This must do tour presents the opportunity to enjoy a seaside holiday, explore the sights and sounds of cosmopolitan Dublin and experience the eighteenth century estate of Powerscourt. Our base is beautiful Bray, known as the “Gateway to the Garden of Ireland” and one of the Emerald Isle’s finest coastal resorts. It’s mile long sand and shingle beach with wide esplanade is dominated by Bray Head, a scenic cliff walk offering a feast of vistas and an abundance of wildlife. Bray boasts an array of attractions including the Heritage Centre covering a thousand years of history and seventeenth century Killruddery House and Gardens. Out and about, our first treat is a guided tour of the award-winning Glasnevin Cemetery Museum where we learn about this unique burial place along with the famous, and infamous, Irish characters buried within its walls. Afterwards, enjoy free time in Dublin with its countless landmarks like Trinity College, Dublin Castle and St Patrick’s Cathedral. On another day, a feast for the senses is in store when we visit spectacular Powerscourt House & Gardens where striking statues intermingle with lush flowerbeds, overlooked by a striking Palladian style mansion.
Day One. We head to Cairnryan for our ferry to Ireland then continue to the seaside town of Bray where we check in at the Royal Hotel & Merrill Leisure Club for our four night stay.
Day Two. We journey to Dublin to visit the award-winning Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Here our expert guide will give us a fascinating insight into this Victorian graveyard - the final resting place of some of the famous and infamous men and women who shaped Ireland. Afterwards, we learn more about Irish history at the on-site museum. We also receive a complimentary voucher to trace your family tree in the Glasnevin Genealogy Research Centre, and to receive discounted refreshments and souvenirs in the museum’s café and gift shop. Free time in Dublin this afternoon to explore at your own pace – perhaps visit the Guinness Storehouse, Dublinia Viking exhibition or the National Leprechaun Centre.
Day Three. A day to enjoy Bray at your own pace. Relax on the beach, visit the heritage centre, discover Killruddey House or perhaps take the mile long historic walk which starts in the harbour area near the former home of Irish novelist and poet James Joyce. This scenic route takes in views of Bray Head and Sugarloaf Mountains. In the evening it’s time to put on your glad rags for an evening of food and irish music at the famous Merry Ploughboy pub.
Day Four. Our treat today is a visit to Powerscourt House & Gardens. This sprawling country estate is dominated by a large Palladian style house, dating from the eighteenth century and nestling amidst fortyseven acres of gardens. Within its walls you’ll find a selection of bespoke shops as well as the Avoca Terrace Café where you can enjoy a cuppa along with sensational views. The gardens were recently voted number three in the world’s top ten gardens by National Geographic and feature a breathtaking blend of formal and themed gardens, ornamental lakes, striking statues, rambling walkways and sweeping terraces.
Day Five. After breakfast, we head for our ferry home.
The Royal Hotel is situated in the heart of Bray less than ten minutes stroll from the beach and surrounded by gardens, golf courses and scenic mountain walks. Relax with a drink in traditional McGettigan’s Bar and enjoy the facilities at Merrill Leisure Club & Spa.