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Dream vacations don't come along every day, but if you've ever dreamed of Ireland, Great Value Vacations' Luxury Castles experience can make it all come true - and at fantastic price! Enjoy the charm and majesty of four elegant Irish castles, while you explore the picturesque rolling green hills and breathtaking scenery of Ireland!
Your trip begins with arrival into Dublin, and from there you’ll make the short drive to lovely County Meath, where you’ll spend your first night at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel. With a sophisticated combination of traditional Old-World opulence and contemporary design, this beautifully restored historic mansion is a peaceful oasis set on 21 acres of mature manicured lawns and gardens, just 15 miles northwest of Dublin’s city centre. Seek comfort and tranquility from the outside world inside the posh Seoid Spa, sample delicious Irish fare inside the Ivy Restaurant, and unwind inside guestrooms most spacious and opulent.
Your next two nights will be spent in County Donegal at a hidden gem: the 5-star Lough Eske Castle. This Tudor-baronial castle hotel sits on a secluded, 43-acre lakeside estate just outside Donegal Town, with a rich history dating back to the 1400s (being associated with the O'Donnell Clan, the founding fathers of Donegal). Here, you'll enjoy the gracious ambiance of warm fireplaces, tapestries over stone walls and elegantly furnished guestrooms, complete with spacious marble baths. Get rejuvenated inside the Spa Solis, enjoy a sumptuous meal inside the Cedars Grill Restaurant, or just enjoy the marvelous ambiance of staying in a Tudor-style castle in the Irish countryside!
Traveling south, your next destination will be County Clare for two nights at the 5-star Dromoland Castle. With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th century, this luxurious castle hotel seamlessly blends Old-World elegance with contemporary luxuries, and provides the ideal base from which to explore Limerick, Galway, Shannon and Ireland’s rugged west coast. Dromoland overlooks its own Championship golf course (regarded as one of the country’s finest 18-hole parkland courses), and a glistening lake which commands the panoramic beauty of the surrounds. Guests can polish their game at the Dromoland Golf Academy, dine in style inside the gourmet restaurants, and luxuriate at the exceptional, award-winning Spa at Dromoland.
Your final two nights will be enjoyed at Fitzpatrick Castle, located just 25 minutes outside of Dublin. This 18th century castle hotel offers a stylish ambiance, friendly service and picturesque surroundings overlooking Dublin Bay. Imbibe in the comfortable Library bar for some pre- or post-dinner cocktails, savor the casually elegant AA Rosette-award-winning fare at PJ’s Restaurant, unwind in style inside the Fitzpatrick Spa, or enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities courtesy of the castle’s expansive grounds. Each room is uniquely decorated, with nods to contemporary comfort and castle traditions...and the views across the coastline as you gaze out from the castle are breathtaking, making this a memorable way to end your dream vacation.
For only $150 more per person add an extra night at the Dunboyne Castle and an extra night at the Fitzpatrick Castle.
For only $99 more per person add 5 breakfasts (1 Dunboyne, 2 Lough Eske, 2 Fitzpatrick Castle), tours of the Waterford Crystal Factory, and Jameson Distillery, and admissions to the cliffs of Moher.
Fly from Chicago for $100 per person more.
Fly from LAX for $300 per person more.
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Location: Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa offers the best of both worlds in its location; enjoying an idyllic setting in the Meath countryside, positioned most conveniently within a short distance from Dublin's city centre. Situated just 8 miles from Dublin airport and 11 miles from Dublin city centre, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa stands minutes from the N3 and M50, making it an extremely accessible base from which to travel Ireland’s East coast. The neighboring Blanchardstown Shopping Centre offers a huge variety of shops and cafes, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Dublin Zoo, Maynooth Castle and St. Patrick’s College are all easily accessed.
Overview: The 145 air-conditioned guestrooms offer complimentary internet, TV with satellite channels and pay movies, minibar, safe, coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. Set against views across the Castle landscape, the Ivy Brasserie Restaurant offers modern international cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list, carefully selected from boutique vineyards. More informal options include The Terrace Lounge, The Sadlier Bar and the Castle’s private Cellar bar. Seoid Spa offers outstanding spa facilities featuring massage, Rasul Chambers, Flotation, Balneo therapy and a Hydrotherapy Pool.
