Rock of Cashel, captured on one of our Ireland Tours Rock of Cashel, captured on one of our Ireland Tours

7-Day Castles and Backroads Tour 2019

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Explore the road less travelled

In one unforgettable week, see the true face of Ireland on a tour that invites you to explore not only the top tourist attractions but also the road less travelled. Staying in real Irish castles, your journey stretches from the unmissable sights of the Wild Atlantic Way to the hidden treasures of Ireland's Ancient East. A magical journey and a discerning choice.

Featured on this tour

Dublin Ireland Tourism

Dublin Day 2

The Rock of Cashel

Central Ireland Day 3

Cliffs of Moher

Galway & The West Days 4 - 5

Road in County Mayo

Journey East Day 6

Tour Itinerary: Day by Day

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Day 1 Itinerary

On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here in the Arrivals Hall you will meet your professional Irish driver-guide (one person).

15:00 Check in time. Hotel reception will store your luggage prior to check in.

There will be 3 Group transfers this morning between 07:00 am and 12:00 noon. Board your luxury air-conditioned coach and make the short transfer to the Gresham Riu Plaza Hotel located in the beating heart of Dublin city where you can relax and unwind after your flight.

At 19:00 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in the Gresham Riu Plaza Hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow travellers and the coming days can be discussed at leisure with your professional driver-guide (one person).

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Day 2 Itinerary

After breakfast this morning you will make the short journey to the "Fair City" of Dublin, Ireland's capital. Here you will explore some of the capital's best-loved attractions.

Trinity Collegefounded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells, which is the most richly decorated of Ireland's medieval illuminated manuscripts. The book contains the four gospels in Latin. Some of the dyes used were imported from as far as the Middle East.

The Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate for a tour of the world famous brewery and afterwards enjoy a perfect pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which is located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City and County in every direction.

In the afternoon depart for Kinnitty Castle in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Offaly in the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland. This unique castle has had a long & turbulent history from the Norman’s in the 12th century to its destruction by Republican Forces in 1922 to the present day. It now stands as an intimate and cosy castle hotel.

Tonight you will overnight & dine in Kinnitty Castle. After dinner you might like to retire to the Dungeon Bar for a nightcap before bed.

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Day 3 Itinerary

This morning depart for Co Kilkenny. Visit Kilkenny Castle, which has been an important site since Strongbow constructed the first building of a wooden tower in the 12th century. William, the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site in 1260

Take time to stroll the medieval streets of Kilkenny and you might want to visit the Kilkenny Design Centre or take time for a pint of Smithwicks, an Irish Red Ale brewed in Kilkenny. You will have a unique home cooked lunch experience today on a family farm outside Kilkenny. After lunch your hosts will give you a demonstration class in making delicious traditional home baked scones.

Continue onto Tipperary to visit the Rock of Cashel. This was the seat of kings and mediaeval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned the King of Munster here in 977 and he became the High King of Ireland in 1002.

Return to Kinnitty Castle. Tonight you will overnight & dine in Kinnitty Castle.

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Day 4 Itinerary

After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast depart for Abbeyglen Castle Hotel majestically set on the Sky Road overlooking the town of Clifden in Connemara in County Galway. Travelling west your route today will take you along the Wild Atlantic Way up the west coast of County Clare and via the famous Galway Bay.

Depart west via County Limerick to County Clare. On the west coast of Ireland you will visit the dramatic 214 metres (704 feet) high and 8 kilometres (5 miles) long Cliffs of Moher gazing out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

You will see the Burren, which is Gaelic for rocky land - an apt name for this vast limestone plateau. In the 1640s, Cromwell's surveyor described it as "a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury".

Travel on via Galway into the wilds of Connemara and via the villages of Oughterard, Maam Cross and Recess to Clifden. Clifden - the capital of Connemara was founded in 1812 by the High Sheriff of Galway to create a pocket of respectability within the lawlessness of Connemara.

Tonight you will overnight & dine in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. After dinner you might like to retire to the Lounge for a nightcap (Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey is just a suggestion) before bed.

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Day 5 Itinerary

Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara famous for its bogs, mountains, lakes and rugged coastline. You will visit Kylemore Abbey, which is nestled at the base of Dúchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings. Continue on via Connemara National Park to Leenane (The film location of "The Field" featuring Richard Harris as The Bull McCabe).

At Nancy's Point just outside Leenane Village you will board the "Connemara Lady" for a spectacular 90 minute cruise on Ireland's only fjord. Cruising the sheltered Killary Harbour fjord is the ideal way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape, as you pass between the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turk mountains to the South, in County Galway; and the Mweelrea mountains to the North in County Mayo, as well as the views out to the Atlantic at the mouth of the fjord. The fjord's sheltered waters are perfect for mussel farming and you will see the ropes at several points on the fjord. You will also see some circular salmon farms, closer to the shore. Sheep dot the hills and now ramble freely over the remnants of potato ridges which stand testimony to The Great Famine of the 1840's. Return to Abbeyglen Castle via the rugged & lonely Inagh Valley.

