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....
Kilkenny – Arrive in Dublin and Travel to Kilkenny for an Introductory Tour
The Ireland of your imaginations comes to life in Kilkenny. Gray limestone ascends from emerald grass, and medieval cobblestone lanes lead to narrow alleys dividing historical buildings. The castle and cathedral decorate the banks of the River Nore. The city brims with artistic activity with artisans crafting traditional bodráns, Irish drums, and artwork dedicated to capturing the countryside. Your family adventure begins with your arrival in Dublin where you pick up the family-friendly rental car at the airport and traverse the gorgeous landscapes between the capital city and the charming borders of Kilkenny.
The kids are immediately swept into the grandeur and storybook ambiance of the medieval quarter. The Victorian opulence of the castle was erected over 12thcentury foundations. The stones shimmer with sliver streaks in the sunlight. The Long Gallery captivates the family with a painted roof portraying Celtic and medieval myths, elegant fireplace carved out of marble, and portraits of the Butler Family decorating the gallery. In the evening, the sounds of Irish jigs and ballads emanate from the traditional pubs and the aroma of stew filters out of the restaurants serving comforting Irish dishes with contemporary twists. The Medieval Mile Museum is located inside 13th-century St. Mary’s Church. The modern museum follows the history of Kilkenny through medieval times, highlighting the 16th and 17th-century ornate tombs carved out of local limestone.
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Kilkenny – Explore the Irish National Heritage Park and Discover Crystals
Cork – Visit Blarney Castle, Ballycotton Bay, and the History of Cork
Cork – Relish a Full-Day Excursion around the Sites and Experiences of Cork
Kerry – Discover Tremendous Villages and Castles on the Ring of Kerry
Kerry – Traverse the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, and Bunratty Folk Park
Dromoland – Travel to Dromoland Castle for an Exciting Day of Expeditions