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Ireland’s Premier Attractions and Heritage Towns Travel Organisers Reference Manual

INSPIRATION INSIDE: Profiles, insights and contacts for 78 of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions


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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 2020/2021 and we look forward to welcoming more of your groups & Free Independent Travellers (FITs) 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 in January 2020. 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 l 1 Aillwee Cave Tel: +353 (0)65 707 7036

l Dunbrody Famine Ship 23 Experience

l Kilmallock Heritage Town 42

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

Tel: +353 (0)51 425 239

l Kylemore Abbey & 43 Victorian Walled Garden

l 3 Antrim Castle Gardens Tel: +44 (0)28 9448 1338 l 4 Armagh City Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 1800

l Eagles Flying 24 Tel: +353 (0)71 918 9310 l Enniskillen Castle 25 and Heritage Town Tel: +44 (0)28 6632 5000

l 5 Athlone Castle Visitor Centre Tel: +353 (0)90 644 2130

l EPIC The Irish 26 Emigration Museum

l 6 Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Tel: +44 (0)28 6865 9300

l Foynes Flying Boat 27 & Maritime Museum

l 7 Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Tel: +353 (0)44 933 8960

l Foynes Heritage Town 28

l 8 Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre Tel: +353 (0)57 912 0336 l 9 Blarney Castle & Gardens Tel: +353 (0)21 438 5252 l Boyne Valley 10 Tel: +353 (0)46 909 7060 l The Burren Centre & The 11 Kilfenora Céilí Band Parlour Tel: +353 (0)65 708 8030 l Burren Nature Sanctuary 12 Tel: +353 (0)91 637 444 l Carrickmacross 13 Heritage Town Tel: +353 (0)42 966 4176 l Chester Beatty 14 Tel: +353 (0)1 407 0750 l Christ Church Cathedral 15 Tel: +353 (0)1 677 8099 l Clare Museum 16 Tel: +353 (0)65 682 3382 l Clonakilty Distillery Visitor 17 Experience & Gin School Tel: +353 (0)23 887 8020 l Clones Heritage Town 18 Tel: +353 (0)47 52125 l Cobh Heritage Centre 19 Tel: +353 (0)21 481 3591 l Doolin Cave 20 Tel: +353 (0)65 707 5761 l Dublin City Hall 21 Tel: +353 (0)1 222 2204 l Dublinia 22 Tel: +353 (0)1 679 4611

Tel: +353 (0)1 906 0861

Tel: +353 (0)69 65416 Tel: +353 (0)69 65416 l GAA Museum & Croke Park 29 Stadium and Skyline Tours Tel: +353 (0)1 819 2323 l Galway City Museum — 30 Músaem Cathrach Na Gaillimhe Tel: +353 (0)91 532 460 l Giant’s Causeway 31 Visitor Experience Tel: +44 (0)28 2073 1855 l Glasnevin Cemetery 32 Museum Tel: +353 (0)1 882 6550 l Great Lighthouses 33 of Ireland Tel: +353 (0)86 838 5269 l Guinness Storehouse 34 Tel: +353 (0)1 408 4800 l Hillsborough Castle 35 and Gardens Tel: +44 (0) 33 3320 6000 l Hook Lighthouse 36 Tel: +353 (0)51 397 054/397 055 l House of Waterford Crystal 37 Tel: +353 (0)51 317 000 l Irish National Stud 38 & Gardens Tel: +353 (0)45 521 617 l Irish Whiskey Museum 39 Tel: +353 (0)1 525 0970

Tel: +353 (0)95 52001 l Legend of 44 The Claddagh Ring Tel: +353 (0)91 562 554 l Lismore Heritage Town 45 and Heritage Centre Tel: +353 (0)58 54975 l Lough Derg 46 l Lough Gur Heritage Centre 47 & Lakeshore Parklands Tel: +353 (0)61 385 186 l Lough Key Forest 48 & Activity Park Tel: +353 (0)71 967 3122 l Medieval Mile Museum 49 Tel: +353 (0)56 781 7022 l Medieval Quarter 50 Limerick City Tel: +353 (0)61 317 522 l Mid & East Antrim 51 Shaped by Sea & Stone Tel: +44 (0)28 2563 5010

Tel: +353 (0)1 204 6000 l Richmond Barracks 64 Tel: +353 (0)1 222 8400 l Russborough House 65 & Parklands Tel: +353 (0)45 865 239 l Science Gallery 66 +353 (0)1 896 4079 l Shannon Ferries 67 Tel: +353 (0)65 905 3124 l Skibbereen: 68 The Famine Story Tel: +353 (0)28 40900 l Smithwick’s Experience 69 Kilkenny Tel: +353 (0)56 778 6377 l Spike Island 70 Tel: +353 (0)21 237 3455 l Titanic Belfast 71 Tel: +44 (0)28 9076 63992 l Trinity College Dublin 72 Tel: +353 (0)1 896 2320 l Tullamore D.E.W. 73 Visitor Centre Tel: +353 (0)57 932 5015

l Mizen Head Signal Station 52 Tel: +353 (0)28 35000/35115

l Ulster American Folk Park 74

l Mount Congreve Gardens 53

l Ulster Folk Museum 75

Tel: +353 (0)51 384 115/384 511 l Mount Stewart 54 Tel: +44 (0)28 4278 8387 l National Gallery of Ireland 55 Tel: + 353 (0)1 661 5133 l National Library of Ireland 56 Tel: +353 (0)1 603 0200 l Navan Centre & Fort— 57 Emain Macha Tel: +44 (0)28 3752 9644 l New Ross Heritage Town 58 Tel: +353 (0)51 421 284 l The Newbridge Silverware 59 Visitor Centre Tel: +353 (0)45 431 301 l Pearse Lyons Distillery 60 Tel: +353 (0)1 691 6000

l The Jameson Distillery, 40 Midleton Tel: +353 (0)21 461 3594

l The Powerscourt Distillery 61

l The Kennedy Homestead 41 & Emigrant Trail

l Powerscourt House 62 & Gardens

Tel: +353 (0)51 388 264

l Powerscourt Waterfall 63

Tel: +353 (0)63 91300

Tel: +353 (0)1 506 5656

Tel: +353 (0)1 204 6000

Tel: +44 (0)28 8224 3292

Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428

l Ulster Museum 76 Tel: +44 (0)28 9044 0000 l Ulster Transport Museum 77 Tel: +44 (0)28 9042 8428 l Wicklow’s Historic Gaol 78 Tel: +353 (0)404 61599


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Carndonagh

Creeslough Gweedore

N56

Lifford

Ballybofey

Glenties

A35

Ballyshannon Belleek

Bundoran

Belmullet

SLIGO

N59

Ballina N26

Keel N59

Westport

Knock

N60

N5

Ballyhaunis

Claremorris

Clifden

M17

GALWAY

Rós A’Mhil

30 44

N67

Ballyvaughan Doolin 20

M18

Kinvara

12

1

N65

11 Ennistymon

Lahinch

N85

Milltown Malbay

46

M18

Quin

16

N67

Kilrush

Askeaton

Foynes

67

27 28

Ballybunion

Listowel

N69

M20

N70

N22

Killorglin N72

N76

Cahir

Mallow

N72

M9

Fermoy

N72

Rathdrum

Arklow

Tullow Gorey

N80

M11

Bagenalstown

Thomastown

New Ross

M11

N11 N25

WATERFORD

Wexford

Rosslare

N25

37

Tramore

Lismore

45

Enniscorthy N30

41 23 58

Carrick-on-Suir

53

N20

Millstreet

N81

Carlow

Castlecomer

Clonmel

N24

N72

Killarney

Callan

N74

M8

78 Wicklow

Borris Graiguenamanagh

N73

Kanturk

M9

Kilkenny

Tipperary

Mitchelstown

Castleisland Farranfore

N77

Bray

61 62 63

65

M11

Athy

M8

Cashel

42

Charleville

N21

N80

Dun Laoghaire

M11

38

Portlaoise Abbeyleix

50

47

DUBLIN

N7

Kildare 59

49 69 N10

N24

Malahide

Clondalkin

Naas

N78

Thurles

Castleconnell

Celbridge

Balbriggan Skerries Rush

Newbridge

M7

N62

M2 Swords M50

Tullamore

Templemore

Kilmallock

N20

N69

Tralee

M7

Newcastle West

Abbeyfeale

Roscrea

M1

Maynooth

Edenderry

73

Mountmellick Portumna Birr Terryglass 8 Mountrath Borrisokane

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Adare Rathkeale

M6

Portarlington

N52

M3

M4

Banagher Kilcormac

Killaloe Ballina

Bunratty

N68

Kilkee

N52

Nenagh

Ennis

N80

N62

Gort

Lisdoonvarna

Clara

M6

Loughrea

N66

Moate

5

Ballinasloe

Athenry Oranmore

Trim

M4

7

Drogheda

N51

N51

N52

Mullingar

Athlone

N83

M1

10

Navan

N61

N63

N33

Ardee

Kells

N4

Kilkeel

Dundalk

N52

N52

Granard

N55

Tuam

N59

Dingle

Longford Roscommon

N84

Oughterard

N86

N55

N60

Ballinrobe Cong

Leenane

13

Newcastle A2

N53

Bailieborough

A2

A25

Warrenpoint

A29 N2

A24 A25

A50

A1

Newry

Carrickmacross

N3

Tulak

Banbridge

A27

A28

Keady

Carrick-on-Shannon

N63

N59

4

Cootehill

Belturbet

N61

Castlerea

A28

54

Lisburn A20 Lurgan M1 A2 35 A49 A7 A22 Craigavon Portaferry A3 Portadown Ballynahinch Downpatrick

Castleblayney

18

Cavan

Boyle Swinford Charlestown 48 Ballaghaderreen

M1

51

Carrickfergus Newtownabbey A2 Bangor 75 77 Newtownards

71 76

A26

A4

N54

Clones

N87

Arigna

N4

24

N5

Castlebar

33

A509

Newtownbutler

Ballymote

N17

A34

M2

A8

BELFAST

A29

Dungannon

A5

A2

Antrim

3

Pomeroy

A4

N16

A36

Ballyclare

Armagh Enniskillen N2 57 25 Monaghan

Collooney

Bangor Erris

43

A46

6

N15

Dromore

A42

Magherafelt

Omagh

A32

Ballymena Larne

Cookstown

A505

74

A42

M2

A54

A6

Newtownstewart

Donegal

Killybegs

Kilrea

A29

Strabane

N15

N56

Dungiven

A5

N14

Ardara

DERRY

Letterkenny

Dungloe

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33 36

Dungarvan N25

33

Cahersiveen

N71

N70

Waterville

Sneem

Macroom

Kenmare

N22

Glengarriff

Dunmanway

Bantry

Bere

52

CORK

Bandon N71

N28

Midleton Youghal

70 19 Carrigaline N27

40

Cobh

M2

Ballycotton

33

M50

N32

M1

DUBLIN

N2

Kinsale

Clonakilty

N71

Goleen

9 Blarney

Skibbereen

68

17

32

N3

N1

26

29 N4

66 72

64 N7

60 34

22 15 14 21 39 55 56 N81

Dun Laoghaire M50

2

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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, H91 AX26

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 inspire and enable people to make better food choices. 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 Kitchen - 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, D14 EE77

Email info@aillweecave.ie

Email hello@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; 47 km 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 €22; Senior/Student €17; Child €12; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €52; ‘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. 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. Visit website for seasonal opening hours. Last admission: 1 hour before closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult €12; Senior/Student €9; Child €6.50; 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 (50-3,000 capacity). Meetings Various 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 sales@airfield.ie Contact


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ANTRIM CASTLE GARDENS

ARMAGH CITY

Antrim Castle Gardens is one of only two genuine late 17th century Anglo-Dutch water gardens to survive in Ireland with their main original features still intact. It was laid out around Antrim Castle in the late 17th and early 18th century with further additions in the mid 19th century. The gardens also incorporated an ancient Norman Motte and a number of significant buildings, including a Barbican Gate Lodge, an Italianate Tower standing as the only remains of the Castle, and Clotworthy House, a coach yard and stable block in a Dutch style built in the 1840s. Water played a major part in the Gardens with the Long Canals, Round Pond, and Yew Tree Pond set in a Wilderness of trees through which paths and avenues were made. The Large Parterre, originally a 17th century herb garden, was grassed over in the mid 19th century and recreated in 1991 during the first phase of the garden restoration programme. In 2010 the Gardens underwent a major restoration scheme which included such new visitor facilities as a Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, exhibition spaces, and workshop and conference rooms set within Clotworthy House visitor complex.

Address Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House, Randalstown Road, Antrim, BT41 4LH Email clotworthy.reception@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk Phone +44 (0)28 9448 1338 Website www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/visitors Sat Nav 54.7180, -6.2263 Location 4 km from M2 (main route from Belfast to Causeway Coast and Londonderry); 1.3 km from Antrim Bus and Rail Centre; 8 km from Belfast International Airport; 32 km from Belfast city centre. Open Open year round. Mon-Wed & Fri: 9.00-17.00; Tues & Thurs: 9.00– 21.30; Sat & Sun: 10.00–17.00. Closed July 12, Dec 25, 26, Jan 1 Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Free admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Guided Group Tours available, pre-booking required. Incentive Programme No Performance Venue Yes. Indoor max 60 and outdoor max 10,000. School/Education Yes. Biodiversity activities linked to curriculum available Programme through Park Rangers. Dining Garden Coffee Shop. Open Mon – Sun: 9.00-17.00. Can cater for groups up to 52, pre-booking required. Shopping Garden Gift Shop. Open Mon – Sun: 9.00-17.00. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Special Facilities for No Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: clotworthy.reception@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk Contact

Armagh – a city that has a unique sense of place in Ireland with a significance and influence felt across the island for 6,500 years. Armagh is at the heart of celebrating the life of Saint Patrick and on the new Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrim’ s Walk, a journey of some 82 miles connecting locations of spiritual significance to the saint. 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 Vicar’s Hill, the Cardinal O’Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive, the Milford House Collection, Armagh Robinson Library, unmatched Georgian architecture, the green space of the Mall. Key events in Armagh throughout the year include; Home of Saint Patrick’s Festival (March), Armagh Food and Cider Festival (September) and Armagh Georgian Festival (November).