Tonight you will overnight & dine in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. After dinner you might like to take a short stroll into Clifden and enjoy a drink in one of its many fine pubs - E.J Kings, Lowry's or Griffins to name a few!

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Day 6 Itinerary

After breakfast this morning journey back to the "Fair City" of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. Visit Tullamore D.E.W Whiskey Distillery in Co Offaly, where you will learn about the art of Irish whiskey-making and discover the secret that gives Tullamore D.E.W. its unique complexity with a tour of Triple whiskey tasting.

Continue onto Dublin. Tonight you will have a farewell dinner and a mighty evening of Irish music, song & dance at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.

After a great night we will make our way to the Gresham Hotel Riu Plaza in Dublin City to get a good night's rest for your journey home in the morning.

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Day 7: Departure Day

After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be 2 group transfers between 0500 and 1100 for you to choose from to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

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Prices & Availability

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Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Sun 26 May 2019 Sat 01 Jun 2019 - fully booked
Sun 09 Jun 2019 Sat 15 Jun 2019 - fully booked
Sun 23 Jun 2019 Sat 29 Jun 2019 - fully booked
Sun 14 Jul 2019 Sat 20 Jul 2019 - fully booked
Sun 11 Aug 2019 Sat 17 Aug 2019 - fully booked
Sun 25 Aug 2019 Sat 31 Aug 2019 - fully booked
Sun 29 Sep 2019 Sat 05 Oct 2019 - fully booked

The Deposit for the Castles and Back Roads Tour 2019 is €400 per person
The Single Occupancy Supplement is €425

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Reviews of My Ireland Tour

August 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Great tour package if sites and hotels. Great tour van that was very comfortable.

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July 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My husband and I did a weeklong private tour with My Ireland Tour. Brian, our driver, was amazing and so accomodating. Brian narrated as he drove, stopping at other points of interest that weren't even in our itinerary. He let us add things as we went along. The hotels were so wonderful. Kristel and Eric planned a great itinerary, hitting all the places we wanted to see. We highly recommend My Ireland Tour and would most definitely use them again.

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July 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I admit, I was a bit anxious about a group guided tour because I tend toward social anxiety. This tour was relaxed enough and gave everyone enough freedom that I found it delightful and most memorable. Our guide, Niall, was a big part of that. He was looking out for us all the time and constantly finding ways to enhance our experience. He has a passionate devotion to his country but uses his sense of humor to keep and communicate an intriguing perspective. Ireland is not a hard sell, with its complex, fascinating history, congenial people and natural beauty, but Niall’s narrative truly drew me in and made me feel a part of it.“ Happy enough”, indeed.

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July 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Took mini-group tour of southern part of Ireland. 8 of us in a nicely-kitted-out Mercedes Sprinter. Our driver/guide, Barry, was great and all 8 of us got along very well. Not a rushed tour; had free time. All hotels great, esp. Ballynahinch castle. Some very nice dinners included -- at the castles. Scenery and stops all very nice. Highly recommend this tour, esp. if you don't like 40 on a bus!

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July 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I already miss our time in Ireland with this group of wonderful people! My husband and I, along with our great friends, were here to celebrate both of our 30th anniversaries. Ireland was a bucket list item for all of us! Our tour guide, Tony, was truly amazing! He was knowledgeable about Irish history and culture. He was also naturally witty. Tony was attentive to every detail of the trip, making sure everyone was taken care of at all times. I also loved all the people we met on the trip, from all over the place! We all got along very well and I enjoyed making new friends! The hotels were beautiful and a breeze to check in to. The tour was a perfect balance of culture, fun, and time to explore! Thank you for taking my mind off of work, etc. and giving me a one-of-a-kind experience!

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We loved this tour company. The small groups, the itinerary we were looking for and all that was included ,eg, local guides and dinner each night, in the cost of the trip made it an easy choice for us.

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My family of four had a fantastic trip booked with Krystal from My Ireland Tour. Krystal took care of everything and listen to our requests and needs. We had a personal driver, Pat Breen during the week who was fantastic! He was the best and we greatly appreciated his service and friendship. I would highly recommend booking your trip with My Ireland Tour.

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

16 women. 1 half marathon. 10 days. I can't say enough about how wonderful our Patterson Party tour in June, 2019 was. Peter Mullen was the driver extroidinaire! He was so knowledgable about the sights we needed to see, answered our questions and participated when we wanted some fun! Peter made sure we had plenty of time and met all our deadlines when we had some. We felt like family!

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Fabulous tour. Our tour driver Austin made our Trip amazing. Well worth it!

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We take a family trip once or twice a year – 28 of us that includes 14 kids under 16. Bus driver/tour guide – best ever! Mark was funny, kind, and very informed! Also, no accidents. He made the trip special and flexible allowing us to make additional stops never planned. Ask for Mark. The home office also went over and above to handle all the planning – and gave us the best value ,I selected My Ireland Tour, after bids and comparing three others. If the company and Mark are in the next country our family visits – no question – we would book with them.

