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Avoca and Glendalough Tours
County Wicklow (Map east - L12)

County Wicklow, situated south of Dublin, is known as The Garden of Ireland and a day trip from Dublin is highly recommended. There are various Coach tours: Gray Line Tours does both half- and full-day trips to Avoca, Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains: contact Dublin Tourist Office at Suffolk Street, phone +353 1 6057705. Aran Coach Tours (phone +353 1 2801899) does a full-day trip, costs £22, student £18, (food&drink not included); takes the coast road south, with a coffee stop at Avoca Handweavers, a walking tour of 6th century monastic Glendalough, a pub lunch, returning via The Sugar Loaf mountain. Dublin Bus (59 Upr. O’Connell St.; phone +353 1 8734222) does a half-day trip which costs £12, child £6; takes the coast road south, to Greystones, stops at Avoca Handweavers, passing through Enniskerry on the way back via The Sugar Loaf.


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Dwyer McAllister Cottage
Derrynamuck, Knockanacarrigan, Co. Wicklow (Map east - L12)
Phone: +353 404 45325  
Opening Times: Open daily in summer 14.00 - 18.00  

This is the real thing, a 200-year old cottage, thatched and stone-washed, with plenty of history. Admission free. Phone the Glendalough Visitor Centre for details.


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Glendalough Visitor Centre
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (Map east - L12)
Phone: +353 404 45325   Fax: +353 404 45626  
Opening Times: Open daily 9.30 - 17.00; stays open until 18.30 in summer.  

This area can be enjoyed without the Visitor Centre: Glendalough is the site of a 6th century monastic settlement. There is an ancient round tower and some small stone churches here and it is a beautiful, quiet area for walking. Admission to the Visitor Centre is IR£3; concessions for students, children and senior citizens.


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Kilmacurragh
Rathdrum (Map east - M12)
Phone: +353 1 6472453   Fax: +353 1 6621767  

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Powerscourt Demesne
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow (Map east - L10)
Phone: +353 1 2046000   Fax: +353 1 2863561  
Opening Times: House and Gardens open daily 9.30 - 17:30 (may close early in winter)  

Highly recommended. Powerscourt House and Gardens, in County Wicklow, are well worth a visit, and the spectacular Powerscourt Waterfall is 5km away. The house has an excellent Terrace Cafe and several high-quality Craft Shops. The 47 acres of gardens include Italian and Japanese features. If you’re not travelling by car, the best option is to book a bus tour: Aran Coach Tours does an afternoon trip, which takes the coast road past Dun Laoghaire, the James Joyce Tower and Killiney Bay, before turning inland to visit Powerscourt, costs £15, concession £12; phone +353 1 2801899 (8:00 - 20:00 daily). Gray Line Tours does a full-day trip to Powerscourt and the village of Ballykissangel; costs £19.00; contact Dublin Tourist Office, phone +353 1 6057705.


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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Upper Lake Glendalough (Map east - M12)
Phone: +353 404 45425   Fax: +353 404 45306  
Opening Times: Open:May-August Daily 10.00-18.00 April & September Saturday/Sunday 10.00-18.00  

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Hill of Tara
Navan, Co. Meath (Map east - K10)
Phone: +353 46 25903   Fax: +353 46 25903  
Opening Times: Open daily 10.00 - 17.00, in summer 9.30 - 18.30  

The most important place in pre-Christian Ireland, when it was the seat of the High Kings. Marvellous views from the hill. Admission IR£1.50; concessions for students, children and senior citizens.


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Loughcrew
Corstown, Oldcastle, Co. Meath (Map east - J9)
Phone: +353 49 8542009   Fax: +353 49 9824798  
Opening Times: Open daily in summer 10.00 - 18.00  

Located in the north-west corner of Meath, these are 5,000-year old Neolithic passage tombs, with examples of pre-historic art. Guided Tours available. Admission IR£1; concessions for students, children and senior citizens.


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Newgrange
Donore, Co. Meath (Map east - L9)
Phone: +353 41 9880300   Fax: +353 41 9824798  
Opening Times: Open daily 9.30 - 17.30; in peak season 9.00 - 18.30.  