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 info@visitarmagh.com Website www.visitarmagh.com Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Armagh County Museum; Armagh Observatory & Planetarium; Armagh Robinson 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, Milford House Collection. Guided Tours Tours of Armagh City take place during the summer months. Contact the Armagh Visitor Information Centre for details outside of this time. Activities Cultural activities including museums, exhibitions. City Centre walks focusing on culture, heritage, architecture and food. Saint Patrick’s Way: the Pilgrim’s Walk: Connecting sites of importance relating to the celebration of his life and heritage. Family friendly activites at attractions. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: Home of Saint Patrick’s Festival (March); 7 Hills Blues Festival (August), Armagh Food & Cider Festival (September) and Armagh Georgian Festival (November). Dining There is a wide range of opportunities for eating local and artisan produce across Armagh. From cafés to restaurants and with a focus on serving the best of local food. Visit www.visitarmagh.com for more ideas. Shopping Armagh has a strong presence of independent retailers and the visitor will find many quirky and unusual gifts. A weekly market takes place in 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


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ATHLONE CASTLE VISITOR CENTRE

BELLEEK POTTERY VISITOR CENTRE

Situated on the banks of the majestic River Shannon in the heart of Ireland, Athlone Castle was first built to defend a coveted crossing point and evolved into a bold defensive structure over the centuries. Visitors to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will discover a story of settlement, defence and survival from as early as the Neolithic period, to the Viking, Medieval and Norman ages, right up to modern life in Athlone.

Visit Ireland’s oldest working Pottery, over 160 years in business. 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.

During your visit you will uncover the vivid history of the bitter battles fought, territories won and lost, and hear stories of incredible bravery. Prepare to walk in the steps of soldiers, Generals and Kings.

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.

Inside the Castle delve through the mists of time as the Castle’s tumultuous past is revealed with a series of modern exhibitions, authentic artefacts, interactive games, life-size sculptures, medieval dress up area and an intense 360º cinematic experience of the Great Siege of Athlone. Enthusiastic guides and volunteers will be on hand to assist you with any queries you may have. Last admission is one hour prior to closing.

Address St. Peter’s Square, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 A6D7

Address 3 Main St., Belleek, Co. Fermanagh, BT93 3FY

Email info@athlonecastle.ie

Email takethetour@belleek.ie

Phone +353 (0)90 644 2130

Phone +44 (0)28 6865 9300

Website www.athlonecastle.ie Sat Nav 53.4231, -7.9427 Location Situated in Athlone Town Open Open year round. Jan-Feb & Nov-Dec Wed-Sat 10.30-17.00, Sun 11.30-17.00; Mar-May & Sept-Oct Tues-Sat 10.00-17.30, Sun 11.00-17.30; Jun-Aug Mon-Sat 09.30-18.00, Sun 10.30-18.00 Check website for details. Last admissions 1 hour prior to closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €9; Senior/Student €6.50; Child (U15) €4.50; Child (standard) (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €23. Family (2A+4C) €28. Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes, depending on the time of year. Scheduled guided tours Groups? during summer months. Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 15, Max 30. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio-guides available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian 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 on Castle themes. Programme Dining Small café serving tea/coffee and light refreshments. Seats 16 inside and 16 outside. Shopping Small retail area selling Athlone Castle merchandise including handmade pottery, postcards and guidebooks. 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 via a ramp. The visitor centre itself is wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilet. Group Booking Fiona Naughton, E: info@athlonecastle.ie Contact

Website www.belleekpottery.ie Sat Nav 54.4790, -8.0932 Location 39 km from Enniskillen Open Open year round, including bank holidays: Jan-Feb: Mon-Fri. 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 £6; Senior/Student £4; 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, Japanese, Chinese and Dutch. School/Education Yes. Guided guided tours. Programme Dining Self-service restaurant. Shopping Showroom selling a 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


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BELVEDERE HOUSE, GARDENS & PARK

BIRR CASTLE GARDENS AND SCIENCE CENTRE

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 at Tudenham. 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,Bat Walks, Music Concerts and Dog Shows. Belvedere has a licensed restaurant, gift shop, fairy garden, 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, N91 EF80

The stunning 120 acres of gardens and parklands at Birr Castle demesne are home to over 4,000 species of plants and trees, the Great Telescope dating back to 1845 and Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse with playground. The Science Centre takes you on a journey back in time to when Birr Castle was a hub of scientific discovery and innovation with seven galleries, a welcome video, one of the world’s oldest darkrooms with hologram, as well as galleries on engineering and astronomy. The Great Telescope located in front of the castle was built in 1845 by the 3rd Earl of Rosse and was the largest in the world for over 70 years. Rivers, waterfalls and lake can be found among the 120 acres of lush parklands as well as 10km of walks. Many species of plants and trees found in the demesne were sourced through plant expeditions to the four corners of the globe. Celebrating 400 years of the Parsons family at Birr Castle Demesne 1620 – 2020. Guided castle tours take place from May to August each year. Visit www.birrcastle.com for full details and times, pre-booking is required.

Address Birr Castle Demesne, Birr, Co. Offaly, R42 VO27

Email info@belvedere-house.ie

Email reception@birrcastle.com

Phone +353 (0)44 933 8960

Phone +353 (0)57 912 0336

Website www.belvedere-house.ie 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/Student €6; Child €4; Child (U3) Free; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €23 Group Rates For 20+

Website www.birrcastle.com Sat Nav 53.0967, -7.9143 Location Birr Town Open Open year round. Closed Dec 25, 26 & Jan 1. Please visit birrcastle.com for seasonal opening times. Average Visit Length 1.5 to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult €9.50; Senior/Student €8; Child (5-12) €5; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €26. Rates do not include access to the castle. Group Rates For 15+, group guided tours available on request.

Special Opening for In certain circumstances. Groups?

Special Opening for Yes on request. Groups?

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 50.

Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 15, Max 30.

Self-Guided Groups Yes in English

Self-Guided Groups Yes. Maps in English, French, German, Spanish and Mandarin

Conference/ Meeting/conference rooms, all upstairs (no lift). Lakeview Meetings room seats 16 Classroom style and The Bury room seats 30 theatre-style. ‘The Courtyard’ in the visitor centre seats 200 theatre style. 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

Conference/ No Meetings School/Education Yes Programme Dining Award-winning Café serving a selection of sweet and savoury dishes. Shopping Gift shop. Car Parking Pay parking nearby. Coach Parking Dedicated coach parking close to the entrance. Special Facilities for Free access to attraction and refreshments. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access All areas accessible except castle. Group Booking E: bookings@birrcastle.com Tel: +353 (0)57 9120336 Contact


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BLARNEY CASTLE & GARDENS

BOYNE VALLEY

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.

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 its bestknown attractions include the 5,000-year old burial chambers at the Newgrange and Knowth part of the Brù na Bóinne UNESCO 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. Tour Millmount Museum and the Martello Tower to experience the wonderful views over Drogheda and it’s medieval St. Laurence’s Gate. Marvel at the early Christian High Crosses at Monasterboice and Kells. 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.

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, Cork, T23 Y598 Email info@blarneycastle.ie Phone +353 (0)21 438 5252 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 See www.blarneycastle.ie for admission details. (standard) 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 On-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off point. Disability Access The castle is not accessible, but a large portion of the gardens is accessible. Group Booking Noreen Murphy, E: info@blarneycastle.ie Contact

Address Drogheda Tourist Information Point, The Tholsel, West St. Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 CF29 Email info@discoverboynevalley.ie Phone +353 (0)46 909 7060 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. (standard) Please check website 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


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THE BURREN CENTRE & THE KILFENORA CÉILÍ BAND PARLOUR

BURREN NATURE SANCTUARY

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. Take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the 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.

Welcome to the magic of Burren Nature Sanctuary! Take the free 10 stop audio guide. Explore the interpretive trail that showcases the natural features of the Burren landscape: shattered limestone pavement formed over millions of years; the Disappearing Lake that fills every 12 ½ hours; ancient Irish Ash and Hazel woodland and the organic Wild Orchid Meadow. Watch the nature film that explains how the unique biodiversity of the Burren evolved and view the native wildflower collection in the Botany Bubble exhibit. Learn how exotic Arctic, Alpine and tropical plants flourish side by side in the Burren–Ireland’s Eden! Meet Frisky the feral goat and other friendly farm animals or book a walk with a pig through the magical fairy woodland! Enjoy local produce in the on-site Burren Food Trail café and browse the crafts in the AVOCA gift shop. Indoor and outdoor play areas.

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, V95 W523

Address Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway, H91 PTK7

Email info@theburrencentre.ie

Email info@burrennaturesanctuary.ie

Phone +353 (0)65 708 8030

Phone +353 (0)91 637 444

Website www.theburrencentre.ie Sat Nav 53.3579, -6.5276 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. (Tea room open year round) Average Visit Length 40 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior/Student €5; Child (6-15) €4; (standard) Child (U6) 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 Tea Rooms serving a wide variety of home-cooked foods and snacks. Seats 65. Open year round. 10.00-17.00. 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.burrennaturesanctuary.ie Sat Nav 53.1298, -8.9280 Location Located in the picturesque village of Kinvara, ideally situated en-route from Galway or Dublin to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. 60 km from Shannon Airport Open Sept to Apr: Wed-Sun 10.00-17.00. Apr to Sept: Daily 10.00-18.00. Jan: Closed Average Visit 90 Minutes. Length Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior €6; Child (4yrs+) €11 (standard) Child (U4) €6; Family (2A+3C) €37 Group Rates Yes for 10+ Special Opening for No Groups? Guided Group Yes, on request pre-booking is required. Tours Self-Guided Groups Yes Audio Visual Burren Nature Sanctuary App available to download, it provides an audio tour of the Burren Walk at the Nature Sanctuary. The app is free to download on IOS and Android. Introduction to the Burren film, 15mins. Conference/ Yes Meetings School/Education Yes, specialised tours available. Programme Dining The Sanctuary Café Lunch 12noon to 16.45 serving soups, salad, quiche plus a healthy Children’s Menu. Cakes and coffee served 10.00 to 17.30 Shopping Avoca Gift Shop, craft products, pottery, candles, blankets, children’s toys Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Partially accessible Group Booking E: info@bns.ie Contact


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CARRICKMACROSS HERITAGE TOWN

CHESTER BEATTY

Carrickmacross is a bustling market town with a vibrant history. The Heritage Trail (Self-guided or Walking Tour option) takes visitors from the Elizabethan times, through the Famine years and onto the recent past. The trail takes in the Market Square which is home to the famous Carrickmacross Lace Gallery where local lace-makers tell the story of how it all began in the 19th century. At that time is was made by the poor for the rich and famous and the tradition still carries on today with exquisite Carrickmacross lace still being hand worked by these passionate craftspeople. The building also houses a craft gallery, The Collective at Market Square, which is located in the adjoining outlet. This is an expertly curated selection of locally made artwork, crafts and furniture. A short walk away, the Carrickmacross Workhouse was one of 130 Workhouses built between 1841 and 1843 to house the poor. The story of its inhabitants is told through a guided tour led by experienced and passionate guides. It is an evocative and emotional experience.

Address Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan Email info@carrickmacrossworkhouse.com or info@carrickmacrosslace.ie Phone +353 42 9664176 Website www.monaghantourism.com Sat Nav 53.9779, -6.7188 Location On the N2 Primary Route. 85 km from Dublin Airport. 120 km from Belfast Airport. Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Carrickmacross Lace Gallery, Collective at Market Square and Carrickmacross Workhouse & Guided Walking Tours Guided Tours Guided Tours of Carrickmacross are available free of charge every Saturday at 11.00 from Easter Saturday to the October Bank Holiday Weekend. Other times by prebooking. Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Group Rates Carrickmacross Lace Gallery, Collective at Market Square and Guided Walking Tours all free of charge. Carrickmacross Workhouse charges apply email: info@carrickmacrossworkhouse.com for further information. Dining There are some excellent local restaurants and coffee shops in town including the Courthouse Restaurant which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand rating. Shopping The Market Square has two Craft Units - The Carrickmacross Lace Gallery sells Lace and The Collective at Market Square sells arts, crafts and gifts. Car Parking Free parking available at Carrickmacross Workhouse. Coach Parking Free coach parking is available outside the Market Square and also at the Workhouse. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Tourist Information E: info@carrickmacrossworkhouse.com or info@carrickmacrosslace.ie

With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty is a must-see on any Dublin visitor’s itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year,’ the collection includes manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and decorative arts - all the result of the collecting activities of one man - Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, and European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.

