Garden of Ireland and County Wicklow

Known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’, County Wicklow is a region of beautiful scenery, a spectacular coastline and some of Ireland’s best preserved remains. Overlooked by the Wicklow Mountains, with their domed granite peaks, deep glens and wooded valleys, you’ll see some of the finest countryside in Ireland.

6 days from £789pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 5 nights hotel with Irish breakfast
  • 5 evening meals
  • Porterage at the hotel
  • Regional joining points

Itinerary

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Local departure by coach, then to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland, and onward to our hotel, near Tulfarris in County Wicklow for four nights.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

Join us on our excursion to the spectacular  Wicklow Mountains, visiting the town of ‘Ballykissangel’ fame, Avoca. In Avoca you will be able to stand on the Lion Bridge, where the rivers Avonmore and Avonbeg converge to take in the view which inspired the poet Tom Moore to write his famous song, ‘The Meeting of the Waters’. 

We continue to the valley of the two lakes, Glendalough, celebrated equally for its beauty and for its historical and archaeological interests. We end the day in the seaside resort of Bray.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Wicklow Mountains

Enjoy a full day optional excursion, which takes us into County Kildare to visit the famous Irish National Stud and the adjacent Japanese Gardens, which are a joy to wander. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Excursions

  • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
    • 2024: £26.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

A day of exploring the Wicklow coast on our included excursion. The first stop will be in Wicklow, which is a pretty resort with a shingle beach. A spit of land called the Murrough was used by the Vikings as a refuge and now has a promenade and even a railway along some of it. The tour continues south around Brittas Bay to Arklow, one of the largest resorts on the east coast. We continue into  County Wexford and the attractive market town of Gorey. A stone Celtic cross on Gorey Hill commemorates the Insurrection, which occurred here at the end of the 18th century. You return to the coast for the final port of call at Courtown Harbour, a colourful sight with dozens of fishing and pleasure boats.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Wicklow Coast

We travel to Dublin on our included excursion. In Dublin, with its fascinating history, you can join an optional sightseeing tour which will take in the major sights and splendid architecture such as Trinity College, the Four Courts, the National Gallery and, of course, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

We continue to our overnight hotel on the outskirts of the city.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Dublin

Optional Excursions

  • Dublin Guided Sightseeing
    • 2024: £23.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

To Holyhead, then home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast*

Regional departure by coach or Home Connect service, then to Holyhead for the ferry to Ireland, and onward to Carlow for a four-night stay.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

Join our full day tour to the spectacular Wicklow Mountains. We head to the valley of the two lakes, Glendalough, which is celebrated equally for its beauty and for its history and archaeology.

We continue to the famous Mount Usher Gardens. Criss-crossed with dainty footbridges, the River Vartry flows through the centre of this authentic Robinsonian garden, with its enviable collection of trees, shrubs and plants. Voted 'Best Garden to visit in Ireland' by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, Monty Don has nominated Mount Usher as one of his favourite gardens. 

We end the day in the town of ‘Ballykissangel’ fame, Avoca. Stand on the Lion Bridge, where the rivers Avonmore and Avonbeg converge, to take in the view which inspired the poet Tom Moore to write his famous song, ‘The Meeting of the Waters’.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Mount Usher Gardens
  • Wicklow Mountains

Enjoy a full day included excursion, which takes us into County Kildare to visit the famous Irish National Stud and the adjacent Japanese Gardens – an absolute joy to wander! Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare – the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry – than the stud. This unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty is home to some of the world’s most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Excursions

  • Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
    • 2024: £26.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

Included excursion to beautiful Powerscourt House & Gardens, renowned as one of the most breathtaking and charming estates in Ireland. Explore the magnificent 47 acre gardens, voted third best garden in the world, and marvel at the sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. Among the highlights include Italianate terraces, the walled garden, the Japanese Garden and waterfalls.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Powerscourt Gardens

