Sightseeing In and Around Dublin
Glendalough Valley in Wicklow Mountains National Park
The two glacially carved lakes in this gorgeous valley have attracted people and wildlife since earliest times. In the 6th century, St. Kevin founded a 'Monastic City' whose ancient churches, high crosses and round tower remain to this day. Ireland does not get more beautiful. The nearby Heritage Centre has a small museum beautifully detailing the history of the area.
Newgrange, Knowth, Tara and Prehistoric Ireland
A thousand years before Stonehenge and the Pyramids, the Stone Age farming community along the Boyne River erected a series of huge mounds. The mound at Newgrange was aligned to catch the rays of the sun on the winter solstice when the rising winter sun illuminates rock art 185 feet inside a stone passageway. The scale is titanic and visitors can walk inside for a short reenactment of that timeless event. Inside and outside the mound at Newgrange and Knowth are the greatest assemblage of prehistoric rock art to be found anywhere in Europe - all still in place. The nearby Hill of Tara, ancient home of the High Kings of Ireland, is a prehistoric landscape dotted with ritual monuments.
Modern Belfast is a thriving and now peaceful city of 300,000. The Troubles which ended more than a decade ago are remembered via the colourful murals which decorate so many walls of this ancient city.
Number 31 arranges for a taxi to pick you up and deposit you at Connolly Station in the heart of Dublin. There you catch the two hour train to Belfast. At the train station, you will be met by a knowledgable taxi cab driver holding up a sign to connect with you.
In the hands of experts, you'll see the neighbourhoods that made headlines when times were bad and the resilient way the communities have begun to heal their past differences. Historic sights, the commercial centre, the famous ship yard where the Titanic was built are all on the tour as is a traditional lunch for some Irish stew and a pint. You're deposited back on the train for the ride back to Dublin.
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We're happy to arrange all the details for any or all of these tours. You don't have to worry about a thing. We take care of everything.
Glendalough, Newgrange, Belfast - See them all during your Dublin visit.