Ireland's Grand Houses & Glorious Gardens

The Wicklow area situated within Ireland’s Ancient East, has so much to offer. For 2021 we present 2 choices of itineraries featuring some of the areas most well-known attractions along with new hidden gems. Ireland’s Houses and Glorious Gardens focuses on the lovely gardens and grand houses within the vicinity.


Janine says…
“I’m over the moon to be able to offer the Tulfarris Hotel again in our Ireland portfolio. This hotel is just fabulous and a perfect place for a holiday to explore the Wicklow area.”

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

Day 2 Russborough House & Killruddery House
This morning, we visit the stunning stately home of Russborough House, where we enjoy a guided tour of the house. One of the finest great houses, Russborough contains a renowned art collection, furniture and furnishings. From here, we journey through the Wicklow Mountains National Park to the spectacular valley of Glendalough, home of the famous medieval monastic ruins. In the afternoon, we visit the magnificent historic house of Killruddery, where we enjoy a guided tour of the house and a self-guided audio tour of the gardens. With flowering woodland, formal 17th century gardens, long ponds, a walled garden and a tea room, Killruddery offers a relaxing visit in beautiful surroundings.

Day 3 Airfield Estate & Powerscourt
Today, we make our way to Airfield Estate, Dublin’s only working farm, now established as a charitable organisation, where people and nature meet in a peaceful natural environment. We enjoy a guided tour of the gardens before exploring the estate at leisure. Features include an interactive exhibition in the estate house, vintage cars, a farmyard and woodland walks. In the afternoon, we spend time at leisure exploring breathtaking Powerscourt Gardens, recently voted the world’s third best garden in the world by National Geographic. From here, we pay a visit to the Powerscourt Distillery, where we enjoy a guided tour, providing us with an insight into a whiskey distillery.

Day 4 Ballyknocken Cookery School & Mount Usher Gardens
Today, we head for the Ballyknocken Cookery School, where we enjoy a 75 minute
apple cake demonstration with tea. Set in a scenic location nestled between lush herb, vegetable and soft fruit gardens, this state-of-the-art award-winning cookery school is owned and managed by Irish celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio. From here, we travel through Wicklow Mountains National Park to the picturesque town of Avoca, the filming location for Ballykissangel and home to Avoca Handweavers, Ireland’s oldest weaving mill, where we have free time for lunch. From here, we travel to Mount Usher Gardens, one of Ireland’s greatest gardens, where we enjoy a 90 minute guided tour.

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

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

Blessington Lake, County Wicklow
AAAA Collection Hotel Double for Single Occupancy Lakeside Setting New to Albatross
The 4 star Tulfarris Hotel is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in Wicklow, overlooking the breathtaking and tranquil Blessington Lake. Superbly located for touring the area. Enjoy delicious food and relaxed bars. All 60 deluxe bedrooms contain hairdryer, TV,safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Breakfast is served in The Lime Tree Restaurant boasting stunning panoramic views of the lake and dinner in the adjacent room where the in-house entertainment can be enjoyed. The hotel has a lift. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

Blessington Lakes, County Wicklow
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £384pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement £120

• Return ferry crossing Holyhead - Dublin
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Guided tour of Russborough House
• Guided tour of Killruddery House
• Guided tour of Airfield Estate gardens
• Entrance to Powerscourt Gardens
• Guided tour of Powerscourt Distillery
• Cooking demo at Ballyknocken Cookery School
• Guided tour of Mount Usher Gardens
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Prices starting from...

£384 for 5 days

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