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We planned a family trip for 10 of us consisting of my family and my brother's family. We had a private bus that was fantastic with a bathroom in the back. The bus held 20 people, so we had plenty of room to spread out. Our contact at My Ireland Tour worked with us to plan the trip so that we could customize it for our family. Our tour guide, David O'Neill was great, very knowledgeable on Irish history and current events. He was also a very interesting guy with a wide range of interests and hobbies. We visited the towns our paternal grandfather and grandmother came from, so it was very personal for us. My daughter found this agency as it is rated the best in personal tours and our trip confirmed this rating.

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We would like to thank My Ireland Tours for making our trip so memorable. Our guide Tom was amazing. He went above and beyond. We have told so many people that if they ever want to go to Ireland you are the company to use. All our hotels where wonderful and above our expectations. We would definitely use My Ireland Tours again if we ever take another trip to Ireland. We planned this trip for our 40 th wedding anniversary and are so please with how we choose to celebrate. Thank you for making our trip exceptional.

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Our trip to Ireland was nothing short of magnificent! Deciding to get a driver for our family of six versus driving ourselves was the best decision we made! Our driver, Colm, went above and beyond to enhance our trip every day! He has a delightful personality, extensive knowledge of Ireland sites and history, and tends to every detail. We would not have been able to see half the sites had it not been for Colm. He quickly got to know every person in our family and tailored recommendations to each of us. And, he took us to less traveled sites that were amazing, had great recommendations sites, restaurants, pubs, shopping, etc., and shared shortcuts and money saving tips. All in all, our trip was amazing because of Colm! We felt like we were leaving a dear friend behind when having to say goodbye. Much appreciation to Colm and My Ireland Tour for a great coach bus and excellent service!!

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June 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

5+ STARS FOR SURE!!! Wow! Words can't even begin to express the amazing experience our group had with MIT! From start to finish Eric help plan the absolute perfect trip! I led a group of photography students from Nossi College of Art out of Nashville, TN USA and from the time we stepped off the plane until the time we popped back on MIT took care of us and treated us like family. Our driver/tour guide ,Dermot, went above and beyond to make sure the college students captured picture perfect moments!!! I can't recommend this tour company enough. Hats off to Dermot for being the best in the touring business! It was truly the trip of a lifetime!

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May 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We had a wonderful, memorable tour of beautiful Ireland and the Ring of Kerry. Our guide, David, and our new tour friends were exceptional! David was so knowledgeable about the history and sites, and also provided insights into every day life which made it a very fascinating trip. And we had fun! The itinerary was interesting with lots of stops; the food and accommodations were excellent. Every day went smoothly and efficiently. We especially appreciated the flexibility of the trip based on our group's interests. I would highly recommend My Ireland Tour, and David as the best guide we could have hoped for! We were so fortunate to have him, and the new friends we made on this wonderful vacation!

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May 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Our tour was in May 2019. The value was amazingly good. We did both the North Ireland and the South Ireland tours. Our two tour guides were really great, looking after us, scheduling our days, and organizing our hotels and meals each day. The bus drivers knew the history of the places we were going and of Ireland in general. I recommend My Ireland Tours with our strongest recommendation.

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May 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I highly recommend My Ireland Tour as they were professional from my first email enquiring about their services until they left me and my friends in our hotel the last day of the tour with them. We visited very nice places and sites and everything was very well planned and organised: accommodation, vehicle, site seeing, etc... Colm, our guide/driver, was very knowledgeable, professional and patient. He shared valuable information in every stop we made. Everything worked perfectly and that made our journey in Ireland unforgetable.

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May 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I really enjoyed this tour. Our driver-guide George C was wonderful and he was safety first at all times. He shared deep knowledge of all facets of Irish history, culture and music making the tour across many miles very enjoyable. The tour highlights were truly iconic and well paced. Just the right amount of activity versus leisure. The hotels were 4-star, service and food always great. As a single traveler I was not alone and the tour of 26 people was a great group of people-just the right size to keep in pace.

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April 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We took the ten day tour with our guide Tony McGoey. Tony was a brilliant historian and we are very fortunate to have been with him for the tour. He educated us on the history of Ireland and gave us a deep appreciation of the people and culture. He is also a great singer! Tony helped us arrange seating for a dinner with my cousin Padraig Keogh during the tour. We appreciate his kindness.

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April 2019  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Where to start! What an amazing company! From start to finish this company is top notch. My friend and I took the 10 day iconic tour, every day was filled with beautiful scenery and our guide and driver Tom Levin shared so much information and insight to what we were experiencing it was awesome! Everywhere we went the people were very friendly, the hotels were beautiful, and the food very good. Tour was well organized, the small group was nice, and the tour guides we had at a few of the sites were outstanding as well. I'd also like to mention Martina, she was always there with a quick response to any question we had. I look forward to more experiences with My Ireland Tour in the near future. I can't say enough about this company!

