The Grand Tour Of Kildare
-- Departs from Dublin Tourism Office on Suffolk Street, outside the old stone church daily at 9 am
-- Please arrive 10 mins before departure!
-- Adult €45 euro
-- Student/OAP €40.00
-- To book this tour please contact our office

ITINERARY -

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. Fiachra’s 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 Brigid’s 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 Shopping

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 & Crescenzi’s 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
What’s Included
- 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. Brigid’s Cathedral, the site of a Norman Castle, three medieval Abbeys and the Roundtower*. Discover this fascinating heritage, by a local historian.

- VIP Card for Kildare Village entitles you to a further 10% discount at all the shops at
The Outlet
- 10% discount on purchases at The National Stud
- Day Tours Ireland are the only company offering this unique tour.

- Departing Daily From Dublin Tourism Suffolk Street Dublin 2.
- Departs at 9.00am and arrives back in Dublin at 6.00pm
Bookings
- Online at www.daytoursireland.ie or 087 1224433
* Climbing of the tower is not included in Tour price, it is an optional €4.00

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