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Celtic Ireland: Boyne Valley, Trim Castle in a Day

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Cultures and civilisations slowly evolve, clash, and merge. Nowhere is this more apparent than in central Ireland. Discover the true Celtic culture and the art that symbolises it while meandering over the mythological landscapes of Pagan kings and exploring one of the grandest Norman castles still standing in Europe.
  • Discover a 5000 year-old tomb and ancient Celtic carvings (Fourknocks)
  • Wander around Europe’s largest Norman castle (Trim)
  • Explore one of Ireland’s oldest towns (Drogheda)
  • Visit a masterpiece of Medieval European stonework (Monasterboice)
  • Learn about the evolving Celtic culture and art that brings it to life

What you'll discover

Travel from Dublin deep into the gorgeous, green landscape of County Meath. This area is soaked in ancient history, and they even say the mythical High Kings of Ireland once lived here. Your first stop is the Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Tomb. More than 5,000 years ago Neolithic farmers constructed this site, making it older than the pyramids. Wander in and come face to face with some of the oldest human history you can encounter. Next, we take you into the town of Drogheda. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch in the historic town centre by the banks of the River Boyne and explore the walls and fortifications. After lunch, it’s time to see one of Ireland’s finest relics at Monasterboice; the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach. This famous masterpiece depicts Biblical tales and combines Celtic art with Christian symbolism. Study the carvings and see if you can figure out the meaning! You then continue into the 12th century Bective Abbey. You have time here to take a few photos and enjoy the simple architecture of this ancient monument. Now it’s time to compare the peaceful and subtle religious architecture with the mighty, fortified Trim Castle. Let your imagination run wild at this hugely impressive Norman castle. There are walls to climb, a large castle keep to explore, and plenty of reconstructions and intriguing objects to discover. Finally, after venturing through 5,000 years of cultural history in a day, you return back to Dublin. After all that time travelling, it may be time to enjoy a pint of the black stuff. MEETING POINT is opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin. Please ensure you arrive by 09.15. ---------- Tour includes: - Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach - Air conditioning as standard - The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide Tour does not include: - Entry fees to visitor attractions - Tour accommodation

Meet here: Kilkenny Shop, 6 Nassau Street

Sean Kelly

A local lad, Sean delights in telling anyone who will listen about why he loves his hometown of Belfast and would live nowhere else. When not working, Sean can be found playing football, reading blogs or planning his next trip away.

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