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October 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Choosing his tour was the best thing I did for my trip. The only thing I could possibly complain about were a couple of other tour participants, but even they couldn’t take away from how amazing this trip was. The tour included the top places I wanted to visit and a few I never would’ve known about ,but I’m happy I do now., The hotels were all incredible ,Lough Eske Castle Hotel was the highlight for me, followed by Ballynahinch!, And the meals were great too! The best part, by far, was the tour guide, Joe. His knowledge ,and the personal touch he added to every story/location, went beyond expectation. He made me smile and laugh every day. And he made me care about Ireland and it’s history, which I think is the thing that impacted me the most. When I come back, I’d only do a tour with this company and with Joe!!

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October 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We loved everything about this tour! Dublin was great, people so friendly, so much to do. The tour covered all we wanted to see on our first visit. Beautiful country. We were lucky to have mild weather. Pleased with accommodations, especially in Dublin. The Limerick hotel was ok, not as accessible to see much of Limerick. Tony our tour guide is the best guide, must request Tony on any visit!!! My Ireland Tour was great to work with and has been recommended to many friends since our vacation. Thank you to Martina and Tony and team!

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October 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

The team was highly collaborative, very responsive and our guide Ger was like a new found family member. We saw parts of Ireland we wouldn’t have found on our own. The hotels and vehicle were high quality. I would definitely use My Ireland Tour again. I cannot say enough good things about everyone at this company.

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October 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My trip to Ireland was an absolute dream come true and it wouldn't have been half of what it was if not for My Ireland Tour. Thank you guys SO MUCH!!!! Tom, our driver, was so knowledgeable and accommodating, the bus and hotels we stayed in were clean and beautiful, the day trips we took were epic, the people we met were lovely. I can't say enough good things. My parents and I never wanted to leave. We hope to go back and take the castles tour someday!

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October 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Ireland has been a dream of mine for 100 years. Well, it seems like that long! But the trip, land, castles, cliffs, rock fences, coach and of course our tour guide, Alan, and our new coach friends was breathtaking and absolutely wonderful!

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September 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Recently took a small group tour with 'My Ireland.' George, our driver/guide was wonderful, and our experience could not have been more delightful. I highly recommend this tour company.

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August 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

This tour met and exceeded our expectations. The heart of the tour was our driver-guide Tony. Our group consisted of 25 travelers from age 13 to over 80. We came from 5 different countries and many different states within the U.S. I highly recommend this tour, especially if this is your first trip to Ireland. Tony made sure we got to see all the memorable, historic and spiritual sites in a timely manner. He watched over all of us and he shared a lot of stories. We were free to mingle with our tour mates at all times. On returning to NY, my husband and I ,who celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with this tour, concluded that it would be hard to top this experience - arranged with My Ireland Tours.

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July 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My wife and I have just returned from our Iconic Tour of Ireland and we could not have had a more enjoyable and pleasurable travel experience. The concept of this tour with a small group size and just two hotels with 'spokes' each day is absolutely brilliant! Every aspect of this trip was simply magnificent! Arranging the tour was simple and straightforward and the My Ireland Tour staff communicated all of our arrangements through the whole process.

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July 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We chose My Ireland Tours to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in Ireland and couldn't be happier with our choice. We enjoyed the small groups and comfortable coach. Our driver/guide, Mark, was attentive and extremely knowledgable about Irish history and events. Our tour went from listening to history, visiting sites, laughing at humorous stories to the singing of Irish songs.We also appreciated that all of our accommodations, tours and meals were included but we did get a little tired of the 'typical Irish breakfast'. We would highly recommend My Ireland Tours for anyone wanting to tour Ireland.

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July 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Our family excursion to Ireland was an extremely enjoyable experience. Our mini-bus was luxurious and highly comfortable. The bus was cleaned and the windows washed daily to optimize our sightseeing. Arrangements had been made for child car seats to accommodate our two 3-year old twin grandsons. The car seats worked really well. Positioned in the rear of the bus and perched on raised seats the boys had grand views of the countryside enabling them to provide ongoing commentary about cows, sheep and “lots of green squares” in the landscape.

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July 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Just returned to the states after our 4 person tour of Ireland. I asked Mr O'Gorman to set up my 8 day tour and treat me like his son in law who had never visited the nation. He set up a tour for my wife and another couple that would befit his son. It was spectacular... wonderful unforgettable I recommend his company, Mr O'Gorman, the guide Pat Breen or anything or anyone Mr O'Gorman uses. Put yourself in his hands. Let My Ireland Tours show you the nation. You will never forget or regret you did Marty Felezzola and wife Donna Berkeley Heeights NJ USA

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July 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My Mom and I had an amazing trip on the castle tour end of May 2018. We really lucked out on the weather-I wore my raincoat for a total of 4 hours, and was glad my Mom had sunscreen! We never felt rushed and had time to do a bit of relaxing and also exploring on the grounds at each place

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June 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

The small group also made the tour a much more pleasurable experience as you got to spread out on the coach and get to know your fellow travellers in a more relaxed environment. The tour visits and inclusions were awesome and in my opinion the tour as a whole represented fantastic value for money.

