse offers guided tours of the Medieval Lighthouse tower, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East.

Located in the heart of Waterford City, the House of Waterford Crystal allows visitors to witness the creation of crystal stemware, giftware and masterpieces right before their very eyes.

William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke, known as ‘The Greatest Knight’ and the most famous knight of his time, built the tower as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, to protect and develop the important shipping trade in the 13th century. Purpose built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational today, Hook Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world, and truly is one of a kind.

The factory tour is a unique and captivating experience that is sure to enthral visitors of all ages, both national and international. Go behind the scenes for over an hour and see exactly how Waterford Crystal pieces are made - witness every stage of production, from the initial design stage right up to the final engraving of the piece. Each year, the House of Waterford Crystal melts down over 750 tonnes of crystal!

Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building. Enjoy the spectacular view from the balcony then visit the Watchtower, where Lighthouse keepers kept watch up to 1996 when Hook Lighthouse became automatic.

Since the House of Waterford Crystal manufacturing facility and brand experience opened in June 2010, it has welcomed over 1 million visitors into its haven of crystal creativity and innovation.

The visitor centre houses a first class gift shop, café and bakery. Relax by the sea with a coffee and homemade scone and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and even whales! In clear weather you can see for miles and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse. Address Hook Head, Fethard-on-Sea, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Address The Mall, Waterford City

Email info@hookheritage.ie

Email houseofwaterfordcrystal@fiskars.com

Phone +353 (0)51 397 054/397 055

Phone +353 (0)51 317 000

Website www.hookheritage.ie Sat Nav 52.1237, -6.9294 Location 22 km from New Ross; 47 km from Wexford Open Open year round. Daily 09.30-17.00. Tours are available every half hour from 09.30-17.00 and later during peak season. Closed Dec 18 -25. Last admission is half hour before closing time. Average Visit Length Allow half hour for tour. To fully enjoy site, allow up to 2 hours. Entrance Fees Adult €9; Senior (aged 65+)€8; Student (with valid I.D) (standard) €8; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+1C) €20, (2A+2C) €22; (2A+3C) €24, (1A+1C) €12; (1A+2C) €15, (1A+3C) €18 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 30 each 30 minutes. Dining Café serving homemade seafood chowder, soups, fish and chips, mussels, seafood specialties, snacks and treats. Seats 50. Shopping Gift shop selling nautical themed books and gifts, local cards and crafts. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 1-2 spaces. Special Facilities for Free refreshments in café. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Visitor centre, café, gift shop and ground floor fully accessible. Lighthouse tower is not. Group Booking Cathy or Elaine, E: info@hookheritage.ie Contact

Website www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com Sat Nav 52.2593, -7.1073 Location Waterford City Centre Open Open year round. Mar-Oct: Daily: Factory tour & store; Nov-Feb: Factory tour Mon-Fri, Store open daily. (check website for details) Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €13.50; Senior €11; Student €10; Child (5-17) €5; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €30 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours All factory tours are guided in English. Maximum 50. Audio Visual 4 minute AV, in English, for 50. Conference/ Retail Store is available to hire for functions. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue Retail Store can be hired for functions, up to a max seating capacity of 150. School/Education Guided factory tours adapted for schools of all ages. Programme Dining Café serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Seats 50. Shopping Retail store with the world’s largest display of Waterford Crystal. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Coach washing available in Bolton Street Coach Park. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Sharon Murphy, E: houseofwaterfordcrystal@fiskars.com Contact


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IRISH NATIONAL STUD & GARDENS

IRISH WHISKEY MUSEUM

From horses to horticulture the Irish National Stud & Gardens is one of Ireland’s true treasures. The Stud Farm is the home of equine royalty, immaculately-bred stallions who can be seen and admired alongside protective mares, frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. In the world-famous Japanese Gardens, you can follow the path called the ‘Life of Man’ which traces the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond, at the same time providing a meeting place for the cultures of East and West. St Fiachra’s Garden symbolises the power of the Irish landscape while the Horse Museum includes the skeleton of the legendary Arkle. See retired equine stars like Hardy Eustace, Moscow Flyer, Kicking King, Hurricane Fly and Beef or Salmon on the stud’s ‘Living Legend’s’ team. Enjoy this unique experience as part of a guided tour or at your own leisure. Restaurant onsite with home baking.

Address Tully, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Welcome to the Irish Whiskey Museum, the first Irish whiskey museum in the world! This wonderful new Dublin museum is located across from the main entrance of Trinity College, in the heart of Dublin city. Take a journey through time, in an historic setting, where the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey is unveiled via an interactive ultra-modern experience. Independent from the drinks industry, it tells the story of Irish Whiskey through the ages. The guides are engaging and knowledgeable about all aspects of Irish Whiskey and its history, plus they know a few interesting anecdotes to keep you entertained on this one hour tour. Before your whiskey tasting experience, which is offered to each guest, learn the interesting history of whiskey, from its humble beginning, inevitable downfall, and current revival. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to sample matured aged whiskey and receive a unique souvenir to take away as a fond memory of your visit. Relax in the contemporary café bar, while taking in the beautiful grounds of Trinity College from above.

Address 119 Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Email reservations@irishnationalstud.ie

Email marketing@irishwhiskeymuseum.ie

Phone +353 (0)45 521 617

Phone +353 (0)1 525 0970

Website www.irishnationalstud.ie Sat Nav 53.1442, -6.9029 Location 2 km from Kildare; 60 km from Dublin City Open Open: Daily Early Feb – Mid Nov: 09.00-18.00 (Last admission 17.00) Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult €12.50; Senior €9.50; Student €9.50; Child (5-16) €7; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+4C) €29.50 Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes Self-Guided Groups A self-guide leaflet, in 15 languages, available for the Japanese Gardens, Saint Fiachra’s Garden and The Horse Museum. Audio Visual AV presentation in Museum. School/Education Yes. School tours and nature trails. Programme Dining Restaurant serving hot lunches, sandwiches, salads, snacks and desserts. Seats 100. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Coach washing area. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access The Visitor Centre, Stud and St Fiachra’s Garden are fully accessible. The Japanese Gardens are partially accessible. Group Booking Reservations, E: reservations@irishnationalstud.ie Contact

Website www.irishwhiskeymuseum.ie Sat Nav 53.3442, -6.2596 Location Dublin City Centre, opposite Trinity College Open Open year round. Apr-Oct: 10.30-20.00; Nov-Mar: 10.3018.00; Closed Dec 25. Available for private hire in the evenings. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €16; Senior €14; Student (18+) €14; Student (U18) (standard) €13; Child (5-12) €7.50; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €40 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Self-Guided Groups Translations available for French and German groups and Mandarin Tour Guides. Audio Visual Various AV elements, in English, for 25. Conference/ Museum available for private hire (evenings only). 120 Meetings people can be accommodated over 3 floors or a maximum of 70 on one floor. Performance Venue We have three floors for hire for groups from 20 to 120. Dining Café serving tea/coffee, snacks and Irish Coffee. Shopping Gift shop selling crafts made from whiskey barrels, bottle clocks, and Whiskey Museum Branded Merchandise. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. Disability Access Fully accessible with accessible toilets. Group Booking Nicola McDonnell, E: marketing@irishwhiskeymuseum.ie Contact


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THE JACKIE CLARKE COLLECTION

THE JAMESON DISTILLERY MIDLETON

The Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands, comprising over 100,000 items spanning 400 years. It includes artefacts associated with Theobald Wolfe Tone; letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa. It also contains rare books, proclamations, posters, political cartoons, pamphlets, handbills, works by Sir John Lavery, maps, hunger strike material and personal items from Leaders of the 1916 Rising.

Jameson was born and raised in Dublin, but eventually it outgrew its city home on Bow St. In 1975, Jameson moved it’s entire whiskey making operation to the green surroundings of Midleton, Co. Cork. The original buildings at the impressive 15 acre Midleton Distillery site date back as far as 1794 and have been used to distil and mature whiskeys since 1825.

The Collection is located in the former Provincial Bank building on Pearse Street, Ballina. Built in 1881, it was used as a bank until 1977. It was designed by the Victorian architect Thomas Manly Deane, who also designed the National Museum and Government Buildings, Dublin.

For those just acquainting themselves with the world of Irish whiskey, the Jameson Experience guided tour is the perfect place to start. If you want to dive deeper into the production process — the Behind the Scenes Tour, Premium Whiskey Tasting or Irish Whiskey Academy will certainly quench that thirst. There is something for everyone.

This building, in the centre of Ballina, has now been fully restored and is also home to a newly designed walled garden. Special features of the attraction include a memory booth where you can record your own memories and interactive touch screens throughout. The Jckie Clarke Collection is suitable for all ages.

Address Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Mayo

To this day, every drop of Jameson enjoyed around the world originates from the Jameson Distillery, Midleton.

Address Distillery Walk, Midleton

Email clarkecollection@mayococo.ie

Email midleton@jamesonwhiskey.com

Phone +353 (0)96 73508

Phone +353 (0)21 461 3594

Website www.clarkecollection.ie Sat Nav 54.1150, - 9.1531 Location Ballina Town Open Open year round. Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00. Closed for Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Free Admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 5, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes. In French and Irish. Audio Visual 5 minute AV, in English, for 40. Audio guides available. School/Education Yes. Extensive education programme facilitating general Programme tours and specific historic workshops. Dining Enjoy a picnic in the Heritage Garden. Cafés on Pearse Street. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking outside. 1 space. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Edel Golden, E: clarkecollection@mayococo.ie Contact

Website www.jamesonwhiskey.com Sat Nav 51.9137, -8.1682 Location Midleton, Co. Cork. 25 km from Cork City Open Open year round. Daily. Mar-Oct: 10.00-18.00. Tours 10.00-16.30; Nov-Feb 10.00-18.00. Tours 11.00, 13.00, 14.45, 16.15. Closed Christmas & Apr 14 Average Visit Length 75 minutes – 2 hours Entrance Fees Jameson Experience Tour: Adult €18; Senior €15; (standard) Student €15; Family (2A+3C) €45; Behind the Scenes Tour €55; Premium Whiskey Tasting €25. Group Rates Yes. Min. 15+. Guided Group Tours Yes. English guided tours as standard. French & German guided tours available on request for groups of 20 – 30, subject to guide availability. Self-Guided Groups Guided Tours offered as standard. Incentive Groups Yes Dining The Malthouse Restaurant offers a modern interpretation of traditional Irish cuisine with fresh seafood, local meats and vegetables. Reservations not necessary. Opening hours: 10.00–16.00 daily; Lunch 12.00–15.00 Shopping A great selection of world leading Whiskey brands and associated Whiskey items available. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: midleton@jamesonwhiskey.com Contact


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JOHNNIE FOX’S PUB

THE KENNEDY HOMESTEAD & EMIGRANT TRAIL

Established in 1798, Johnnie Fox’s is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional pubs. Situated approximately 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre, it is nestled in the peaceful township of Glencullen and is surrounded by the beautiful scenery and serenity of the Dublin Mountains. It is known as ‘the highest pub in Ireland’. Johnnie Fox’s world famous Hooley Show is the longest running all year round show in Ireland. Guests can avail of a special four course menu with a full night of entertainment. This allows every customer to savour the highlights of Johnnie Fox’s culinary offerings before enjoying a night of traditional musicians and talented Irish dancers. Royalty, presidents, prime ministers to sporting icons and movie stars are all regular customers and the pub has become famous for its guests as much as its unique Irish atmosphere. The rough floor flagstones strewn with sawdust, the open fires burning turf always kept alight, the antique woods of the hand crafted dressers and the site of the muted, mountain Seanchai, make this pub inimitable to the pretender often copied never equalled. Address Glencullen, Co. Dublin

Located in Ireland’s Ancient East, experience the journey from Irish Famine Emigrant to President of the United States! This rags to riches story begins at the Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F Kennedy’s great-grandfather, who was forced to leave during the famine. A state of the art exhibition brings the story to life using video footage, personal family memorabilia and a selfguided tour. The Kennedy family legacy is a striking example of the strength and courage of the Irish in the toughest situations. Follow the Emigrant Trail further with a visit to the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience to live and breathe the smells and sounds of an 1840’s emigrant vessel. Costumed performers and themed exhibitions bring history to life. Stroll along the New Ross Quayside and shake hands with a life-size statue of President Kennedy himself. Stop off at the podium marking the spot from which President Kennedy spoke to the people of New Ross during his visit in 1963. Feel the warmth of The Emigrant Flame, a symbol of hope burning permanently in recognition of all Irish emigrants and diaspora. Complete the trail with a visit to the JFK Memorial Arboretum, a park of 623 acres dedicated to President Kennedy featuring rare flora & fauna and an exhibition. Address Dunganstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Email info@jfp.ie

Email info@kennedyhomestead.ie

Phone +353 (0) 1 295 5647

Phone +353 (0)51 388 264

Website www.jfp.ie Sat Nav 53.2217, -6.2191 Location 18km from Dublin Open Open all year round. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See website for details. Entrance Fees Hooley Night is €52.50 per person. This includes four course (standard) meal and live entertainment show. Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Conference/ Available Mon-Thurs only, up to 350 people. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Traditional Hooley Night - Dinner and Show Performance Venue Available Mon-Thurs only, up to 350 people. Dining Á la carte restaurant serving lunch, dinner. Seats 150. Hooley Night Dinner & Show. Seats 150. Shopping Gift Shop selling branded merchandise. Car Parking Free on-site and nearby overflow parking. Coach Parking Free on-site plus overflow parking nearby. 10 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee, dinner. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Partially accessible with accessible toilets. Group Booking Suzanne Lincoln, E: info@jfp.ie Contact

Website www.kennedyhomestead.ie Sat Nav 52.3451, -6.9850 Location 7 km from New Ross Town Open Open all year with the exception of: Closed Dec 25 & 26; Apr - Sep 09.30-17.30 Oct - Mar 10.00-17.00 Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €7.50; Senior €6.50; Students €6; Child €6; (standard) Family (2A + 3C) €22 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Max 50. Audio Visual Various AV elements, in English, throughout. School/Education Programme Dining Coffee dock serving light refreshments. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Drop off point. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee and light snack available. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking The Kennedy Homestead, E: info@kennedyhomestead.ie Contact


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KILBEGGAN DISTILLERY EXPERIENCE

KING HOUSE

Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest distillery in Ireland. Dating back to 1757, a visit today lets you discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest. See for yourself the traditional method of mashing in oak mash tuns, fermenting in Oregon pine vats and the new Kilbeggan malt spirit flowing from the 180 year old pot still.

