Dublin to Kilkenny & Waterford tour - Licence Number 18109:
Leaving Winetavern Street in Dublin at 7am to arrive in Kilkenny at 9.15am
Leaving Kilkenny at 12pm to arrive in Waterford at 1pm.
Leaving Waterford at 4pm to arrive back in Dublin for 6.30pm approx
Leaving one medieval city, we journey down to another, Kilkenny is located in the southeast of Ireland in the province of Leinster. The county of Kilkenny has three major rivers running through it, known as the Three Sisters: the Nore, the Suir and the Barrow. In 1641 Kilkenny was actually the capital city of Ireland and remained the capital for 9 years until the Cromwell led conquest of Ireland in 1649. It's famed for it's historic grand castle but it has so much more to offer, Kilkenny is a huge craft hub with shops dedicated to selling pottery, paintings and jewellery as you wander down the city's winding lanes.
Iconic film producer and animation innovator Walt Disney has Kilkenny roots. His great-grandfather Arundel Elias Disney emigrated from Gowran, County Kilkenny, in the 19th century.
Our experienced driver guides will give you detailed knowledge built up over two decades of this famous city and will share their love of history with a sense of fun.
Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle found in the middle of Kilkenny City. One of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland and what makes the castle even better is that it actually belong to the people of Kilkenny, every last one of them, having been handed over by the Butler Family in 1967 for the token sum of £50!
St. Canice's Cathedral:
There has been worship here for the last eight hundred years. The round tower is the oldest standing structure in Kilkenny.
Beautifully restored to it's original splendour, it derived it's name from the black friars and daily service still occurs.
Smithwicks Brewery: -
One of the oldest breweries in the country, started by Franciscan monks in the 13th century.
After lunch we continue down to our country's oldest city, Waterford. Waterford is located in the province of Munster in the southeast region of Ireland. Vikings landed at this seaport in 914 A.D. and parts of the ancient walled core remains. The ancient Celtic name for Waterford was “Cuan na Graí” or “The Harbor of the Sun.” The Irish name for Waterford is Port Lairge which means “leg shaped river.”
A Franciscan priest, Luke Wadding, born in Waterford in 1558, was responsible for making St Patrick’s Day a feast day and turning it into a worldwide day of celebration.
The world famous glass manufacturer, Waterford Crystal began here in 1783 and is open for tours (optional).
Included in your day is a walking tour with award winning Jack Burtchall, he will give you a history of the city interwoven with plenty of fun.
Our national flag, the green, white and orange tricolour was first flown in Waterford in 1848. A group of French women sympathetic to the Irish cause gave the flag to Thomas Francis Meagher. It was not flown in Dublin until 1916 Easter Rising when it became regarded as our national flag when raised above the GPO.
Price: €46.00 per person
Price will include admission to Kilkenny Castle tour and Waterford Walking Tour with Jack Burtchall.
Lunch not included.