Welcome to the Cliff Townhouse Hotel
A Luxury 4* Boutique hotel. . .
Located in a fashionable city center neighborhood rich with culture, historic sites and upscale boutiques. With Cliff Townhouse as a base, it’s easy to make the most of Dublin's destination highlights, many of which are accessible within a few minutes’ walk.
EPIC tells the moving and unforgettable stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in its atmospheric vaults. The world’s only fully digital museum, experience this breathtaking story in state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish history to life. Watch characters from the past tell one-of-a-kind tales of adventure and perseverance, conflict and discovery, belief and community.
This evening, we enjoy an authentic Irish Night & Cabaret dinner show with music, dancing & comedy!
There was a castle here built on a motte by the Anglo Normans. The gate tower of this led into the castle bawn and is now the centre of the present building. This central gate passage with its 12’ walls can be seen in the lower floor of the present building.
The castle or fortress of Birr was re occupied by the O’Carrolls who held it until the 1580s when it was sold to the Ormond Butlers. In 1620 the now ruined castle was granted to the Parsons family by James I. Rather than occupy the tower house of the O’Carrolls they preferred to turn the Norman gate tower into their ‘English House’, building on either side and incorporating two flanking towers. Sir Laurence Parsons did a large amount of building and remodelling including, probably, the building of the two flanking towers, before his death in 1628. This is all accounted for in our archives.
The castle survived two sieges in the 17th century, leaving the family impoverished at the beginning of the 18th century and little was done to the 17th century house. However at some time towards the end of that century, or at the beginning of the 19th century, the house, which had always faced the town, was given a new gothic facade, which now faced the park. The ancient towers and walls on this, now the park side of the castle, were swept away, including the Black Tower (the tower house) of the O’Carrolls, which had stood on the motte. Around 1820 the octagonal Gothic Saloon overlooking the river was cleverly added into the space between the central block and the west flanking tower.
After a fire in the central block in 1836 the centre of the castle was rebuilt, ceilings heightened, a third story added and also the great dining room. In the middle of the 1840s to employ a larger work force during the famine, the old moat and the original Norman motte were also flattened and a new star-shaped moat was designed, with a keep gate. This was financed by Mary, Countess of Rosse. At this time the great telescope was built.
The final work on the castle was done in the 1860s when a square tower at the back of the castle on the East side was added. This now contains nurseries on the top floor which have a great view over the town.
Birr Castle Gardens
The Award-Winning Gardens of Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre in Ireland are both rich in amazing feats of science and engineering as well as rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife, and walks along peaceful rivers and the lake. The Parsons family invite you to explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations it is an environmental and scientific time capsule.
This afternoon, we will enjoy High Tea together at Ashford Castle!
An exquisite setting for a traditional pastime. The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868. You’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment.
Check-in to the Old Ground Hotel
A beautifully restored 18th Century Manor House Hotel in Ennis, Ireland
Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel
Built in the early part of the 18th Century as a private dwelling and a hotel since 1895 the Old Ground Hotel Ennis has a long tradition and connection to the people of County Clare.
This unique 4 star Ennis Hotel is on the doorstep of the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A warm welcome, a highly acclaimed culinary experience using local Ennis produce and luxurious accommodation awaits you. Our dedicated and experienced staff will ensure that you come to see the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis as a home away from home.
Today, our tour begins through the majestic Connemara National Park area where breathtaking scenery abound, and leads us to Kylemore Abbey & it's Victorian Walled Gardens
Today we begin our tour with Irealnd's stony place ~ the Burren.
It is home to rare alpine plants, delicate wonders that grow in the thin soil & crevices - gentians, orchids and maidehhair ferns amongst others. The survival of both alpine and Mediterranean plants in this unusual habitat continues to arouse and to delight its visitors. The Burren contains dozens of megalithic tombs, Celtic crosses and a ruined Cistercian Abbey dating from the 12th century, Corcomroe. You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car.
Check-in to the Great Southern Hotel
Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel
Great Southern Killarney's spectacular architecture melded with effortless service and genuine hospitality has made Great Southern Killarney an iconic retreat for over 160 years. Originally opened in 1854, the hotel was named The Great Southern Hotel for over 100 years then changed to The Malton Killarney in 2007 before returning once again in 2018 as the iconic Great Southern Killarney. The reason for returning back to the Great Soutehrn from The Malton was that many members of the local community and also our guests still refer to, and are familiar with the hotel as the Great Southern, and also due to the Great Southern’s rich history and it’s positive legacy which endures. Killarney hoteliers, the Scally Family, who also own Killarney Royal and Hayfield Manor in Cork undertook ownership of the Great Southern in November 2014, since then the Great Southern team have worked towards restoring the hotel to its former greatness. As part of that restoration project, the hotel’s magnificent Grand Foyer has been restored to the original Victorian design, the sublime public areas have been redecorated in classical style, an extensive bedroom refurbishment program has been undertaken and the facilities surrounding Great room.