Address Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92 Email info@cbl.ie Phone +353 (0)1 407 0750 Website www.chesterbeatty.ie Sat Nav 53.3420, -6.2674 Location The Chester Beatty is situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle in the heart of the city centre. Open Open Year Round. Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00; Sat 11.00-17.00; Sun 13.00-17.00. Closed Public/Bank Holidays. Closed Mondays: Nov-Feb. Closed Jan 1, Good Friday & Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 2 hours Entrance Fees Free admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free. Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes. Must be pre-booked 3 weeks in advance. Max number 15 per group, larger groups will be staggered. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Must be pre-booked 3 weeks in advance. Max number 15 per group, larger groups will be staggered. Conference/ Various options: The Lecture Theatre accommodates up to Meetings 100 people, The Board Room up to 12, The Atrium up to 300 and The Roof Garden up to 80. School/Education Yes, activity packs available for children. Other programmes Programme include workshops, creative labs, lunchtime talks and dropin drawing. Dining Silk Road Café on-site. The café’s menu is based on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Also caters for conference delegates and all evening receptions. Shopping Handpicked from around the world and from Ireland, the onsite gift shop stocks an eclectic mix of art prints and books, exhibition catalogues, jewellery, home ware and Irish crafts. Car Parking Some pay street parking on Ship St, nearest car park is Christchurch car park on Werburgh St. Coach Parking Contact for information. Disability Access Fully accessible. Wheelchairs also available on-site free of charge Group Booking E: tours@cbl.ie Contact Book online: http://chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/plan-a-visit-tours


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CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

CLARE MUSEUM

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 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. 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.

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.

Address Christ Church Place, Dublin 8, D08 TF98

Address Arthur’s Row, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 EC92

Email welcome@christchurch.ie

Email claremuseum@clarecoco.ie

Phone +353 (0)1 677 8099

Phone +353 (0)65 682 3382

Website www.christchurch.ie Sat Nav 53.3435, -6.2710 Location Dublin City Centre. Open 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. Average Visit Length 40 – 60 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior/Student €6.50; Child (4-12) €3.50; (standard) Child (U4) Free; Family (2A+2C) €20 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes 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+. Opening times same as visiting hours. Drinks, Canapés and Dinner can be arranged in Crypt for groups. Shopping Foxy Friars gift shop has a large range of bespoke Christ Church merchandise inspired by the unique architecture of the building. 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

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 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


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CLONAKILTY DISTILLERY VISITOR EXPERIENCE & GIN SCHOOL

CLONES HERITAGE TOWN

Immerse yourself in a unique sensory experience by booking a behind the scenes tour of a real working distillery. A must-see for anyone wanting the hands-on experience of how to make a great whiskey. Combining world-class visitor facilities, the very best in multi-media presentation and expert guides, visitors will experience first-hand, the smell, sound, feel and taste of a distillery creating genuine Irish spirits. Behind the scenes tours look at the detail that goes into the making of the award-winning Clonakilty spirits. You will learn all about the grain to glass distillation process.

This historic town was founded by St Tighernach in the 6th century. You can still see the round tower which belonged to his monastery and all around Clones you can discover signs of this ecclesiastical past - the ancient High Cross that stands in the Diamond and the 12th century St Peter and Paul’s Abbey - known to locals as ‘the wee abbey’.

For those wanting a more hands-on experience the Clonakilty Distillery Gin School is a must try. This is Munster’s first Gin School, where visitors learn the Gin making process from expert guides and create their own bespoke bottle of Gin to take home and enjoy. The on-site gift shop features the full product range of whiskeys and gin, special discounted offers and distillery exclusive bottlings.

Address The Waterfront, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, P85 EW82

Cassandra Hand Folk and Famine Centre tells the story of the famine and its impact on the lives of the people of the area. The Ulster Canal Stores, originally a distribution centre for goods using the Ulster Canal, is now home to a unique museum which tells the story of Clones Lace and how it thrived as a cottage industry and sustained many local families in hard times. There is also a lovely bistro on-site and it’s set in a peaceful site along the banks of the old Canal. To discover more, visitors can follow the Clones Heritage Trail (Self-guided or Walking Tour option).

Address Clones, Co. Monaghan

Email visitorcentre@clonakiltydistillery.ie

Email ulstercanalstores@outlook.com

Phone +353 (0)23 887 8020

Phone Ulster Canal Stores +353 (0)47 52125

Website www.clonakiltydistillery.ie Sat Nav 51.6215, -8.8859 Location Located in the heart of Clonakilty and situated on the amazing Wild Atlantic Way route, less than an hour away from Cork City. Open Open year round: Apr–Oct: Mon-Sun 10.30–18.30, Nov– Mar Tues-Sun 11.00–18.30. Check website for other dates. Closed Dec 24, 25, 26 & Jan 1. Average Visit Length 90 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior/Student €13.50; Child (8-17) €10; (standard) Gin Masterclass €49; Gin Masterclass with dinner €79 Group Rates For 10+. Pre-booking required. Special Opening for Yes Groups Guided Group Tours All tours are guided. Min. 10 people. Pre-booking required.

Website www.monaghantourism.com Sat Nav 53.9779, -6.7188 Location On the N54 route. 20 km from Monaghan Town. 25 km from Cavan Town. 130 km from Dublin Airport. 120 km from Belfast International Airport. Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Ulster Canal Stores, Cassandra Hand Folk & Famine Centre, Round Tower, High Cross & the 12th century St. Peter & Paul’s Abbey known locally as ‘The Wee Abbey’. Guided Tours Guided Tours of the town can be arranged by contacting Ulster Canal Stores (contact details above). Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Group Rates Free Admission to Clones Lace Museum in the Ulster Canal Stores. Incentive Programme No

Incentive Programme Yes

Performance Venue No

Performance Venue Yes

School/Education No Programme

School/Education Yes Programme Dining The Whale’s Tail is a family friendly restaurant, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening meals. Open 7 days a week, catering for all diets. With a full bar they can cater for group bookings and all special occasions. Shopping Yes, on-site gift shop selling a range of Clonakilty Distillery Whiskey, Minke Gin and branded Clonakilty Distillery merchandise. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Special Facilities for Yes Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: visitorcentre@clonakiltydistillery.ie Contact

Dining Range of dining options including the Ulster Canal Stores Bistro & Coffee Shop or the family-run Creighton Hotel, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed setting. Shopping There are several shopping options in Clones and the surrounds with many opportunities to purchase Clones Lace. Car Parking Free parking available throughout Clones. Coach Parking Free Coach Parking throughout Clones. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Tourist Information E: ulstercanalstores@outlook.com


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COBH HERITAGE CENTRE

DOOLIN CAVE Longest Stalactite in Europe

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 indentured servants 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, P24 CY67

Visit the award winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre located 3 kilometres outside the village of Doolin just 7 miles/12 km from the Cliffs of Moher in the deepest part 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, the longest free hanging in Europe. 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. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll on the nature trail or try some delicious home baked cake in the on-site café. You will also have the opportunity to browse the pottery gifts made from glacial clay at Doolin Cave.

Address Craggycoradon East, Doolin, Co. Clare, V95 R299

Email info@cobhheritage.com

Email tours@doolincave.ie

Phone +353 (0)21 481 3591

Phone +353 (0)65 707 5761

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. May-Oct: 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 €11; Senior/Student €9; Child (6-15) €6; (standard) Child (U6) Free; Family (2A+4C) €28 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, Dutch, Polish and Chinese available for free use. Audio Visual Various AVs in English - the longest is 8 minutes. Audio guides available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Chinese (Mandarin) and Hebrew. 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.doolincave.ie Sat Nav 53.0419, -9.3450 Location 3 km from Doolin. 7 miles/12 km from Cliffs of Moher (15 minutes drive) Open Open Daily, Year Round. Excluding 23rd – 26th December. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior/Student €13; Child €8; Family (2A+3C) (standard) €45; Family (2A+5C) €50 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes. Exclusive private guided tour with experienced tour Groups? guide. 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 and Doolin Cave Pottery, made from clay from the Cave. 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 Denise Petty Contact E: sales@doolincave.ie


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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 and temporary exhibitions are on display throughout the year.

Address Dame Street, Dublin 2, D02 NP93

Dublinia, located at the heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin is a journey back in time through the city as it was. See a series of reconstructions, a Viking house, a Viking street, a medieval merchant’s house and the medieval fair. Learn the history of the battle of Clontarf, death and disease in Medieval Dublin, and also how the reformation affected the city. See the Viking and Medieval artefacts, many of which were found in Wood Quay, a Viking settlement in Dublin, and make a flying visit over the city in an audio-visual experience of one man’s life growing up in Medieval Dublin. Finally, you’ll finish your journey with a 96 step climb up the original medieval tower of St. Michael. See Dublin from a new perspective and come away knowing more about its citizens throughout the ages!

Address St. Michael’s Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 8, D08 V529

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 10.00-17.00. 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. 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 Contact E: cityhall@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: 10.00-18.30 (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 €12; Senior/Student €11; Child €7; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €30 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

EAGLES FLYING

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 a state-of-the-art Irish Emigration History Centre. Experience New Ross in 1849 and board the Dunbrody as a Famine Emigrant bound for Savannah, Quebec and 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 experienced in New York and Savannah, Georgia. Hear the stories of real people triumphing over adversity.

The multi award-winning 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. 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. 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 petting zoo. In case of rain the shows can be presented indoors.

Trace the progression of the Irish in America and visit the Irish America Hall of Fame.

Address South Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 A786

Address Ballymote, Co. Sligo, F56 P089

Email info@dunbrody.com

Email Eagles.flying@hotmail.com

Phone +353 (0)51 425 239

Phone +353 (0)71 918 9310

Website www.dunbrody.com

Website www.eaglesflying.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 €11; Senior €9; Student/Child (U12) €6; (standard) Family (2A+1C) €23, (2A+2C) €26, (2A+3C) €32 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. 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

Sat Nav 54.1040, -8.5680 Location 3.5 km from Ballymote / N17 Open Open Mar 24-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 €15.90; Student €13.90; Child (3-16): €8.90; (standard) Child (U3) free; Family (2A+2C) €45.90. Adult Group €13.90; Child Group €7.90 Group Rates For 16+ Guided Group Tours Guided tours are part of the programme. No min or max. Available in English, German, French (occasionally Spanish and Italian). 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


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ENNISKILLEN CASTLE AND HERITAGE TOWN

EPIC THE IRISH EMIGRATION MUSEUM

Enniskillen is the county town of Fermanagh. Ireland’s only island town. Enniskillen is uniquely situated in the centre of the county between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. In its most romantic interpretation, Enniskillen derives its name from a translation of the Irish ‘Inis Ceithlean’ meaning ‘Island of Kathleen.’

EPIC is an interactive journey about how a small island made a big impact on the world. It is located in the CHQ building at one of Dublin’s most historic locations by the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. See Ireland from the outside in, through the stories of the men and women who left and the Irish culture they brought with them. To truly understand what it means to be Irish, you need to discover how Ireland has influenced the world.

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, the Inniskillings Museum and a genealogy service is available three afternoons per week. The site is the starting point for the new Enniskillen Taste Experience, sampling the very best of local food and drink & the Pilgrim Pass, which brings visitors on a tour to Devenish Island. Present day amenities include Enniskillen Town walk, accommodations, restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops, galleries, ample car & coach parking, children’s playground, and leisure centre. Enniskillen Castle recently underwent a major redevelopment. It now boasts 7 new galleries interpreting the county’s rich history, café, discovery area, picnic area and shop. Location Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland BT74 7HL 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 and water taxi service. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: the Classic Fishing Festival (May), Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival (August), and Festival Lough Erne - Food Festival (end September). 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, and 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, by pre-arrangement. Guided Tours? Heritage Centre Café open. Extended exhibition facilities. Free car and coach Facilities & Services parking nearby. Coach drop off outside castle. Tourist Information Tel: +44 (0)28 6632 5000 Useful website www.fermanaghlakelands.com

The touchscreen technology in the museum makes the EPIC experience an accessible, fun and educational way for visitors to learn about Irish history, culture and people. Described as one of Ireland’s National Treasures, EPIC was named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the 2019 World Travel Awards. It is wheelchair accessible and buggy and child friendly.

Address CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, D01 R9Y0 Email info@epicchq.com Phone +353 (0)1 906 0861 Website www.epicchq.com Sat Nav 53.3488, -6.2460 Location Dublin’s Docklands, 10 minute walk Trinity College. Open Open year round. 10.00–17.00 (last entry). Late opening on Thursday July to September. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €16.50; Senior/Student €15; Child (6-15) €8; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €40 Group Rates For groups of 10+ admission €14.50. Special Opening for Yes, by special request Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes. Minimum 10. Can cater for large group sizes. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Download FREE audio app on App Store or Google Play by searching EPIC Museum available in English, French, German, Spanish, Polish, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. Audio Visual Yes. A high-tech fully digital self-guided exhibition. Conference/ Yes. Perfect for breakfast seminars and evening events. Meetings Incentive Yes. 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, a craft beer brewery with terrace seating and a 300-seater restaurant and wine bar. Shopping EPIC Gift Store features gifts, from leading producers and designers. 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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FOYNES FLYING BOAT & MARITIME MUSEUM

FOYNES HERITAGE TOWN

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. When Hollywood movie star Maureen O’Hara stepped off a flying boat in Foynes with her husband Captain Charles Blair in 1976, it would be the beginning of a special relationship. This new exhibition is dedicated to preserving the memory of Ireland’s most famous actress and showcases her personal memorabilia including the iconic grey tweed jacket from the movie, The Quiet Man, and honorary Oscar. 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 the Control Tower.

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’.

Address Main Street, Foynes, Co. Limerick, V94 T6C1 Email info@flyingboatmuseum.com Phone +353 (0)69 65416 Website www.flyingboatmuseum.com Sat Nav 52.6111, -9.1084 Location 38 km from Limerick City, in Foynes Open Open mid-Mar – mid-Nov. Daily Mar-May: 09.30-17.00; Jun-Aug: 09.30-18.00; Sept-Nov: 09.30-17.00. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €12; Senior/Student €10; Child (5-16) €6; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+4C) €30 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes 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/ Boardroom 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

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. 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 31.


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GAA MUSEUM & CROKE PARK STADIUM AND SKYLINE TOURS

GALWAY CITY MUSEUM — MÚSAEM CATHRACH NA GAILLIMHE

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.