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June 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Absolutely fabulous Tour Company! Read my review on Facebook site.

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June 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Thank you for the wonderful trip. Martina, the Ireland Tour agent, was very supportive in helping me find a sign language interpreter for the first night of the tour and the rest of the tour, she organized pamphlets and written scripts of each tour stop we attended.

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June 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

FANTASTIC is all I can say about My Ireland Tours. My daughter and I went on the Castle tour with 23 other great folks. Not only was the scenery spectacular but the history offered by our guide/driver was so informative.

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June 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We just returned from our castle tour, and it was far beyond our expectations. Our guide, George Connelly, was so knowledgeable and professional. He took such good care of all 25 of us on the tour at all times. We had gourmet meals each night ,which we didn’t expect), and the accommodations were always exceptional.

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May 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We thoroughly enjoyed our Iconic Tour of Ireland. We saw some beautiful scenery and visited many interesting places. Our guide/driver, Tom, was very friendly, informative and clearly loved his country. The hotels and food were excellent.We were very lucky in that we were a very small group ,11 of us, and everyone got on very well together. I can highly recommend this company for anyone wishing to visit Ireland.

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May 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Kristel helped us plan a tour of Ireland for four women. She was so helpful and worked with us through several changes. Our driver Patrick was informative, helpful and flexible. Great way to see the country. While this is certainly a more costly way to travel, we all felt it was well worth it.

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March 2018  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Best vacation ever. Maurice who took us all over Ireland was the kindest, most well informed and attentive person. We had my 85 year old mother with us and he could not have been kinder to her. He would bring us as close as possible to every venue to make it easy for her. He also kept our 10 year old super engaged. He was like family by the time our 2 weeks were done. Cannot say enough about the experience and family adventure. We just loved it. The diversity of the places we stayed, the history, the food and the comfort. Thank you so much!

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October 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My family and I were on the Essential Ireland Tour at the end of August. This trip was incredible! I have already recommended My Ireland Tours to several friends. We found My Ireland Tours via a Google search. I reached out with some questions and knew we were in good hands when Kristel quickly addressed my concerns. Once in Ireland, our tour guide/driver, Brian, went above and beyond. His knowledge and enthusiasm cannot be beat! Our small group of 12 gave us incredible opportunities that we never would have enjoyed with one of the larger tour organizations. So much was packed into this great little tour, but my family and I never felt rushed or herded. My only complaint is that your company doesnt offer tours throughout Europe. After this wonderful experience, I cant imagine touring with anyone else!

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October 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My sister and I have talked about going to Ireland for several years and finally decided in 2017 to just do it. We looked into several tour companies and I have to say, choosing My Ireland Tour was one of our best decisions. We had an amazing time and loved everything about the trip, from seeing the best that Ireland had to offer to enjoying the time on the bus with our tour guide, George Graham. He was the best and made our time so enjoyable and educational. We did the 10 day Iconic Tours of Ireland tour and I already can't wait to go back. I would recommend this tour group without any hesitation. Kristel was so helpful, it was effortless to get there and find our guide, and we made a lot of new friends along the way. Slainte!

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October 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Karen and I had a wonderful trip with My Ireland Tours. We made new acquaintances, gained respect for Ireland's history, enjoyed the magnificent views and in general just had a wonderful time. We must admit that George Graham, our tour guide, was the highlite of the tour. His sense of timing and humor, his knowledge of the land and its history made the tour. We are confident that all the tour guides are high quality, but if you're lucky enough to get George, you're in for a treat and an exhilarating tour!

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October 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

This was a trip of a lifetime. Every Castle we stayed in was beautiful and charming. Our driver, Enda, was the best! He was engaging and informative with a good sense of humor. Being on a bus tour with little bitty roads and bridges, Enda knows how to drive that bus! The tour was well planned and we got to see a lot of Ireland. We definitely would recommend this trip.

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October 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Ireland. Brian, our drive, was right there waiting for us at the airport and off we all went to our first hotel in Malahide. All hotels were lovely. This being Europe, remember to bring a wash cloth! The tour covered all the highlights and we were lucky enough to have wonderful weather. The only drawback was that poor Brian had to do double duty as the tour guide. I expected a tour guide to be on the bus and narrate our adventure.

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September 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My Ireland Tour was excellent! Our Guide, Enda, was so nice, very patient and informative! I would absolutely use Affordable Tours again. We did so many cool things on our trip and saw a lot! Thank you for a memorable experience!

