Family Adventure in Ireland
Explore Ireland's magnificent landscapes, outdoor pursuits and cultural offerings
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At a glance
With beautiful landscapes, ancient ruins and plenty of outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained, Ireland is a wonderful destination for a family adventure. This ten-day trip takes in the vibrant city of Dublin, the medieval castles of the ancient east and Ireland’s wild and beautiful west coast.
In Dublin you’ll delve into the past at Trinity College and explore wonderful exhibitions at the National History Museum and National Gallery. En route to Kilkenny you’ll stop by the Irish National Stud and Gardens, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred horse industry.
Whilst in Kilkenny you’ll get to grips with the sport of hurling, learning the tricks and techniques at the home of the Kilkenny Cats. You’ll also explore the city’s pretty surroundings on a cycle tour that takes you along the river and to iconic spots such as Kilkenny Castle.
Beautiful Adare Manor will be your home for the next five nights, and from here you’ll explore the stunning Cliffs of Moher and Doolin caves, try your hand at archery and go foraging on a wild food walk along the coast.
Example Trip Itinerary
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Accommodation in Dublin
- 205 rooms and suites
- 1930s-style bar
- Fitness suite
The Westbury enjoys a prime location in the heart of Dublin, just moments from the pedestrianised hub of Grafton Street, Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green. Decor is contemporary and chic but original paintings by Sir John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy ensure there is a nod to Irish history and culture. There are 205 rooms and suites, elegant and contemporary in design with a soft neutral colour scheme. The hotel restaurant WILDE is a beautiful 1930s-inspired space with huge windows and an abundance of greenery. The menu celebrates the finest Irish produce and combines much-loved local dishes with cuisine from around the world. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea at The Gallery, enjoying views over Grafton Street as you tuck into delectable pastries and savouries. Grab at a drink at the Sidecar cocktail bar, then head next door to the Balfes Bar and Brasserie, an all-day bistro where the vibe is trendy New York eatery meets high-end Parisian brasserie.
- 246 rooms
- Three restaurants
- Two bars
- Indoor swimming pool
- Fitness centre
Situated south of the river in the heart of Dublin city centre, The Shelbourne thoroughly encapsulates classic Irish charm and elegance. First opened in 1824, this stately hotel has remained a perennial favourite for visitors to the city and enjoys a prime location overlooking St Stephen’s Green. Catching your eye upon arrival are the delicate touches of gold leaf and ornate chandeliers, a visual promise of the luxury found within these walls. The warmth of deep mahogany and pastel green found throughout the hotel evoke Ireland’s quintessential greenery. Yet while these natural hues pay tribute to Ireland’s vast natural offerings, the Shelbourne is far from rustic. The 246 rooms and suites are classic and elegant and designed to emulate a homely yet luxurious hideaway. Balconies overlooking the natural beauty of St. Stephens Green can be found in some of the rooms while deep bath tubs are perfect for slipping into after a day exploring the city. The food enthusiast in you can rejoice over the choice of award-winning restaurants. The Lord Mayor’s Lounge offers a classic high tea experience while the Saddle Room restaurant specialises in hearty steaks and succulent seafood. The hotel’s most recent addition, the 1824 Bar, lures you in with its sophisticated style. Featuring a 19th-century Kilkenny limestone fireplace and oak bookshelves filled with books by famous Irish authors, it is reminiscent of a stately home gallery and library. The hotel’s facilities range from a state-of-the-art fitness centre and indoor heated pool to a full-service day spa. Exclusive to The Shelbourne and cementing the hotel’s bond between past and present, is the unique services of the genealogy butler. This allows you to delve deep into your own history to discover where your true ancestral roots lie.
- 142 rooms and suites
- Two Michelin-starred restaurant
- Garden terrace
- Cocktial bar
- Swimming pool
The Merrion is a beautiful hotel located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from the museums, galleries and shops of Grafton Street. The hotel occupies four Georgian townhouses which have been sensitively renovated so as not to detract from the heritage of the original buildings. There are 142 rooms and suites, light and airy and decorated with colours and fabrics chosen from a subtle palette inspired by Paul Henry’s paintings of the Irish landscape – one of these beautiful paintings hangs at the foot of the Merrion’s main staircase. The hotel has strong culinary credentials with Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud the only restaurant in Ireland to hold two Michelin stars. The Cellar Bar, located in the original 18th-century wine vaults, and the Garden Room offer a more casual dining experience. In spring and summer guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the beautiful gardens, while the drawing room with its open log fire is the perfect place to hole up with a drink or enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea. The No.23 cocktail bar has the feel of a private lounge with pieces of art from the Merrion’s private collection on the racing green walls. Here you can enjoy a glass of champage or Irish whisky. At the hotel spa you’ll find an indoor swimming pool, steam room, private treatment rooms and a fitness centre.
Trinity College’s Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition is a must see for all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring you back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed.