King House is a magnificently restored Georgian mansion located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.

A tour of Kilbeggan Distillery will take you back in time to discover how Irish whiskey was made during John Lockes ownership of the distillery during the 19th century before bringing you into the present where you can hear, smell and taste Kilbeggan Irish whiskey as it is distilled today. The perfect marriage of the past and present makes Kilbeggan Distillery an authentic Irish experience not to be missed.

Following many years as a merchant’s store, King House was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council. The house is now open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life. The house also plays host to musical, dramatic and cultural events and is a central locale for the ever-popular Boyle Arts Festival. A multi-disciplinary programme of arts events takes place in King House between April and September, including elements of the Boyle Arts Festival. Former President McAleese kindly donated State gifts from her time as President of Ireland through the Office of Public Works for the enjoyment of the people of Ireland. Roscommon County Council is delighted to present the exhibition of these State gifts in King House. It contains exciting pieces of art and artefacts from all over the world.

Address Main Street, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath

Address Main Street, Boyle, Co. Roscommon F52 WR26

Email ruth.wyer@beamsuntory.com

Email kinghouse@roscommoncoco.ie

Phone +353 (0)57 933 2134

Phone +353 (0)71 966 3242

Website www.kilbeggandistillery.com Sat Nav 53.3685, -7.4995 Location Kilbeggan Town Open Open year round. Daily. See website for tour times. Closed Dec 24 - Jan 1. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €14; Senior €13; Student €13; Child (U12) Free (standard) Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 45. Occasionally French and German (not guaranteed). Self-Guided Groups Dining Restaurant seats 60. Shopping Gift shop selling Kilbeggan whiskeys and non-alcoholic merchandise. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point in rear car park. Special Facilities for Lounge for drivers & guides. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Accessible restaurant and toilets. The top floor of the museum is not accessible. Group Booking Ruth Wyer, E: ruth.wyer@beamsuntory.com Contact

Website www.kinghouse.ie Sat Nav 53.9730, -8.3013 Location Boyle, Co. Roscommon Open Apr-Sep: Tue-Sat 11.00-17.00; Jun-Aug: Tue-Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 11.00-16.00 (last tour 15.00). Open Bank Holidays. Closed Christmas. Average Visit Length 1 hour – 1.5 hours. Entrance Fees Entrance fees: Adult €5; Senior €3; Student €3; (standard) Child (4-17) €3; Child (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €15 Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes in English. Self-Guided Groups Guided tours offered as matter of course. Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Dining Tea Rooms offer breakfast and lunch. All cakes and desserts are made on premises. Coffee roasted by a local company Art of Coffee. Seats 45 inside and further 20 outside with table service. Cater for group and coach tours with prior booking. Full menus available. Shopping Una Bhan Gift Shop on the grounds. Car Parking Free on-site and off-site parking. Adjacent to King House on side of road. Limited on-site parking. Coach Parking Free off-site parking. Adjacent to King House on side of road. Special Facilities for Canteen facilities available Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully Wheelchair Accessible. Group Booking E: kinghouse@roscommoncoco.ie Contact


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KING JOHN’S CASTLE VISITOR EXPERIENCE

KYLEMORE ABBEY & VICTORIAN WALLED GARDEN

Explore 800 years of history brought to life at King John’s Castle - with an imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses and battlement walks.

Kylemore, in the heart of Connemara, is an ideal day-trip destination. The lakeside Abbey is set against a dramatic backdrop. Originally a Castle, built in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore is steeped in history and tales of romance, tragedy and success. Home to Ireland’s only community of Benedictine nuns since 1920, this 1,000 acre estate has much to offer visitors. Experience the Victorian atmosphere of the restored rooms of the abbey, Neo Gothic Church and Head Gardener’s House.

The Castle, situated on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City, overlooks the majestic river Shannon and was built between 1200 and 1210. It has since been repaired and extended many times and now houses an interpretative centre containing an imaginative historical exhibition, telling the story of the Castle. The courtyard and the Castle display some of the trades and traditions of the 16th Century and visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Limerick City and the surrounding countryside. Archaeological excavations have revealed pre-Norman settlements and evidence from the traumatic siege of 1642. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era. King John’s Castle is ideal for all ages.

Address King’s Island, Nicholas Street, Limerick City Email reservations@shannonheritage.com Phone +353 (0)61 360 788 Website www.shannonheritage.com Sat Nav 52.6699, -8.6247 Location Limerick City Open Open year round, except Dec 24-26. Opening Times: AprSept: 09.30-17.30 (Last entry: 16.00); Oct–Mar: 09.30–16.30 (Last entry: 15.15). Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €10; Child (6-16) €5.25; Child (U6) Free; Family (standard) (2A+2C) €22, (2A+6C) €25 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Pre-planned bespoke tours, usually in English, for incentive / corporate groups. Min 5, Max 40. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio guides available in several languages. Audio Visual Two AVs. One 10 minute and one 25 minute. Language audio guides available. Conference/ Education Room seats 40. Meetings

There are woodland and lakeshore walks. For the more adventurous, guided mountain hikes are available. Explore the magical 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden where only Victorian varieties of flowers and vegetables are grown. ‘Mitchells Café offers traditional home cooked food made to the recipes of the Benedictine nuns. The Tea House by the walled garden is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the breath-taking views over Connemara National Park. The craft shop offers the best of Irish products including Kylemore pottery from the on-site pottery studio and handmade chocolates and soaps made by the Benedictine nuns.

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Groups Audio Visual Incentive Programme Performance Venue Dining

Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue Yes, various internal and external spaces. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serves hot and cold lunches, soups and snacks. Seats 60. Shopping Retail area selling gifts, linen and woollen wear, books, mead and chocolate. Car Parking Free parking nearby. Coach Parking Drop off point available (one coach at a time). Disability Access Visitor Centre is wheelchair accessible. Courtyard has loose pebbles and may be difficult for wheelchairs. The towers are inaccessible. Group Booking Marie Brennan / Anita O’Loughlin, E: reservations@ Contact shannonheritage.com

Shopping

Kylemore, Connemara, Co. Galway bookings@kylemoreabbey.com +353 (0)95 52001 www.kylemoreabbey.com 53.5618, -9.8880 18.7 km Clifden town; 76.9 km from Galway City Open year round. Daily. Jan-Mar 6 from 10.00; Mar 7-Nov 2 from 09.00; Nov 3-Jan 17 from 09.30. Closing times vary. Please check website. Closed Dec 24-26. 1 hour and 20 minutes Adult €13; Senior €10; Student (18+) €9; Child (11-17) €9; Child (U11) Free; Family (2A+1-6C) (U10) €26; Family (2A+1-6C) (U17) €36 For 10+ Yes, in English, French and Dutch depending on availability of guide. No Min, Max 30. Yes. Guide brochures in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch. 15 minute AV, in English, French, German. Seats 60. Yes. Guided mountain hikes, history talks and private tours. Neo-Gothic Church can be used for performances. Mitchell’s Café is self-service and offers hot and cold meals, salads, snacks and home baking. Seats 250. Garden Tea House is self-service offering light lunches and snacks. Seats 120. Henry’s Express Café is a take-out café (June to Sept). The Express Café serves a wide range of foods and snacks. Outdoor seating areas too. Shop selling crafts, gifts, jewellery and items made on-site including pottery, chocolates and beauty products. Free on-site. Free on-site. Free lunch or tea/coffee and scone for driver and guide.

Car Parking Coach Parking Special Facilities for Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Partially accessible by wheelchair. Restaurant and craft shop are fully accessible with accessible toilet. Extensive avenues are suitable, but some gravel paths are challenging. Abbey is partially accessible. Shuttle buses accessible. Full information on request. Group Booking Christina Aspell, E: bookings@kylemoreabbey.com Contact


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LOUGH GUR VISITOR CENTRE

LOUGH KEY FOREST & ACTIVITY PARK

Lough Gur is an area of extreme beauty encompassing over 6,000 years of living history. It is home to Ireland’s largest and oldest stone circle.

Whatever you choose it is the perfect location to do as much or as little as you like!

The Lough Gur experience begins outdoors at Ireland’s largest and oldest stone circle. A local tour guide will invite you to explore ancient Ireland in person. Follow your guide to the prehistoric authentic sites in Lough Gur where the earliest settlers once worshiped and lived. The visit ends with a lake front excursion ending in the newly restored Lough Gur Heritage Centre that offers an engaging overview Lough Gur’s importance on a global scale.

The great attraction about Lough Key is that there are activities to suit all ages. You can enjoy the numerous walking & historical trails or take yourself up through the trees on Irelands Only Tree Canopy Walk and down underground through the old Servant Tunnels and midway taking in the views from the Moylurg Tower. Test your mental and physical agility in the Boda Borg challenge, which is weather independent and is all about team work! Let the children run free and safely in the Adventure play Kingdom. All of this will certainly work up an appetite, so enjoy the stunning scenery from the Lakeside café while munching on homemade delights. There is a lot more to do outside in the Forest from Zip lining, to Bike Hire to a Boat trip on the Lake and finishing up with Segway Glide around the 350 hectare historical estate.

Address Lakefront, Lough Gur, Co. Limerick. Email loughgur@gmail.com Phone +353 (0)61 385 186 Website www.loughgur.com Sat Nav 52.5231, -8.5203 Location 21 km from Limerick City on Lough Gur lake. Open Apr-Oct: Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-18.00; NovMar: Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat & Sun 12.00-16.00. Bank Hol 12.00-18.00. Closed Dec 24, 25. Average Visit Length 60 minutes average duration for the Lough Gur Heritage Centre. 2.5 hours for a full outdoor tour that also includes a visit to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre. Entrance Fees Adult €5; Senior €4; Student €4; Child (6-13) €3; (standard) Child (U6) Free; Family (2A+3C) €15 Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes. Self-Guided Groups Guided Tours offered as matter of course. Dining Tea & coffee and light refreshments onsite. No Group Dining facilities. Shopping Gift shop on-site selling books of special interest relating to history, archaeology and the environment. Lough Gur souvenirs, keepsakes, postcards, bookmarks and pens. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Fully Wheelchair Accessible in Lough Gur Heritage Centre. Group Booking Gemma O’Mahony. E: gemma@loughgur.com Contact

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Groups

Boyle, Co. Roscommon reception@loughkey.ie +353 (0)71 967 3122 www.loughkey.ie 53.9814, -8.2388 10 km from Carrick-on-Shannon; 5 km from Boyle Open year round. See website for opening times. 2 hours to 5 hours Please check website, or telephone for details. For 10+ Yes

Yes, in English, French and German. Min 10, Max 25. Yes. Free audio handsets in English, Irish, French, German and Spanish. Audio Visual Lough Key Experience is a 40 minute self-guided audio tour in English, Irish, French, German and Spanish. Conference/ Moylurg Room seats 20 classroom style. Meetings Performance Venue Sunken Garden, an open space, can be hired. Accommodates 1,000. School/Education Yes. Educational Orienteering Trails and the historical Programme Lough Key Experience. Dining Café overlooking the Lake with outdoor deck, serves soup, sandwiches, snacks, Seats 85. Moylurg Room for private dining seats 50. Wider dining options by arrangement for groups. Shopping Gift shop selling Lough Key branded merchandise, jewellery, gifts, souvenirs and confectionery. Car Parking Pay car park on-site. 500 spaces. Free if you spend up to €20 on attractions or in Visitor Centre cafe. Coach Parking Free on-site. Driver must pick up token from Visitor Centre. Drop off point at the Path Entrance to Centre. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee and soup/sandwich. Refuse disposal areas Coaches/Drivers on-site. Disability Access Visitor Centre is fully accessible as is the Lough Key Experience which includes Ireland’s Only Tree Canopy Trail. Lift access to viewing tower. Group Booking Floriane Frazer, E: restaurant@loughkey.ie. For Conference/ Contact Incentives: Louise Fitzpatrick, E: louise@loughkey.ie


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MALAHIDE CASTLE & GARDENS

MARBLE ARCH CAVES GLOBAL GEOPARK

Set on 250 acres of parkland with a story dating to the 12th Century. Located along the North Dublin coast Malahide Castle was owned by the Talbot family for nearly 800 years. The castle is furnished with period furniture and an extensive collection from the National Gallery of Ireland. The friendly and knowledgeable tour guides tell the fascinating story of the Talbots and their time at Malahide Castle.

Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe’s finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural under ground world. Lively and informative guides conduct tours in this spectacular underground world of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers, past a bewildering array of cave formations.

The ornamental Gardens, West Lawn & Walled Garden cover an area of approximately 26 acres. These were largely created by Lord Milo Talbot, who brought specimens from around the world. There are now in excess of 5,000 different species. The ‘Garden Exhibition’ presents fascinating stories about Milo and his glorious gardens.

Tours last 75 minutes and are suitable for people of any age and average fitness. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended. It is advisable to telephone prior to your visit to ensure that you can be accommodated and to check availability of guided tours as the caves can be affected by heavy rain. After the guided tour why not take time to explore the exhibition area in the Visitor Centre, watch our audio-visual presentation, brose the many items in our shop or take a leisurely stroll through the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. The Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of counties Fermanagh and Cavan. The Geopark boasts some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland. There are over 40 sites to visit in the Global Geopark area which cater for a variety of interests including geology, archaeology, history, folklore and activities such as caving, walking, cycling, canoeing and fishing to name but a few.

Address Malahide, Co. Dublin

Address 43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Co. Fermanagh, BT92 1EW

Email reservations@shannonheritage.com

Email mac@fermanaghomagh.com

Phone +353 (0)1 816 9538

Phone +44 (0)28 6634 8855

Website www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie Sat Nav 53.4449, -6.1646 Location 13 km from Dublin City Centre Open Open year round. Open Daily 09.30-17.30. Last guided castle tour: 16.30 (Nov–Mar 15.30). Closed Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length House tour 45 minutes; 2 hours to 3 hours total Entrance Fees Castle & Garden: Adult €12.50; Senior €8; Student €9; (standard) Child (5-18) €6.50; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+4C) €34, (2A+6C) €36 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes. Private evening tours from 18.00. Groups? Guided Group Tours All tours are guided. Min 2, no Max but large groups require stagger. Audio headsets in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. Conference/ Project Room overlooking the walled garden seats 120 Meetings theatre style. Loft Room seats 50 theatre style. Various set-ups are available. Both rooms have projector and screen facilities. Catering on-site. Performance Venue The West Lawn can be used as a performance venue for outdoor theatre, cinema and small concerts. Capacity 2,500. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Avoca Café offers extensive menu for sit in or take out. Seats 150 overlooking botanical walled garden. Shopping Avoca Retail Store selling clothing, gifts and homeware. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Visitor Centre fully accessible with accessible toilets. Castle partly wheelchair accessible with lift to first floor. Group Booking E: reservations@shannonheritage.com Contact

Website www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com Sat Nav 54.2582, -7.8132 Location 20 km from Enniskillen Open Open mid-Mar-end of Sept Jul-Aug: Daily 10.00-17.00; End Mar-Jun & Sept: Daily 10.00-16.30 Average Visit Length 3 hours to 4 hours Entrance Fees Adult £9.50; Senior £6.75; Student £5.95; Child (5-18) £6.50; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family £26. *Prices subject to change Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Paper scripts in variety of languages can be provided on request. Max 20 per tour. Cave tours run every 15 mins. Audio Visual 20 minute AV in English, seats 45. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Restaurant offering a wide range of refreshments, hot and cold dishes, cakes and scones. Picnic area on-site. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Visitor centre, Audio Visual presentation, restaurant and toilets are accessible. The cave tour isn’t accessible. Group Booking mac@fermanaghomagh.com Contact


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MIZEN HEAD SIGNAL STATION

MOUNT CONGREVE GARDENS

Mizen Head Signal Station, at Ireland’s most southwesterly point in West Cork, and a discovery point on the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, is a dramatic place to visit. The visitor centre, with café, gift shop and toilets, is located at the car park. Here there are displays about the Fastnet Lighthouse, the Geology of Mizen, a Navigational Simulator showing Mizen Head from the Sea and other exhibits. Then the outdoor experience starts!

Mount Congreve Gardens, just 10 minutes from Waterford city, is a great garden of the world – a 70 acre woodland garden with stunning views and 16 kilometres of paths to explore the gardens. Words can only convey a small impression of what Mount Congreve has to offer. To get a full appreciation of what has been achieved here in such a short time by Mr Ambrose Congreve, one has to visit the garden as the seasons unfold.

The path to the Signal Station goes down the cliffs and the 99 Steps to the Bridge, and out to the point and the former Keepers Quarters with its interpretive displays.

The gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford, consist of around seventy acres of intensively planted woodland garden and a 4 acre walled garden. The owner, the late Mr Ambrose Congreve, was inspired by Mr Lionel de Rothschild’s exceptional garden at Exbury in Hampshire, England. It was here that his interest in gardening was nurtured and he became infected with a passion and enthusiasm for plants such as Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Camellias and indeed many other floras from every continent in the world.

Along the way there are several paths up to wonderful views - north along the coast to Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsula, and south to the Sea Arch. There is plenty to do and see. This is also a world-renowned whale and dolphin watch location, and often there are seals under the bridge. Mizen Head Signal Station is suitable for all ages, in any weather.

Address Harbour Road, Goleen, West Cork, Co. Cork

The entire collection consists of over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants. Address Mount Congreve Estate, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford

Email info@mizenhead.ie

Email admin@mountcongreve.com

Phone +353 (0)28 35000/ 35225

Phone +353 (0)51 384 115/ 384 511

Website www.mizenhead.ie Sat Nav 51.4505, -9.8188 Location 10 km from Goleen, West Cork Open Feb 20-24 (Half term) Daily 11.00-16.00. Mar 1-16 Daily 11.00-16.00. Mar 17 - May 31 Daily 10.30-17.00. Jun Daily 10.00-18.00. Jul, Aug Daily 10.00-19.00. Sept, Oct Daily 10.30-17.00. Nov - Mar Weekends 11.00-16.00. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €7.50; Senior €6; Student €6; Child (5-12) €4; Child (standard) (U5) Free; Family (2A+4C) €25 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Self-Guided Groups Yes. Information in English. Audio Visual Several AV components in English. Conference/ No dedicated room, but a room can be made available by Meetings arrangement. Incentive Programme Open to work with incentive group organisers. School/Education A schools programme is in preparation. Programme Dining Café serving light lunches, sandwiches, fish and chips and snacks. Seats 60. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs, postcards, toys, local crafts, jewellery and books. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Pre-booking advisable. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Accesible toilet, café and gift shop. There is a level path out to see the bridge. Much of the site is accessible, but the paths are very steep. Group Booking Stephen O’Sullivan, E: info@mizenhead.ie Contact

Website www.mountcongreve.com Sat Nav 52.2376, -7.2124 Location 9 km from Waterford City Centre Open Open Mar-Oct: Thur-Sun (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 11.00-17.30; Last Entry 16.00; Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior €5; Student €5; Child (U12) Free, but must (standard) be accompanied by an adult. Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 60. Larger groups can be staggered. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Information in English, French, German and Spanish. Incentive Programme Guided tours. Nature walks. Dining Tearoom seating 22, and a further 32 outside on fine days. Shopping Garden shop selling plants and vegetables. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 6 spaces. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Although the main pathway has been improved, due to the nature of the garden, visitors with limited mobility may find it difficult outside of the walled garden. There are disability toilets in the café and walled garden. Group Booking Anthony Power, E: admin@mountcongreve.com Contact


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MOUNT STEWART

MUCKROSS HOUSE, GARDENS & TRADITIONAL FARMS

Mount Stewart, located only 40 minutes from Belfast, is one of the finest houses and gardens to visit in Ireland. This family home showcases collections of international and national significance including the famous painting Hambletonian – Rubbing Down by George Stubbs, the Congress of Vienna desk and books by W.B. Yeats and George Bernard Shaw. Visitors can explore the house at their leisure and discover more about the Londonderry family and the roles they played in local and international history. The gardens at Mount Stewart are ranked as one of the top ten gardens in the world and are a delight to explore all year round. Designed by Edith, Lady Londonderry the formal and informal gardens showcase a rich tapestry of design and planting artistry. Mount Stewart also offers a Tea Room, shop, dedicated coach parking, specialist guided tours, wedding venue and filming location.

Address Portaferry Road, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT22 2AD Email mountstewart@nationaltrust.org.uk Phone +44 (0)28 4278 8387 Website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart Sat Nav 54.5517, -5.6021 Location 7 km from Newtownards Open Open year round. Check website for details

Discover for yourself the magic of Muckross, with something to appeal to all ages. The world renowned Muckross House is situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. Visit the elegantly furnished rooms, which portray the lifestyles of the Gentry and downstairs experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. Both Muckross House and Traditional Farms are fully accredited Museums. Relive the past at Muckross Traditional Farms complete with three working farms from Kerry of the 1930s. Meet the Bean an Tí’s and watch the farmers as they work in the fields. Children will love the various farm animals and play area. Visitors can also enjoy a free trip on the Muckross Coach. At the magnificent Garden Restaurant you can enjoy a main course or just a light snack from the self-service counter. All home cooked food is reasonably priced and children’s meals are offered also. Visit the Craft Centre and see the Potters, Weavers and Bookbinders at work, free of charge. In the Craft Shop there is a huge selection of reasonably priced gifts for all ages. Don’t forget to have a ramble in Muckross gardens and enjoy the freedom of the many Nature Trails in Killarney National Park. Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Average Visit Length 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult £9.50; Child (5-16) £4.75; Child (U5) Free; Family (standard) (2A+3C) £23.75 Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for In certain circumstances. Groups? Guided Group Tours House is free flow. Guided garden tour can be booked for 15 upwards. Self-Guided Groups Yes. English speaking guides in each room. Incentive Programme Yes School/Education Yes Programme Dining Tearoom serving hot foods, soups, sandwiches, tray bakes and desserts. Seats 70. Shopping Gift shop selling local bespoke items. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point in the car park, 100m walk from reception. Special Facilities for Free tea/coffee and scone. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully accessible with accessible toilets. There is a lift in the main house. Group Booking E: groupsmountstewart@nationaltrust.org.uk Contact

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Groups Conference/ Meetings Incentive Programme Performance Venue School/Education Programme Dining

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Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry info@muckross-house.ie +353 (0)64 663 1440 www.muckross-house.ie 52.0181, -9.5041 6 km from Killarney Town Centre House: Tours only, Daily Sep-Jun: 09.00-17.30; Jul & Aug -19.00. Farms: Daily, May & Sep: 13.00-18.00; Jun-Aug: 10.00-18.00; Mar & Apr Sat, Sun & Bank Hol; Oct: Sun & Bank Hol 13.00-18.00. Last Admission 1 hour before closing on Traditional Farms. 1 hour for tour of Muckross House. 90 minutes at Muckross Traditional Farms. House/House & Farm: Adult €9/€15; Senior & Student €7.50/€13; Child (6-18) €6/€10.50; Child (3-5) Free/€6; Family (2A+2C) €28/€40, (2A+3C) €32/€45 For 20+. Max 50 per tour in Muckross House. Yes. Muckross House tour in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Guided Tours at Muckross House. Self-guided tours at Muckross Farm and Muckross Gardens. Yes at Muckross Traditional Farms. Yes at Muckross Traditional Farms. Yes at Muckross Schoolhouse. 250 people for a concert. Feile Chulitúir Chiarrai on Muckross Traditional Farms in May. Specialised Educational visits can be organised on request. Garden Restaurant. Seats 170. Casual dining; conservatory and garden terrace. Corporate catering available at House & Farm. Extensive selection of Gifts and Clothing at Muckross Craft Centre. Range of locally made gifts of Mucros Pottery, Weaving and Bookbinding. Giftware, Glassware, Knitwear and Clothing. Free on-site. Free on-site.

