Check-In / Check-Out Tours
As a general rule most international hotels have a check-in from 14.00 hours on the day of arrival & a check-out at 12.00 noon on the day of departure.
We can arrange a tour to facilitate early morning flight arrivals or late afternoon/evening flight departures.
We can arrange your pick-up from Dublin airport to visit any number of sites while awaiting your hotel check-in time.For example,a visit to Malahide castle for breakfast/lunch.
Then continuing with a short tour of Howth head and village which offers spectacular views of Dublin on the drive back to the city.
We will arrange to collect you and your luggage at your hotel following check-out.From there,for example,you can enjoy a tour of The Boyne Valley region,home to Ireland’s Ancient East,and only 30 minutes north of Dublin airport.
The tour of your choice will be customised to allow sufficient time to check-in for your departing flight.
Malahide Castle & Gardens
Is a magnificent castle set on 250 acres of parkland with a story dating back to the 12th Century.
Located along the beautiful North Dublin coast and close to the picturesque seaside village of Malahide, The Castle was owned by the Talbot family for nearly 800 years. The castle is furnished with beautiful period furniture and an extensive collection from the National Gallery of Ireland.
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides tell the fascinating story of the Talbot family and their time at Malahide Castle, exploring the main reception rooms and bedrooms throughout the castle.
Avoca Handweavers at Malahide Castle
Is located in the visitor centre and offers the full retail range including, throws & blankets from the Avoca Mill, fashion, homewares, gifts & beauty collection.
The spacious Avoca Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious breakfast/lunch overlooking the Walled Botanical Gardens, serving a range of wonderful seasonal fresh dishes and a mouth watering selection of freshly made cakes & buns! The outdoor terrace is a beautiful vantage point to enjoy the gardens…just watch out for the Peacocks which like to show off to our visitors from time to time!
The Boyne Valley Region
The Battle of the Boyne.
Is one of the most significant events in Irish history.The Battle was fought between King William III and his father-in-law King James II on 1 July 1690. The kings were rival claimants to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. Protestant King William (of Orange) had deposed Catholic King James in 1688.
William’s army (called Williamites), numbered some 36,000 men and was made up of English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Danish and Huguenots (French Protestants). The opposing army (called Jacobites) were mainly Irish Catholics, reinforced by 6,500 French troops sent by King Louis XIV. The Jacobites chose the River Boyne as the best defence against the Williamites progress south towards Dublin. Drogheda was garrisoned and a force of 25,000 men was positioned at Oldbridge, the most likely crossing point. The armies camped on opposite sides of the river. William’s battle plan was to trap the Jacobite army in a pincer movement. He sent a force of 10,000 men towards Slane which drew the bulk of the Jacobites upstream in opposition. With 1,300 Jacobites posted in Drogheda, only 6,000 were left at Oldbridge to repel 26,000 Williamites. All the fighting took place on the south side of the river as the vastly outnumbered Jacobite forces defended their position against the advancing Williamites. William himself crossed at Drybridge with 3,500 mounted troops. The Jacobites retreated across the river Nanny at Duleek and regrouped west of the Shannon to carry on the war.
Newgrange (Irish: Sí an Bhrú.)
Is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, located eight kilometers west of Drogheda on the north side of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The site consists of a large circular mound with a stone passageway and interior chambers. The mound has a retaining wall at the front and is ringed by engraved kerbstones. There is no agreement about what the site was used for, but it has been speculated that it had religious significance – it is aligned with the rising sun and its light floods the chamber on the winter solstice. It is the most famous monument within the Neolithic Brú na Bóinne complex, alongside the similar passage tomb mounds of Knowth and Dowth, and as such is a part of the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site. Newgrange also shares many similarities with other Neolithic constructions in Western Europe, such as Maeshowe in Orkney, Scotland and the Bryn Celli Ddu in Wales.
St Laurence Gate
The Barbican or outer defense gate is located at the junction of Laurence Street and Chord Road. Widely regarded as on of the finest of its type in Europe it dates back to the 14th century. The gate led to the Friary of St Laurence which was located to the East. Part of the old town wall is located to the south of the gate at Featherbed Lane and visitors can see the hight and width of the medieval walls.
Twice the walls and gates of Drogheda held face against invasion, firstly when Edward Bruce, brother of Scotland’s King Robert Bruce attacked the town in 1317 and again in 1642 when Sir Phelim O’Neill tried to take Drogheda from the garrison commander Tichbourne.
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