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Highlights:

GARDEN OF IRELAND

  • Powerscourt House & Gardens
  • Meeting of the waters
  • Avoca
  • Avondale House
  • Waterfalls

Interests:

Heritage, Gardens & Scenic Interest.

Approximate Tour Duration:

8 hours with picture opportunities, visits, and a possible lunch stop. The optimal start time would be 9.30 am or 10 am.

Departure from any pick up in the greater Dublin area

Summary of “Garden of Ireland”:

Powerscourt, one of the world's greatest gardens, in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. The word garden belies the magnitude of this creation, which stretches out over 45 acres. It is a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary, and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens, a pet cemetery, and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs.

In 1846 Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history, was born at Avondale. Avondale House is set in an estate of 500 acres of forest and parkland along the West bank of Avonmore River. The Georgian mansion is now a fascinating museum dedicated to Parnell and the fight for Irish freedom in the form of Home rule.

A photographic feast awaits us as we make our way to the meeting point of the Rivers Avonmore and Avonbeg, which was immortalized almost 200 years ago by the poet Thomas Moore. Here on a rustic seat, formed the root of a tree, Moore is said to have written the words of the Irish melody “The Meeting of the Waters”.