Tradition, history, legacy, breath-taking scenery and the friendliest inhabitants you will meet. Come discover the best of Ireland with your family! This tour is bursting with adventure and memorable moments while keeping an appreciable pace to never feel under pressure. Take advantage of this family moment to create unforgettable memories, explore the sea waters of Connemara by kayak, kiss the Blarney Stone, explore Kerry's Ring and feel the wind on your cheeks atop the cliffs of Moher: Ireland is waiting for you!
Kids will enjoy:
- A visit to the National Leprechaun Museum
- Exploring the rolling hills of the Irish Coast
- Visiting actual Castles! Discovering Medieval Culture
Parents will love:
- Designing this trip with an expert local agent that understands the nuances of working with families
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- Car rental and the freedom to discover Ireland at your own paceSee more
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
DUBLIN is such a unique city and I personally love strolling through her streets, taking in the Georgian buildings, ornate lampposts (an unusual thing to like – but Dublin’s are works of art), the blend of different ethnicities that have found home in Ireland's capital and continually finding a new 'favourite place' (currently Chester Beatty Library). Dublin's history is long and is one that has layered the city as a foundation to what it is today. Viking, Georgian and Elizabethan influence are all evident across different elements of the city. Included within this is a distinctively Irish culture that supersedes other influences. Dublin is ranked as the 43rd most visited city in the world – just ahead of Florence in 44th – this is not a coincidence and is only growing in popularity. If you have any interest in literature, it is the home of a plethora of famed writers; including the less well-known Bram Stoker (creator of Dracula).
In DUBLINIA there are three main exhibits on offer. The Viking Dublin Exhibition takes you back to Dublin in Viking times. Visit a Viking house and learn of their long, challenging voyages, as well as unrivalled skill in weaponry. The second exhibit focusses on medieval Dublin. Take a 700 year trip back in time to the Dublin of the Reformation and Strongbow. Learn of warfare, crime, punishment, death & disease, as well as games and pastimes of a bygone era. The third exhibit explains in detail the lengths to which history hunters and archaeologists have gone in uncovering and piecing together Dublin's extensive and varied past. View genuine Viking and Mediaeval artefacts, including a medieval skeleton, found in Dublin. This fascinating interactive exhibition revives all aspects of the medieval city through the senses.
The NATIONAL LEPRECHAUN MUSEUM is the first ever visitor attraction dedicated to the world of Irish myth, opens up a world full of folklore and stories. A fairytale for adults and children alike, this interactive experience gives a deeper sense of Irish cultural identity and imagination. Feel what it’s like to journey deep beneath the rocks of the Giant’s Causeway, open up your mind to the sights and stories of Ireland’s mythical otherworld on a trip to fairy hill, experience what it’s like to live in a leprechaun sized world and journey to the end of the rainbow to see if the elusive crock of gold really exists.
The NATIONAL PRINT MUSEUM was officially opened in 1996 in the former Garrison Chapel of Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin 4.The National Print Museum was established to document the history of printing in Ireland, to retain the skills relating to the craft of printing and to create a permanent working exhibition of printing. The museum has a collection of over 10,000 objects that cover the whole range of printing crafts in Ireland. The collection comprises printing machinery and artefacts, including printing blocks, metal and wooden moveable type, ephemera, photographs, books, pamphlets, periodicals and one banner.
A step aboard the JEANIE JOHNSTON FAMINE SHIP is a step towards understanding the daunting experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic seeking survival and hope in the “New World” of North America. Jeanie Johnston is docked at Custom House Quay in Dublin’s city centre and is an accurate replica of the original ship which sailed between Tralee in Co. Kerry and North America between 1847 and 1855. The ship is open for visitors with guided tours being conducted daily. A tour of the re-created Jeanie Johnston enables visitors to see what it was like on board a wooden tall ship during the Famine era. The tour will convey a deep sense of history and will to be a memorable experience for all who go on board.
The world’s only fully digital museum features 1,500 years of Irish history in its atmospheric vaults. Experience this breath taking story in interactive galleries, with a feast of powerful audio and video bringing these one-of-a-kind tales to life. Shortlisted for European Museum of the Year 2018, EPIC – THE IRISH EMIGRATION MUSEUM is a top-rated, family-friendly attraction is an essential destination for everyone with an interest in Ireland’s people, culture and history. Relive some of the greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, business, politics, fashion and science. Among TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things to Do in Dublin, National Geographic Travel describe it as “Simply too good of a story to miss”. EPIC also houses the Irish Family History Centre, with a team of genealogy experts to help visitors uncover their Irish roots. Night in Dublin.
CLONMACNOISE is An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.
In a recent nationwide survey the people of GALWAY were found to be Ireland's happiest! And visiting Galway City, it is not hard to see why. It is a lively university city of narrow streets, quaint shopfronts, bustling pubs and stunning surrounding scenery. It has always attracted a bohemian mix of musicians, artists and intellectuals and that attitude is palpable as you walk the streets. Galway has been commercially important since the 11th century when it was a centre for trade with Spain and Portugal. In 1477 Christopher Columbus paid a visit. Today it is lively, with loads of things to do, and is so popular that it can get very crowded in summer, especially during the annual Galway Races. The annual Arts Festival also attracts thousands, especially for its street parade.
GALWAY ATLANTAQURIA National Aquarium of Ireland presents a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions. This is achieved through accurately displaying aquatic life in a manner that reflects their natural habitats, providing an enjoyable and educational environment to learn about the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland. As Ireland's largest aquarium - they strive to ensure that a visit to the aquarium is original and full of wonder for visitors of all ages and abilities. You can take a tour or just enjoy at your leisure, with talks throughout the day include ' Big Fish' feeding, Touch pool tours, fresh water fish feeding. Aquarium staff are on hand to assist and answer questions. Night in Galway.
Northwest of Galway City lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of CONNEMARA. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays.
GLENGOWLA MINES are a remarkable and impressive example of how part of Ireland's valuable industrial heritage has been reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding visitor attraction. The mine is noted for it's rare and beautiful octahedral crystals of fluorite and quartz. Pitch pine timbers believed to be brought back to the west of Ireland by the emigrant coffin ships are still intact in the mine today.
Set in the Connemara mountains is KYLEMORE ABBEY, a beautiful neo-Gothic Castle. Given it's picture-perfect location, Kylemore is often touted as Ireland's most romantic castle. Built by English industrialist Mitchell Henry in 1868, visitors to the three reception rooms in the Abbey are touched by its history steeped in romance and tragedy. Kylemore Castle was sold to Benedictine nuns fleeing war-torn Belgium in 1920 and the Castle became an Abbey. The Community of Nuns re-opened their International Boarding School here and established a day school for local girls. The Church, a ‘miniature cathedral’, is a centre of prayer for many visitors.
A little further north of Kylemore Abbey is Ireland’s only fjord – KILLARY HARBOUR. Here, the Atlantic Ocean forces itself 16km inland. The inlet is sheltered by mountains on either side and provides some of the best scenery in this region. It is also a prime location for bird watching, hiking and kayaking. After an exhilarating day smothered in nature, return to civilisation by spending the night in Galway city. It is a fantastic location for a family day out kayaking and fully embracing the Wild Atlantic. Alternatively, there are options for HORSE RIDING around Connemara also. Night in Galway.
On the ARAN ISLANDS, you can immerse yourself in the rich Celtic culture among people who speak Irish as their first language, and experience a whole different way of life. Here you will find that the 1,500 people that inhabit these islands are quite removed from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Some of the best attractions include Man of Aran Fudge, Seal Colony and Dun Aonghasa Fort. Ferry is best taken from Rossaveal in Connemara, Co. Galway.
One thing you have to do once you arrive on INIS MOR is rent a bicycle. Whether you are going off on your own, with a friend or a group ... cycling around Inis Mor is a must! Aran Island Bike Hire have an ample supply of bicycles for everyone - regardless of how busy the island is. You can even rent a tandem bike if you fancy trying to travel around with a friend. Please be advised that as it is an island, there are a limited amount of climbs and is generally flat terrain. You will come across a few inclines, but they are definitely manageable. It is truly the best way to get around the island and interact with all the sights surrounding you. You will really feel like you have stepped back in time as you are surrounded by stone walls everywhere and ultimate serenity.