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 sea science 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. The new ‘Keepers of the Gael’ exhibition on the first floor explores culture and society in Gaelic Ireland between 1200 and 1600 AD. The ‘Revolution in Galway, 1913-1923’ exhibition documents Galway’s participation in the revolutionary events that shaped the nation while the ‘Galway Hooker’ exhibition focuses on Galway’s unique maritime history.

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 Ericsson 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 St. Joseph’s Avenue, Cusack Stand, Croke Park, Dublin 3, D03 P6K7 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; June-Aug: 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 €14; Senior/Student €11; Child €9; (standard) Family €38; 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 E: tours@crokepark.ie Contact

The second floor gallery houses ‘Sea Science, The Wild Atlantic’ exhibition investigating maritime life along Galway’s coastline through fun and informative displays for all the family to enjoy. New exhibitions for 2020 include ‘A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands’ and ‘Monument’ a partnership project with Galway2020 that celebrates the cultural landscapes and visual language of islands in Europe with a primary focus on the stone forts of Aran. Address Spanish Parade, Galway City, H91 CX5P Email museum@galwaycity.ie Phone +353 (0)91 532 460 Website www.galwaycitymuseum.ie Sat Nav 53.2697, -9.0537 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. 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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GIANT’S CAUSEWAY VISITOR EXPERIENCE

GLASNEVIN CEMETERY MUSEUM

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 (11km/7ml) 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

Since 1832, more than 1.6 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. Hear the stories of rogues & the rebels, the famous & the infamous, the gravediggers & grave robbers or climb the 198 steps in the O’Connell Tower to the stunning views of Dublin. Enter Daniel O’Connell’s crypt; search online genealogy burial records; café; shop - the best of Irish craft and design; Museum and exhibitions. 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; access to Botanic Gardens; Gravediggers pub. Choose from General History or ‘Dead Interesting’ tour, exploring the quirky, fun stories of Glasnevin or climb the O’Connell Tower. 1st Prize Winner Best Cultural Experience in Ireland at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards and Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Award 2018. Address Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11, D11 H2TH

Email giantscausewaytic@nationaltrust.org.uk

Email museum@glasnevintrust.ie

Phone +44 (0)28 2073 1855

Phone +353 (0)1 882 6550

Website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway Sat Nav 55.2408, -6.5116 Location 3 km from Bushmills Village Open Daily Jan-Feb 09.00-17.00; Mar-May: 09.00-18.00; Jun-Sept: 09.00-19.00; Oct: 09.00-18.00; Nov-Dec 09.00-16.00 Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Prices from Mar 1, 2020: Adult/Senior £13.50; (standard) Child (5-16) £6.75, Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) £33.75. Group Rates For 15+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 2, Max 50. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio Guides included in the 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 Yes Programme 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. 15 spaces. Pre-booking essential. 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 Susan Smith, E: northcoastbookings@nationaltrust.org.uk Contact

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 (09.00-18.00 in Summer). Closed: Dec 25, 26, Jan 1. Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees Adult €14.50; Senior/Student/Child €12; Child (U5) Free; (standard) Family (2A+4C) €40. Self-guide audio guide available in French, German, Spanish and English. 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. Meetings 2 large galleries can 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 Aine Ryan, E: booking@glasnevintrust.ie Contact


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GREAT LIGHTHOUSES OF IRELAND

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

Great Lighthouses of Ireland features 14 breath-taking lighthouse experiences around Ireland’s stunning coast. Experience maritime and seafaring stories, or just take time out and stay – Where land meets Sea. You can have the best stay and take a tour for the best tower views at Fanad, Co. Donegal and Loop Head Co. Clare.

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.

Step back in time and hear the great tales at Ireland’s oldest medieval lighthouse at Hook Co. Wexford. Take the boat tour to Ballycotton island and lighthouse and see nature at its best at Rathlin West Light and explore the site of a 17th century fort at Valentia Lighthouse, Co.Kerry. Walk the Maritime Mile and take your photo at the Great Light in Belfast’s amazing Titanic Quarter.

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.

You can also stay and have a wonderful escape at St Johns Point, Co. Donegal, Blackhead, Co. Antrim, Galley Head, Co. Cork or St Johns, Co. Down and at Wicklow Head, share your island experiences around the dinner table at Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo.

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.

Take the Fastnet Rock boat tour around one of Ireland’s most iconic Lighthouses – Fastnet Lightouse Meet the Hosts and Guides who are passionate about these unique places. Hear their maritime stories and let them advise you on the best adventures each location offers. Address Various locations throughout the island of Ireland

Address Market Street, Dublin 8, D08 VF8H

Email info@greatlighthouses.com

Email info@guinnessstorehouse.com

Phone +353 (0)86 838 5269

Phone +353 (0)1 408 4800

Website www.greatlighthouses.com Sat Nav Various Location 14 breath-taking locations around Ireland’s stunning coastline Open Opening times and days may vary. Check website www.greatlighthouses.com Entrance Fees Varies at each lighthouse. Family, group and senior discounts available. Group Rates Yes. Varies at each lighthouse. Guided Group Tours Group tours are available but are limited by size of site and area, must be pre-booked. Dining Dining options available at Hook, Valentia and Rathlin; limited at others. Shopping Gift shops at Hook and Fanad. Small shops at Rathlin and Valentia. Car Parking Available at most locations. No parking at Ballycotton. Coach Parking Very limited. Disability Access Limited and some not suitable. Group Booking info@greatlighthouses.com Contact

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 09.30-20.00 (Last admission at 17.00); Jul-Aug 09.30-20.00 (Last admission at 18.00). Closed Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 2 hours and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €25; Senior/Student (18+) €22; Student (U18) €16; (standard) Child (U12) Free. 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 €2. 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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HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE & GARDENS

HOOK LIGHTHOUSE

Majestic and Extraordinary. Enjoy a day out at Northern Ireland’s Royal Residence and stunning gardens.

The award-winning Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre offers experiential guided tours of the Medieval Hook Lighthouse tower, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. Hook Lighthouse truly is one of a kind. Purpose built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational today, it is the oldest intact operational Lighthouse in the world.

In some places, the past feels very close. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is one of them. Northern Ireland has been, and continues to be, shaped by the significant events that have happened here. There are many layers of stories. As a contemporary Royal Residence, Hillsborough Castle showcases beautiful State Rooms and glorious gardens and gives an intimate glimpse behind the scenes into the personal living quarters of a working royal household. But there is more here than meets the eye, revealed on tours where expert household staff uncover fascinating stories of celebration, entertainment, diplomacy and negotiation that link the castle to Northern Ireland and the world. Bursting with colour and features such as the historic Walled Garden and enchanting Pinetum, 100 acres of wonder await in the castle’s gardens that delight the senses and stir the spirit, offering countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.

Address The Square, Hillsborough, BT26 6AG Email hillsboroughcastle@hrp.org.uk ‌ Phone +44 (0)33 3320 6000 Website www.hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle Sat Nav 54.4630, -6.0891 Location 30 minutes from Belfast city centre via A1 which runs from Lisburn to Newry. 90 minutes from Dublin by car or coach. Open Check website for opening times and days. Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees Admission rates vary, for further information on admission (standard) rates please visit www.hrp.org.uk/hillsborough-castle Group Rates Yes, 15 people minimum. Special Opening for Yes Groups Guided Group Tours Guided Group Tours available, pre-booking required. Incentive Programme Yes. All enquiries to events@hrp.org.uk. Performance Venue Yes. Exclusions apply. All enquiries to events@hrp.org.uk. School/Education Yes. Enquiries to hillsboroughcastle@hrp.org.uk. Programme Dining The Hillsborough Castle Café in the Western Pavillion (near car park) can seat 120 and serves hot meals, salads, pastries and traybakes. There is also the Stable Yard Tea Room, adjacent to the Castle which offers hot drinks, cakes and snacks. Opening hours in line with gardens access. Pre-booking required for groups. Shopping On-site Gift Shop, offering a wide range of locally sourced products. Opening times in line with the gardens opening time. Car Parking Free on-site. Main car park accessible from A1. Coach Parking Free on-site. Depending on group, coach parking may be via main car park on A1 or within Hillsborough Village closer to the Castle entrance. Disability Access Partially wheelchair accessible – access to the Castle for the tour is all on the ground floor and is fully accessible. Sections of the gardens and estate are less accessible. An accessibility map and leaflet is available at admissions to assist guests in choosing a suitable route. Group Booking E: hillsboroughcastle@hrp.org.uk ‌ Contact

The Hook Lighthouse tour has been voted as one of the best experiences in Ireland. It’s no surprise that the local tour guides are renowned for their friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining style, making each tour experience unique. A tour guide will take you through time as you walk the same steps as generations of lighthouse keepers, with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building. The tour culminates on the lighthouse balcony where visitors are greeted with spectacular views over the Celtic Sea and Waterford Estuary. The Visitor Centre has much to offer including free indoor and outdoor exhibits, Art and Crafts, a gift shop and café with and extensive menu showcasing local and seafood specialties. Premium group tour experiences include exclusive evening events showcasing local food and drink with full exclusive access for your group. Enjoy experiences such as ‘Traditional Fish and Chip supper’ or a spectacular ‘Sunset’ or ‘Sunrise’ tour experience, these are suitable for adult groups over 12 persons. There is also the SOS station, which is an information centre on sustainability and recycling. Address Hook Head, Fethard-on-Sea, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 YC60 Email info@hookheritage.ie Phone +353 (0)51 397 054/5 Website www.hookheritage.ie Sat Nav 52.1237, -6.9294 Location 22 km from New Ross; 47 km from Wexford Open Open daily 09.30-17.00 year round; Last tour 17.00. Open to 19.00 July and August; Last tour 19.00. Open 26th December and all through holiday period. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Average Visit Length Allow 50 minutes for tour. To fully enjoy site allow 2.5 hours. Entrance Fees Adult €10; Senior/Student €9; Child €6 (U5) Free; Family (standard) (2A+1C) €24, (2A+2C) €28; (2A+3C/4C) €30; (1A+1C) €14; (1A+2C) €18; Fish and Chip Supper from €35; Sunrise & Sunset Tour: €45pp. Group Rates For 12+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, by English speaking guide, audio guides and information sheets available in Irish, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Chinese. Dining Café with extensive menu including, homebaking and soups, showcasing local food producers and seafood. Shopping Gift shop selling books, local food and crafts along with ethically sourced products. Car Parking Free on-site. 72 spaces. Coach Parking Free on-site. 2 spaces. Special Facilities for Free refreshments in café and free guided tour. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access Visitor centre, café, gift shop and ground floor fully accessible. Exhibition accessible. Lighthouse tower is not accessible for those with mobility problems. Group Booking Cathy during office hours T:+353 (0)51 397 056; Contact E: info@hookheritage.ie


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HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL

IRISH NATIONAL STUD & GARDENS

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. 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! Since the House of Waterford Crystal manufacturing facility and brand experience opened in June 2010, it has welcomed over 1.6 million visitors into its haven of crystal creativity and innovation.

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 Irish Racehorse Experience new for 2020, allows the visitor to play their part in developing a thoroughbreds life including an opportunity to ‘race’ in a 4D ride experience. See retired equine stars like Hardy Eustace, Kicking King, Rite of Passage, Beef or Salmon and Hurricane Fly on the stud’s ‘Living Legends’ team. Enjoy this unique experience as part of a guided tour or at your own leisure. Restaurant onsite with home baking.

Address The Mall, Waterford City, X91 R652

Address Tully, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, R51 DD56

Email houseofwaterfordcrystal@fiskars.com

Email reservations@irishnationalstud.ie

Phone +353 (0)51 317 000

Phone +353 (0)45 521 617

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 Mon-Sat (check website for details) Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior €13; Student €12; Child (5-17) €7; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €40 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

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 - early Nov: 09.00-18.00 (Last admission 17.00) Average Visit Length 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult €14; Senior/Student €11; Child (3-10) €8; (standard) Child (U3) Free; Family (2A+4C) €32.50 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 Irish Racehorse Experience. 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


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IRISH WHISKEY MUSEUM

THE JAMESON DISTILLERY, MIDLETON

Welcome to the Irish Whiskey Museum, the first Irish whiskey museum in the world! This wonderful 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Upgrade to a Premium 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, R51 DD56

Address Distillery Walk, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 XD57

Email info@irishwhiskeymuseum.ie

Email midleton@jamesonwhiskey.com

Phone +353 (0)1 525 0970

Phone +353 (0)21 461 3594

Website www.irishwhiskeymuseum.ie Sat Nav 53.3442, -6.2596 Location Dublin City Centre, opposite Trinity College Open Open year round. Daily 10.00-18.00; Last tour starts at 18.00; Closed Dec 25. Available for private hire in the evenings. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €20; Senior/Student €18; Child €10; Child (U7) Free; (standard) Family (2A+2C) €50; Blending Experience Tour €30pp Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Self-Guided Groups Audio guides available in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. 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 2 floors or a maximum of 70 on one floor. Performance Venue Three floors for hire for groups from 20 to 120. Dining Café Bar serving large range of alcoholic beverages. Shopping Gift shop selling crafts made from whiskey barrels and Whiskey Museum Branded Merchandise. Off-licence selling wide range of Irish whiskeys and poitín. 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

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: 09.00-18.00. Tours 10.00-16.45; Nov-Feb 10.00-18.00. Tours 11.00, 13.00, 14.30, 15.30, 16.15. Closed Christmas Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 75 minutes – 2 hours Entrance Fees Jameson Experience Tour: Adult €23; Senior/Student €19; (standard) Child (8-17) €12; Child (U8) Free; Family (2A+3C) €55; Behind the Scenes Tour €60; Premium Whiskey Tasting €30 Group Rates Yes. Min. 15+people @ €19 per person. Guided Group Tours Yes. English guided tours as standard. French & German guided tours available on request for groups of 20 – 35, 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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THE KENNEDY HOMESTEAD & EMIGRANT TRAIL

KILMALLOCK HERITAGE TOWN

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.

