Join us for a break in lovely Wicklow. Known for its namesake mountains, Irish Sea coastline, country estates and the Wicklow Way. Our village base is the perfect location for exploring Wicklow Mountains National Park, home of glacial lakes and rivers and Glendalough, the remains of an early medieval monastic settlement in a forested valley, colourful Powerscourt Estate and Ireland’s capital, Dublin.
The noted 3 star Park View Hotel is located in the village of Newtownmountkennedy on the edge of the Wicklow National Park. Although modern in appearance, the hotel offers a wonderfully relaxing ambience. All the en-suite bedrooms are bright, modern and furnished to a high standard and with tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace overlooking a small park. All floors are served by lift.
Sunday From your front door early morning to the waiting Club Class coach for the cross country drive to Holyhead to join the Irish Ferries sailing to Dublin, enjoying the comfort of the Club Lounge. Upon arrival in Ireland we make our way to our holiday resort and the Park Hotel where a welcome tea or coffee awaits.
Monday This morning we travel into the Wicklow Mountains and visit the ‘honeypot’ of the National Park, Glendalough. We will begin at the Visitor Centre by the Upper Lake and learn about the Monastic City before wandering around the adjacent Sensory Garden, then a visit to the Monastic City itself at the mouth of the Glendalough Valley. Dating back to the 6th Century, this area was once inhabited by monks, who lived in stone buildings, many of which still stand today. The Gateway, the Round Tower (30 metres high), the Cathedral, the Priest’s House and St Kevin’s Kitchen are some of the highlights. Then we make our way to the village of Avoca, the filming location for ‘Ballykissangel’. Returning to the hotel in time to relax before dinner.
Tuesday Today we take the coast north to spend time in Dublin, the Irish capital. We include a tour of the principle sights among them Trinity College, O’Connell Street, Phoenix Park then offer time in the famous Guinness Storehouse (entrance not included). After time to explore the heart of the city we take a relaxing cruise to view the city from a new perspective before our return to the hotel.
Wednesday A full day visit to the beautiful Powerscourt Estate, one of Europe’s greatest treasures gracing the Wicklow Mountains. The gardens are stunning; to the north formal tree plantations frame the vista from the house, while a walled garden, fish pond, cascades, grottos and terraces lay to the south. Walks wind through the wooded grounds and a fine tree lined avenue. We also include entrance to the house.
Thursday An early start as we drive to Dublin where we join the Irish Ferries morning ferry for the sailing to Holyhead, whilst on board we enjoy breakfast. From North Wales we make use of the motorways to return to our home area and waiting taxis, after an enjoyable taste of Ireland
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