Disability Access Wheelchair Partially Accessible. Group Booking Muckross House. E: muckrosshousetours@ahg.gov.ie Contact Muckross Farms: E: traditionalfarms@muckross-house.ie


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NATIONAL SEA LIFE CENTRE

NAVAN CENTRE & FORT— EMAIN MACHA

The National SEA LIFE Centre on Bray’s seafront is swimming with fascinating marine and freshwater creatures, including Piranhas, Seahorses, and Ireland’s largest collection of Sharks. This collection of over 90 species of underwater animals is displayed in a range of exciting exhibits, including ‘Rivers of the World’, ‘Seahorse Sanctuary’, ‘Nemo’s Kingdom’, ‘Shark Nursery’, ‘Lair of the Octopus’, ‘Caribbean Cove’ and ‘Tropical Shark Lagoon’. With regular talks and feeds throughout the day, a visit to National SEALIFE Bray gives an informative and entertaining introduction to life beneath the waves, as well as an awareness of ecological and conservational threats to our Oceans.

One of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Navan Fort is where myth and reality meets. Home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle, the Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area. Learn of the mystical characters and mythical characters of Navan like Cu Chulainn, King Conor McNessa, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the Sorrows. In a fun and interactive way families and individuals can walk and talk with heroes of these tales through a living history interpretation. See the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha (Navan Fort) and learn about the massive circular ritual temple built by this majestic warrior clan. Highlights include: Meeting with the Celts in an Iron Age Dwelling; Walking the footsteps of history on a guided tour to Navan Fort; The interactive Archaeology Discovery Room; Environmental aspects of the site, which you will learn about on the Ecology Trail.

Address Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Address 81 Killylea Road, Armagh BT60 4LD

Email slcbray@merlinentertainments.biz

Email navan@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

Phone +353 (0)1 286 6939

Phone +44 (0)28 3752 9644

Website www.sealife.ie Sat Nav 53.2033, -6.0984 Location On seafront in Bray, 21 km from Dublin Open Open year round. Apr-Oct: 10.00-18.00 Daily; Nov-Mar: Mon-Fri 11.00-17.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Dec 25 & 26. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €12.50; Student (15+) €12.50; Child (3-14) €9.50; (standard) Child (U3) Free Group Rates For 10+

Website www.navan.com Sat Nav 54.3445, -6.7017 Location 3 km from Armagh Open Open year round. Apr-Sept: 10.00-18.30 (Last admission 17.00); Oct-Mar: 10.00-16.00 (Last admission 15.00). Living History available Apr-Sept only. Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees See www.navan.com for Admissions details. (standard) Group Rates For 10+

Special Opening for Yes Groups?

Special Opening for Yes Groups?

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 30. Irish and French too, limited availability.

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 55.

Self-Guided Groups Yes. Interpretation panels (English only). Conference/ One room seats 30, Classroom style. Meetings School/Education Yes, for Primary, Secondary and Third level. Programme Dining Restaurants and café adjacent to attraction Shopping Shop selling gifts, drinks and ice cream. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Parking nearby. 2 spaces. Disability Access Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. Group Booking Pauline Martin, E: slcbray@merlinentertainments.biz Contact

Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio guides in German, French, Italian and Spanish. Audio Visual Short and long AV (16 mins and 26 mins), for 125, in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Conference/ 125 seater stepped auditorium. Meetings Performance Venue Stepped auditorium, seating 125, can be hired. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Coffee Shop on-site offering scones, tray bakes, sandwiches and light lunches. Shopping Gift shop selling crafts, books and Christian Heritage items. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. 8 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Special Facilities for Free refreshments. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking Ghilian Campbell, E: ghilian.campbell@ Contact armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk. Education: Paul Derby, E: paul.derby@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk. Conferences: Damien Houlahan, E: damien.houlahan@ armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk


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NORTH DUBLIN’S COASTAL VILLAGES

POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS

The string of pretty coastal towns, villages and fishing harbours stretching from Balbriggan in the north through to Skerries, Malahide and Howth in the south offer a calm alternative to complement the bustling city of Dublin, perfect for afternoon or day excursions. The towns are all reachable from the city centre via Dublin’s Dart light railway system (not to mention bike, bus or taxi). To the north Balbriggan has a rich coastal heritage. A short walk from the harbour to its Martello Tower showcases a rich industrial history and stunning views. En route to Skerries from Balbriggan is Ardgillan Castle & Gardens. Skerries, winner of the prestigious ‘Tidy Towns’ competition 2016, was famously home to St. Patrick when he first arrived to these shores. Its skyline is punctuated by Skerries Mills, a complex of a five sail windmill, four sail windmill, water mill and bakery. Malahide is a heritage village with old-world elegance. The stately 900 year-old Malahide Castle is set amid 250 acres of parkland and gardens. There’s a host of chic boutiques, bookshops and antique shops you could lose yourself in for hours along with a broad range of pubs and restaurants. Picturesque Howth is a foodie haven and set amid magnificent coastal scenery and a fishing village vibe. It is best discovered on foot and its waterfront is a good starting point. A narrow cliff walk provides splendid views of the water and Dublin city. Address Howth, Malahide, Swords, Skerries & Balbriggan, Co. Dublin Email elaine@fingaltourism.ie Phone +353 (0)1 840 0891 Website www.visitfingal.ie Sat Nav Varies Location Approx. 10 miles from Dublin Airport to Fingal Region. Open All year round. Average Visit Length Recommend at least half day, full day or overnight in the area. Group Rates Depends on visitor attraction. Guided Group Tours Depends on visitor attraction. Dining Some of County Dublin’s finest seafood restaurants and cafés located in North Dublin’s Coastal Villages. Great Traditional Fish and Chips! Shopping Wonderful variety of unique and local produce shopping in North Dublin’s Coastal Villages. Car Parking Varies, free and pay-parking Coach Parking Varies for each location. Disability Access Varies for each location. Group Booking Elaine O’Sullivan. E: Elaine@fingaltourism.ie Contact

No visit to Ireland is complete without the opportunity to marvel at the majestic Powerscourt Gardens, voted no. 3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic in 2014. Set in the wild Wicklow countryside, overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt is situated just 20km south of Dublin City Centre. The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Enjoy a film and audio guides about Powerscourt Gardens, narrated personally by its owners over the past 400 years. Audio guides are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese. The Palladian Mansion at Powerscourt is home to the best in Irish design, and features craft and interior shops. The Terrace Café offers the finest in Irish artisan home-cooked cuisine.

Address Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow Email Carmel.byrne@powerscourt.net Phone +353 (0)1 204 6000 Website www.powerscourt.com Sat Nav 53.1842, -6.1866 Location 26 km from Dublin City Open Open year round. Closed Dec 25 & 26. Gardens: Daily 09.30-17.30 (Dusk in Winter) Average Visit Length 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €9.50; Senior €8; Student €8; Child (U16) €5; Child (standard) (U5) Free; Family (2A+3C) €25 Group Rates For 20+ Audio Tours Adult and family tours available in English, German, French, Chinese and Spanish. Audio Visual 12 minute AV, in English, for 12. Incentive Programme Yes. In conjunction with incentive groups organisers. Dining Terrace Café overlooking the gardens serves hot and cold dishes, scones, cakes, and refreshments. Seats 160. Shopping Avoca Store selling Irish crafts and homeware; and speciality shops on the mezzanine level and Tara’s Palace. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up at Powerscourt House. Special Facilities for Free light lunch and refreshments. Coach washing area. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access The Gardens are partially accessible with accessible toilets. Group Booking Carmel Byrne, E: carmel.byrne@powerscourt.net. Contact For corporate dinners and events, E: hospitality@powerscourt.net


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RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE & PARKLANDS

SHANNON FERRIES

Russborough houses one of the most impressive private art collections in Ireland, which may be viewed by taking a guided tour of this stunning Palladian Mansion. The exhibition centre downstairs tells the story of Russborough from 1741 to the present day and is free to visit for anyone purchasing a ticket for the guided house tour. The 18th century walled garden is under restoration since 2011 by members of the RHSI (Royal Horicultural Society of Ireland) and is now ready for guided tours. Pre-booked groups will be taken on a guided tour by these members, thereby guaranteeing expert knowledge in this field. For families there is a 2,000m² head high Maze, a fairy trail, a playground and a tree trail. Tea rooms serving beverages, snacks and light lunches as well as morning coffee and afternoon tea. Gift Shop also on-site. The National Bird of Prey Centre is located within Russborough’s Parklands. Sheepdog Demonstrations may be arranged for pre-booked groups also. School Tour Groups very welcome at reduced rates.

‘Bridging the best of Ireland ’s West’

Choose rest and refreshment with Shannon Ferries! Shannon Ferries link the picturesque Tralee and Dingle regions of the Kingdom of Kerry to the untamed beauty of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The ferry offers an unrivalled service to tourists and locals alike, allowing them to take in more of Ireland’s beautiful scenery and tourist hotspots with ease. The ferry service across the majestic Shannon Estuary saves travellers a huge 137km/85miles of driving! Established in 1969 in response to the demand for a route across the Shannon Estuary from Kerry to Clare, the Shannon Ferries service now operates two ferries, the Shannon Breeze and the Shannon Dolphin, which depart from Tarbert in Co. Kerry to Killimer in Co. Clare. Ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Shannon Ferries offers travellers a break from the road with just a 20 minute passage across the Shannon. Sit back, relax and keep an eye out for dolphins swimming, while indulging in some delicious refreshments! Aiming to promote tourism in Kerry and Clare, as well as surrounding regions, Shannon Ferries facilitate laid back, enjoyable travel. The service accommodates pedestrian passengers, cyclists, cars, coaches, minibuses, and commercial vehicles.

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Blessington, Co. Wicklow info@russborough.ie +353 (0)45 865 239 www.russborough.ie 53.1413, -6.5691

Location 25 km from Dublin City off the N81; 4.5 km from Blessington Open Open Mar 1–Dec 19: 10.00-18.00 Daily; Tour Times MaySept: 10.00-17.00; Oct-Apr: Less frequent. Call to confirm. Average Visit Length Up to 4 hours Entrance Fees Adult €12; Senior €9; Student €9; Child (6-16) €6; Child (standard) (U5) Free; Family €30 Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, of House in English, French, German. Min 20, Max 45. Self-Guided Groups The house is guided only. Leaflets available in French, Italian, Spanish & German. Audio Visual AV in English for 30. Conference/ Theatre seats 30. Exhibition centre seats 70. Outside, the Meetings Hippodrome is partially covered and has a seating capacity of 450 people. Popular for Civil Ceremonies & Concerts. Incentive Programme Yes. The National Bird of Prey Centre is located within the Parklands. Sheepdog Demonstrations may be pre booked for groups. Performance Venue Concerts seating for 70 up to 450 people. Outdoors in the Hippodrome available for hire. Dining Tearooms serving hot lunches, soups, sandwiches, desserts, morning coffee and afternoon teas. Seats 90. Separate room (Lady Beit’s Pantry) for pre-booked coach tours requiring Afternoon Tea. Shopping Gift shop selling jewellery, handbags, scarves, books, ceramics and crystal. Car Parking Pay parking on-site. 250 spaces. €2 charge. Coach Parking Free on-site. 20 spaces. Drop off and pick up at the Coach Entrance to front of house. Special Facilities for Coach washing facilities and clean-out area. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Partially accessible with accessible toilets. Lift to upstairs for the guided house tours, top floor restricted. Group Booking Marian Kelly & Audrey McCreery. E: info@russborough.ie Contact

Address Burrane Lower, Killimer, Kilrush, Co. Clare Email enquiries@shannonferries.com Phone +353 (0)65 905 3124 Website www.shannonferries.com Sat Nav 52.6150, -9.3808 Location Operates between Killimer, Co. Clare and Tarbert, Co. Kerry Open Open year round. Daily. Jun-Aug 07.00-21.30; Apr, May, Sept 07.00-20.30; Oct-Mar 07.00-19.30. Closed Dec 25. Duration: 20 min sailing Average Visit Length 20 minutes crossing Entrance Fees Rates start from €5 per foot passenger; (standard) Car (inc. passengers) €18 single, €28 return. Coaches and minibuses from €25 single, €40 return. School/Education Educational fares available. Programme Dining Tearooms/café onboard and on-site at Killimer. Shopping Shop at Killimer selling books, souvenirs, music CDs and light refreshments. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Wheelchair accessible, except for on-board toilets. Group Booking E: enquiries@shannonferries.com Contact


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SKIBBEREEN HERITAGE CENTRE

SMITHWICK’S EXPERIENCE KILKENNY

Skibbereen – The Famine Story Exhibition gives a compelling insight into this important event in Irish history. Skibbereen was one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland, a fact testified by the mass graves in Abbeystrowry near Skibbereen, where almost 10,000 victims are buried. This era is brought to life in a series of exhibits, dramatisations and interactive stations. Follow the Skibbereen Famine Story Walking Trail app to hear stories at sites in the town that have direct links to the Great Famine. The Lough Hyne Visitor Centre reveals the unique nature of this marine lake, Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon. Visit the lough and follow the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail.

