This tour incorporates the most magnificent
aspects of the lovely Irish counties of Wicklow and
The famous Blessington Lakes, the stunningly beautiful
Russborough Palladian House and the world renowned National
Stud and Japanese Gardens.
The counties on Dublins doorstep offer many opportunities
to experience some of Irelands fantastic natural and
historic beauty. This tour offers you the opportunity to cover
some of the most legendary Heritage and Cultural sights in
The first stage of the tour will bring
you to: The Blessington Lakes:
The Blessington Lakes are located in the
garden county of Ireland known as Wicklow. Set in the stunning
Wicklow Mountains, the Blessington Lakes cover over 500 acres
of water. The Lakes were formed 60 years ago by the building
of the Poulaphouca Dam and hydroelectric station and although
they are in fact a man-made reservoir they are as much part
of the landscape now as any of the natural lakes, lending
themselves to an idyllic and unspoiled wild landscape of Wicklow.
As well as the beautiful scenery and vistas to be enjoyed
in the Lakes area, the tour will provide you with the history
and folklore of the area and you will pass through the charming
local market town of Blessington itself. Upon leaving Blessington
you will be transported to: Russborough House.
Russborough House is a Palladian
mansion steeped in wonderful Irish history, built in the 1740s
by Joseph Leeson, a wealthy Dublin brewer, to designs by Richard
Castle. Russborough House offers one of the finest guided
tours in Ireland. From art lovers to historians to the curious
passer by our tour will leave you feeling fulfilled and inspired.
There are so many things to admire on our tour from the beauty
of the Lafranchini ceilings to a wonderful collection of world
class art and furnishings. Incorporated into the tour is a
wonderful opportunity to visit the interactive 3D exhibition
celebrates the Beits exquisite life in an extraordinary
For further enjoyment Russborough also
presents not only the stunning internal tours, it has an abundance
of other amenities to avail of. There is a beautiful woodland
walk to enjoy and a landscaped designed beech maze for those
who enjoy teasing out a good challenge. You can also savour
the flavours of the tea rooms with its emphasis on wholesome
and fresh food before viewing the wide range of gifts in the
Russborough shop. In the yards adjoining the house, there
are many craft outlets where you will see skilled and dedicated
tradesmen creating beautiful designs in wood, metal and other
materials. In short, there is no end of delights for everyone
to enjoy on your visit. On the final stage of the tour you
will be transported to county Kildare and the: National Stud
and Japanese Gardens.
The National Stud and Japanese Gardens
is a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, County
Kildare. It is more than just a centre of equine excellence.
It is also the home of Irelands finest treasures, in
particular the breathtakingly beautiful and highly acclaimed
Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud belongs to the people
of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated
by visitors from all parts of the globe. 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. From horses to horticulture,
the Irish National Stud offers you a unique experience that
can be enjoyed as part of a guided tour.
On this uniquely special tour, visiting the Blessington Lakes,
Russborough House, the National Stud and Japanese Gardens,
you will share with us the enchantment of Ireland's true treasures.
- Luxury Coach & Driver Guide
- Entry fee and Guided Tour of Russborough House and Interactive
- Entry fee and Guided Tour of The National Stud, Japanese
Gardens and the Horse Museum.
- Cost: Adults €49*
- Children/Students/OAP: €44*
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