Splendid sightseeing is in store on this enchanting holiday based in Birr, an Irish heritage town in County Offaly. Birr is a virtually intact Georgian town with elegant period houses flanking tree-lined avenues. Perhaps visit Birr Castle Demesne, one of Ireland’s top attractions, the grounds of this storybook fortress are a tranquil oasis with a fairytale moat, romantic walks, rare plants and waterfalls. Out and about we explore the walled city of Limerick on the mighty River Shannon, gorgeous Galway and we are treated to a guided tour of medieval kilkenny.
This enchanting walled city is home to the thirteenth century king John’s Castle, perched on king’s Island in the medieval heart of the city. This commanding fortress has a state-of-the-art visitor centre that brings history to life. Elsewhere, view the collections at the City Gallery of Art or rare antiquities at the Hunt Museum.
Guided tour of Kilkenny
This bijou yet charming city abounds with historic treasures and our guided tour gets your sightseeing off to a great start. Afterwards, perhaps step behind the imposing stone walls of kilkenny Castle, see the soaring eaves of St Canice’s Cathedral, view the shimmering stained glass of medieval Black Abbey or explore Rothe House – a unique sixteenth century townhouse.
The gorgeous harbour town of Galway is colourful, cultural and compact as well as being home to eighteenth century Eyre Square and a Latin Quarter with twisting lanes and quirky cafés.