Kilkenny Castle in Ireland

Family Trip to Ireland: Culture, Castles and Folklores

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Kilkenny, Cork, Kerry, Dromoland

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Children dream of visiting castles and living with knights and princesses. You can make the family’s dreams come true on an Ireland tour customized for adventure and luxury in five-star locations. Majesty abounds in antique marketplaces and along staggering cliffs, and the past returns to life at a folk-park teaching visitors about blacksmithing, weaving, and cooking in medieval times. Dolphins leap out of the water off the western shores, and the landscape features 9,000 years of cultural history....

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend a night in a luxury castle situated on 1,500 acres of woods, plains, and water from a shimmering lake
  • Witness the fantastic panorama of the Cliffs of Moher, notable in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as the site Voldemort hid a Horcrux
  • Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and listen to the cultural heritage of County Cork
  • Learn about the history of Cobh, where tens of thousands of people fled Ireland during the century-long famine
  • Follow in the footsteps of the passengers aboard the infamous ship at the Titanic Visitor Attraction for an immersive and interactive museum experience
  • Traverse the heritage trails of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park which has returned medieval cottages, craftspeople, and castle walls to the estate
  • Wander amidst the castle ruins of Ballycarbery while exploring the treasures of the Ring of Kerry
  • Discover the glistening Crystal Gallery inside Crag Cave

Detailed Description

Castles conjure images of royalty and legends with emerald grasses and rugged cliffs. Your 8-day Ireland tour celebrates castles, luxury, and family-friendly thrills. Travel from Dublin to Kilkenny, and Cork to Dromoland Castle on a road-trip through inspiring landscape and captivating history. Search for deer foraging in the woods and dolphins swimming in the Atlantic. Learn archery or ride horses, stroll along crenulated ramparts, and listen to the legends passed down for generations.

The family adventure begins with your arrival at Dublin International Airport. You pick up the rental car and drive to the welcoming city of Kilkenny to walk along the medieval lanes, preserved castle grounds, and into a captivating cathedral. The city embodies the splendors of historic Ireland with exciting stories fit for all ages. Explore County Kilkenny and County Cork to find the Titanic Center, along with the émigré experience connecting visitors to the great Irish famine. Discover nine millennia of history and meet with artisan craftspeople. Kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of eloquence then duck into Crag Cave to view the fascinating stalactites and stalagmites decorating the smooth ceilings, grounds, and walls.

Traverse the Ring of Kerry, a looped road famous for its ancient ruins and unique landscapes before wandering around the Cliffs of Moher and the limestone features of The Burren. Relax in the tranquil scenery and luxurious charms of Dromoland Castle. Watch falconry, bask in the swimming pool, or cycle along the trails winding around the estate before returning the rental car at Shannon Airport for your flight home. You could extend your family vacation by continuing to England or traveling through medieval France to keep the castles and captivating landscapes in view.

Starting Price

$4,155 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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