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September 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My daughter and I chose the Essential Tour of Ireland ,Aug. 2017). This was by far the best decision we could have made. The trip/tour was amazing and exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Enda was phenomenal and made this tour a great experience!!!!!. The days are packed but you do get time at night ,early evening, to explore on your own. Strongly suggest the Arlington hotel Celtic dinner show, IrelandEpic Emmigration Museum, Bleecker St. Cafe, The Celt Lounge, the Church....... just walking around was a great way to take in this great city. I was worried about the make up of people that could be on the tour but turns out we met some pretty AMAZING people. Although the tour holds 35 people, we ended up with 20 which was perfect. I have and will continue to recommend this tour and company to others. You will not be disappointed in any way!!! Already looking to book a return trip.......

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July 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I have worked with Eric several times over the years and each time has been an exciting and unique experience. I have run both coach trips and smaller group trips via luxury van. One of the major things MyIreland does best is the value of the accommodations. All of the places included in the tours are centrally located. Watch the cookie cutter tours that appear to be less expensive. That's usually because they put people in hotels that are far from the city centers or walking distance to anything. The drivers have always been outstanding and willing to go off course and make suggestions. Communication with the office is outstanding from the moment you ask for information to completion of the tour and afterwards. I am always looking forward to my next trip with this company. There will be many many more! Brian O'C Boston, MA

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July 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I had been looking forward to visiting Ireland for years. My Ireland Tour surpassed my expectations. We were able to experience so much of this beautiful island. Even locals we met in Dublin said they hadn't been to some of the places we were able to visit on our trip. I want to especially thank our tour guide Tom Lavin. He is an excellent guide and listening to his stories was a highlight, thanks again!

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July 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Our tour of Ireland from Dublin down to the southwest coast, up to Galway and back to Dublin from June 20-29, 2017, was a pure delight. From the time Ted, our driver/guide picked us up at Dublin Airport to the time we ended in Dublin, we saw a beautiful country which surprised us with its diverse terrain. We were pleased to extremely pleased with our guest houses and hotels, enjoyed a variety of sites to visit and had some special experiences, like a night in a pub listening to music performed by old friends of our driver that he'd just met on the street by chance. I would highly recommend My Ireland Tour and will definitely use them again when we return to Ireland.

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July 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Just returned from a 8 day vacation of Ireland through 'My Ireland' tours and had a great time. The trip was well planned and delivered without any issues. All accommodations exceed expectations and Pat our bus driver was very friendly and knowledgeable of every city we visited. I highly recommend 'My Ireland' tours if you are looking t plan a vacation in Ireland. Looking forward to returning to Ireland.

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May 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

If you are going to Ireland, don't bother to look at other tours. Book this one! We booked this tour to celebrate our 50th anniversary on April 28 and we can't say enough about it. The hotels are first class, the meal are excellent, and the itinerary is very comprehensive. We had plenty of time to see all the locations we visited, never feeling rushed from place to place. Since they limited the number of people on each tour, the bus was comfortable for everyone, with plenty of room to relax in-between stops. If you are lucky enough to have Tony as your guide/driver, than you surely have the luck of the Irish. Thank you making our anniversary extra special. Can't wait to return.

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May 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I will definitely use My Ireland Tour the next time we visit Ireland. Our party of 8 had a tremendous time. Our driver, David, was everything we asked for and more - he was full of insights, attentive to our needs, was flexible with our daily schedule, and was a pure delight. The sprinter van was first-class, comfortable, and connecting to Wi-Fi was an added bonus.

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July 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My husband and I had never been to Ireland, so we asked Kristel from My Ireland Tours to arrange our itinerary. Our trip could not have been better. Our driver, Kevin O'Sullivan, was the best - he was punctual, professional, flexible, and had a great sense of humor. In addition, Kevin enriched our journey along the way with his knowledge of the history and culture of Ireland. All of our lodging and tours were arranged by Kristol in advance, so my husband and I did not have to do anything but show-up, and everything ran smoothly without a hitch. We will never forget our trip to Ireland - the beauty of the country, and the kindness of the Irish people are amazing!

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April 2017  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Exceeded our expectations. Everything was perfect, the itinerary, the meals, the hotels and of course the worlds best guide/driver Tony. The best vacation we have ever taken for the money.

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November 2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Ride! Our 'MIT' started in Dublin ,9/20-29, and ended in Belfast and what an adventure we had. The pace was extremely adequate for our age ,50+, group. Do the Irish loop when you are able as some of the touristy attractions require moderate walking/climbing at times. There were no headaches on deciding where we were going, parking hassles or problems to be had. Our timeframe was well planned by MIT and accommodated our schedules... GLASHA House is an inn not to be missed. Of course the highlight of our trip was our phenomenal driver Enda who MADE this trip. He was very professional, efficient and so easy to get along with. He is terribly funny and enjoys his job tremendously. He squeezed in extras that we hadn't allotted time for and put smiles on our faces. KUDOS Enda-we miss you ,your MF Canadian friends)This stress free way to enjoy unfamiliar territory is a must. It allowed for the real 'taste' of Ireland to be had. Pay the few extra Euros and enjoy the Ride. It is well worth it and you'll be happy you did!