The museum's 10,000 exhibits provide a glimpse into the natural world and have been delighted generations of visitors since the doors opened in 1857. The building is a ‘cabinet-style’ museum designed to showcase a wide ranging and comprehensive zoological collection and has changed little in over a century. The Irish Room on the ground floor is dedicated to animals native to Ireland, featuring a variety of mammals, birds, fish and insects. The giant Irish deer skeletons found at the entrance of the museum are some of the most famous and distinctive animals on display. On the upper floor you will find an elephant, polar bear, lions, an array of monkeys, apes and lemurs which make up the mammals of the world collection. Other popular favourites include Spoticus the giraffe, and a 20m long whale skeleton suspended from the roof.
What, when, why and how? Have you ever wondered about the story behind a painting? Enjoy a private tour of gallery highlights or a themed tour to gain a deeper insight into your new favourite works of art. Since 1854, when it opened its doors for the first time, the National Gallery of Ireland has always believed that the National Collection is the nation's collection and as such is available for your pleasure almost all year round. The drop-in creative space and free art packs support independent creative activity while their scheduled workshops and events are designed with age-appropriate learning in mind. We can also provide an ‘art backpack’ or a children's audio guide for little ones to explore and create at the National Gallery.
The Irish National Stud and Gardens symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred horse industry. Enjoy a tour to marvel at the grace and splendour of these horses at close quarters. Within the grounds are the famous Japanese gardens, created between 1906 and 1910. The gardens trace the passage of a soul from birth to death and beyond.
You'll also visit the Rock of Dunamase. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside made this a strategic place to build a fortress. Nowadays, despite the castle's ruined state, you can get a sense of its former grandiosity and take in stunning views as you explore this historic site.
Accommodation in Kilkenny
- 139 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Leisure centre
History meets contemporary design at this elegant hotel just outside of Kilkenny Centre. The carefully-restored 17th-century house makes a striking companion to the modern additions. The hotel offers 139 rooms and suites with stunning views out over the estate or gardens, and many of them boast their own balconies or terraces. The rooms offer guests a private haven, situated away from the main body of the hotel. The design is luxurious, combining contemporary features with bold patterns and bright pops of colour. Seasonal Irish cuisine, inspired by international trends, awaits at the inviting Yew Restaurant. An extensive wine list and beautiful views out into the gardens complete the unique dining experience. On the mezzanine level, you’ll find the Grill & Bar which boasts an open kitchen, cocktail bar and an eclectic menu. If you fancy a drink, make yourself comfortable at the stylish Tupper’s Bar in the manor house, and if the idea of a sumptuous afternoon tea with friends sounds appealing, head to sunlight-flooded Atrium. Spread across 170 acres of mature parkland, the estate is home to a variety of native wildlife. Take a stroll along the signposted walking trails beneath ancient trees, and keep a lookout for ducks, rabbits, hares and squirrels. Make your way down to the dam, the ideal spot for a picnic, or explore a little further and discover many other picturesque places to make the most of the fresh country air. There are also several other outdoor activities to fill the time, including falconry and archery. Finally, the multi-award winning Oasis Spa is a sanctuary of tranquillity offering various rejuvenating treatments.
Enjoy a unique cultural sporting experience in Kilkenny, the home of the legendary Kilkenny Cats. Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association. The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for at least 3,000 years and is the world's fastest field team game in terms of game play. There is a similar game for women, called Camogie. Kilkenny is regarded as the home of hurling champions, having won 34 'All Ireland' senior titles and are known as the Kilkenny Cats.
Visit Legend's Hurling Bar Museum, Kilkenny's only bar dedicated to the Legends that have played the game of hurling - past and present. The walls are adorned with beautiful hand painted murals of Ireland's finest hurlers and some beautiful prints of historical hurling moments from across the decades. Then it's up to Nowlan Park home of the Kilkenny Cats where you will get one-to-one instructions on how to play the game on the pitch itself. You will feel the excitement of the fastest game in the world, experience the skills of the game from the hurling guides and hear about the craftsmanship of the hurley. The tour ends back in the bar where you'll watch a game of hurling on the big screen to see the skills you have learned on the pitch while enjoying a bowl of Lanigan's famous Irish lamb stew.
Enjoy an easy paced two-hour guided cycling tour visiting historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, the Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House and Gardens, St. Francis’ Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral, as well as some hidden gems along Irelands Medieval Mile. There are bikes suitable for all ages and the tour usees riverbank paths and backstreets to stay away from heavy traffic. Along the way you'll find out about Kilkenny’s most famous characters like the Witch Dame Alice Kyteler and William Earl Marshal, the greatest knight that ever lived.
Explore one of the most recognisable buildings in Ireland. Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, also known as Strongbow, constructed the first castle in the 12th century. The property was given to the Nation in 1967 and the castle and grounds are now managed by the Office of Public Works.
Nestled in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Rothe House and Garden is one of Kilkenny’s hidden gems. A visit is high on the list of things to do in the marble city. Built between 1594 and 1610 this was the home of the renowned merchant, landowner and mayor of Kilkenny city, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose Archer, and their eleven children.