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”.

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.

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.

Address Dunganstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 KW31 Email info@kennedyhomestead.ie Phone +353 (0)51 388 264 Website www.kennedyhomestead.ie Sat Nav 52.3451, -6.9850 Location 7 km from New Ross Town Open Open year round: Apr-Sep: 09.30-17.30; Oct-Mar: 10.00-17.00. Closed for 1 week over Christmas. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €8; Senior €7; Student/Child €6; (standard) Family (2A + 3C) €25 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. 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

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.

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. Garden Trail Experience. The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail Centre. Mountain Biking. On and off road cycle trails. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: Ballyhoura Food Fair, Story Telling Festival, 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


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KYLEMORE ABBEY & VICTORIAN WALLED GARDEN

LEGEND OF THE CLADDAGH RING

Originally a Castle, built as a romantic gift for the beautiful Margaret Henry in 1867, Kylemore Abbey is steeped in tales of romance, tragedy, spirituality, and innovation. Home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920, this 1,000 acre estate makes an unforgettable day out. Turn the pages on ‘The Story of Kylemore, from Generation to Generation’ a wonderful new visitor experience for 2020. Learn about the fascinating lives of the people who have made their home here over the years including the fabulously wealthy Henry family, the Duke and Duchess of Manchester and the Benedictine nuns who ran an international boarding school here until 2010. Explore beautiful Victorian buildings which include the Abbey, neo-Gothic Church and Mausoleum and of course the 6½ acre Victorian Walled Garden. The Garden is stunningly located overlooking Connemara National Park and is Ireland’s premier Heritage Garden where only Victorian varieties of plants and flowers are grown.

Legend Of The Claddagh Ring visitor centre is a family-friendly tourist attraction located in the heart of Galway city. This beautiful visitor centre is a must for anyone who wants to find out more about the story of the Claddagh ring. Visit and watch The Authentic Claddagh Ring being made in the cottage workshop. Learn about the origins of Galway’s Iconic Claddagh ring dating back over 300 years and find out how it is worn. Watch a short movie about the adventurous voyage of Richard Joyce – legendary creator of the Claddagh ring. Play with Interactive touchscreen tablets with puzzles and fun facts for the kids and grown-ups alike. Browse the extensive collection of fine Irish, Celtic & Claddagh Jewellery.

Enjoy extensive woodland and lakeshore walks in the heart of the beautiful Connemara countryside. Home cooking and baking in the Café and Tea House along with a unique shopping experience in the Craft and Design Shop help to complete your perfect day out! Address Kylemore, Connemara, Co. Galway, H91 VR90

Address 26 Shop Street, Galway, H91 E653

Email bookings@kylemoreabbey.com

Email claddaghlegend@gmail.com

Phone +353 (0)95 52001

Phone +353 (0)91 562 554

Website www.kylemoreabbey.com Sat Nav 53.5618, -9.8880 Location 18.7 km Clifden town; 76.9 km from Galway City Open Open year round. Daily. Jan-Mar 16 from 10.00; Mar 17-Nov 2 from 09.00; Nov 3-Jan from 09.30. Closing times vary. Please check website. Closed Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 20 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior €10.50; Student (18+)/Child (11-17) (standard) €10.50; Child (U11) Free; Family (2A+1-6C) (U11) €30; Family (2A+1-6C) (U17) €40. Early and late walk in rate at 10% discount. Group Rates For 15+ Guided Group Tours Yes, in English, French and Dutch depending on availability of guide. No Min, Max 30. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Guide brochures in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Mandarin and Portuguese. Audio Visual Please enquire on booking. Incentive Programme Yes. Performance Venue Neo-Gothic Church can be used for performances. Dining 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. Shopping Shop selling crafts, gifts, jewellery and items made on-site including pottery, chocolates and beauty products. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Special Facilities for Free lunch or tea/coffee and scone for driver and guide. Coaches/Drivers Disability Access 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

Website www.claddaghlegend.com Sat Nav 53.2725, -9.0534 Location At the end of Shop Street in the heart of Galway. You will see Claddagh Jewellers store with the Claddagh Beanstalk mural over the blue building, please look to the right of the shop, where Legend Of The Claddagh Ring is located. Open Open Year Round. Daily Mon-Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun & Bank Hols 11.00-18.00. Average Visit Length 10-20 minutes. Entrance Fees Free admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free. Special Opening for Yes, 30 people max. Groups? Conference/ Yes, 30 people max, please email info@thecladdagh.com Meetings with requests. Dining Numerous cafés and restaurants nearby with a range of dining options available. Shopping On-site shop with an extensive collection of Claddagh & Celtic Jewellery. Car Parking Paid on-street parking within 5 minutes walk of Shop Street. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: info@claddagh.com Contact


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LISMORE HERITAGE TOWN AND HERITAGE CENTRE

LOUGH DERG

Lismore Heritage Centre was established in 1991 to tell the History of Lismore and its iconic Castle overlooking the Blackwater River. Lismore Heritage Centre: immerse yourself in A Virtual Reality Experience takes you inside the rooms of Lismore Castle a 360 degree audio-visual of images of the rooms inside Lismore Castle, where you will hear about the historical figures who shaped Lismore Town through the ages.

Lough Derg has 179km of indented shoreline, stretching over 40km from Portumna at its northern tip to Killaloe and Ballina in the south. 12km, at its widest point, Lough Derg is an area of great charm, natural beauty and heritage. Many exciting activity options are available in the area that will inspire, relax or energise you. Spectacular countryside terrain and the wonderful waters of the lake make an ideal setting for many pursuits. Experience the Lough Derg Blueway by canoe, paddleboard, bicycle, on foot, cruising or angling. The Blueway is a 160km paddle trail that can also be enjoyed through a whole series of walking loops, routes and trails each bringing the magnificent lake into view. Over 90 heritage sites are accessible around Lough Derg as the lake has a long history of habitation and its shores have been settled since prehistoric times. In the early medieval times it served as an integral part of the water highway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish midlands and beyond. Towns and villages like Killaloe, Ballina, Portumna, Mountshannon and beyond offer a wealth of lively pubs, bistros and fine dining options as well as antiquities, fine architecture, traditional Irish music, local art and craft pieces and great shopping.

Robert Boyle, Father of modern chemistry, was born here in Lismore. Try out the Robert Boyle Escape Room. Puzzle over conundrums set for you in the surroundings of Boyles Laboratory, discover the code and escape the room. Lismore, historic seat of learning, rich in natural beauty and architectural splendor. Lismore, the jewel of the stately Blackwater River, where the past is always present. Browse for gifts and souvenirs in The Craft Shop and see the work of local craftspeople on display. There is much to discover in Lismore: angling, golf, walks, scenic drives, the historic houses and gardens, restaurants and cafés, fantastic children’s playground and town-park and free parking.

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, Visitor Centre Mon–Fri, 09.00–17.30. Also open weekends MarchNovember: 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.

Address Counties Clare, Tipperary and Galway Email info@discoverloughderg.ie Website www.DiscoverLoughDerg.ie Sat Nav Various Location Lough Derg is central to the counties of Clare, Tipperary & Galway with 179km of indented shoreline, stretching over 40 km from Portumna at its northern tip to Killaloe and Ballina in the south. Open Opening times and days vary check www.DiscoverLoughDerg.ie for more information. Average Visit Length 4 hours Activities The Lough Derg region has many incredible activity options including: cycling, golfing, horse riding, angling, fishing, walking and hiking. There are several scenic drives around the region with over 90 accessible heritage sites throughout. Top Festivals & Portumna Forest Marathon (May & June), Clare Walking Events Festival, Nenagh Castlefest (June), Killaloe Music Festival (June) and Killaloe Water Festival (September). Dining Delight your taste buds by sampling local Irish produce available around Lough Derg with a wealth of lively pubs, bistros and fine dining options. Shopping You will find many quirky and unique shops located around Lough Derg selling gifts and arts and crafts. Car Parking Parking available throughout the region. Parking rates may apply in some areas. Coach Parking Coach Parking available throughout the Lough Derg Region. Disability Access Limited access. Some not suitable. Group Booking E: info@discoverloughderg.ie Contact


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LOUGH GUR HERITAGE CENTRE & LAKESHORE PARKLANDS

LOUGH KEY FOREST & ACTIVITY PARK

Lough Gur is an area of extreme beauty encompassing over 6,000 years of living history. The Lough Gur experience begins outside 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 authentic prehistoric 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. Children will be enthralled by the Lough Gur Fairy Trail and will also be amazed by the Tricky Tree Trail that educates people of all ages. As one of the very few places in Ireland that is home to every native Irish tree species, Lough Gur offers an opportunity to learn and explore the natural environment in an unspoiled tranquil setting that is fun for all the family.

Address Lakefront, Lough Gur, Co. Limerick, V35 ED96

Whatever you choose it is the perfect location to do as much or as little as you like! 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 teamwork! 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, Bike Hire, a Boat trip on the Lake, a Segway Glide around the 350 hectare historical estate and for the younger kids - a woodland mini jeep safari.

Address Boyle, Co. Roscommon, F52 PY66

Email info@loughgur.com

Email bookings@loughkey.ie

Phone +353 (0)61 385 186

Phone +353 (0)71 967 3122

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; Nov-Mar: 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/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 on-site. 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

Website www.loughkey.ie Sat Nav 53.9814, -8.2388 Location 10 km from Carrick-on-Shannon; 5 km from Boyle Open Open year round. See website for opening times. Average Visit Length 2 hours to 5 hours Entrance Fees Please check website, or telephone for details. (standard) Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English, French and German. Min 10, Max 25. Self-Guided Groups 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 Andrew Farrell, E: bodaborg@loughkey.ie. For Conference/ Contact Incentives: Louise Fitzpatrick, E: louise@loughkey.ie


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MEDIEVAL MILE MUSEUM

MEDIEVAL QUARTER LIMERICK CITY

Ireland’s finest example of a medieval church, this building has been lovingly restored in recent years. Archaeological excavations unearthed artefacts hidden for centuries that are now on display in world-class exhibitions. Visitors to the museum will marvel at a treasure trove of objects encompassing the stories of Ireland and its people across centuries. The museum contains some of Ireland’s finest examples of medieval sculpture. Since the 1200s, the site has been a place of burial for rich and poor. Many of Kilkenny’s past generations are still at rest here in tombs that can be glimpsed through glass floors. A brand new cutting-edge exhibition: 3 lives, 3 deaths, One life unlived, welcomes the return of three skeletons that were excavated at the main gate of the museum in 2016. There has been a lot learned about these individuals’ lives through scientific analysis and historical research. Visitors will come face to face with the physical remains of people who walked the streets of Kilkenny centuries ago and will discover how forensic analysis has revealed many of their secrets. An exclusive LEGO® Minifigure Hunt has recently been added to the museum, which sees a number of Kilkenny’s key historic characters represented in LEGO® Minifigure form and hiding around the museum. The hunt is available to children of all ages at no additional charge. Whether by means of an entertaining guided tour or an engaging audio tour (available in 6 languages with child-friendly options), the Medieval Mile Museum offers visitors an unforgettable experience.

The stunning medieval city of Limerick is almost 1,100 years old and contains a wealth of built heritage. It has been a Viking settlement, a medieval walled town, a Georgian city and is now a modern, vibrant metropolitan area with a rich and historic hinterland and stunning historic buildings and castles.

