Thursday 5 July 2018
Departure from the RDS: 9AM
Return to RDS: 5PM
All return times are approximate
Price per person €99.00 (price includes lunch)
Full immersion in the cultural delights of the city. Let us take you back 1000 years to the origins of this intriguing city which has played host to Vikings, Normans and Anglo-Saxons without allowing its native Celtic spirit to be even vaguely diluted! Choose to visit some of Dublin’s most famous historical attractions including; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, the National Gallery of Art, and Dublin Castle. More information is listed below.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Founded by the Normans in the late 12th century on a site directly linked with St Patrick, this cathedral is a magnificent example of hiberno-gothic architecture, or “gothic on a small scale”. Don’t miss the spectacular stained glass windows and the Swift connection. And make sure you ask your Tour Director to explain the expression “chancing one’s arm”
Trinity College Dublin
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, this city centre campus of some 10,000 students is traditional and stately in Oxbridge fashion. Famous alumni abound – Swift, Wilde, Burke, Goldsmith, Ernest Walton the Nobel Prize winning physicist and Samuel Beckett, author of “Waiting for Godot”. The Long Room at Trinity is a temple to academia and learning and conserves the world’s most treasured manuscript “The Book of Kells”. Dating from the 8th century, this lavishly decorated copy of the 4 gospels is a living example of the profound richness of ancient Celtic art.
The National Gallery of Art
Funded by a generous bequest from the Dublin born playwright G.B. Shaw, Dublin’s Art Gallery contains masterpieces from each epoch in the history of European painting. Be sure to visit the Jack B Yeats room and don’t miss Caravaggio’s “Taking of Christ” and hear the fascinating story of its discovery and restoration.
Located in the heart of historic Dublin just minutes from Trinity College, it was the former seat of power of the British Monarchy, and the site of the revolutionary handing over of arms, when Ireland became a Free State in 1921. The Castle comprises of the original 13th Century Norman Castle, a 19th Century Gothic revival Chapel, The Great courtyard, modern conference facilities and of course the magnificent State Apartments. The tour brings the group through the history, architecture and interesting gossip surrounding the state apartments and their use.
Dress code: casual – please wear comfortable shoes
Please be advised our tours require a minimum number of delegates to enable us to operate them. Delegates will be notified of any changes/cancellations in due course. In the event of any cancellation any refunds due will be made post conference.