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Ancient East Ireland
THE ANCIENT EAST

The Ancient East

Explore places filled with quirky and memorable experiences, a region of legends and stories from ancient times to modern day, brimming with culture, attractions and festivals. From Viking invaders and Norman knights to high kings, monks and fleeing emigrants, you will visit places that boast of legends and battles.



OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN THE ANCIENT EAST



Wexford
Wexford

Founded by the Vikings, the area had a turbulent history with battles, rebellions and conquests. The town is a mix of styles and eras with quaint old laneways, and ancient churches. Walking through town look out for the last remaining 14th century tower gate and the ruins of Selskar Abbey. The stunning coastline produces sumptuous seafood which you can try at the award-winning La Côte.

Wicklow
Wicklow

Wicklow Mountains National Park is a strikingly scenic county which attracts walkers and cyclists. The mountains sweep down to the coast, there are secluded forest walks and gorgeous country estates. Take a tour of Wicklow Goal to hear of chilling tales and grab a bite to eat at one of the many pubs that serve locally sourced delicious food.

Waterford
Waterford

Ireland’s oldest city, “Vadrarfjord” was founded in 914 AD, a Viking settlement that became a flourishing port. Today’s narrow streets and medieval walls of the Viking Triangle stand on its original footprint. There’s Georgian Christ Church Cathedral, too, on the site of the Viking church where the great Anglo-Norman knight Strongbow famously married the Irish princess Aoife. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see beautiful pieces being made.

Kilkenny
Kilkenny

This cosmopolitan city set against a backdrop of medieval heritage, has a thriving nightlife with pubs and live music. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, which commences at Shee Alms House, through the narrow streets and slip ways to historic sites. Kilkenny Castle dating from 1172 stands on a beautiful 50-acre park beside the River Nore.

 
Cork
Cork

Cork City has 17th century alleys packed with pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants, the waterfront on River Lee has been revitalised and city is busy and vibrant. Just 10-minutes from Cork City is Blarney Castle where you’ll find the world-famous Blarney Stone to kiss and acquire the “gift of eloquence”.

Cobh
Cobh

The last stop for the Titanic on its fateful journey. Discover Cobh’s fantastic history, spiced with tales of tall ships, magnificent liners, coffin ships and naval firepower. Take the ferry over from Kennedy Pier to Spike Island home to monks, monasteries, rioters and convicts to explore the mystery of ‘Ireland’s Hell’.

 


THE ANCIENT EAST ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Ancient East Ireland.
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Chester Beatty Inn
CHESTER BEATTY INN, WICKLOW
★★★
Located in Ashford, the gem of a property was established in the early 1800’s, and has seen many changes – hardware store, grocer, stage coach inn and stables. The Inn today is comfortable and the restaurant serves tasty wholesome food from local ingredients.
Cahir House
CAHIR HOUSE HOTEL, CAHIR
★★★half star
In the perfect location for touring, in Tipperary with views of Cahir Castle, Cahir Main Square, and an hours drive from Cork Kilkenny, Waterford, Limerick. After a day of exploring have a nice dinner in the pub with lovely friendly staff.



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