The DUBLIN Directory

EXTEND YOUR STAY IN IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST Ireland’s Ancient East is a touring region that covers the area outside of Dublin stretching from Carlingford to Cork, and from the Irish Sea to the Midlands. It is the chance to go on a journey of discovery as this part of Ireland is full of great visitor experiences set in off-the-beaten track, lush, green landscapes and along coastlines rich with history. It’s the chance to explore castles and manor houses and wonderful gardens, in medieval cities and legendary sites, where 5,000 years of extraordinary history and folklore are brought vividly to life by the warm and welcoming local people that you will meet. Ireland’s Ancient East is located right on Dublin’s doorstop, there are plenty of options to fit in a quick adventure before or after your business meeting or conference. Attractions Rock of Cashel Overlooking the town of Cashel, the Rock of Cashel seated high kings, witnessed countless battles and famously welcomed St. Patrick to its doors. One of Ireland’s most iconic sites, its spectacular mediaeval architecture hosts some of Europe’s most remarkable Celtic art. Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens Take a guided tour of the restored 19th century Castle and unique servants’ tunnel, visit the Irish Agricultural Museum and stroll around the stunning gardens, lake walks and woodlands. New visitor centre and Café on site. Spike Island Used as an Island prison, fortress, monastery and home, today visitors can meet captains, convicts, sinners and saints as you uncover 1300 years of Irish history. Explore the ‘Irish Alcatraz’ with prison cells, deep tunnels, island walks and multiple museums. Birr Castle This fabulous castle and adjoining gardens in Co. Offaly offer a historic and beautiful view of the Irish midlands. Comprising award-winning landscapes and set in Birr, one of Ireland’s beautiful Georgian heritage towns, the gardens are abundant in exotic trees and flowers. Kilkenny Castle Explore Kilkenny Castle, a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times which was the principal seat of the Butler Family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Set in extensive parklands, the castle offers woodland paths, rose garden and ornamental lake. The National Stud Visit the Irish National Stud for a behind the scenes look at a working stud farm. The new interactive Irish Racehorse Experience offers you the inside track on thoroughbred racing, from trying your hand at training a horse to watching to experience the race day. IRELAND’S ANCIENT EAST 223

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