Address St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Lane, Kilkenny, R95 K276 Email info@medievalmilemuseum.ie Phone +353 (0)56 781 7022 Website www.medievalmilemuseum.ie Sat Nav 52.6518, -7.2522 Location The Medieval Mile Museum is located right in the centre of Kilkenny City, within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, shopping and other attractions. Open Open Year Round. Apr-Oct, Daily 10.00-18.00; Nov-Mar, Tues-Sun 11.00-16.30 Average Visit Length 45 to 90 minutes. Entrance Fees Entrance fees: Guided/Self Guided: (standard) Adult €12/€8 Senior/Student €10/€6.50; Child (5-12) €5/€4; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) €25/€16 Group Rates Yes, a minimum of 10 in order to secure group rate. Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, a minimum of 10 and pre-booking is required. Self-Guided Groups Yes Audio Visual Paper guides available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Audio guides available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. Conference/ Yes. Max 250 for reception. Max 120 for seated dining. Meetings School/Education Yes. Schools packages available on request, activity sheets Programme provided for various age groups, specialist tours in subjects such as History, Archaeology, Art, Tourism, Architecture, and Building Conservation. Dining City centre cafés and restaurants within 100m of attraction. Sister property Butler House & Garden, a 3-minute walk from the museum, serves morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Shopping Yes. Souvenirs, crafts, clothing and books all available at the gift shop. Car Parking Off-site. City centre car parking within 100m of attraction. Coach Parking Free, off-site. Castle Road coach park within 500m of attraction. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: info@medievalmilemuseum.ie Contact

Nicholas Street, the city’s old main street, links most of the sights with 800 years of history within 800 yards. Sights include Saint Mary’s Cathedral - one of the oldest buildings in Limerick, originally the Royal Palace for the Kings of Thomond. At the 13th century King John’s Castle, witness over 800 years of dramatic local history come to life. Visitors are welcome at the nearby Bishop’s Palace built in the 1740s, which is currently occupied by Limerick Civic Trust. The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century. The Treaty Stone upon which folklore says the 1691 Treaty of Limerick was signed stands proudly on a pedestal standing across the River Shannon from King John’s Castle in Limerick City. Remnants of a medieval fireplace site can be viewed at 36 Nicholas Street, just a stone’s throw from the new Treaty City Brewery which hosts daily guided tours. Address Tourism Department, Limerick City & County Council, Merchants Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90 Email tourism@limerick.ie Phone +353 (0)61 556 000 Website www.limerick.ie Sat Nav 52.6631, -8.6274 Visitor Attractions Attractions include: Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Bishops Palace, The Hunt Museum, The City Exchange, The Alms Houses, King John’s Castle, The Treaty Stone, remains of a Medieval Fireplace & Treaty City Brewery. Tourist Office Limerick Tourist Information Office. Open year round. Mon - Sat 09.00 to 17.00. Attraction Varies by attraction see website above. Admission Groups Limerick welcomes groups and group tours, pre-booking is required please email tourism@limerick.ie for further information. Attraction Varies by attraction see website above. Admission Shopping Whether you are indulging in some retail therapy, searching for the perfect souvenir or simply window-shopping, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Limerick. Limerick city centre is compact, easy to navigate and boasts a range of big brands and independent stores. For further information see website above. Dining Limerick has a vast array of unique and independent coffee shops and restaurants. Their café scene has a constant supply of places that offer an experience to suit all tastes. For more info see website above. Car Parking Various car parks and on-street parking is available throughout the city. Coach Parking Coach parking is available on Merchants Quay and Bishops Quay. Group booking E: tourism@limerick.ie contact


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MID & EAST ANTRIM

MIZEN HEAD SIGNAL STATION

Shaped by Sea & Stone

Mid & East Antrim is indeed a land that has been shaped by sea & stone, from the awe inspiring Gobbins Cliff Path, to the magnificent Carrickfergus Castle and Slemish Mountain, this is a region which provides visitors with the magic ingredient – authenticity. The region offers great attractions and a range of experiences from whiskey tasting in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub to bow making or blacksmithing. Why not climb up a waterfall or just sit back and take in the view across to Scotland from the famous Glens of Antrim? For food lovers try the award-winning beef and salmon at Glenarm Castle, locally produced craft beer at Hillstown Brewery or for the adventurous why not try the local delicacy, Lough Neagh Eels. One thing you cannot miss in this region is the Game of Thrones® locations. See the location where Ned Stark struck of the head of a Night’s Watch deserter, or see the steps where Arya Stark ascended after being stabbed in Braavos. You can then visit the bar where she relaxed between shoots. Or why not visit the Silversmiths where they made some of the jewellery for the show including Joffrey’s Crown.

Address Tourist Information Point, The Gobbins, Middle Road, Islandmagee, Co. Antrim, BT40 3SL Email tourism@midandeastantrim.gov.uk Phone +44 (0)28 2563 5010 Website www.shapedbyseaandstone.com Visitor Attractions Attractions include: The Gobbins Cliff Path, Carrickfergus Castle, Slemish Mountains, Glenarm Castle, Hillstown Brewery, The Glens of Antrim. Location Situated on the east coast of Northern Ireland, just 20 minutes from Belfast and just over 1 hour from the Giant’s Causeway. Ideal location to use as a base to explore the whole of Northern Ireland. Open Opening times vary by attraction. For further information see www.shapedbyseaandstone.com Guided Tours Guided tours available email tourism@midandeastantrim. gov.uk for further information. Pre-booking is required. Activities Cultural activities including museums and exhibitions, the breathtaking Causeway Coastal Route, churches and historical monuments. Dining Mid & East Antrim has a vast array of coffee shops and restaurants serving up more than your average cuppa. For food lovers try the award-winning beef and salmon at Glenarm Castle, locally produced craft beer at Hillstown Brewery or for the adventurous why not try the local delicacy, Lough Neagh Eels. Shopping Whether you are indulging in some retail therapy, searching for the perfect souvenir or simply window-shopping, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Belfast City. The attractions in the surrounding towns and villages also offer a wide range of local crafts and gift ideas. Car Parking Various car parks throughout the region along with on-street parking Coach Parking Various coach parking available throughout the region. See individual attractions or visit www.shapedbyseaandstone.com for further information. Disability Access This will vary by attraction, please see individual attractions. Group Booking E: tourism@midandeastantrim.gov.uk Contact

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! 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. 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, P81 NY52 Email info@mizenhead.ie Phone +353 (0)28 35000/ 35115 Website www.mizenhead.ie Sat Nav 51.4505, -9.8188 Location 10 km from Goleen, West Cork Open Feb (School mid-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/Student €6; Child (U15) €4.50; (standard) Child (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 Accessible 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


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MOUNT CONGREVE GARDENS

MOUNT STEWART

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.

Mount Stewart, located only 40 minutes from Belfast, is one of the finest houses and gardens to visit in Ireland.

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.

Mount Stewart is an exceptional example of an Irish demesne, a beautiful and productive estate, with farmland, woodland, orchards and a walled garden providing for the ‘big house’. Bought by the Stewarts in 1744, the woodlands they planted, the estate rides, follies and farmland remain largely unchanged. Discover a rich landscape of farmland, woodland, monuments and buildings, and a breath-taking hidden glen as you explore the historic demesne on Mount Stewart’s newly opened walking trails.

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.

Mount Stewart also offers a tearoom, shop, dedicated coach parking, specialist guided tours, wedding venue and filming location.

Address Mount Congreve Estate, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, X91 PX05 Email admin@mountcongreve.com Phone +353 (0)51 384 115/ 384 511 Website www.mountcongreve.com Sat Nav 52.2376, -7.2124 Location 9 km from Waterford City Centre Open Open Year Round. Thurs-Sun 11.00-16.30; May-Aug: Daily 11.00-17.30 Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €7; Senior/Student €6; Child (U16) €3; Child (U3) (standard) Free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Special Opening for Yes. Private tours all year. Pre-booking essential. 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. Audio guides available in English, German and French. Incentive Programme Guided tours. Nature walks. Dining Tearoom seating 39, and a further 50 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 Tel: +353 (0)51 384 115 Contact E: admin@mountcongreve.com

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.

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 Average Visit Length 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Adult £11.37; Child (5-16) £5.69; Child (U5) Free; (standard) Family (2A+3C) £28.43 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


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NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND

Nominated for European Museum of the Year 2018, National Gallery of Ireland holds a world-class collection of European and Irish Art. Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, admission to the gallery is free, and many talks, tours, and events, as well as the audio guide, are also free of charge.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is a free must-visit cultural institution for visitors to Dublin interested in the story of Ireland. Visitors can enjoy lively events and exhibitions, use the beautiful Victorian reading room, get free advice on their family history, and drop by Café Joly for a quick coffee or relaxing lunch.

The Gallery runs a busy exhibition programme in addition to its permanent collection with highlights to date including Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting and Beyond Caravaggio.

Particular highlights at the main library buildings on Kildare Street are the award-winning Yeats exhibition, and moving World War Ireland exhibition. The NLI’s National Photographic Archive, where the exhibition “Photo Detectives” explores a century of Irish life through remarkable photographs, is situated in Temple Bar. “Listen Now Again”, a very special exhibition honouring the work of one of Ireland’s finest poets, Seamus Heaney, is at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, Westmoreland Street. All locations are FREE to visit and within a short walking distance of the Grafton Street shopping area and St. Stephens Green.

After your visit, enjoy lunch in the on-site café and bring home some souvenirs from the Gallery Shop.

Address Merrion Square West, Dublin 2, D02 K303

Address 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638

Email info@ngi.ie

Email info@nli.ie

Phone +353 (0)1 661 5133

Phone +353 (0)1 603 0200

Website www.nationalgallery.ie Sat Nav 53.3410, -6.2525 Location Located in Merrion Square, just a few hundred metres from Grafton Street. Open Open year round. Mon-Sat: 09.15–17.30, Thurs: 09.15–20.30, Sun: 11.00–17.30. Closed Good Friday and Dec 24–26. Average Visit Length 60–80 minutes Entrance Fees Free admission (standard) Group Rates Admission is free. Special Opening for Yes, by special request Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes. Minimum 10. Can cater for large group sizes. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Audio Visual Audio guides available in English. Conference/ Yes. Unique facilities available that can cater for small Meetings groups up to groups of 300 people. School/Education Yes Programme Dining The Gallery Café serves breakfast, light lunch options and tea, coffee & cakes throughout normal gallery opening hours. It is located in the Millennium Wing, at the Clare Street entrance. Shopping The Gallery shop is open during normal gallery opening hours and sells a wide range of art-related gifts, books and children’s toys. Car Parking Off-site. Merrion Square pay parking. Coach Parking No coach parking, set down only. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking E: info@ngi.ie Contact

Website www.nli.ie Sat Nav 53.3406, -6.2545 Location On Kildare Street, well serviced by public transport Average Visit Length 30 minutes to 1 hour Open Open year round. Check website for opening times/ closure dates. Entrance Fees (standard) Free admission Guided Group Tours Yes, in English and Irish. Self-Guided Groups Yes, paper guides available in English and Irish. School/Education Yes, For all enquiries contact learning@nli.ie Programme Dining Café Joly, named after the National Library’s first donor, is situated in a bright spacious room complimented by crisp modern design and contemporary artwork. Car Parking Pay parking nearby Coach Parking Time limited parking nearby Disability Access Most of the National Library is accessible to wheelchair users, in some cases via the lift. To assist readers with hearing difficulties, hearing loops are available. Group Booking Contact E: info@nli.ie


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NAVAN CENTRE & FORT— EMAIN MACHA

NEW ROSS HERITAGE TOWN

The Navan Centre & Fort is a place where myth and reality meet. As the ancient seat of Kings and the earliest capital of Ulster, there is plenty to explore! Step back in time by 2,000 years with a visit to the Iron Age dwelling (AprilSeptember), where you will meet the Celts going about their daily lives and bringing history to life! After meeting real-life warriors, learn more about the stories of the bravest of them all - Cú Chulainn and the Red Branch Knights. On-site AV show incorporates many of the tales of the Ulster Cycle associated with the great site of the Navan Fort. With archaeological evidence of the site dating back to 95BC, experienced tour guides will accompany you to what is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most famous sites. For younger visitors, the indoor and outdoor Archaeology Discovery space is a must-see, along with an Ecology trail to truly appreciate the diversity of wildlife the grounds have to offer.

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. Visit the beautiful St Mary’s Church, built by William Marshall & his wife Isabel in the 13th century. A highlight of the Norman Way, it is spectacularly lit at night and within a few minute’s walk of its close neighbour, the award winning Library Park and Pearse Park. New Ross is also a lively town with fantastic festivals including the New Ross Piano Festival, AIMS Choral Festival, Kennedy Summer School and Eugene O’Neill Drama Festival. It is part of the Ireland’s Ancient East Touring Region and an integral part of the Norman Trail.

Address 81 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4LD Email navan@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk Phone +44 (0)28 3752 9644 Website www.visitarmagh.com/navan Sat Nav 54.3445, -6.7017 Location 3 km from Armagh Open Open year round. For opening times see www.visitarmagh.com/navan Average Visit Length 2 hours Entrance Fees See www.visitarmagh.com/navan for Admissions details. (standard) Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 55. Self-Guided Groups Yes. 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 Matthew Avenell, Contact E: matthew.avenell@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk Education: Paul Derby, E: paul.derby@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk Conferences: Damien Houlahan, E: damien.houlahan@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

Location New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland. On the banks of the majestic River Barrow. Sat Nav 52.3962, -6.9472 Visitor Centre Tourist Office at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre. Tel +353 (0)51 421 284 (Council Offices) Email newross@wexfordcoco.ie Website www.wexfordcoco.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–an Clog Mór and the great Riverside walk. Top Festivals/Events Festivals include: AIMS Choral Festival (May), New Ross Piano Festival, Kennedy Summer School (September) and Eugene O’Neill Drama Festival (October). 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 / Tourist Office at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre, South Quay, Visitor Centre New Ross, Co. Wexford. Open all year. See details on Entry 23. www.dunbrody.com


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NEWBRIDGE SILVERWARE VISITOR CENTRE

PEARSE LYONS DISTILLERY

At the home of one of Ireland’s most beloved brands, visitors can take an absorbing Factory Tour behind the scenes at the working silverware factory. Learn about the time-honoured processes and true-life stories that lie at the heart of Newbridge Silverware, a family owned business, set up in 1934. This is an opportunity to experience the precision craft of manufacturing tableware and jewellery which is virtually unchanged over the past 85 years. Enjoy FREE entry to the Museum of Style Icons housing a memorable collection of couture design, artefacts and fashion items that once belonged to some of the greatest style icons of modern time – Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Grace, Elvis, The Beatles and more. Immerse yourself in Hollywood glamour and popular culture on the self-guided tour. After enjoying the tour and the museum make sure to browse through the range of Irish designed products in the stylish Lifestyle Store. Tax-free shopping in the store for eligible visitors. Enjoy refreshments in the relaxed ambience of the Café Carleton featuring freshly prepared local food. Live piano music is played in the Café on Monday to Friday mornings. Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, a light meal or for a special treat their sumptuous afternoon tea. Address Athgarvan Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, W12 HT62

Discover over 800 years of history and awaken your senses with whiskey tours and tastings at Dublin’s only boutique distillery. Winner of the Irish Tourism Industry Award for Dublin’s Best Visitor Experience 2019, Pearse Lyons Distillery, offers visitors a unique blend of Irish history, culture and whiskey in a working distillery. Located in Dublin’s historic Liberties and founded by the late Pearse Lyons, the former Church of St James’, now distillery, has a colourful history dating back to the 12th century. On tour of the distillery and surrounding graveyard, guests are introduced to the compelling characters from Dublin’s famous distilling and brewing district. Discover how Pearse Lyons Distillery distils their unique small batch Irish whiskeys and celebrates the Irish tradition of storytelling on each guided tour. Guests can choose from a wide range of tour and tasting experiences to food pairing and blending experiences with the distillery team.