We travel to Dublin on our included excursion. In Dublin, with its fascinating history, you can join an optional sightseeing tour which will take in the major sights and splendid architecture such as Trinity College, the Four Courts, the National Gallery and, of course, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

We continue to our overnight hotel on the outskirts of the city.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Dublin

Optional Excursions

  • Dublin Guided Sightseeing
    • 2024: £23.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

To Holyhead, then home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast*

Accommodation

In 2023, you will stay for four nights at the 4-star Tulfarris Hotel Golf & Resort situated on the shores of the Blessington Lakes 

In 2024, you will stay for four nights at the 4-star Seven Oaks Hotel & Leisure Club situated in Carlow.

Overnight stay will be on the outskirts of the Dublin area and will be in a city-style hotel.


Seven Oaks

Seven Oaks

The Seven Oaks hotel is in the centre of Carlow. The hotel has a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. It also has a fitness suite, bar and restaurant.

Location: Athy Road, Carlow, R93 V4K5

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • English Speaking Staff
  • 4 Star
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
  • Central Location
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Extra Pillows and Blankets
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-Smoking Rooms Available
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
  • Iron or Trouser Press
Accessibility
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Disabled Rooms Available
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Ground Floor Rooms on Request
Food & Drink
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
  • Vegan Menu
Service
  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Laundry Service
  • Gym
Transport
  • Bus Stop Nearby
  • Train / Tram Nearby
Hotel
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
Additional Information

Single Room Supplements

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Reviews

3.6 Out of 5 ( 9 Reviews )

Reviews

Excellent
22%
Great
33%
Average
33%
Poor
0%
Bad
11%

Quality

4 / 5

Value for Money

3.9 / 5

Lesley Scott, 11 months ago

Not enough information given to us regarding the sites we were passing, the towns or villages we went to. Maybe the company should have given the drivers(who were new to the area) some sort of informative script. I really do not feel that I have experienced Ireland at all. The Irish National Stud and Japanese gardens visit was very good. The Dublin tour guide was excellent too. But the rest was slightly disappointing. I ended up going in to the tourist board in Kildare and was amazed at the story of that town and St Brigid. It would have been better to have heard some information about this and the Abbey etc. on the way in. The hotel was good, but too far out to do anything, there was nothing to do in the evening at all! No entertainment. The journey back left a bit to be desired. The driver had run out of hours due to traffic delays, so there was a lot of hanging around. The pick ups and drop offs could be organised better. One woman on our feeder coach who lived in Cheltenham was told pick up in Bristol and paid for overnight accommodation…. Only to be brought back to Cheltenham to pick us up! We were taken To Cheltenham by taxi where we could have been picked up in Strensham Services with others! We ended up arranging for a lift home from Strensham rather than wait to go to Cheltenham, then have to taxi all the way back to Ross on Wye. Overall not totally impressed with this holiday, although there were a few high points.

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Sue Butcher, 11 months ago

Nice scenery, but our holiday needed more content, national stud was interesting but wanted to see more of the horses..

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N Grundy, 11 months ago

All round good value to many early mornings .and some of the stop offs need a lot more planing

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Richard Wood, 11 months ago

The driver was ace - friendly and funny. The coach was ok. The first Hotel (Tulfarris) was really good - large rooms, friendly and helpful service and absolutely awesome food. The itinerary is mixed with some really good days (Dublin, Seaside visits: Bray etc.) included in the itinerary and some blander trips (Avoca, Arklow). We chose not to go on the Stud Farm & Japanese Gardens excursion and arranged our own trip to Russborough House - It was awesome and a genuine treasure.

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Rosemary Hamer, 11 months ago

Great Hotel with good food. Interesting itinerary

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Kevin Schofield, 11 months ago

Had a fabulous time in County Wicklow with Shearings.The coach and ferry travel was excellent and our hotel in Tulfarris was first class in every respect. The only negative was our first taxi from Wakefield to Leeds was late and then when it did arrive it was too small to accommodate us.

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