Private transfer to your hotel near Limerick
Accommodation in Adare
- Four restaurants
- Indoor pool
- Fitness centre
- Championship golf course
Adare Manor is located in the picturesque village of the same name, surrounded by 840 acres of pristine parkland. The manor house, built almost two centuries ago, has been meticulously restored with great care taken to maintain the building’s heritage. The original timber in the doors, paneling and floors was repaired, stone floors and walls gently cleaned and lime plastered walls and ceiling restored. The hotel’s rooms and suites are traditional and elegant in design with beautiful artwork, marble bathrooms and views of the gardens, river, golf course or courtyard. There are plenty of options for food and drink, from formal dining at The Oak Room and The Carriage House to light bites, craft beer and whisky at the Tack Room. The Drawing Room which overlooks the formal gardens is where you’ll enjoy breakfast and can indulge in afternoon tea. Unwind at the hotel spa with a treatment, take a dip in the heated indoor pool or enjoy a workout in the fitness centre. There are a wealth of activities to keep you busy from cycling and horse riding to golf on their championship course and watching films in their movie theatre.
Be king and queen of your very own castle, nestled on a private island. Gain a unique insight of this 'ruin to restoration', from husband and wife team, Pat and Mary, who camped on the island while dating. Now fully restored, they use it as their private summer home. Enjoy a tour of the rooftop terrace and savour food and drink tastings of traditional food of the 16th century, from Irish meade and poitin to honey roasted glazed ham.
Your charismatic host Lisa, welcomes you to a 'new Ireland' in her modern home, touching the water's edge, which is the perfect backdrop for her private collection of contemporary Irish art and sculpture. Enjoy a mini art and architecture tour of this home which was designed by a renowned Irish architect who worked with Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. With just the right balance of antique and modern furniture this feels more like a home than a show house. Enjoy a delicious seafood platter lunch showcasing the very best of Irish fish, served with a wide range of organic salads.
There is also the option to paint the landscape onto a postcard using watercolour.
This is your chance to get a glimpse into Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th-century Bunratty Castle and the 19th-century Bunratty Folk Park. In the folk park enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor's house, hardware shop, printers and of course, McNamara's pub. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have been of old, from the poorest one-roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry. Costumed characters recreate the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age and animate the Folk Park.
The gardens at Bunratty Folk Park have been restored to their former glory and have been modelled on the original Regency period garden which supplied fruit, vegetables and flowers to Bunratty House.
Settle into a beautifully appointed carriage for a meandering 45-minute exploration of Adare Manor's enchanting 840-acre estate. There are many touches included to ensure a relaxed and comfortable journey, from toasty Irish lambswool blankets to an elegant table equipped with wine coolers and cup holders. You can pre-order drinks with the team before setting off on your tour - perhaps a bottle of champagne or a warming Irish coffee.
Historically archery has been used for hunting and combat. Nowadays, it's mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity. You will experience the exhilaration of shooting a modern style recurve bow with the option of testing your skills with a medieval-style longbow, exquisitely handmade to traditional standards. From introducing the core techniques to beginners, to honing the skills of even the most experienced archers, the session will be pitched to your ability. You'll start with static archery to give you the opportunity to get your eye in, then challenge will be introduced with a variety of targets.
The Cliffs of Moher are a dramatic 14km (9 mile) length of Atlantic coastline at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. They run from their southern end at Hag's Head up to a maximum height of of 214m (702 feet) close to O'Brien's Tower, built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien as an observation tower for the Victorian tourists, and the site remains one of the most popular sites in Ireland. From the tower, you can see out to the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north, and Loop Head lighthouse to the south.
The award-winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3m (23ft) it is the longest free hanging stalactite in Europe. Extend the adventure from underground to overground following a charming farmland nature trail, home to indigenous species of flora along with rare and miniature breeds of animals.
Your walk takes place in the Burren National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. You’ll learn lots about the geology, history, flora, wildlife and farming of the Burren region while enjoying the unique beauty of your surrounds.
Wild Kitchen is a unique food experience and involves guided walks on land and along the shore. You'll discover and identify delicious and edible wild plants such as seaweed, dilisk and sea spirulina. A wild food walk is such a great way to engage with nature and offers the opportunity to learn about the exceptional nutritional value and unique taste of wild plants. You'll learn how to identify them, what not to eat or touch, what’s in season, tasting as you go and all the while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Arty, bohemian Galway is one of Ireland's most engaging cities. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while restaurants and cafes offer front-row seats for observing buskers and street theatre. Remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling handcrafted Claddagh rings, books and musical instruments, bridges arch over the salmonstuffed River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill on Galway Bay, the source of the area's famous oysters. While it's steeped in history, the city buzzes with a contemporary vibe, thanks in part to students, who make up a quarter of the population. Its energy and creativity have seen it designated the European Capital of Culture in 2020. Explore Galways in all its glory on a city tour, which includes the famous Spanish Arch, located on the left bank of the Corrib, where Galway's river meets the sea. The Spanish Arch was originally a 16th-century bastion, which was added to Galway's town walls to protect merchant ships from looting.
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