Located in the heart of Kilkenny, Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, Ireland’s most popular ale, is a multi-sensory and interactive experience that will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700s, and right up to the present day. Visitors will be immersed in the history of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest beer brand, the amazing heritage of the Smithwick family and its place in Kilkenny, a city steeped in history and brewing. Admission includes a fully guided tour and a complimentary pint of Smithwick’s or a soft drink.

We offer a Genealogy Service for the greater West Cork area.

Address Old Gasworks Building, Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork Email info@skibbheritage.com Phone +353 (0)28 40900 Website www.skibbheritage.com Sat Nav 51.5502, -9.2717 Location 1.2 km from Skibbereen, West Cork Open Open year round. Jun-Mid Sept: Mon-Sat 10.00-18.00; Mid Mar-May & Mid Sept-Oct: Tue-Sat 10.00-18.00 Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior €4.50; Student €4.50; Child (2-13) €3; (standard) Child (U2) Free; Family (2A+3/4C) €14 Group Rates For 10+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 25, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets in Spanish, German, French and Italian. Audio Visual 15 minute AV, in English, French and German, for 35. Dining Hot and cold drinks available. Shopping Gift shop selling souvenirs and books. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Fully accessible Group Booking Terri Kearney, E: info@skibbheritage.com Contact

Address Parliament Street, Kilkenny City Email info@smithwicksexperience.com Phone +353 (0)56 778 6377 Website www.smithwicksexperience.com Sat Nav 52.6556, -7.2541 Location Kilkenny City, 5 minutes walk from Kilkenny Castle Open Open year round. Daily. Mar-Oct 10.00-18.00 (last tour at 17.00); Nov-Feb 11.00-17.00 (last tour at 16.00). Closed Good Friday & Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €13; Senior €11; Student (18+) €11; Student (U18) €7; (standard) Child (U6) Free; Family (2A+3C) €33. Admission includes fully guided tour and complimentary pint of Smithwicks or soft drink. Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for In certain circumstances. Groups? Guided Group Tours All visits are guided in English. All group sizes can be accommodated. Self-Guided Groups Complimentary audio guides are available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Audio Visual 5 minute AV, in English, for 25. Audio guides available in French, German, Spanish and Italian. Offered Complimentary. Performance Venue Yes, offering an evening experience. Dining Not on-site. Choice of coffee shops and restaurants nearby. Shopping Retail store selling Smithwick’s branded merchandise. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Contact for information. Disability Access Fully accessible. Advise when booking. Group Booking Mark McGovern, E: info@smithwicksexperience.com Contact


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SPIKE ISLAND

STROKESTOWN PARK

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been home to rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts, monks and monasteries and sinners and saints. Its beautiful 104 acres have housed an Island Monastery, Fortress, Prison and Homes and today the island can be reached by a short and scenic ferry from the heritage town of Cobh. Once on the island visitors join Irelands best storytellers for a mesmerising insight into the personal stories of this unique corner of the Ancient East.

Strokestown House is an 18th Century Palladian mansion and is unique in that it retains all its original furnishings. The Famine Museum is located in what were once the stable yards of Strokestown Park, an estate owned by the Mahon family from the late 17th century until 1979. When what remained of the original property was purchased, an archive of papers relating to the management of the museum came to light. This collection is now regarded as the single best, private archive on the Great Irish Famine in the world.

Enter the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the 24 acre star shaped Fortress built to defend an empire that became the largest prison in the world in the 1850s during the famine years. Tens of thousands of Irish men and women were transported to America and Australia from Spikes prison. The island would have been used by both the British and Irish army and navy before becoming a prison again in the 1980s.

The six acre walled gardens have been faithfully restored to their original splendour. Visitors are given an insight into horticultural practices and garden architecture from the 1740s to the present day. The Georgian peach house and vinery date back to the 1780s, and exceptional views of the estate and gardens are obtained through two splendid tripartite Venetian windows in the Georgian Gazebo house. The herbaceous border has been entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the longest herbaceous border in Ireland and Britain.

Today’s visitors can explore the vast Fortress, enter the infamous Punishment block and modern prison cells, see Ireland’s largest military gun park, journey through the tunnels to the harbour defence guns, enter the former childrens prison and explore the 104 acres of villages, beaches and grasslands. Will you escape from Fortress Spike? Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard) Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Groups Audio Visual Conference/ Meetings Incentive Programme Performance Venue School/Education Programme Dining Shopping Car Parking Coach Parking Special Facilities for Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Group Booking Contact

Kennedy Pier, Cobh, Co. Cork admin@spikeislandcork.ie +353 (0)21 481 1485 www.spikeislandcork.ie 51.8345, -8.2862 Ferries depart from Cobh. 20 km from Cork City Centre. Open Mar-Nov 5. Sailing times: Mar & Apr: Sat & Sun 12.00, 14.00; May & Sep: Daily. 12.00, 14.00; Jun-Aug: Daily. 10.15, hourly from 11.00-15.00; Oct & Nov 12.00, 14.00. See website for live updates. 3.5 hours minimum. Adult €18; Senior €16; Student €16; Child (2-12) €10; Child (U2) Free; Family (4 pax, any mix) €45 For 15+ Yes, all year round. Email admin@spikeislandcork.ie to arrange flexible group tours. Yes guided tours offered as matter of course. Yes, visitors may explore the island and attractions at leisure. Yes, several video and audio installations. Yes, contact admin@spikeislandcork.ie Coming in 2018 Yes, see www.spikeislandcork.ie for upcoming events. Yes, dedicated school tours with activities, see www.spikeislandcork.ie/tours/school-tours Café . Seats 98. Serving soups, sandwiches, hot rolls, paninis, confectionery, teas, coffees, cakes, desserts, soft drinks. Yes, offering branded stationery, clothing, books, video, toys & gifts. Free car parking on North side of Cobh Cathedral, 10 minutes walk from Kennedy Pier. Coach parking off-site, 1 mile from Cobh Centre. Drop off area at Kennedy Pier. Free ferry journey for coach driver, free parking at Cathedral, past Heritage Centre. Free refreshments for driver. Not wheelchair accessible due to current departure pier, which has flight of stairs. Solution being investigated. Contact Claudine, E: admin@spikeislandcork.ie

Address Strokestown, Co. Roscommon Email info@strokestownpark.ie Phone +353 (0)71 963 3013 Website www.strokestownpark.ie Sat Nav 53.7777, -8.1048 Location 23 km from Longford Open Open daily 10.30-17.30; 17 Mar–31 Oct until 17.30; House Tours at 12.00, 14.30 & 16.00; Nov 1–Mar 16: Open 10.3016.00; House tour at 14.30. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 4 hours Entrance Fees Adult €13.50; Senior €12; Student €12; Child €6; Family €28 (standard) Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, the House and Museum, in English. Gardens are selfguiding. Min 20, No max. Self-Guided Groups The House and Museum are guided. The Gardens are selfguiding. Leaflets available in French, German and Dutch for the House and Museum. Audio Visual AV components in English throughout. Conference/ Two rooms, each with a capacity for 50, lecture style. Meetings Neither is wheelchair accessible. Incentive Programme Orienteering, Croquet, Lectures. Performance Venue The Galleried Kitchen can be for Traditional Music sessions. Capacity 60. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café serves home-baked fare including soup, sandwiches, lunches, and desserts. Seats 100 (over two floors). Shopping Shop selling books, gifts, souvenirs, jewellery, local crafts. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access First floor of house, gift shop and museum accessible. Accessible toilets. Gravel paths in walled garden. Group Booking Laura McCreevey, E: l.mcgreevey@irishheritagetrust.ie. Contact Events: Ruth Lanigan, E: r.lanigan@irishheritagetrust.ie


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TITANIC BELFAST

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Titanic Belfast, recently crowned as The World’s Leading Tourist Attraction is a ‘must see’ visit on any tour of Belfast and Northern Ireland. It is located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction.

Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and is famous for its graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde, and Beckett. The Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a ‘must see’ on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed. Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

Titanic Belfast in an iconic six-floor building, featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries exploring the sights, sounds, and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her. It is the world’s largest Titanic exhibition. The adventure begins the moment you walk into the building’s giant atrium, surrounded by the four ‘hull’ shaped sections, which house the experience. As you wander through Titanic Belfast, you’ll learn about Belfast at the turn of the century and experience a thrilling ride through the reconstruction of the shipyard and Titanic under construction. Be brought deep into the stories of the passengers, the crew and the heroes of the day; relive the drama of the tragic end to Titanic’s maiden voyage, and visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the Atlantic. Finally, walk the decks of SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line vessel and the biggest Titanic artefact in the world, and see what life was like for passengers and crew on board. Enjoy breath-taking views of the slipways where Titanic was launched and relax in one of the superb catering outlets. And if you’d like a souvenir there’s plenty to choose from in The Titanic store. Address Titanic Quarter, 1 Olympic Way, Belfast, Co. Antrim BT3 9EP Email welcome@titanicbelfast.com Phone +44 (0)28 9076 6399 Website www.titanicbelfast.com Sat Nav 54.6080, -5.9102 Location The Titanic Quarter, a short walk from Belfast City Centre Open Open year round, except Dec 24-26. Opening times: JunAug: 09.00-19.00; Apr, May & Sept: 09.00-18.00; Oct-Mar: 10.00-17.00 Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult £17.50; Senior/Student £12.50(Mon-Fri), £14.50(Sat & (standard) Sun); Child (5- 16) £7.25; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C): £42. Includes admission to SS Nomadic. Rates subject to change from April 2017. Check website for updates. Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours All tours are guided in English. Min 15, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio guides in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, plus one tailored to the visually impaired. Guides include British Sign Language visuals. Conference/ Extensive facilities with catering options. Titanic Suite Meetings (300); Olympic Suite (84); Britannic Suite (50); The Bridge (40) and Andrews Gallery (100). Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue Yes - on request School/Education Yes Programme Dining Bistro 401 offers menu choices and the best of Northern Irish produce. Galley Café offers a full Barista range, specialty teas, sandwiches, delicacies. Shopping Titanic Store selling an exclusive range of clothing, gifts and unique memorabilia. Car Parking Pay parking on-site. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. Drop off and pick up at West Door. Special Facilities for Hospitality voucher. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Wheelchair access throughout and accessible toilets. The Shipyard Ride has some wheelchair dimensional restrictions. Group Booking Groups Department, E: groups@titanicbelfast.com Contact

Visitors enter through the Library Shop and proceed to the Book of Kells ‘Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition; then to the Treasury where the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts are on view; then proceed upstairs to the magnificent Long Room, the longest single-chamber library in the world, which houses 200,000 of the library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases. Also worth visiting are the Gift Shop, Science Gallery, Zoological Museum and cafés. See www.tcd.ie/visitors/ for more details.

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

College Street, Dublin 2 bookofkells@tcd.ie +353 (0)1 896 2320 www.bookofkells.ie 53.3439, -6.2568 Dublin City Centre Open Oct-Apr: Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00, Sun 12.00-16.30;

May-Sept: Mon-Sat 08.30-17.00, Sun, Bank Hol 09.30-17.00 (subject to confirmation). Closed Christmas & New Year. Average Visit Length 40 minutes to 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €11; Senior €9.50; Student €9.50; Child (U12) (standard) Free; Family (2A+2C(U16)) €22 Group Rates Special Opening for Groups? Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Groups

Conference/ Meetings

For 10+ Yes, subject to availability. Yes, in English. Min 1, Max 30. Yes. Leaflets available in English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Audio Guides purchasable in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. 15 theatres seating up to 400; 40 classrooms seating up to 150. Available end of May to mid September each year. Contact events@tcd.ie Yes. Contact events@tcd.ie Yes. Contact events@tcd.ie Yes

Incentive Programme Performance Venue School/Education Programme Dining The Buttery Restaurant offers breakfast, hot lunches/ carvery, salads and snacks. Seats 400. Arts Café seats 40 inside and 40 outside, offers sandwiches and snacks. Shopping Library Shop selling books related to the Book of Kells and Trinity, souvenirs, jewellery, clothing and gifts. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Limited parking nearby. Drop off and pick up at Nassau Street Gate. Disability Access Fully accessible. Accessible toilets are in the Arts Building. Group Booking Anne-Marie Diffley, E: bookofkells@tcd.ie. Also, events@ Contact tcd.ie; catering@tcd.ie; and banqueting@tcd.ie


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TULLAMORE D.E.W. OLD BONDED WAREHOUSE