Address 121-122 James’s Street, Dublin 8, D08 ET27

Email visitorcentre@newbridgesilverware.com

Email info@pearselyonsdistillery.com

Phone Tel: +353 (0)45 431 301

Phone +353 (0)1 691 6000

Website www.visitnewbridgesilverware.com Sat Nav 53.1762, -6.7969 Location Just outside Newbridge, Co. Kildare. It is easily accessible. Only 30 mins by car from Dublin and 45 minutes from Dublin airport. Open Visitor Centre: Mon-Sat 09.00-18.00; Sun 10.00-18.00; Factory Tours: Mon-Sun 11.00, 14.00 & 15.00; Museum: Mon-Sat 09.00-16.30; Sun & B/Hols 10.00-16.30 Average Visit Length 80 minutes to 2 hours. Entrance Fees Factory Tour : Adult €12, Senior/Student €10, (standard) Child (U12) Free with full paying adult. Museum of Style Icons: Admission is Free. Group Rates Yes Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours For group bookings and guided tours (min. 10 people; max. 20 people). For groups of 21+, additional tour guides can be made available for the factory tour, subject to availability and booking, please contact reception@newbridgesilverware. com or call +353 (0)45 431 301 and dial 0. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Must be pre-booked 3 weeks in advance. Max number 15 per group, larger groups will be staggered. Conference/ Private hire of Museum of Style Icons and Café Carleton are Meetings available outside of opening hours for corporate bookings. School/Education Yes Programme Dining The award-winning Café Carleton opens seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and an array of delicious light meals and desserts. Shopping The Newbridge Silverware Lifestyle Store, is Newbridge Silverware’s flagship store encompassing the complete range of products. Car Parking Free, on-site. Coach Parking Free, on-site. Disability Access Fully wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: tourinfo@newbridgesilverware.com Contact

Website www.pearselyonsdistillery.com Sat Nav 53.3437, -6.2896 Location Dublin City Centre, on James’s Street, a 15-minute walk from Grafton Street. Open Open year round. Mon-Sat: 09.30–18.00 Sun: 11.30–18.00 Closed Dec 24, 25 & 26 and Jan 1. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €20; Senior/Student (with valid ID) €18; (standard) Child (11-17) €10; Child (U10) Free Group Rates 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes in English. Self-Guided Groups Guided tours offered as standard Conference/ Yes Meetings Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue No Dining Yes, on-site. Tea Rooms serving tea, coffee, hot drinks and freshly baked cakes. Authentic Irish pub on-site also. Shopping Whiskey, books, clothing and small gift items are sold on-site. Car Parking Street parking on James’s Street Coach Parking Drop off and collection point outside the distillery Disability Access Fully accessible Group Booking E: info@pearselyonsdistillery.com Contact


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THE POWERSCOURT DISTILLERY

POWERSCOURT HOUSE & GARDENS

The Powerscourt Distillery is the home of Fercullen Irish whiskey. Located in an 18th century Mill House on the Powerscourt Estate, the Powerscourt Distillery is set against a backdrop of the breathtakingly beautiful Wicklow hills and Great Sugarloaf Mountain. With a history that traces back to the 9th century, the estate formed part of the strategically important and ancient lands once known as Fercullen. The Powerscourt Distillery draws from an underground lake of the purest Wicklow water, and enjoys proximity to rich local farming lands with a temperate coastline climate that sets the perfect stage for distilling and maturing Irish whiskey. Globally recognised, award-winning Master Distiller Noel Sweeney oversees all aspects of spirit production and Irish whiskey released from Powerscourt Distillery. This is a fully immersive Irish whiskey experience as you visit an operating whiskey distillery and on-site maturation warehouse before sampling some of the award winning Fercullen Irish whiskeys in one of the intimate tasting rooms.

Address The Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, A98 A9T7

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. 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, A98 WOD0

Email info@powerscourtdistillery.com

Email info@powerscourt.net

Phone +353 (0)1 506 5656

Phone +353 (0)1 204 6000

Website www.powerscourtdistillery.com Sat Nav 53.18397, -6.19079 Location 20 km from Dublin City on the Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow Open See website for daily opening and tour times. Average Visit Length 75minutes to 2 hours. Entrance Fees For information on admission rates and to purchase tickets (standard) visit www.powerscourtdistillery.com. Group Rates Yes Special Opening for Yes, private deep interest tours are available. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, Tours are in English, literature is available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. If you would like to arrange a private group tour with your guide/translator, please e-mail: tours@powerscourtdistillery.com Self-Guided Groups Guided Tours offered as standard. Audio Visual Yes Conference/ Yes Meetings Incentive Groups Yes Dining Café/bar at the Powerscourt Distillery where you can enjoy a hot whiskey, Irish coffee, snack or sandwich after your tour. Catering list and private rooms available for corporate/ private hire. Shopping Whiskey and bespoke Powerscourt Distillery souvenirs on sale in the gift shop. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking E: tours@powerscourtdistillery.com Contact

Website www.powerscourt.com Sat Nav 53.1842, -6.1866 Location 20 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 €11.50; Senior/Student (with valid I.D card) €9; Child (standard) (U16) €5; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+3C) €26 Group Rates For 20+ Audio Tours Adult and family tours available in English, German, French, Chinese and Spanish. Audio Visual 9 minute AV, in above-mentioned languages. 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. 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 Amie Cleary, E: bookings@powerscourt.net Contact


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POWERSCOURT WATERFALL

RICHMOND BARRACKS

Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest at 121m (398ft) and is 6km from the main Powerscourt Estate. It is set in one of Ireland’s most beautiful parklands at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive from the gate lodge towards the Waterfall, you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch and Pine trees some of which were planted over 200 years ago. Look out also for the Giant Redwoods (native to Northern California where they may grow up to 80m high and live for 4,000 years) but Powerscourt’s Redwoods are still youngsters! Take time to explore the pathways that meander through the flora and fauna, walk along the woodland pathways and listen to the birdsong. The parklands are a haven for wildlife and children can have fun trying to spot some of the locals – the Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Raven and the Willow Warbler. Look out for Sika Deer, which were introduced to Ireland in 1858 or you might spy a red squirrel or two. Ideal location for summer picnics and barbeques. On-site kiosk, open everyday from June 1 to August 31 and year round at weekends.

Address Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, A98 FA09 Email info@powerscourt.net Phone +353 (0)1 204 6000 Website www.powerscourt.com Sat Nav 51.6215, -8.8859 Location The Waterfall is located 6km from Powerscourt Estate. From Dublin City and Wexford take Exit 8. After 2 km take the first left towards Enniskerry and follow the signs for Powerscourt Waterfall. Open Open year round. Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec: 10.30-16.00pm; Mar/ Apr/Sept/Oct: 10.30-17.30; May/Jun/July/Aug: 09.30-19.00. Closed two weeks before Christmas. Average Visit Length 90 mins – 2 hours. Entrance Fees Entrance fees: Adults €6.50; Senior/Student €5.50; Child (standard) (U12) €3.50; Child (U2) Free; Family (2A+3C) €16 Group Rates Yes (minimum 20+ people in high season and 10+ people in low season). Pre-booking required. Guided Group Tours Email bookings@powerscourt.net for more information. School/Education Yes. Programme Dining Kiosk on site that serves everything from coffee and tea to hot-dogs and ice-cream. The kiosk is open everyday from the 1st June to the end of August and year round at weekends, if weather permits. Shopping There is an Avoca Store selling Irish crafts and homeware; and speciality shops on the mezzanine level of Powerscourt House located on the estate. Car Parking Yes Coach Parking Yes Disability Access Partially wheelchair accessible. Group Booking E: bookings@powerscourt.net Contact

Built in 1814, it was one of Dublin’s largest British Army barracks. It was here that over 3,000 of the men and women involved in the 1916 Easter Rising were held following the surrender. In addition to six of the seven signatories of the Proclamation and seven others later executed at Kilmainham Gaol, other notable Irish people held in the gymnasium include Eamon De Valera, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith, William T. Cosgrave, Eoin MacNeill, Thomas Ashe, Noel Lemass and Sean T. O’Kelly. At the barracks, an early 20th century classroom has been restored, with authentic features and original school registers dating from 1895. Audiovisuals and interactive screens give access to the history of Richmond Barracks, the social history of St. Michael’s Estate and St. Michael’s CBS.

Address Richmond Barracks, Patriots Path, Off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, D08 YY05 Email richmondbarracks@dublincity.ie Phone +353 (0)1 222 8400 Website www.richmondbarracks.ie Sat Nav 53.3385, -6.3162 Location Inchicore, Dublin, behind St Michael’s Church, 20 minute walk from Heuston Station; 5 minute from Goldenbridge/ Drimnagh Luas Open Open year round. Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00; Daily guided tours 11.00 and 14.00, last admission 15.00. Saturdays and Bank Holidays pre-booked tours only, Closed on Sundays. Average Visit Length 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Guided: Adult €8; Senior/Student/Child €5; (standard) Family (2A+3C) €17 Self Guided: Adult €6; Senior/Student/Child €3; Family (2A+3C) €15 Group Rates For groups of 6+ Special Opening for Yes, by special request Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes. Minimum 10. Can cater for large group sizes. Self-Guided Groups Yes Audio Visual Yes. A high-tech fully digital self-guided exhibition. Conference/ Yes. More details available on request. Meetings School/Education Yes Programme Dining The Officers Mess Café operated by The Caterers provides fresh and tasty meals for visitors and the local community. Opening Hours: 10.00–16.00, Monday to Friday. Shopping Variety of literature available to purchase. Car Parking Free parking. Coach Parking Free parking. Disability Access Fully accessible. Group Booking E: richmondbarracks@dublincity.ie Contact


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RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE & PARKLANDS

SCIENCE GALLERY

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 Beit Museum opened in 2014 offers a fascinating insight into the history lives and stories of Russborough and its owners from the 18th century to the present day.

In 2008, a forgotten corner of Trinity College Dublin was transformed into a living experiment called Science Gallery Dublin. Through a cutting-edge programme that ignites creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery Dublin encourages young people to learn through their interests. Since its opening, more than three million visitors to the nonprofit gallery have experienced 43 unique exhibitions, ranging from design and violence to light and love, and from contagion and biomimicry to the futures of the human species and play.

The RHSI 18th century walled garden is available for pre-booked groups and individuals and will be open at various times throughout the season. For family fun there is a 2,000m2 /20,000sq ft head high Maze, a fairy trail, a playground and tree trail. A 2km walking trail is available in 5 languages. 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.

Address Blessington, Co. Wicklow, W91 W284

Science Gallery Dublin develops an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events fuelled by the expertise of scientists, researchers, students, artists, designers, inventors, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. The focus is on providing programmes and experiences that allow visitors to participate and facilitate social connections, always providing an element of surprise. Science Gallery Dublin is part of the Global Science Gallery Network pioneered by Trinity College Dublin.

Address Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, D02 CP49

Email info@russborough.ie

Email info@dublin.sciencegallery.com

Phone +353 (0)45 865 239

Phone +353 (01) 896 4091

Website www.russborough.ie Sat Nav 53.1413, -6.5691 Location 25 km from Dublin City off the N81; 4.5 km from Blessington Open Open Mar 1–Dec 22: 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/Student €9; Child (6-16) €6; (standard) Child (U5) Free; Family €30 Group Rates For 20+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, of House in English, French and German. Min 20, Max 45. Self-Guided Groups The house is guided only. Leaflets available in French, Italian, Spanish, German and Mandarin. 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. €3 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

Website www.dublin.sciencegallery.com Sat Nav 53.344, -6.2504 Location Located at Trinity College Dublin in the heart of the city centre. Served by all city centre buses, LUAS and the DART. Open Exhibitions: Check website for times. Shop & Café: Mon 08.00–17.00, Tue to Fri 08.00–20.00, Sat & Sun 12.00–18.00 Outside Exhibitions: Shop & Café: Mon to Fri 08.00–17.00, Closed Sat & Sun. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Free admission (standard) Guided Group Tours Yes. Pre-booking advisable email: tours@dublin.sciencegallery.com to discuss the best options for your group. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Information guides available in English. Conference/ Yes. Various options available. See website for further Meetings information or email hire@dublin.sciencegallery.com Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Performance Venue Yes. See website for further information or email: hire@ dublin.sciencegallery.com School/Education Yes. See website for more details or email projects@dublin. Programme sciencegallery.com. Dining Science Gallery Café on-site, emphasis on locally sourced produce. Shopping Designist at Science Gallery Dublin offering unique gifts and bright ideas with a science twist. Car Parking Pay-parking nearby. Coach Parking Limited parking nearby. Drop off and pickup at Nassau Street Gate. Disability Access Fully accessible, however please note that exhibition layouts and content change with each new show, and while every consideration is made for access, it cannot be guaranteed. Please email ahead of visit for more information. Group Booking E: tours@dublin.sciencegallery.com Contact


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SHANNON FERRIES

SKIBBEREEN THE FAMINE STORY

‘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, Loop Head 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 Killimer in Co. Clare to Tarbert in Co. Kerry. 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, mini-buses, and commercial vehicles. Address Burrane Lower, Killimer, Kilrush, Co. Clare, V15 FK09 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 Please see timetable on www.shannonferries.com Average Visit Length 20 minutes crossing Entrance Fees Rates start from €5 per foot passenger; (standard) Car (incl. passengers) €20 single, €30 return. Coaches and mini-buses from €26 single, €42 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

The Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition reveals the impact of this appalling national tragedy through the sites and stories of one of the worst affected areas in Ireland. Skibbereen became synonymous with the Great Hunger as horrific reports from the town featured in the media of the time. The Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition uses these shocking accounts to follow the crisis as it developed. The three mass burial grounds in Skibbereen are among the many poignant Famine heritage sites that still exist in the town today. The Skibbereen Famine Story uses these places, and the voices of the era, to tell stories of relief efforts, suffering, disease and death. Follow the Skibbereen Famine Story Walking Trail app to hear stories at sites in the town that have direct links to the Great Famine. Or follow the trail with a leaflet, both available on-site. Genealogy Service for the greater West Cork area also available (by appointment).

