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ART, ARCHITECTURE & GARDENS

Ireland’s Unique Heritage

OVERVIEW

From the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin with its Palm House, ponds and sensory garden to the great gardens of Powerscourt Estate and Mount Usher in Co Wicklow, Ireland has some truly world-class gardens. 

On this tour we will bring you to well-known gardens such as the famous Japanese Gardens at the National Stud in Co Kildare and the gardens attached to Muckross House in Co Kerry, but also to lesser-known gardens around the country, some not generally open to the public. 

And quite often these gardens are part of great country estates with houses of architectural significance such as Castletown House in Co Kildare, Farmleigh House in Dublin or Kylemore Abbey in Co Galway. 

Or how about a visit to Garnish Island in Bantry Bay? Garnish’s gardens are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.

Dublin also has some great art galleries. The National Gallery of Ireland has over 12,000 pieces of art representing numerous artists including work by Jack B Yeats. The Hugh Lane Gallery with its collection of Irish and International art and IMMA (the Irish Museum of Modern Art) housed in the magnificent 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham are also worth visiting. 

And of course, along the way on this culturally enriching tour, you will stay in stunning properties, see amazing scenery and meet people who are passionate about their historic properties and beautiful gardens.

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