ULSTER AMERICAN FOLK PARK

For whiskey explorers eager to learn about the history and craft of the worldrenowned Tullamore D.E.W., a visit to the Tullamore D.E.W. Old Bonded Warehouse is a must. This unique visitor experience is set in Tullamore D.E.W.’s original 19th century bonded warehouse on the banks of the Grand Canal in the town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The Old Bonded Warehouse was the last place the whiskey would rest; the final leg on its journey before being shipped up the canal for distribution around the world. But where the casks moved on, the history remained. Once inside, you can enjoy a true Irish welcome and a guided tour which blends both audio-visual and traditional storytelling to help you see, smell, taste and understand the craft, time and passion dedicated to each glass of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. Experience both the history and future of this legendary whiskey on one of three unique whiskey journeys. Whichever journey you choose, will be a journey worth taking. Book Journeys/Tickets - which path will you choose? • Curious Taster’s Journey: Discover Tullamore D.E.W. with this triple tasting. • Whiskey Wise Masterclass: Explore the hidden depths of the finest whiskey collection in the Williams’ whiskey gallery. Tours run daily at 14.30. €25 • Ultimate Distillery Experience: Uncover the secrets behind the walls at Distillery House. €150 (Includes lunch). Relax and enjoy the unique take on Irish Cuisine in authentic 19th Century surroundings at The Bond Restaurant. Address Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share. The indoor exhibition examines life in Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries. It reveals the reasons behind the emigration and shows how the settlers adapted to and impacted on, a new and unfamiliar environment. The ultimate in living history, the outdoor museum brings to life people’s daily routines and activities in both the Old and New Worlds. A full programme of special events is organised throughout the year including the award winning annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival and the ever popular Halloween Festival. (Contact the museum for Christmas & New Year opening times)

Address 2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5QU

Email info@tullamoredew.com

Email info@nmni.com

Phone +353 (0)57 932 5015

Phone +44 (0)28 8224 3292

Website www.tullamoredew.com Sat Nav 53.2777, -7.4932 Location Tullamore Town Open Mon-Sat; 09.30-18.00; Sun & Bank Holidays 11.30-17.00. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Dec 24-Jan 1. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Curious Taster’s Journey: Adult €12; Senior €9; Student €9; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+3C) €28; Check website for other packages. Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes, in special circumstances. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English, French, German. Min 1, Max 55. Audio Visual 6 minutes, in English, German, French. Seats 55. Conference/ Meeting room seating up to 20. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes, including Whiskey Tasting. School/Education Yes Programme Dining “The Bond” fully licenced whiskey bar and restaurant, offering lunches and snacks. Shopping Gift shop selling branded merchandise, whiskey, local handcrafted foods and gifts. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Free parking nearby. 3 spaces. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet. Group Booking Mary or Marsha, E: info@tullamoredew.com Contact

Website www.nmni.com/uafp Sat Nav 54.6589, -7.3355 Location 7.5km from Omagh Open Open year round.Mar-Jun & Sep: Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00; July & Aug Mon-Sun 10.00-17.00; Oct-Feb: Tue-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-16.00. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays and in July & August. Average Visit Length 3 hours to 4 hours Entrance Fees Adult £9; Child (U5) Free; Child £5.50; Concession £7; (standard) Family (2A+3C) £25; Family (1A+3C) £19 Guided Group Tours Yes. Enquire for details. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Slovak, Hungarian. Conference/ Yes. Enquire for details. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Performance Venue Yes. Enquire for details. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Strule Café offers homemade hot and cold meals, tea/coffee, scones, sandwiches Shopping Craft and gift shop. Car Parking Free on-site. 350 spaces. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Accessible, other than upper floors of some buildings. Accessible toilets. Group Booking info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact


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ULSTER FOLK & TRANSPORT MUSEUM

ULSTER MUSEUM

Overlooking Belfast Lough, visitors can wander through the past to discover how people lived and travelled over the centuries. The Folk Museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. A bygone era is recreated in a rural landscape of farms, cottages, traditional crops and local breeds of livestock. A typical Ulster town of the early 1900s is brought to life with homes, shops, workplaces, churches and schools. Costumed visitor guides, working buildings and exhibits, as well as the chance to touch, hear and do, brings history to life for visitors of all ages. Wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts.

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces! Ulster Museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, it is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences.

The Transport Museum creatively displays one of Europe’s largest and most comprehensive transport collections, from horse-drawn carriages to Irish built motor cars, from the mighty steam locomotives that graced our railways to the history of ship and aircraft building. At the Museum’s Titanic exhibition visitors can discover over 500 original artefacts including the 6m long original ship plans and 35 loan objects from RMS Titanic. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire engines and vintage cars. (Contact the museum for Christmas & New Year opening times)

From Ireland to the South Pacific and from ancient relics to hands on activities, the Ulster Museum offers something for everyone, from the simply curious to the enthusiast.

Address 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU

Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring the collections to life for visitors of all ages. Gaze upon fabulous treasures from the Spanish galleon, Girona, uncover the story of life on earth from earliest times and explore one of the world’s finest collections of Irish Art.

(Contact the museum for Christmas & New Year opening times).

Address Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB

Email info@nmni.com

Email info@nmni.com

Phone +44 (0)28 9042 8428

Phone +44 (0)28 9044 0000

Website www.nmni.com/uftm Sat Nav 54.6492, -5.7989 Location 14km east of Belfast City Open Open year round. Mar-Sep: Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00; Oct-Feb: Tue-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-16.00. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Average Visit Length 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult £11; Child (U5) Free; Child: £6; Concession £8.50; (standard) Family (2A+3C) £29; Family (1A+3C) £22

Website www.nmni.com/um Sat Nav 54.5822, -5.9357 Location Belfast City Centre, next to Botanic Gardens Open Open year round. Tue-Sun: 10.00-17.00. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays Average Visit Length 1 hour to 2 hours Entrance Fees Free admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free.

Guided Group Tours Yes. Enquire for details.

Guided Group Tours

Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets available in English, Irish, Ulster Scots, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Polish.(Folk Museum only)

Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets in English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Ulster Scots.

Conference/ Yes. Enquire for details. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Performance Venue Yes. Enquire for details. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Ballycultra Tearooms in Folk Museum and Midland Kiosk in Transport Museum Shopping Two craft and gift shops. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact

Conference/ Yes. Enquire for details. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Performance Venue Yes. Enquire for details. School/Education Yes Programme Dining On ground floor overlooking Botanic Garden, serving hot and cold meals, snacks, tea/coffee. Shopping Gift shop. Car Parking On-street pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Parking nearby. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact


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WICKLOW’S HISTORIC GAOL

YOUGHAL CLOCK GATE TOWER

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is an interactive experience that visitors will never forget. The renowned Wicklow’s Historic Gaol stands majestic on Killmantin Hill, in the charming seaside town of Wicklow.

Cork’s newest visitor attraction for 2017, Youghal Clock Gate Tower in Ireland’s Ancient East holds many stories. Stories of pain, tragedy and rebellion, but also stories of love, friendship and generosity are shared here. Built in 1777 as a Gaol, this iconic building has opened its doors again, not as a grim prison, but as a place to explore tales from its fascinating past. Our storytellers will bring you through the surprising life and times of this distinctive site and the many varied characters associated with it throughout the years.

‘Experience’ is at the heart of the programme of historic, interactive and entertaining visitor activities at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. Pass through the ‘Gates of hell’ to re-live the 1798 United lrishman Rebellion, period dining with the notorious inmates, a journey through the famine era to the 1916 Easter Rising and dramatic re-enactments of the lrish struggle for lndependence. Visit the reconstructed ship that transported some of the 50,000 lrish people as convicts to Australia. Discover the inmates true stories from children to murderers. For the paranormally inclined there is a haunted night tour where the prisoners will walk the corridors with you and if you are brave enough there is also a ‘Sleep Over in the Gaol’ option. “See and remember it, but live it and you’ll never forget it”. The extensive menu of original adventures ensures a visit to Wicklow’s Historic Gaol will be a major highlight of any visit to lreland. Facilities include: Gaol Café restaurant, Craft Shop, Picnic Area, Meeting Room and car parking. Can also host Childrens’ Parties and Corporate / Private functions. Address Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow

Visit is by way of a guided tour with one of our engaging storytellers. Told over four floors, hear the sounds, feel the atmosphere of the life in this most unusual building over 700 years. A visit to Youghal Clock Gate Tower is a truly memorable experience. Youghal Clock Gate Tower is set in Youghal, a stunning coastal resort in East Cork, rich in natural and built heritage. Tours of the Tower can be combined with a visit to 13th Century Town Walls, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church & Gardens (both Medieval), or even a walking tour of the historic town with Youghal’s very own Town Crier! Wonderful lunch options also available in the town centre, catering for tour groups.

Address North Main Street, Youghal, Co. Cork

Email info@wicklowshistoricgaol.com

Email tours@youghalclockgate.ie

Phone +353 (0)404 61599

Phone +353 (0)24 20769

Website www.wicklowshistoricgaol.com Sat Nav 52.9789, -6.0373 Location Wicklow Town Open Open year round. Open 10.30-16.30 Daily. Closed over Christmas period & Good Friday Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €7.90; Student €6.70; Senior €6.70; Child €5; Family (standard) €20. Special tours inc. night and paranormal tours also available. See website. Group Rates For 10+

Website www.youghalclockgate.ie Sat Nav 51.9527, -7.8467 Location 50 km from Cork City. 80 km from Waterford City Open Open year round. Daily. Apr-Sep: 09.00-18.00. Oct-Mar: Thu-Sun 10.00-17.00. Last admission one hour before closing. Closed Dec 25 & 26. Average Visit Length 50 minutes. Allow 1 hour for entire visit. Entrance Fees Adult €9.50; Senior €7.50; Student €7.50; Child (4+) €5; (standard) Child (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €24 Group Rates Min 10; Max 20 per group.

Special Opening for Yes Groups?

Special Opening for Yes. For 10+ Groups?

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 40. Audio guides available.

Guided Group Tours Yes, guided tours offered as matter of course.

Audio Visual Holographic projections, sound effects throughout. Audio guides available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. Conference/ One room available to hire for 80 guests. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Jail Break and Murder mystery events. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Café/restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and snacks. Shopping Gift shop selling Gaol memorabilia and Celtic gifts. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Ground floor access and accessible toilet. Gaol is on 4 floors, restricting access. Group Booking Tara Canavan / Tracey Doyle, E: info@wicklowshistoricgaol. Contact com

Audio Visual Incorporate into the tour. Performance Venue Not this particular site, but the owners manage events in 2 stunning venues nearby; The Mall Arts Centre with capacity for 200 people for concerts, etc. Also St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, a medieval Church and one of the oldest in the country is capable of hosting 250 people for concerts. www.mallartscentre.com Dining No, but in close proximity to fine cafés, restaurants and bars. Shopping Not on-site. Close to shopping facilities. Car Parking Free off-site parking in 4 free car parks in the town. Street parking is metered. Coach Parking Free off-site parking on Market Square, adjacent to Booking Office, 100 metres from Youghal Clock Gate Tower. Special Facilities for Tea or coffee for drivers and guides while tour is taking Coaches/Drivers place. Disability Access Not accessible. Group Booking E: tours@youghalclockgate.ie Contact


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ARMAGH CITY

BALLINA HERITAGE TOWN

Armagh – a story of our city and area that has unique sense of place in Ireland with a significance and influence felt across the island for 6500 years. We are at the heart of celebrating the life of Saint Patrick and a major destination on the Saint Patrick’s Trail. There are many special things to experience in Armagh ranging from the historically unique Navan Fort, two Saint Patrick’s Cathedrals, Ireland’s only Planetarium, Irish Fusiliers Museum, Armagh County Museum, No 5 Vicars’ Hill, the Cardinal O’Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, the Milford House Collection, Armagh Public Library, unmatched Georgian architecture, the amazing green space of the Mall and the chance to indulge in all manner of activities in a beautiful natural environment. Key events in Armagh throughout the year include the St Patrick’s Festival, 7 Hills Blues Festival, Food and Cider Festival, Georgian Day.

Location 40 miles from Belfast, 85 miles from Dublin. Sat Nav 54.3493, -6.6545 Visitor Centre Armagh Visitor Information Centre, 40 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BA. Tel +44 (0)28 3752 1800 Email vic@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk Website www.armagh.co.uk Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Armagh Ancestry @ Navan Centre; Armagh County Museum; Armagh Observatory; Armagh Planetarium; Public Library; Cardinal Tomas O’Fiaich Library & Archive; Navan Centre & Fort; No 5 Vicar’s Hill; Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum; Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic); Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland); The Mall; The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre and The Palace Demesne. Guided Tours Tours of Armagh City during summer months in the city centre. Contact the Armagh Visitor Information Centre for tours at other times. Activities Cultural activities including museums, exhibitions. City Centre walks focusing on culture, heritage and architecture. The Pilgrim’s Trail - connecting sites of importance relating to Saint Patrick, the celebration of his life and heritage. Family-friendly activities at attractions. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: St Patrick’s Festival (March); 7 Hills Blues Festival (August), Food & Cider Festival and Georgian Day (end of November). Dining There is a wide range of eating venues dotted across Armagh – from cafés to restaurants and with a focus on serving the best of local foods. For more information please visit www. armagh.co.uk Shopping Armagh has a strong presence of independent retailers and the visitor will find many quirky and unusual gifts in the stores. Market traders also visit, including to the Shambles Yard. Car Parking Free and pay parking throughout the town. Coach Parking Available at the Palace Demesne. A coach driver’s scheme provides food vouchers, parking and coach washing facilities. Contact the Visitor Centre for information. Heritage /Visitor Armagh Visitor Information Centre, 40 English Street, Centre Armagh, BT61 7BA. Open year round; Monday - Saturday. Tourist Information Armagh Visitor Information Centre. As above. Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 1800

Founded in 1462 with its first of many Monasteries which lined the banks of the River Moy, Ballina is the seat of St. Muredachs Cathedral built in 1829. The market town is laid out in Georgian fashion and surrounds the old Georgian Military Barracks built in 1742. The main street, Pearse Street, is a fine example of Georgian and Victorian architecture and is the main shopping district and commercial centre. The large ascendancy house of the town Belleek Castle is a Victorian masterpiece. Home of the Knox Gore family for centuries it is now a boutique hotel and a visitor attraction and is surrounded by the Belleek woods and river walks. The town is the starting point for exploring the Monasteries of the Moy; Killala and the Ceide Fields; and Foxford Woollen Mills. It is also the birthplace of Mary Robinson who has been President of Ireland, UN Commissioner, and a human rights campaigner. Her family home is on the west bank of the river and is being turned into the Mary Robinson Centre. Another attraction within the town is the The Jackie Clarke Collection located on Pearse Street (see separate entry).