DUN AONGHASA is one of Irelands most visited attractions. Located on the 300ft cliff side or south side of Inismór, It is a semi circular stone fort over looking the Atlantic with daunting and dramatic views that stretch the length of the Island. Dun Aonghasa is deemed to be one of the best examples of its kind in Europe. Archaeologists, scholars and tourists come here from all over the world and it is likely to be given the official status of a world heritage site in the near future. A 14 acre site the fort consists of three terraced walls surrounding an inner enclosure containing a platform on the edge of a three hundred foot high cliff. The views from it are breathtakingly spectacular. Excavations carried out in the 1990s indicated that people had been living at the hill top from c.1500 BC with the first walls and dwelling houses being erected c. 1100 BC. Night in Galway.
Although one of the oldest in Ireland, AILWEE CAVE is still a fairly recent discovery. It is one of the few caves which has all the features of Clare underground - great caverns, bridged chasms, stalactites, subterranean rivers - and which is easily accessible to the general public. Before Aillwee Cave was opened to the public in 1976, its entrance was only a chink in a cliff face. The man who discovered the cave was Jacko McGann, explored much of the cave by candlelight. In 1973, cavers continued to explore as far as a massive fall of boulders that sealed the passage. The cavers mapped the cave passages, a total of 210m. In 2008, The Birds of Prey Centre opened at Aillwee Cave. The centre allows visitors a rare glimpse at these magnificent animals, some of which are endangered.
THE BURREN, or Boireann, meaning Great Rock, is in County Clare. It is without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe. The Burren occupies approximately 250 square kilometres. Bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. Stroll the meadows, be astonished by the boulders, and read the trail marks and footprints that the ice age and volcanoes left behind. The Burren is littered with ancient and megalithic sites. The most dramatic of these is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive 5,000 year old portal tomb. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place, is a mystery – which continues to baffle archaeologists.
The CLIFFS OF MOHER are one of Ireland's premier visitor attractions. The Cliffs stand 214 metres (700 feet) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. There are two paths to take north and south along the cliff edge, providing spectacular views all the way. Construction of an award winning eco-friendly Visitor Centre was completed in 2007. The interpretive centre named 'Atlantic Edge' contains state of the art displays and visitor facilities. The grass-roofed building is cleverly set into the hillside - a unique cave-like structure which minimises the visual impact on this fabulously scenic location. Night in Clare.
In Bunratty Village, one can enjoy the medieval grandeur that awaits in BUNRATTY CASTLE and its lively Folk Park. The castle, overlooking the River Shannon, is in excellent condition and well worth a visit. It is one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish tower house, and it's current peaceful and picturesque state belies its bloody and violent history. The Folk Park adjoins the castle and vividly portrays what everyday life was like in rural Ireland about 100 years ago. It contains reconstructed farmhouses, cottages and shops, replete with authentic furnishings. The Park is a living museum: animals are tended, bread is baked, milk is churned, walls are whitewashed and roofs are thatched. Once you've explored the Castle & Folk Park, be sure to sample a relaxing cup of tea and freshly baked scones in one of the quaint thatched cottage cafes. The stunning exhibition at KING JOHN’S CASTLE brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.
Explore the visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. Children will love the dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time. The Education and Activity Room is bustling with tasks to stimulate curious minds.
During your stay in Ireland’s capital, make a point to go through Dublin City’s PHOENIX PARK. At over 700 hectares (1752 acres) in size, it is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660's and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to Dublin Zoo and the walled Victorian Flower Garden. Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park. From the visitor centre, you can enjoy a historical interpretation of the park from 3500 B.C. to present day, and view an audio-visual presentation on the Phoenix Park through the ages. There are many walks and cycle routes available to the public. Night in Dublin.
Breakfast included at accommodation. Return to Shannon airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|2 Pax||Single Supplement||Child Supplement|
|Price per person (Jan - Mar and Nov - 15th Dec 2019)||$650||$340||$170|
|Price per person (Apr a,d Oct)||$750||$340||$170|
|Price per person (May and Sept)||$920||$340||$170|
|Price per person (June)||$990||$340||$170|
|Price per person (July - Aug)||$1,080||$340||$170|
|Price per person (15th - 31st Dec 2019)||$930||$340||$170|