9.00 am - We depart from Dublin Tourism
on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church.
9.30 am - We arrive at Castletown house
When we arrive at Castletown house we will
be greeted by our very own tour Guide, who will then take
us on a private guided tour of Castletown House. Castletown
is Ireland's largest and earliest Palladian style house. Built
between 1722 and 1729 for William Conolly, Speaker of the
Irish House of Commons and the wealthiest commoner in Ireland.
The façade was almost certainly designed by the Italian
architect, Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir
Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings.
11.15am - The Irish National Stud, Japanese
Gardens and St. Fiachras Garden
Once we depart Castletown house we a fantastic
drive to the National stud, keep your camera to hand as we
will pass the K-club home of the Rider Cup. From there we
will drive through the Curragh Camp, made famous by the movie
Brave Heart. 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.
Once we arrive at the National Stud our
Tour guide will be waiting on us to give us a private tour
of the Stud.
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.
But the Irish National Stud is far more
than just a centre of equine excellence. It is also home to
some of Ireland's finest natural treasures, in particular
the breathtakingly beautiful Japanese Gardens, the finest
of their kind in Europe. The gardens trace the passage of
a soul from birth to death and beyond, at the same time providing
a meeting place for the cultures of East and West.
Visitors can also savour the serene and
spiritual experience provided by one of the Stud's more recent
additions, St Fiachra's Garden, a stunningly raw representation
of our country's singular landscape.
2.00 pm Kildare Town Heritage Centre.
Is an exciting visitor attraction situated
in the picturesque medieval town of Kildare.
St Brigids Cathedral is a multi-media exhibition telling
the story of Kildare past and present. Your host Cogitosus
a 7th century monk will take you on a fascinating journey
through time an audio visual presentation of the town
from when St Brigid established her church in 480ad, to later
centuries when Kildare was raided by Vikings and later ruled
by Normans. Round Tower (highest one that can be climbed in
Ireland) and Cathedral which entice the visitor to explore
the various sites of interest throughout Kildare.
3.00 pm Kildare Village Chic Outlet
For a great day out, nestled within landscaped
grounds and presented in an authentic village environment,
Kildare Village Outlet Shopping is label heaven.
You will find it difficult to resist temptation
with 60 brands such as Louise Kennedy, DKNY, Juicy Couture,
Brooks Brothers, Anya Hindmarch and Hugo Boss offering up
to 60% off all year around.
L'Officina, Dunne & Crescenzis ultra-modern
Italian restaurant offers breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch
and wonderful wines for you to imbibe while you deliberate
over your next purchase. Starbucks is the perfect spot for
a restorative coffee and treat.
A morning or afternoon spent browsing 60 exclusive
brands offering luxury for less in a chic and casual open-air
environment is truly time well spent.
Tour Price 45.00
- Luxary Coach and Driver guide
- Entry and Private Guided tour of Castletown House
- Entry and Private Guided tour of The National Stud, Japanese
Gardens, St Fiachra's Garden and the Horse Museum.
- Private Guided walking tour of St. Brigids Cathedral,
the site of a Norman Castle, three medieval Abbeys and the
Roundtower*. Discover this fascinating heritage, by a local
- VIP Card for Kildare Village entitles you to
a further 10% discount at all the shops at
- 10% discount on purchases at The National Stud
- Day Tours Ireland are the only company offering this unique
- Departing Daily From Dublin Tourism Suffolk
Street Dublin 2.
- Departs at 9.00am and arrives back in Dublin at 6.00pm
- Online at www.daytoursireland.ie or 087 1224433
* Climbing of the tower is not included in Tour price,
it is an optional €4.00