Located just outside Donegal, overlooking a stretch of countryside between Lough Eske and the Blue Stack Mountains, Lough Eske Castle, offers an exhilarating destination in North West Ireland. Situated close to the famous “7 Wonders of the West”, which include, Glenveagh National Park in Donegal, Surfing in Strandhill in Sligo, Croagh Patrick (The Reek) in Mayo, Glencar Waterfall in Leitrim, Strokestown House in Roscommon, Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands in Galway and The Cliffs of Moher in Clare. Walking enthusiasts can embark on the world renowned and globally popular International Appalachian Trail, part of which surrounds Lough Eske Castle in the form of the Bluestack Mountains. Donegal town is a thriving market town at the head of Donegal Bay, and was established as a Viking stronghold. The best way to see Donegal town is to follow the Tourist Trail, a signposted walking tour which begins in the Diamond, a square designed in the1600s.
This castle hotel features 96 air-conditioned guest rooms featuring premium bedding, TV’s with premium satellite channels, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, desks and complimentary newspapers, safes and coffee/tea makers. Spa style bathrooms include separate bathtubs and rainforest showers, bathrobes, slippers, and makeup/shaving mirrors. Though different in atmosphere and ambiance, Cedars Grill Restaurant and the Gallery and Oak Bars celebrate the Irish love of food, drink, and good cheer. Cedars Grill Restaurant combines easy going elegance with a very modern sense of style. The Gallery Bar and Lobby Lounge offer more casual dining options where guests can enjoy food served from noon till late, Afternoon Tea or the Castle's prized Chocolate Buffet on a Sunday in summer while enjoying the dulcet tones of Jazz from the resident band. The Spa Solis offers a full range of beauty treatments coupled with an indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, a steam room, and a fitness facility.
Location: Dromoland Castle is ideally located 8 miles from Shannon Airport in Clare, just outside Newmarket on Fergus. The proximity of this beautiful castle hotel to other major cities in the south/southwest of Ireland makes it an ideal location for touring: 19 miles from Limerick city, 48 miles from Galway city, 80 miles from Cork city and 88 miles from Killarney. Just a few miles south of Dromoland you will find Bunratty Castle. Durty Nellys, one of Ireland’s most famous pubs, is a must for an Irish coffee or “Pint of the Black Stuff.”
Overview: All 100 guestrooms have been furnished with luxury in mind. Interactive television with music and movies on demand, broadband internet, trouser press, hairdryer, US Converters and Dromoland Castle's Signature Soft Slippers and Bathrobes are for you to enjoy. Dining options at Dromoland combine a wealth of fresh, locally sourced produce with an extensive selection of dining options. The award-winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant is renowned for innovative cuisine, tradition and creative flair. Boasting spectacular views of the lakes of County Clare, the cocktail bar is the perfect setting - candlelit in the evening and hosting Irish ballads, providing an excellent background for after dinner drinks. For more informal dining, The Fig Tree Restaurant offers a variety of food from noon to late evening. The Castle grounds and woodlands are perfect for exploring on foot or on horseback. For 5-star fishing, why not take a trip out on Dromoland Lake. The hotel’s leisure center is ideal for those wishing to relax with a 17-meter pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. 18-hole championship golf, falconry, clay shooting, archery and tennis are also amongst the many activities you can enjoy.
Location: This family owned 18th century castle is located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Dublin, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is easily accessed from both Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire ferry port. Dublin with all of its attractions is only a DART ride away, but one can also enjoy Dalkey Village, Castle and Heritage center which is within walking distance from the hotel. The Wicklow Mountains, beach walks, country trails, and golf courses are nearby, or you can explore the local towns and villages dotted along famous Dublin Bay.
Overview: Fitzpatrick Castle is known for its stylish surroundings, friendly personal service, and tranquility within breathtaking surroundings – all within easy reach of Dublin! Its 113 luxurious guestrooms and suites are decorated in traditional castle style, complemented with such modern amenities as wireless internet. Dining options include the AA Rosette award-winning P.J’s Restaurant, with a menu offering creations using the finest ingredients sourced daily from the local area. A more informal option is The Dungeon Bar & Grill, housed in the former dungeon, and is a popular spot for drinks and dinner by the fireplace. Afternoon tea is served in the Library Bar. The Fitzpatrick Castle Leisure Club features a 65-foot indoor swimming pool, on-deck whirlpool spa, and Scandinavian wood sauna and steam room. The fully equipped fitness center boasts equipment enjoyed by the Irish National rugby team, as well as a variety of classes including spinning, aqua aerobics, step and tone.
The Spire of Dublin: One of Dublin's newest landmarks, this striking 398-foot needle is made of reflective stainless steel. The tallest work of public art in the world, the spire is an architectural marvel that starts with a base of less than 10 feet. At night, a beacon of light is sent skyward from the top.
