A Giant Dose of Houses & Gardens of Northern Ireland

Step into some of Northern Ireland’s finest properties and brush up on your knowledge of the patron saint of Ireland on this tour. We stroll through magnificent mansions and the gorgeous grounds that house them, set foot on the tremendous Giant’s Causeway, and take
a tour of Saint Patrick’s country.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Castle Ward & Mount Stewart
We start our day with a visit to the impressive Castle Ward. Impressive indeed, one
decorative style wasn’t enough for this 18th century mansion – it is famed for its dual
architecture, with one side of the building featuring a classical Palladian style and the
other a Gothic theme. The grounds are just as grand, with wonderful wildlife and
spectacular scenery to spot as we stroll. In the afternoon we tick off another of Northern
Ireland’s fine properties, Mount Stewart. In addition to the majestic mansion with lavish
interiors, we can wander around the world class landscaped gardens, which have been
voted among the top 10 gardens in the world.

Day 3 Saint Patrick Centre & Hillsborough Castle
We spend our morning exploring Saint Patrick’s country with a guided tour. Starting at
the Saint Patrick Centre, an exhibition detailing the life of the patron saint of Ireland, we
also take in Saul Church, the site of Saint Patrick’s earliest place of Christian worship in
Ireland and where he died, as well as the medieval Down Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s grave
and Down County Museum. In the afternoon, we follow in the footsteps of royalty with
a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s royal residence, Hillsborough Castle. As we move
through the stunning State Rooms, we learn more about the history of this elegant
Georgian home. Outside, we can stretch our legs in the 100 acres of beautiful gardens.

Day 4 Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Coast & Glenarm Castle
This morning, we visit the extraordinary natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site and national nature reserve. Against a splendid backdrop
of dramatic cliffs and the crashing North Atlantic Ocean, we get to grips with the world-famous basalt columns before travelling through more scenic landscape with a drive along the spectacular Antrim Coast. In the afternoon, we enjoy entrance to The Walled Garden at Glenarm Castle. One of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens, we spend some time strolling
through the fabulous flowers and pretty plants dotted around.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

Dunadry Hotel and Country Club

Dunadry, County Antrim
AAAA Collection Hotel Free Onsite Coach Parking Refurbished Hotel
Now under new ownership and part of the McKeever Hotel Group, this stunning 4 star hotel has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme of all public areas, with all bedrooms due to be upgraded by early 2019. The hotel is built on the site of an ancient fort and, subsequently, a paper mill, and is set within beautiful gardens alongside the Six Mile Water trout river. All 80 spacious bedrooms are elegantly furnished and contain a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant provides a relaxed and modern dining experience while the bar has a cosy fireplace and embodies many of the old paper mill’s original features. Extensive leisure and spa facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa pool, steam room, beauty salon and gym. The hotel does not have a lift but ground floor rooms are available. Rooms on the first floor are currently accessed by 22 steps. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Dunadry Hotel & Gardens

Dunadry, County Antrim
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £289pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £107

• Return ferry crossing Cairnryan - Belfast
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee & shortbread
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
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