Newton Abbot Travel Club
         Ireland 17

Essence of  South East Ireland

Sunday 14th/Thursday 18th May 2017

Mount Usher Gardens

Morning departure to Pembroke and ferry crossing to Rosslare. After arriving in Rosslare its a short drive to Wexford and our hotel for the next 2 nights the  nationally renowned 4* Ferrycarrig over looking the River Slaney. The hotel has won various awards for its food, hospitality and excellent leisure facilities.

After a good breakfast we enjoy the gardens & scenery of the area first visiting Mount Usher gardens, Monty Don says its one of his favourite gardens.  Then to Powerscourt Gardens listed as one of the top gardens in Ireland.  Afterwards we sit back and enjoy a scenic drive back to the hotel through the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
After breakfast we leave Ferrycarrig and Wexford.  Our first stop today will be at New Ross to take a costumed  guided tour on the famine ship Dumbrodie. An authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel. ‘The Dunbrody’ provides a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude with which Irish people faced up to a desperate situation during this period. 
Next will be a visit to The House of Waterford Crystal & a guided tour taking in all apsects of the production of Waterford Crystal including crystal blowing, mould making, quality inspection & finising. Crystal cutting, sculpting & engraving. After  a chance to look around the retail store which showcases the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world, have a look at the Exhibition & Crystal Showcase and World Sports Trophy Display.
We make our way to our hotel  for the next two nights the  4* Hotel Kilkenny in Kilkenny with leisure facilities.  Hotel Kilkenny is known for its welcoming of guests and good local produce meals.

We hope there will be time for you to make any optional visits to one of the main attractions in Kilkenny - The Castle, Smithwick Brewery &  road train tours all within the Medieval Mile. Kilkenny City as it is known has old-world charm  with its medieval cobbled streets  & buildings. The award winning Kytelers Inn est.1324 is one of the pubs  where there is nightly live Irish  music.  There are many small independant shops &  other small pubs around the town where groups  also sing at night.
After breakfast we make our way to Kildare and The Irish Stud & Japanese Gardens. A guided tour will explain about this thoroughbred horse breeding facility. Time to walk & enjoy the Japanese Gardens, St Fiachra's Gardens & Horse Museum which are all on the same site. We then travel to Lullymore Heritage & Discovery  to finish off our day in this area.  We hope to gain   a comprehensive insight into the Irish Peatlands and the people who have lived around them for millennia.   Why and how bodies were ritually buried and preserved for 1000’s of years in the bogs and discover the secrets of bog butter.  When leaving don't forget to make a wish at The Fairy tree.
Sadly its time to make our way home.  We travel up to Dublin to have a couple of hours in the city, if time permits perhaps take in a tour of Guinness or Trinity College or just savour the  city before catching the afternoon ferry to  Holyhead & home. Please note we will not arrive back until very late evening.

Included in the price of the break

Coach with pickups, Forde Park, Railway Station, B&Q Newton Abbot,
Next Greenhill Way  Kingsteignton & Exeter if required
Ferry Crossings

2 nights Bed Breakfast & 3 course dinner at 4* Ferrycarrig Hotel Wexford
2 nights Bed Breakfast & 3 course dinner at 4* Kilkenny Hotel, Kilkenny
Entry to Mount Usher Gardens
Entry to Powerscourt Gardens
Guided tour Dumbrodie Famine Ship
Guided tour Waterford Crystal
Guided tour Irish Stud & entry to Japanese Gardens
Entry and tour Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Centre




£25 per person deposit with booking

Final payment by 31st March
Please note you have to  to take out your own travel insurance, it is compulsary for all trips outside the UK + passport or photo driving licence  is required for this break.

 Powerscourt Gardens

Dunbrodie Famine Ship


Waterford Crystal


1 double  or twin + 1 single now available