Location Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland. On the Wild Atlantic Way. Sat Nav 54.1149, -9.1550 Tel +353 (0)96 76100 Email info@mayonorth.ie Website www.northmayo.ie Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Jackie Clarke Collection, Mary Robinson Centre, Belleek Castle & The Marshall Doran Collection, Monasteries of the Moy, Rosserk Friary, Moyne Abbey, Augustinian Abbey and the Céide Fields. Activities Diverse activities include: walking, cycling, angling, golf, kayaking, surfing, archery, shooting, falconry, stand up paddle boarding and horseriding. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: Ballina Quay Regatta Festival (June), Ballina Salmon Festival (July) and Ballina Food Fleadh (September). Dining Restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes, offering traditional cuisine and ethnic choices. Shopping Pearse Street is the main shopping street, with adjacent streets also providing a variety of retail outlets and smaller boutiques. Car Parking Pay car parks close to the centre of town include Humbert Street, Bachelors Walk, Market Square, Pearse Street, Emmett Street, Teeling Street, and Barrett Street. Also pay on-street parking. Coach Parking Available in the town and one space at the Jackie Clarke Collection. Heritage /Visitor The Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street, Ballina, Co. Centre Mayo. See details on Entry 43. Tourist Information Ballina Tourist Office, Pearse Street, Ballina. Open year round. Tel: + 353 (0)96 72800


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CASHEL HERITAGE TOWN

DOWNPATRICK HERITAGE TOWN

You are invited to visit Cashel Heritage Town, home of the High Kings of Munster who once resided in The Rock of Cashel, a stunning landmark at the edge of town. Cashel is a small Irish town on Ireland’s Ancient East. Few can match Cashel’s charisma, warm welcome and its rich history.

Downpatrick is one of Ireland’s most ancient and historic towns. It takes its name from a dún (fort), which once stood on the hill that dominates the town and on which Down Cathedral stands. Ptolemy includes it in his list of towns about the year AD 130, as Dunum.

Cashel in County Tipperary is home to the iconic Rock of Cashel, which is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland and one of the most visited. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to medieval monasteries, fortified town houses, a Georgian Cathedral, a 21st century Library.

There are many attractions to visit including The Saint Patrick Visitor Centre, purpose-built to tell the story of St. Patrick whilst Down County Museum, situated in the former Down Gaol, tells the story of the area.

Town highlights include Rock of Cashel, Cashel Folk Village, Hoare Abbey, Bru Boru Heritage Centre, Cashel Heritage Centre & Tourist Information, Gouts Pool & The Bothán Scor, an original Irish famine cottage, Dominic’s Abbey and St. Mark’s Famine Graveyard. Cashel is a great shopping town with some fine eateries. It’s easy to spend a day in Cashel enjoying this historic town with colourful shop fronts, quaint streets and friendly locals. For an evening’s entertainment, enjoy some of the great restaurants and lively pubs that Cashel town has to offer. In the summer months, Cashel town is renowned for great festivals and events. Location 150 km from Dublin. 90 km from Cork. Sat Nav 52.5159, -7.8916 Tel +353 (0)62 61333 Email cashelfolkvillage@gmail.com / cashelchamber2015@gmail.com Website www.cashel.ie Visitor Attractions Rock of Cashel, Cashel Folk Village, Hoare Abbey, Bru Boru Heritage Centre, Cashel Heritage Centre & Tourist Information, Gouts Pool & The Bothán Scor, an original Irish famine cottage, Dominic’s Abbey, Georgian Cathedral and The Bolton Library. Guided Tours Yes, daily guided tours at Rock of Cashel and Cashel Folk Village. Activities Several walking and cycling routes to be experienced from Cashel. Nearby golf, angling and horse riding. See www. cashel.ie for more details. Top Festivals/Events Regular festivals and events including Cashel Arts Festival, Cashel Rocks Festival. Dining Wide range of dining options in Cashel. These include: Baileys Hotel & Restaurant; The Brian Boru; Feehans Pub; Chez Hans Restaurant; Café Hans ; Bakehouse Café; Spearmans Café; Mickey Ryan’s Bar & Kitchen opening Summer 2017. Shopping Excellent craft and gift shopping outlets including Kilkenny Shop; Rossa Pottery; Davern’s Clothing; Eleanors Gift Shop; The Rock Shop; Bru Boru Heritage Centre; Cashel Woollen Store at the Rock of Cashel. Car Parking Pay-for car parking available at the Rock of Cashel car park and Main Street car park. The parking ticket at the Rock of Cashel is valid for free parking in the town. Coach Parking Pay-for coach parking available at the Rock of Cashel car park or Main Street car park. The parking ticket at the Rock of Cashel is valid for free parking in the town. Heritage/Visitor Cashel Heritage Centre, Main Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary Centre T: +353 (0)62 613 33 E: casheltourism@gmail.com / cashelfolkvillage@gmail.com W: www.cashel.ie

Down Cathedral, a place of pilgrimage and prayer is open for all visitors and the remains of St. Patrick are reputedly buried on Cathedral Hill beside the Cathedral. The grave is still a place of pilgrimage each St. Patricks Day. Downpatrick & County Down Railway is Ireland’s only full sized heritage railway built on the town’s former rail link to Belfast and links the town with Inch Abbey, a large ruined Cistercian monastic site on the outskirts of the town.

Location Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. One of Ireland’s most ancient and historic towns. Sat Nav 54.3288, -5.7157 Visitor Centre The Saint Patrick Centre Tel +44 (0)300 013 2233 Email info@saintpatrickscountry.com Website www.saintpatrickscountry.com Visitor Attractions Top attractions include: The Saint Patrick Centre, telling the story of Saint Patrick. Down County Museum; Down Cathedral, a place of pilgrimage; Downpatrick and County Down Railway; Inch Abbey; Saul Church; Slieve Patrick, Ballynoe Stone Circle; Struell Wells and St Patrick’s Holy Wells. See www.saintpatrickscountry.com Guided Tours Self-guided tours are available. Download the app at www. walkdownpatrick.com. For guided walking and coach tours contact Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre. Activities Activities include Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh; Downpatrick Golf Centre; Tyrella Blue-Flag Beach, Dundrum Bay; Quoile Countryside Centre; Downpatrick and County Down Railway and Rowallane Garden, Saintfield. Top Festivals/Events Major St Patrick’s Festival (March). Thousands converge on the town, steeped in the ancestral roots of St Patrick. For more events, see www.saintpatrickscountry.com/Whats-On Dining Numerous cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options. Shopping Lots of options from boutique shopping to high street names. Car Parking Pay and free parking available throughout the town both on-street and designated car parks. Main car park is adjacent to The Saint Patrick Centre. Coach Parking Available throughout the town. Coach parking/drop off is available at The Saint Patrick Centre. Heritage /Visitor The Saint Patrick Centre, 53A Market Street, Downpatrick, Centre Northern Ireland BT30 6LZ. Open year-round. Tourist Information Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre in The Saint Patrick Centre, see above. Tel: +44 (0) 28 4461 2233


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ENNISKILLEN HERITAGE TOWN

FOYNES HERITAGE TOWN

Enniskillen is the county town of Fermanagh. It is Ireland’s only island town, uniquely situated in the centre of the county between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. In its most romantic interpretation, it derives its name from a translation of the Irish `Inis Ceithlean’ meaning `Island of Kathleen’. Enniskillen Castle was built 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguires and it was strategically important throughout its history. The historic site now houses Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum (promoted jointly as Enniskillen Castle) The town was subsequently established beside the castle. During early expansion, bridges were constructed across east and west fords onto the island. The church was set on the highest point. Enniskillen Castle recently underwent a major redevelopment. It now boasts major new galleries interpreting the county’s rich history as the Kingdom of Lough Erne.

Location Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Ireland’s only island town. Sat Nav 54.3438, -7.6315 Visitor Centre Enniskillen Castle Tel +44 (0)28 6632 5000 Email castle@fermanaghomagh.com Website www.enniskillencastle.co.uk Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Enniskillen Castle, Buttermarket Craft and Design Centre, Castlecoole National Trust property, Ardhowen Theatre, and Headhunters Railway Museum. Guided Tours Can be organised via Enniskillen Castle. Town Walking Tour app can be downloaded from www.ekn.guide Activities Town walks with wonderful vistas along Lough Erne. Shore angling at Broadmeadow and Queen Elizabeth Road. Enniskillen Golf Club. Waterbus trips to Devenish Island. New water taxi service launched in 2016. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: the Classic Fishing Festival (May), Festival Lough Erne - Food Festival (end June), and Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival (end July). Dining Wide range of dining options, from bistros and cafés to fine dining. Local specialties and European fare. Shopping Excellent shopping with independent shops, high street brands and shopping centre facility. Car Parking Free and pay car parks close to the town. Free car parks beside Enniskillen Castle and adjacent to Broadmeadow and entrance to Lakeland Forum. Coach Parking Coach parking at Enniskillen Castle, at car park adjacent to Bus Station, at Round O Jetty. Drop off and pick up points at Townhall Street, Market Street and Paget Lane entrance. Heritage /Visitor Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. BT74 7HL. Centre Contact Sarah McHugh. See website for updates on opening times and rates. Group Bookings Booking necessary for 10+ people Heritage Centre Yes Guided Tours? Heritage Centre Restaurant open. Extended exhibition facilities. Free car and Facilities & Services coach parking nearby. Coach drop off outside castle. Tourist Information Tel: +44 (0)28 6632 5000 Useful website www.fermanaghlakelands.com

The busy seaport of Foynes , on the N69 Scenic Route, is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, and was Ireland’s first transatlantic airport from 1939 to 1947. Foynes was where the first transatlantic passenger flights from the United States arrived in 1939, and it was in Foynes in 1943 that Chef Joe Sheridan invented the world’s most famous drink ‘Irish Coffee’. The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, situated in the original airport terminal building, recalls all this past with wonderful displays, original film and lots of rare memorabilia. It also features the world’s only full-size replica of a Boeing B314 Flying Boat. A recent addition, the Maritime Museum depicts the history and personality of the River Shannon from Limerick City to Loop Head. Other nearby attractions include a recently upgraded forest park amenity area near Foynes with pedestrian trails to the Estuary shore, view points to watch ships passing, the prize winning Boyce Gardens, and award winning Knockpatrick Gardens, and Combat Zone Paintballing Adventure.

Location Foynes, Co. Limerick, Ireland. On the Wild Atlantic Way. Sat Nav 52.6105, -9.1051 Visitor Centre Foynes Flying Boat Museum Tel +353 (0)69 65416 Email info@flyingboatmuseum.com Website www.flyingboatmuseum.com Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum; Foynes Island Viewpoint (a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way); Foynes the Home of Irish Coffee; Yacht Club and Boyce Gardens. Activities Amenities include a forest park, walking trails, Estuary viewpoints, the prize winning Boyce Gardens, awardwinning Knockpatrick Gardens, and Combat Zone Paintballing Adventure. Top Festivals/Events Foynes Air Show in the skies over Foynes (July). Dining Numerous cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options. Shopping There are several shopping options in Foynes including the Museum Gift Shop. Car Parking Free public parking. Coach Parking Free coach parking adjacent Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Heritage /Visitor Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Foynes, Co. Limerick. Centre See details on Entry 30.


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KILMALLOCK HERITAGE TOWN

LISMORE HERITAGE TOWN

The town of Kilmallock has scarcely altered since medieval times. It still lies within the narrow oblong area once enclosed by the town walls; and its medieval streets are also the streets of today. All this wonderful heritage of stone was sufficient to prompt one traveller to describe the town as “the Baalbek of Ireland”.

