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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.
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 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.
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.
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 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”.
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’.
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