Address Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, P81 WK06 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 Jun-Sept: Mon-Sat 10.00-18.00; Mid Mar-May & Oct: Tue-Sat 10.00-18.00; Nov-Mar by appointment. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes Entrance Fees Adult €6; Senior/Student €4.50; Child (2-13) €3; (standard) Child (U2) Free; Family (2A+3/4C) €14 Group Rates For 10+, Winter opening for groups by appointment. 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


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SMITHWICK’S EXPERIENCE KILKENNY

SPIKE ISLAND

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 and will find out how this famous ale is made. All tours are fully guided and visitors over the age of 18 will receive a complimentary pint of Smithwick’s at the end of the tour. Visitors under the age of 18 will receive a complimentary soft drink. Complimentary audio guides available in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

In the last 1,300 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. 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 be used by both the British and Irish army and navy, before becoming a prison again in the 1980s. 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. Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2017.

Address Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, R95 VK54

Address Kennedy Pier, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24 E446

Email info@smithwicksexperience.com

Email admin@spikeislandcork.ie

Phone +353 (0)56 778 6377

Phone +353 (0)21 237 3455

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 10.00-19.00 (last tour at 17.00); Nov-Feb 11.00-18.00 (last tour at 16.00). Closed Dec 24-26. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Entrance fees: Adult €16; Senior/Student (18+) €14; (standard) Student (U18) €10; Child (U6) Free; Family (2A+3C) €40 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 E: info@smithwicksexperience.com Contact

Website www.spikeislandcork.ie Sat Nav 51.8345, -8.2862 Location Ferries depart from Cobh. 20 km from Cork City Centre. Open Open: Apr-Oct 7 days; Feb/March/Nov weekends and school holidays. See www.spikeislandcork.ie for todays sailing times. Pre-booked groups can visit 363 days a year. Average Visit Length 3.5 hours minimum. Entrance Fees Adult €20; Senior/Student €17; Child (2-12) €10; (standard) Child (U2) Free; Family (4 pax, any mix) €49 Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes, all year round. Email admin@spikeislandcork.ie to Groups? arrange flexible group tours. Guided Group Tours Yes guided tours offered as matter of course. Self-Guided Groups Yes, visitors may explore the island and attractions at leisure. Audio Visual Yes, several video and audio installations. Conference/ Yes, contact admin@spikeislandcork.ie Meetings Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue Yes, see www.spikeislandcork.ie for upcoming events. School/Education Yes, dedicated school tours with activities, Programme see www.spikeislandcork.ie/tours/school-tours Dining Café . Seats 98. Serving soups, sandwiches, hot rolls, paninis, confectionery, teas, coffees, cakes, desserts, soft drinks. Shopping Yes, offering branded stationery, clothing, books, video, toys & gifts. Car Parking Free car parking on North side of Cobh Cathedral, 10 minutes walk from Kennedy Pier. Coach Parking Coach parking off-site, 1 mile from Cobh Centre. Drop off area at Kennedy Pier. Special Facilities for Free ferry journey for coach driver, free parking at Cathedral, Coaches/Drivers past Heritage Centre. Free refreshments for driver. Disability Access Not wheelchair accessible due to current departure pier, which has flight of stairs. Solution being investigated. Group Booking Contact Claudine, E: admin@spikeislandcork.ie Contact


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TITANIC BELFAST

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Titanic Belfast is a world leading tourist attraction, and the world’s largest Titanic Visitor experience, 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. 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. 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.

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.

Address Email Phone Website Sat Nav Location Open

Average Visit Length Entrance Fees (standard)

Titanic Quarter, 1 Olympic Way, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9EP welcome@titanicbelfast.com +44 (0)28 9076 6399 www.titanicbelfast.com 54.6080, -5.9102 The Titanic Quarter, a short walk from Belfast City Centre Open year round, except Dec 24-26. Opening times: Jun: 08.3019.00 (Sun-Thurs); July & Aug: 08.30-19.00 (Fri-Sat); Apr-May: 09.00-18.00; Sept: 08.30-18.00; Oct: 10.00-17.00 (Mon-Fri) 09.00-18.00 (Sat-Sun); Nov-Mar:10.00-17.00. Opening times are subject to change from Jan, 2020. Check website for updates. 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours Adult £19; Senior/Student £15.50; Child (5-16) £8.50; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+2C) £46.50; Rates subject to change from Apr. Check website for updates. For 15+ Yes

Group Rates Special Opening for 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) and Hickson’s Point (80). Incentive Programme Yes Performance Venue Yes - on request School/Education Yes Programme Dining Bistro 401 offers the best of Northern Irish produce. Galley Café offers a full Barista range, specialty teas, sandwiches, delicacies. Hickson’s Point offers offers an authentic 1900’s public house setting, serving up the spirit of the shipyard with traditional music, entertainment, heritage décor and locally produced food. 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 College Street, Dublin 2, D02 K752 Email bookofkells@tcd.ie Phone +353 (0)1 896 2320 Website www.bookofkells.ie Sat Nav 53.3439, -6.2568 Location Dublin City Centre Open Open Oct-Apr: Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00, Sun, Bank Hol 12.00-16.30; May-Sept: Mon-Sat 08.30-17.00, Sun, Bank Hol 09.30-17.00. Closed Christmas & New Year. Average Visit Length 40 minutes to 1 hour Entrance Fees Adult €15; Senior/Student €13; Child (U12) Free; (standard) Family (2A+2C(U16)) €30 Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes, subject to availability. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 1, Max 30. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets available in English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Audio Guides purchasable in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. Conference/ 15 theatres seating up to 400; 40 classrooms seating up Meetings to 150. Available end of May to mid September each year. Contact enquiries@tcd.ie Incentive Programme Yes. Contact enquiries@tcd.ie Performance Venue Yes. Contact enquiries@tcd.ie School/Education Yes 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. Contact Also, enquiries@tcd.ie


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TULLAMORE D.E.W. VISITOR CENTRE

ULSTER AMERICAN FOLK PARK

For whiskey explorers eager to learn about the history and craft of the worldrenowned Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, a visit to the home of the brand 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.

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.

Join one of three unique whiskey journeys and get up close and personal with their history and their whiskey. You’ll be personally welcomed and guided by a whiskey expert from beginning to end; starting with the birth of a blend and finishing with your very own triple tasting.

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. Museum Highlights include: A Step in time: the story of Irish Dance at home and away.

• Curious Taster’s Journey: Discover Tullamore D.E.W. with a guided tour and a triple tasting • Whiskey Wise Masterclass: Explore the depths of this fine whiskey collection in the comfort and privacy of the D.E. Williams Branch House • Ultimate Distillery Experience (By appointment only) The Bond Restaurant: Relax and enjoy a unique take on Irish Cuisine in authentic 19th century surroundings at The Bond.

Address Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 Y5V0

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 24-27 & Dec 31. Average Visit Length 1 hour Entrance Fees Admissions from €17. For further information on admission (standard) rates please visit www.tullamoredew.com Group Rates For 15+ Special Opening for Yes, in special circumstances. Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English, French and German. Min 1, Max 55. Audio Visual 6 minutes, in English, German, French. Seats 55.

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; Senior/Student £7; Child £5.50; Child (U5) Free; (standard) Family (2A+3C) £25; (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

Conference/ Meeting room seating up to 20. Meetings

Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details.

Incentive Programme Yes, including Whiskey Tasting.

Performance Venue Yes. Enquire for details.

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 Emma, E: info@tullamoredew.com Contact

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 E: info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact


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ULSTER FOLK MUSEUM

ULSTER MUSEUM

Ulster Folk Museum has rolling countryside and a bustling town filled with authentic, period buildings. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops inhabited by people in period dress, as you experience life from over 100 years ago. Try your hand at basket weaving or see a blacksmith hard at work. Take a ride on an old bus into the countryside, where white-washed farmhouses dot the fields. Meet some of the horses, donkeys, pigs and hens that kept the rural world turning. Every day a wide variety of folk activities and demonstrations take place. All included in your general admission ticket. After exploring the museum, refuel and relax in the Ballycultra or Midland tearooms–open during museum hours. Enjoy a hearty homemade meal or treat yourself to a scone, traybake or slice of cake freshly baked on-site. Contact the museum for further details and for Christmas & New Year opening times.

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. Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring the collections to life with hands on activities. 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. 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. Museum Highlights include: Troubles and Beyond Exhibition, Changing Views Exhibition and Elements Exhibition. Contact the museum for further details and for Christmas & New Year opening times.

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

Address Botanic Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5AB

Email info@nmni.com

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Phone +44 (0)28 9042 8428

Phone +44 (0)28 9044 0000

Website www.nmni.com/ufm Sat Nav 54.649, -5.7989 Location 11 km east of Belfast City Centre on the main Belfast to Bangor Road (A2), near Holywood. George Best Belfast City Airport is less than 10 minutes drive away. 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 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult £9; Child £5.50; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+3C) £25; (standard) (1A+3C) £22 Guided Group Tours Yes. Enquire for details. Self-Guided Groups Yes. Leaflets available in English, Irish, Ulster Scots, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German and Polish. Conference/ Yes. Enquire for details. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Performance Venue Yes. Enquire for details. School/Education Yes Programme Dining Relax in the Ballycultra Tearooms, enjoy a hearty homemade meal or a lighter bite – open during museum hours. Outdoor picnic tables are located in the grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum, including the car parks. Indoor picnic areas are located upstairs in the National School in the museum. Shopping The Gift Shop in the Ulster Folk Museum’s Visitor Information Centre, offers a wide range of gifts inspired by the museum’s collections including books, toys and souvenirs. It also has a selection of goods made by crafts people in the museum. Every sale supports National Museums NI. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Partially accessible. Group Booking E: info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact

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. 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 Destination restaurant Wynne & Pym with views of the Botanic Gardens offers sustainable high quality food reflecting the superb produce available in Northern Ireland. 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 E: info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact


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ULSTER TRANSPORT MUSEUM

WICKLOW’S HISTORIC GAOL

Ulster Transport Museum tells the story of transport and social change in Ulster since the start of the modern era. Its galleries are brimming full of majestic steam locomotives, horse drawn vehicles, trams, motorbikes, fire engines and vintage cars. It is the journey of tenacious people finding more efficient ways to travel and transport the essentials of daily life. It is a well of inspiration for the designers, engineers and adventurers of the future. Visit and experience this incredible story for yourself.

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. ‘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. NEW Virtual Reality Experience for Wicklow Gaol: This fully immersive experience will transport visitors back in time to Wicklow Gaol in the 1700’s – a grim 3-dimensional world of corruption, rebellion & dark dungeons. Some of the Gaol’s most notorious prisoners will feature and there may even be a guest appearance from one of the haunted Gaol’s famous ghosts! “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.

At the Museum’s Titanic exhibition visitors can discover over 500 original artefacts including the 6m long original ship plans from RMS Titanic. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum. The Car gallery features a display of DeLorean cars alongside more common makes and models including Peugeot, MG, Mercedes, Morris, Riley, Hillman and Ford. There is also a small garage showing, How it used to be. The Transport Museum creatively displays one of Europe’s largest and most comprehensive transport collections. Contact the museum for further details and for Christmas & New Year opening times.

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

Address Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow, A67 FA49

Email info@nmni.com

Email info@wicklowshistoricgaol.com

Phone +44 (0)28 9042 8428

Phone +353 (0)404 61599

Website www.nmni.com/utm Sat Nav 54.649, -5.7989 Location 11 km east of Belfast City Centre on the main Belfast to Bangor Road (A2), near Holywood. George Best Belfast City Airport is less than 10 minutes drive away. 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 2 hours to 3 hours Entrance Fees Adult £9; Child £5.50; Child (U5) Free; Family (2A+3C) £25; (standard) (1A+3C) £22 Guided Group Tours Yes. Enquire for details. Self-Guided Groups Yes Conference/ Yes. Enquire for details. Meetings Incentive Programme Yes. Enquire for details. Performance Venue Yes. Enquire for details. School/Education Yes Programme Dining The Midland Tearoom offers tarty treats. Indoor and outdoor picnic tables are also available. Shopping There is a Gift Shop in the Ulster Transport Museum offering a wide range of gifts inspired by the museum’s collections including books, toys and souvenirs. Every sale supports National Museums NI. Car Parking Free on-site. Coach Parking Free on-site. Drop off and pick up point. Disability Access Partially accessible. Group Booking E: info@nmni.com or events@nmni.com Contact

Website www.wicklowshistoricgaol.com Sat Nav 52.9789, -6.0373 Location Wicklow Town Open Open year round. Daily. 10.30-16.30; see website for Winter opening times. Closed over Christmas & Good Friday. Average Visit Length 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes Entrance Fees Virtual Reality Experience, Adult €15; (standard) Student/Senior €12; Child (U12) €10; Family €50; Day Tours: Adult €9.50; Student/Senior €8; Child (U12) €6.50; Family €26. Group Rates For 10+ Special Opening for Yes Groups? Guided Group Tours Yes, in English. Min 10, Max 40. Audio guides available. 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, Contact E: info@wicklowshistoricgaol.com


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