Today Great Southern Killarney stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel. The hotel is uniquely situated on 6 acres of beautiful gardens, directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station, right in the heart of Killarney town centre. Great Southern Killarney enjoys an impressive history, throughout which the hotel has fortunately retained its striking original Victorian features, as well as developing a deluxe guest experience with beautifully appointed accommodation & guest facilities including the gourmet Garden Room Restaurant, the welcoming meeting point Brownes - The Bar, The Killarney Wine Room, home to the hotel’s wine tasting experience & traditional Afternoon Tea served daily in The Grand Foyer & the beautifully restful, Reading Room Residents’ Lounge.
Today we tour the majestic Gap of Dunloe located in the Killarney National Park. Here we can horseback ride, take a hike or perhaps a boat ride.
Time to Explore!
Lunch at Lord Brandon's Cottage
After Breakfast, depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland! The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book. The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread. We continue on to Slea Head. Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands. The awe-inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched. There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula.
Today, we journey onward toward Cork with stops along the way in Macroom and Blarney!
Blarney Castle is home to the blarney stone, which legend has it bequeaths the "gift of eloquence" to those who kiss it! Time to shop at the Woolen Mills or stop in Christy's Pub for a Pint! We depart Blarney and enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork City, home to several magnificent churches including St Ann's & St Finbar's cathedral. Cork City is the second largest city Ireland and takes its name from the Irish word Corcaigh meaning "marshy place". The ancestral home of America's automobile pioneer, Henry Ford is located here.
Check-in to the Imperial Hotel Cork
Luxury 4* Boutique Hotel
The Imperial Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Cork City. This luxury 4 star boutique Cork hotel enjoys an unrivaled setting, with the world famous English Market and the bustling main shopping districts of St. Patrick and Oliver Plunket Street right on the doorstep. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition, The Imperial Hotel in Cork is regarded by many as the ‘Grand Dame’ of Cork.
Magnificently renovated, The Imperial Hotel, Cork, offers the finest luxury accommodations with a bespoke, personal and professional service in surroundings bristling with old world charm, opulent décor and a truly welcoming atmosphere.
Check-in to the Dromoland Castle Hotel
5* Luxury Hotel
Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. The ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, one of the last High Kings of Ireland, we’ve got nobility and hospitality in our DNA.
From the imposing baronial façade to our startling interiors, you’ll find a world of historic grandeur underpinned by the finest modern comforts. With lavish decor, indulgent dining, fabulous views and magnificent bedrooms, this is a place to feel at home.
Behind our warm Irish welcome is the belief that every guest is royalty. Stroll the 450-acre estate. Tee off on our world class golf course. Take afternoon tea by a roaring fire. Relax in our intimate spa. Enjoy delicious cuisine. No matter what your preference, at Dromoland Castle there’s no escaping the sense that you are walking in the shadows of kings.
The pinnacle of excellence, come in the knowledge that all your expectations will be met. A remarkable retreat with an easy elegance, it’s time to make Dromoland Castle a part of your story.
~ Accommodations ~
10/18/ 19 ~ 1nt in a Queen Anne Room, including Breakfast
Today, we head toward Dublin for our last night of the tour. We will drive through the Irish Midlands to Clonmacnoise. The ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is situated at the crossroads of Ireland in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years. We continue onto Clontarf Castle for our last overnight in Ireland.
Check-in to Clontarf Castle, Dublin
4* Luxury Hotel
Clontarf Castle is a unique 12th Century castle hotel offering a perfect blend of Irish history & tradition with all of the luxuries of the 21st century, following a significant investment that has seen glamorous, bespoke interiors that will capture the imagination and enrich the senses.
Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of lapping waters from the Irish Sea.
Clontarf Castle Hotel’s 111 newly refurbished guest rooms and hotel suites range from the luxurious to the truly extravagant, with individual and unique designs that mesmerises your senses and all the in room touches you need to ensure the perfect nights rest in great Dublin accommodation with beautiful views of the stunning Dublin Mountains.
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