Ha'penny Bridge: This striking cast iron pedestrian bridge crosses the River Liffey, an iconic landmark and one of the most photographed sights in Dublin. Some 27,000 people walk across the bridge on a daily basis. The name comes from the halfpenny toll levied on all users of the bridge up until 1919.
Dublin Castle: In the heart of historic Dublin is the Dublin Castle, which dates to the 13th century and was built on a site previously settled by the Vikings. The castle has served as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Where the present garden sits was once the site of the famous Black Pool or 'Dubh Linn,’ from which the city gets its name. Learn more >
Chester Beatty Library: Consistently winning accolades as one of Dublin's best museums, the Chester Beatty Library contains a diverse array of manuscripts, books, calligraphies, miniatures paintings and more from countries all across the world. Located within the Dublin Castle, highlights of the collection include Egyptian papyrus texts, Buddhist paintings, stunningly elaborate versions of both the Koran and Bible, Chinese dragon robes, and other artistic treasures. Learn more >
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: This branch of the National Museum of Ireland takes visitors on a trip through the country's archaeological history starting way back in 7,000BC. The museum contains several outstanding examples of Celtic metalwork and medieval art, as well as a fascinating exhibition that details the recently found bog bodies that date back to the Iron Age. Besides the main museum, there are three other offshoots around Dublin that center on Natural History, Decorative Arts & History, and County Life. Learn more >
Guinness Storehouse: You simply cannot leave Dublin without stopping by the St James's Gateway brewery, the facility that has been pouring out the black stuff since 1759. The number one visitor attraction in the country, the Guinness Storehouse is located in a former Guinness fermentation plant. After learning everything there is to know about Guinness, visitors receive a complimentary beer in the glass-enclosed Gravity Bar at the top of the building, which offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the city. Learn more >
Dublin City Hall: Pass through the neoclassical columns of Dublin City Hall and into the old vaults and become immersed in a multimedia exhibition that traces the evolution of Dublin City. In just one hour, interactive displays take visitors through over 1,000 years of history. Besides the exhibition, it is possible to take a tour of City Hall free of charge. Learn more >
Hugh Lane Gallery: Dublin's reputation as a world-class art city becomes immediately clear inside the Hugh Lane Gallery, home to modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. The museum also houses the fascinating reconstructed studio of Irish-born figurative painter Francis Bacon. Learn more >
Dublin Writers Museum: Opened in 1991 to celebrate the Irish literary tradition, the Dublin Writers Museum tells the stories of the lives and works of Dublin's literary celebrities. Portraits, books, letters and other personal items from famous names such as Wilde, Joyce, Swift and more are kept in this splendid 18th-century mansion. It's a must see for any book lover. Learn more >
Dublinia: Located in the center of the medieval city of Dublin, Dublina is a heritage center that takes visitors on a journey back to medieval and Viking times. A great attraction at any age, visitor walk through both a medieval and Viking street as you learn about crime, punishment, death and disease throughout the ages. Learn more>
Dublin Zoo: The most visited family attraction in Dublin is this 60-acre zoological park that opened in 1831. Despite its age, this is actually one of the most modern zoos in all of Europe. See lions, tigers, bears and more as you travel through habitats that include the African savanna, the South American rainforest, and the fringes of the Artic. Learn more >
James Joyce Centre: Housed in a marvelously restored Georgian house, the James Joyce Centre tells about the life and times of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Although Joyce himself probably never visited the house, it is the former studio of the flamboyant dance instructor immortalized in Joyce's classic, “Ulysses.” Tons of items relating to the life and work of Joyce – including a copy of his death mask – are on display in re-creations of period rooms. Learn more >
Trinity College: Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College was Ireland's first university. Today the campus dominates Dublin's city center, with the magnificent bell tower rising nearly 100-feet tall and the university's most famous landmark. Also notable is the college library, a building that contains over a million books, the main tourist draw being the Book of Kells, a gorgeously illustrated original manuscript from the 9th century. Learn more >
Kilmainham Gaol: A tour of this Victorian prison that dates to 1796 not only covers the penal history of the building, but also the heroic and tragic events that led to Ireland's emergence as a modern nation. Leaders of several rebellions were detained and executed here, and the dramatic audio tour is sure to fascinate any visitor (including Ireland history buffs and novices). Learn more >
Saint Patrick's Cathedral: Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the imposing Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in the country. There are several interesting tombs and memorials to explore, as well as the grave of "Gulliver's Travels" author Jonathan Swift, who was once dean of the cathedral.