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October 2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Fantastic trip!! I have travelled extensively ,averaging 3 months a year, and this was one of the best tours ever. The guide made the difference. Tony was the best guide I have had anywhere. Totally knowledgeable about virtually everything in Ireland down to the last date and a born entertainer! He went out of his way to make this the best trip for each of us. The hotels were very good and located in the best places. I will return and will request Tony every time. Highly recommend this tour to anyone really interested in learning about Ireland in a fun way.

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October 2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We took the Iconic Tour in October. I can't speak more highly of our experience. Our guide, Tony, was exceptional. He was well informed, patient, humorous. The hotels were first class and the food was excellent. The hours of the day were well planned. We never felt bored or rushed. Our baggage was taken to and from the room in a seamless manner, leaving us time to relax in the morning and evenings. The places visited were always interesting, with no waiting. Local guides hired to lead our group were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. We will return for another tour.

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My wife and I had a great time on our recent tour. Our driver/guide, Tony was exceptional - he had great stories, very knowledgeable, sang for us, looked after us and catered to our every need. The organization of the tour by Eric, Kristel and others was perfect. Nothing was overlooked in making our visit to Ireland the very best. And we travelled with a Great Group of Folks. Thanks Eric!

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Our trip to Ireland was one that will be remembered as our favorite! Everything went off without a hitch, the hotels were lovely, the food was abundant and the people were all charming...even the weather behaved! I must give special accolades to our driver/guide, Tom. Tom was outstanding. He was always on time, very informative, easy going and a pure pleasure to work with. Thank you so much for helping us plan our trip! We'll be sure to use your company again in the future!

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I initially fell in love with the website! My 'love affair' continued when dealing with Eric and the girls in the office. Their friendly accommodating attitude really won me over. The culmination of this 'love affair' was of course the tour itself. From the very comfortable bus, the extremely friendly driver Tony with his very extensive knowledge of Irish history and his easy going personality, not to mention his sense of humour!!! Loved every minute of it. I will be back! I still need to see Northern Ireland!

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

The Scenic Tour was a wonderful adventure. The Tour Company is great and you get what you pay for…no hidden costs and fantastic value for money. Our driver/tour guide was exceptional…knew the 'lie of the land' well, was pleasant and had a great sense of humour. Would recommend My Ireland Tours as a reputable, knowledgeable and sincere Company. Lovely people to have dealt with at every step of the experience.

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

This tour was awesome. The itinerary was perfect for my first visit to Ireland. The hotels were beautiful and everything was so well planned from soup to nuts. Our driver Tony really made the trip - he was so knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. I am recommending this trip to all my friends.

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Thank you for a superb tour of Ireland. We will highly recommend this tour to anyone thinking of a trip to your lovely and friendly Ireland. The hotels and meals were great. We really appreciated that all dinners were included in the cost and we enjoyed the fact that we had a small number of companions on the tour( by day 2 there were no strangers, and having a small ,new, bus was a bonus especially when seeing a 52 passenger bus unloading alongside of us. we were off the bus and in the attraction by the time they unloaded. Our driver/guide, Tony was very knowledgeable, accommodating , friendly, humorous and a good singer. My wife and I thank you all

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

My husband and I could not have asked for more from our trip to Ireland. The country is stunningly beautiful. The people were very friendly and we felt at home immediately. Our guide/driver, Tony, was absolutely wonderful. He helped to make our trip memorable as well. He told us so much about his country, not only the history, but also information about Ireland today...If you are planning a trip to Ireland and want to get the most out of the time you have, do not hesitate to book your tour through My Ireland Tour company!!

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

We could not have been more pleased with our trip to Ireland and owe much of that to My Ireland Tours. They helped make us feel so welcome to Ireland. We were able to see many major and out of the way sights in Ireland that really helped shape our love and appreciation of this beautiful country and its wonderful people. We loved that the very comfortable coach was smaller ,held 25 people, and we could get around to more areas than with a full-sized bus. The accommodations were above average and well located and the meals provided were excellent... Eight thumbs up from this family of four!

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

What a wonderful tour experience. The scenery was majestic, the information was concise and pertinent, the hotels were lovely and oh my, our tour guide, Tony, was what every tourist would wish. He was my perception of Ireland down to his fingernails. I will always remember My Ireland Tour. It far exceeded my expectations. I recommend this travel adventure to all. Eric, Tony and all the staff --THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

I highly recommend Discover Ireland Tours. The company did a wonderful job creating a full itinerary, so my family was able to see a great deal on our trip. The vehicle used was very comfortable. Our driver was exceptionally professional and made our trip amazing from start to finish. All the hotels we stayed in were superb. I did a lot of research for possible tour options in Ireland and am very pleased with the exceptional quality and value of service my family received with Discover Ireland Tours.

