Introduction to Ireland’s history
Medieval & Georgian Dublin explored
Wonderful Georgian houses to include Russborough & Castletown
Remarkable levels of private access
Landscapes & gardens including Jimi Blake’s Hunting Brook & Helen Dillon’s new garden
Gentle pace with time to explore
Visit based at historic Barberstown Castle
Ireland has a wealth of great houses and public buildings of international stature, many of which have remained largely unknown to all but the specialist historian and enthusiast. These date from the Medieval to the Victorian period. Undoubtedly, many of the finest are of the Georgian era, when Ireland enjoyed a period of unprecedented, though temporary, peace and prosperity.
Our visit will introduce you to these buildings, their architects and owners, their outstanding collections of pictures, furniture and decorative arts and their surrounding landscapes and gardens. This will be done through a series of visits in and around Dublin, one of the great European cities of the eighteenth century. You will be taken on several gently paced walks around the city, together with time spent in the picturesque Irish countryside.
We stay at Barberstown Castle, a very good four-star country house hotel. The original castle, a defensive tower, was extended several times to create the elegant house of today. It is set amidst quiet countryside, a short drive from Dublin.
Day by day
- Price: £TBC per person
5 nights with breakfast at 4* Barberstown Castle
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