Located in Lismore, Co. Waterford, by the River Blackwater and at the foot of Knockmealdown Mountains – The Lismore Experience. Audio Visual recounts the story of this charming heritage town from it’s monastic and medieval past, right through to the present day. It is housed in the Courthouse Building, which dates from the late 1700s. Visitors will learn how Robert Boyle, Father of modern Chemistry, who was born in Lismore Castle in 1627, and Sir Walter Raleigh who was given Lismore Castle and lands by Queen Elizabeth 1, shaped Lismore. Visitors will also learn about American connections with Fred Astaire and JF Kennedy, who both had sisters married into the Cavendish Family, Dukes of Devonshire, owners of Lismore Castle.

There are a number of places to visit in Kilmallock Town. John’s Castle was built in the 15th Century. This is located near the Town Wall, and the best stretch of this extends for about 400 metres, from the rear of Catholic Church to Blossom Gate. Kilmallock is a walled town of ecclesiastical origin, a monastery having been founded here by St. Maloch in the 6th century, of which the original round tower still remains. Other tourist attractions of note include the Church of Saint Peter and Paul, Dominican Friary, Fenian Monument, Market Cross, Collegiate Church, and the Famine Memorial Park. Located in the town is Friars’ Gate, this former cinema is now one of the most intimate theatres in Ireland. It stages a variety of theatrical, musical and dramatic events. An important attraction is the Cottage Museum and Information Centre housing a collection of local artefacts, mostly from the 19th and 20th century. Location Situated in the heart of the Golden Vale, Co. Limerick. Sat Nav 52.3996, -8.5750 Tel +353 (0)63 91300 Email reception@ballyhoura.org Website www.visitballyhoura.com Visitor Attractions Attractions include: John’s Castle, Blossom Gate, the Town Walls, Collegiate Church and Dominican Priory. Friars Gate Theatre hosting musical and dramatic events year-round. Part of the Ballyhoura Heritage Hub - Neolithic Lough Gur, Medieval Kilmallock, Bruff JFK Story, Bruree De Valera Story. Guided Tours Guided tours of the Medieval Walled Town of Kilmallock. Audioguide on Medieval Kilmallock available for free download. Activities Historic Town walks. The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Centre. Mountain Biking. On and off road cycle trails. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: Ballyhoura Food Fair, Kilmallock Walled Towns Day and Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival. Dining Deebert House Hotel: Lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Seats 80 people; Fitzgeralds: Serves bar food 7 days a week 11.30 to 21.30. Seats 45 people; Nats Cafe: Mon-Sat 09.00-18.30. Seats 35 people; Poachers Restaurant: Open 7 days. Seats 45 people. Shopping Shopping includes quirky antique shops & old hardware shops. Crescent Shopping Centre Limerick is 30 minutes drive. Car Parking Main car park adjacent to John’s Castle. Free on-street parking. Coach Parking Free, adjacent to John’s Castle Tourist Information Tourism Office, Kilfinane Visitor Information Point. Tel +353 (0)63 91300

The Lismore Experience is followed by a tour of the exhibition rooms where visitors can uncover highlights such as a replica of the Crozier (bishops staff) made for the Bishops of Lismore over 800 years ago to the story of the archaeological site The Round Hill, and the impact that the Boyle family and Lismore have had on Science. The Lismore Heritage Centre Adventure Pack allows the entire family to explore Lismore in a fun, interactive way. Browse for gifts and souvenirs in The Craft Shop at The Heritage Centre and see the work of local craftspeople on display. Take a town tour and visit St. Carthage’s Cathedral, which dates back to the early 600s, and learn of the Ancient University City of Lismore. Location Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland. A town with a special and formidable history. Sat Nav 52.1358, -7.9377 Visitor Centre Lismore Heritage Centre Tel +353 (0)58 54975 Email meallafahey@lismoreheritage.ie Website www.discoverlismore.com Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Lismore Heritage Centre, Lismore Castle Gardens and Art Gallery, St. Carthage’s Cathedral, Abha na Sead River Walk, Lismore Millenium Park, St. Carthage’s Church Towers and Lady Louisa’s Walk. Guided Tours Daily Tours. Weekends by appointment. Activities Activities: Blackwater Adventure, gardens, hillwalking, cycling, historical buildings, golf course, tennis courts, children’s playground, picnic area. Top Festivals/Events Events include: Immrama Travel Writing Festival (June), Lismore Opera Festival (June) and Robert Boyle Summer School (June). Dining Hotel and restaurant dining. Shopping Craft shops and boutiques. Farmers’ Market on Sundays. Car Parking Free parking Coach Parking Free coach parking Heritage / Lismore Heritage Centre. Open year-round, Mon - Fri, 09.30 Visitor Centre to 17.30. Also open weekends March-November: Saturday 10.00 - 17.00; Sunday 12.00 - 17.00. Heritage Centre Alice O Donoghue E: adonoghue@waterfordcouncil.ie Contact Heritage Centre See website above. Admission Rates Heritage Centre Yes, for groups 10+ people Guided Tours? Heritage Centre Tourist office, Audio Visual, shopping, coffee dock, museum. Facilities & Services Car Parking at Free parking close to Heritage Centre. Heritage Centre Coach Parking at Coach parking close to Heritage Centre Heritage Centre Tourist Information Tourist office is in the Heritage Centre. See above.


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NEW ROSS HERITAGE TOWN

PORTUMNA HERITAGE TOWN

On the banks of the majestic River Barrow, New Ross is full of cultural and historic surprises, beautiful shop fronts and quaint laneways, and also home to the remains of the 13th century town walls. The town is home to the most famous Irish American, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Visitors to New Ross can see the spectacular Dunbrody Famine Ship sit proudly on the quayside - take a tour and discover its fascinating history. The magnificent Ros Tapestry, depicting the Norman conquests of Ireland, rivals the Bayeaux Tapestry for the beauty and skill of the stitch work. New Ross is the gateway to the Hook Peninsula and the Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world, stands sentinel over one of nature’s most beautiful estuaries. Wander through the streets, laneways and quay boardwalk, sample the atmosphere and feel the history. New Ross is also a lively town with fantastic festivals including the New Ross Piano Festival and AIMS Choral Festival. It is part of the Ireland’s Ancient East Touring Region and an integral part of the Norman Trail.

Location New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland. On the banks of the majestic River Barrow. Sat Nav 52.3962, -6.9472 Visitor Centre Dunbrody Visitor Centre Tel +353 (0)51 421 284 Email newross@wexfordcoco.ie Website www.wexford.ie Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Dunbrody Famine Ship and Visitor Centre, Ros Tapestry, St. Mary’s Church, Norman Trail, New Ross Town Wall, Quayfront & JFK Public Art, Irish America Hall of Fame at Dunbrody Visitor Centre. Guided Tours St. Mary’s Church and Norman Trail tours on request in July and August. Activities Town Park including Running Track, 60-berth Blue Flag Marina, 18 hole Parklands Golf Course, Oaklands Lake Angling, Lacken Hill Walking Trail, Library Park Outdoor Amphitheatre and Clog Mór. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: AIMS Choral Festival (May), Irish America 4th July Festival and New Ross Piano Festival (September). Dining From restaurants and casual café/bistro dining to traditional fish and chips takeaway. Shopping From boutiques to quirky gift shops. Car Parking 4 pay car parks on the Quay with other pay car parks at Barrack Lane, John St and throughout the town, plus onstreet parking. Coach Parking Free off-street coach parking adjacent to the Quay and major attractions. Set down areas along the Quay. Heritage / Dunbrody Visitor Centre, South Quay, New Ross, Co. Visitor Centre Wexford. Open all year. See details on Entry 25. www.dunbrody.com

Portumna is a picturesque market town located in the southeast of Co Galway, on the border with Co Tipperary. The town is located to the west of the point where the River Shannon enters Lough Derg. This has been the historic crossing point over the River Shannon for centuries and so boasts a long history of bridges and marine navigation. The wealth of history in Portumna extends beyond the lough and river. The town is home to the Irish Workhouse Centre, a regional heritage and arts centre dedicated to telling the story of the workhouse system and famine era. The town is also home to Portumna Castle, an early seventeenth century semi-fortified house; and to Portumna Priory, a thirteenth century Cistercian chapel taken over by the Dominicans c 200 years later. Today, Portumna is a tourist destination for boaters, golfers, and anglers. It boasts excellent shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as a wealth of excellent accommodation. Famous for its hurlers, and the ever-growing Shorelines Arts Festival, the town remains a vibrant and friendly community centre. Being at the junction of the River Shannon and Lough Derg, means that there are a number of harbours – two of which are on the Portumna side of the river – from which to explore the town and the wider region. Location 70km from Galway City and Limerick City. Sat Nav 53.0928, -8.2185 Tel +353 (0)909 759 200 Email info@irishworkhousecentre.ie Website www.irishworkhousecentre.ie Visitor Attractions The Irish Workhouse Arts & Heritage Centre, Portumna Castle & Portumna Dominican Priory, Portumna Forest Park, Pallas Karting and Pallas Paintball Guided Tours Guided tours of The Irish Workhouse Centre and Portumna Castle. Activities Portumna Architectural Walking Tour. Explore Lough Derg & River Shannon from Portumna. Ideal location for boating, angling and golfing. The Hymany Way Walking Route. The Galway East Ecclesiastical Driving Trail. Playground for children, Slieve Aughty Riding Centre, Tearaways Pet Farm and Activity Centre. Top Festivals/Events Regular festivals and events including Shorelines Arts Festival. Dining Portumna has numerous cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options. These include traditional Irish food, French influence and eastern cuisine. Shopping There are several shopping options in Portumna (gift shops, antique shops, etc.) and in the surrounding area. Car Parking Free car parking available throughout the town and at Irish Workhouse Centre. Coach Parking Free coach parking available throughout the town and at the Irish Workhouse Centre. Heritage/Visitor Irish Workhouse Centre, St. Brigids Road, Portumna, Co. Centre Galway T: +353 (0)90 975 9200 E: info@irishworkhousecentre.ie W: www.irishworkhousecentre.ie


88 WESTPORT HERITAGE TOWN

Celebrating 250 years in 2017, you are invited to commemorate the founding of Westport with a year long celebration. A beautifully authentic small Irish town on the Wild Atlantic Way, few can match Westport’s charisma, abundance of things to do, warm welcome and its rich history. Cheerful, multi-coloured shop fronts and restaurants jostle for attention with a stunning natural setting as well as a lively night life in this beautifully laid-out estate town – the home of Westport House. Little wonder it was named the Best Place to Live in Ireland by the Irish Times. Take the Westport Train Tour or one of our Walking Tours to hear all about the town characters. Consider cycling to Achill Island on the off-road Great Western Greenway. You simply must visit Westport House. Climb Ireland’s Holy Mountain Croagh Patrick or take a dip in one of Clew Bay’s blue flag beaches. Try out kayaking or a round of golf. Visit the Clew Bay Heritage Centre, which prides itself on being a “hands on” experience, one of the few museums where visitors can touch the artefacts. The charming Quay area possesses a unique character with pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and galleries now occupying the old coastguard station and warehouses dating back to the 18th century linen industry. For an evening’s entertainment, Westport offers plenty of pubs and restaurants with live music every night. Take in a live show or one of the many festivals throughout the year. Come and celebrate Westport250 in 2017!

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Location 250 km west of Dublin. 80 km north of Galway. Sat Nav 53.8001, -9.5469 Tel +353 (0)98 27766 Email info@westporthouse.ie Website www.westporthouse.ie Visitor Attractions Westport House, Pirate Adventure Park, Sightseeing Westport Train Tour, Clew Bay Heritage Centre.

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Guided Tours Guided Tours of Westport House. Activities Climb Ireland’s Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick on the outskirts of the town. Cycle to Achill Island. Enjoy wonderful walks or cycles on the Great Western Greenway or The Western Way. Visit Clew Bay’s Blue Flag Beaches. Drive the Wild Atlantic Way. Top Festivals/Events Large number of festivals and events annually. Dining Old Kitchen Café in Basement of Westport House opens high season only, or by appointment for groups. Seats up to 80 and serves a selection of soups, sandwiches and cakes. Gracy’s Bar & Café in the farmyard area offers full bar, hot and cold food options as well as wood-fired pizza. Westport town has an abundance of great restaurants and pubs serving delicious food. Shopping Thomas Moran souvenir shop. Kaleidoscope – ladies fashion, jewellery and crafts (ideal for gifts) The Country Market – local crafts and food open every Thursday morning. Multiple Art Galleries in the town and on the Quay. Ladies fashion boutiques including The Whyte House and Guna Nua. Car Parking Free car parking in the town or at Westport House. Coach Parking Free coach parking in the town or at Westport House. Heritage/Visitor Westport House, Westport, Co. Mayo. Centre T: +353 (0)98 27766 E: info@westporthouse.ie W: www.westporthouse.ie

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Heritage Island Travel Trade Organisers Manual 2017/2018  
Heritage Island Travel Trade Organisers Manual 2017/2018  

Comprehensive manual detailing information on Ireland's premier visitor attractions and heritage towns. Includes details such as recommended...

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