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

Our journey far exceeded our expectations. Tony McGoey is an outstanding tour director, as he cared for us like one of his family. The accommodations were beyond deluxe, and the people we met have become new found friends. Our experience can best be described as a 'trip of a lifetime.'

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2016  •  My Ireland Tour Package

my sister and i have just returned from the iconic tour of ireland. the tour was excellent and we had a wonderful time. the rout took us to all the highlights of ireland, the hotels were better than we have anticipated and thomas the guide/driver was brilliant. we highly recommend !!!

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Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Ireland

Castle Stays

On this Ireland tour, you will be staying and dining in real Irish castles. Live like royalty as you make yourself at home in these historic buildings. Your accommodation includes Abbeyglen Castle and Kinnitty Castle (pictured above).

The Cliffs of Moher

Unmissable Sights

While showing you the hidden charms of Irish culture and history, the Castles and Backroads tour ticks all the right boxes when it comes to Irish vacations. See the Guinness Storehouse, the Book of Kells, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Rock of Cashel and more.

A real Irish traditional music session in a Pub in Ireland

A Truly Irish Experience

On this Ireland tour, you are invited to discover the true face of Irish culture. You will share a home-cooked lunch with an Irish family on their working farm. Learn how to bake traditional Irish scones. Enjoy celtic music and dance in a real Irish pub.

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Tour Accommodation

Stay in authentic Irish castles on this Castles and Backroads Tour of Ireland. We are very proud of the range of luxury accommodation we have put together for this unique journey. These castle hotels are family-owned, just like ourselves, and we have a long standing relationship with all the accommodation providers we use.

We know and trust the hotels we use for our tours, and we choose them carefully based not only on their star rating, but also on their location, service, value and character. With 30 years of experience offering tours of Ireland, we have the knowledge, the experience and the local contacts to design the perfect accommodation package for your vacation in Ireland.

Luxury Transport

Travel in Style

On a tour vacation, the journey can be just as important as the destination. That's why our vehicles are all of the highest standards both in terms of luxury and reliability. For our tour vehicles we use 34-seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 26. This gives you more space to spread out, relax and enjoy the wonderous scenery. This Smaller Group Size is a core principle in our tours.

Please note: The Coach shown here is one of four 34 Seater Coaches we use on our Max. 26 Guest Tours. For any reason, should one of these become unavailable for your tour we will endeavour to provide you with an equally luxurious and comfortable touring vehicle.

Vehicle Features

  • Space to spread out
  • Tinted Windows
  • Panoramic Outlook
  • Air Conditioning
  • On-board Fridges

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Why Book with My Ireland Tour?

Our Small group guarantee

Because we want every guest to get the comfort, space and service they deserve. Find out more...

Unbeatable Value. No middle man.

We only sell our own tours. No middle man. That means the best possible value for you. Just compare!

Ireland's Top Rated Tour Company

Ninety-eight per cent of our guests' reviews have given us the perfect five-stars. Read our reviews...

Irish family business in Cork

Expect a warm and friendly service from a family business that's proudly small, proudly Irish.

Experienced Irish Driver Guide

Our driver-guides are expertly knowledgeable in all aspects of Irish life, history and culture.

Specialist Experts in Ireland Tours

Irish-born experts with a wealth of experience in the Irish tourism specifically. Trusted local experts.

No sales pitches. No up-selling

Our tours are inclusive packages. No up-selling, no arm-twisting, no sales pitches.

Your tour will run. Guaranteed.

We never cancel tours or change dates. If you book, the tour is guaranteed to run.

What's included in my vacation?

Included

  • Hospitality

  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • 5 Evening Dinners
  • 1 Evening Dinner & Show
  • 6 Full Irish Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • More

  • Irish Driver-Guide
  • Group Airport Transfers
  • All local taxes
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person
  • Luxury Air Conditioned Coach

Not Included

  • Air fares to and from Ireland
  • Gratuity for the Driver-Guide (one person)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches except Unique Home Cooked Lunch on Day 3
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Telephone Charges

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Paying for your Escorted Tour of Ireland

Balance Payments:

The full balance is due 60 days before your tour.

Currency:

All payments are in Euros.

Credit Cards & Fees:

We do not charge any fees for paying by credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Children's Rate:

Children ages 8 yrs - 17 yrs inclusive receive a 10% discount on the prices. Children must share a room with a least 1 adult. Our tours do not cater for children 7 yrs or younger. You must be 18 or over to travel on our Mini-Group Tours.

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The General Post Office

The General Post Office of Ireland The General Post Office of Ireland

The General Post Office of Ireland had many homes before finally settling on its current location of O'Connell Street, on January 6th 1818. It is most famous for housing the Irish Rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916.

The building was destroyed by fire during the uprising and was left unattended until the Irish Free State government set about restoring it. The General Post Office now acts as a visitor centre and sheds an amazing light on some of Ireland's darkest days and the country it was to become.