A large country house & estate together with Ireland's smallest city - a great day out!
This is a full day - a visit to Kilkenny, Ireland's medieval city, and a city full of churches, castles, inns and centuries of history. Kilkenny is located about 90 minutes drive from Dublin and has one of the finest castles in Ireland.
Following a tour of Kilkenny, we will head further south, to the fascinating Quaker town of Portlaw, laid out by the Malcomson family for workers in their cotton mills - it is unique in Ireland.
We are heading to Curraghmore House, home to the 9th Marquis of Waterford, and a wonderful place to visit as it is still a family home with original contents, and the former butler to the 8th Marquis can be your guide here! Here you will really get a feel for life in a "big house", enjoy a walk around the gardens and see the unique Shell House. Curraghmore House only recently opened to the public and I rate it as one of the most interesting places you can visit, if built heritage and social history is your interest.
Pickup at your hotel/mutually agreed location
Travel to Kilkenny - approx 90 mins from city centre
Visit to Kilkenny and a guided walk through the city.
Travel to Portlaw town in Co Waterford - about an hour from Kilkenny.
Visit to Curraghmore House, gardens and Shell House, aiming for the 2 pm tour.
Return to Dublin - at least two hours, but on a more direct route.
Timings are approximate and you will not be rushed. . .
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The meeting location will be agreed between us - probably your hotel
End location: I will leave you back at your hotel unless you specify otherwise.
Duration: 10 hours
Starting times to be agreed with client - open to discussion!
We will travel in a Mercedes E200, (2013) driven by your Guide. This seats five adults and is a licensed limousine. Should you require a larger vehicle, I can quote for this.
Transport, with all parking fees and tolls included, is provided in a licensed limousine for up to four passengers. If a larger vehicle is required, I can get a quote for this. The services of a private fully badged Guide are included.
Kilkenny is approximately 90 minutes from Dublin City and Curraghmore House is another hour from Kilkenny.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 Euro - Admission to Curraghmore estate is €15 per person and snacks/lunch should be budgeted for.
Admission to Kilkenny Castle is €8 per person.