Irresistibly Irish, one of our favorite family tours of Ireland journeys from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher. Travel by a World War II amphibious vehicle... take a cooking class at a world-famous cooking school... discover the story of the Titanic... learn a bit of Irish step dancing... and immerse in Emerald Isle fun.
Hands-on family fun has everyone's eyes a-smiling... learn how to Irish Step Dance... explore Dublin by land and water and go on a treasure hunt back in time, from the Viking age to the Middle Ages... ride aboard a train through emerald landscapes... learn the real story of the Titanic... make pottery, Celtic jewelry and a home-grown Irish dinner... explore the wild Atlantic Way and stay seaside... step back centuries at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park... and learn all things Irish during a family trip to Ireland.
Dublin enjoys one of the loveliest natural settings in Europe. Dublin attracts visitors from around the world with its old world charm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the architecture dates from the 18th century, when Dublin enjoyed great prominence and prosperity. Also of interest are stately Georgian houses which front Merrion Square. O'Connell Street is considered the commercial center of Dublin. Perhaps the most memorable feature of Dublin is the traditional pub, where visitors can enjoy conversation over fine Irish brew. The city also offers many fine parks, including St. Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park. National Gallery's renowned collection includes works by such famous masters as Rembrandt and Monet. Trinity College's Old Library is home to the most cherished treasure, the Book of Kells, a manuscript of the Gospels. Admire Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Enjoy the exhibits in impressive National Museum. Self-guided walking tours include Old City Trail, Georgian Heritage Trail and the Cultural Trail.
Limerick City is magnificently sited on one of Europe's finest rivers, the River Shannon. One can only imagine the 9th century scenes, when fleets of Viking vessels sailed up the river to plunder and terrorise the monastic midlands. In later centuries these Norsemen settled and founded the trading port of Limerick.
To-day Limerick is a proud, progressive and thriving City with a charter older than that of London. Its castles, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past. Particularly worth viewing is Limerick's Emblem 'the Treaty Stone" and King John's Castle in its Heritage precinct as well as the magnificent Hunt Museum in Limerick's Custom House. This museum houses an internationally important collection of some 2,000 original works including pieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir and Picasso.
Limerick City is the Capital of the Shannon Region and is an excellent centre for shopping. It is also rapidly building a reputation for dining and the City has its own 'Good Food Circle' of restaurants. The City is also considered to be the sporting capital of Ireland with excellent facilities and passionate followers of all sporting activities. Limerick is an excellent holiday base, is just 30 minutes from Shannon Airport, and less than 20 minutes from attractions such as world-famous Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
Visit Castlemartyr, known for castle ruins dating back to the early 1200s, and picturesque rolling hills and streams where visitors can enjoy outdoor activities such as horseback riding, fishing, golf, archery, hurling (an ancient Irish sport), hiking and more.
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