A 5000 year old burial chamber, the oldest and largest Neolithic tomb in Europe, designed so that the sun’s rays reach the central chamber at dawn on 21st December each year. There are similar tombs nearby at Knowth and Dowth. Nearby is the Bru na Boinne Interpretation Centre, from where guided tours start (access to Newgrange and Knowth is by guided tour only, and can be very busy in peak season). Newgrange is situated in Co. Meath, 45 minutes drive north of Dublin (depending on city traffic).


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Old Mellifont Abbey
Tullyallen, Drogheda (Map east - L9)
Phone: +353 41 982 6459   Fax: +353 41 982 4488  
Opening Times: May-Mid June Daily 10.00-17.00 Mid June-Mid September Daily 09.30-18.30 Mid September-Mid October 10.00-17.00  

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Trim Castle
Trim, Co. Meath (Map east - K10)
Phone: +353 41 9880300   Fax: +353 41 9823071  
Opening Times: Open daily in summer 10.00 - 18.00  

The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Europe, built in the 12th century, Trim Castle is impressive with its central tower, ‘the Keep’, which is 20-sided and was surrounded by a moat and curtain wall. More recently, Trim Castle was in use as the location of the film ‘Braveheart’. Admission IR£2.50 to Castle and Keep; concessions for students, children and senior citizens.


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Castletown House
Celbridge, Co. Kildare (Map east - J11)
Phone: +353 1 6288252  

Built in 1722, for the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, this is considered to be Ireland’s finest historic house. Thehouse is in the Palladian style; has a fine collectionof 18th century Irish furniture and paintings. Admission IR£3; concessions for students, children and senior citizens.


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Gardens in Kildare
Tully, Kildare town, Co. Kildare (Map east - K12)

The Japanese Gardens and the Garden of Saint Fiachra are in Tully, just outside Kildare town, which is approx. 45 minutes drive from Dublin. The Japanese Gardens were created in 1906; acclaimed as the finest Japanese gardens in Europe, they are home to several rare plants. An underground stone passage takes you into the new St. Fiachra’s Commemorative Garden. St. Fiachra (born 590 AD) is the patron saint of gardeners and this garden is a very unusual tribute, featuring a stone hermitage surrounded by water, and an inner rock garden containing handcrafted Waterford Crystal pieces. The Irish National Stud is nearby and is also worth a visit.


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Irish National Stud
Tully, Kildare town, Co. Kildare (Map east - K12)
Phone: +353 45 521617    Email: stud@irish-national-stud.ie

Kildare town is approx. 45 minutes drive from Dublin. The Irish National Stud, on the Tully farm, has been breeding thoroughbreds since 1900: with nearly 300 boxes on the land, it provides high class stallions to the Irish bloodstock industry. The ruins of Black Abbey (built 1212) are preserved nearby. The Japanese Gardens and the new Saint Fiachra’s Gardens are nearby and worth a visit.


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Larchill Gardens
Kilcock, Co. Kildare (Map east - K11)
Phone: +353 1 6284580  

This is an 18th century Arcadian Garden, the only example of its kind in Europe. You can do a 40-minute walk through the landscapes parkland and lakeshore. There are also several rare farm animal breeds here.


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Lodge Park
Straffan, Co. Kildare (Map east - K11)
Phone: +353 1 6273155  

Lodge Park is a Palladian House, built 1773.There is an 18th century Walled Garden which has a roserie, best in June and July. There is also a Steam Museum here, a cafe and a craft shop.


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Lullymore
Rathangan, Co. Kildare (Map east - K11)
Phone: +353 45 870238  

Lullymore is an island in the Bog of Allen, Ireland’s largest bog. The Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park includes woodland walks and indoor exhibitions, while Peatland World displays the history of bogs, peat and the local flora and fauna.


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Carlingford Adventure Centre
Tholsel Street, Carlingford (Map east - K8)
Phone: +353 42 9373100   Fax: +353 42 9373651   Email: cacentre@iol.ie

Week Full Board £253.00 Weekend Full Board £99.00- £105.00 Midweek Full Board £149.00 Public Holiday Weekends £149.00


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