Dublin Castle off Dame Street, was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. A guided tour is highly recommended in order to get a comprehensive tour and a wonderful, memorable and invaluable experience, from guides on a Irish Rugby Tours tour.
The Phoenix Park
The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park of any capital city in Europe.
It was originally formed as a Royal hunting park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin,(the President of Ireland’s residence) Farmleigh House and the official Residence of the United States Ambassador to Ireland, plus the Visitors Centre and Victorian flower gardens. The Phoenix Park is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street. Both passive and active recreational pursuits may be viewed or pursued such as walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, and many more all on a Irish Rugby Tours tour.
Farmleigh House is a stunningly beautiful historic house, which is the Irish State’s official guest house for visiting dignitaries and royalty. It has a fully restored interior showcasing it’s many important collections, an art gallery, a spectacular library, and a complete working farm. It’s open 7 days a week all year round. It was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family…. shame it’s not Irish Rugby Tours HQ.
Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. It closed its doors in 1924.
Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the many rebellions , including those of 1798,1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops , and you can get the full experience this on a Irish Rugby Tours tour.
The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe and those on a Irish Rugby Tours tour . Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses.
Created between 1906 and 1910 the Japanese Gardens were devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. This can be visited while at the National Stud – one of our Irish Rugby Tours Tour.
Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several route ways, this splendid castle is full of tapestries , with no expense spared by its former owners, with the gold leaf that can be seen everywhere.It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defences of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade but this won’t keep out a Irish Rugby Tours Tour.
Step through the doors and step back in time : Take a distillery tour to the home of Irelands’s most famous whiskey makers, the Jameson Distillery. It’s a journey through history when you see the old kilns, mills and malting houses , the water wheel and the old warehouses. Visitors can take part in tasting panels, and be rewarded with a much coveted ‘ Irish Whiskey Taster Certificate’, all while enjoying the delights of this amazing experience with Irish Rugby Tours.
Rock Of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion of 1169. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe and also on a Irish Rugby Tours tour.
Irish Rugby Tours will take you to Glendalough an ancient monastic settlement, a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. For thousands of years people have been drawn to ‘the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife.