Our first stop is an 18th century neo-classical home. It took two architects and three Earls to oversee the completion of this amazing building. We will have a guided tour and weather permitting a stroll around some of the vast gardens that they designed nearly 200 years ago.
Next, we visit a town that was once a very prosperous Quaker town, where some of the residents included the Bewleys, famous for their cafes and their teas, coffees, and silks; and Pims, famous for importing tobacco and snuff, and for their breweries. A guided tour of the museum which includes a demonstration of the world-famous 'white on white' lace or embroidery. This is followed by lunch in a fabulously quaint Irish café.
We move onto the seat of the Kings of Leinster, a fortress was first mentioned by an ancient Greek cartographer in 120AD as a Dún or Fort. From the top we can view the fabulous Irish countryside and can see numerous counties. Today the ruins that can be explored are Anglo Norman, dating to the 12th and 13th centuries, and were part of the dowry when the King of Leinster’s daughter married an Anglo-Norman Lord. Legends and folklore surround this fortification.
Finally we travel to a small village, founded in the 7th century around the monastery dedicated to Saint Mochua who had lived here as a hermit. We will discover a wonderful 12th century round tower, one of the finest in the country standing almost 30m (90ft) high. The amazing ruins tell the tale of how the medieval abbey was converted to a tower house and then returned to christian use as a parish church. See if you can follow the story through its many twists and turns.
Full Day tour: 10:00am – 4:30pm