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Dublin & The Wicklow Mountains

  • Destination: Republic of Ireland
  • Duration: 4 days

This capital of the Republic of Ireland has long been connected with the British Empire and offers school trips many interesting places to visit. It is the historical and contemporary cultural centre for the country along with being a modern centre of education, arts, economy and industry. Dublin offers limitless educational visits suitable for Art and Design, English, Science and Technology and others. Visits to Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, or Trinity College will all leave a lasting memory in your student’s mind.

The Wicklow Mountains are a major attraction for tourists visiting Ireland and Dublin. With mountains primarily composed of granite they form the largest continuous area of granite in Ireland and Britain and throughout the centuries have been used for mining metals and stone. Travelling through the Wicklow Mountains, one is guaranteed to see areas of outstanding natural beauty and see charming Irish villages unchanged by modern life.

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Example itinerary

Day 1

Evening: Departure from school and travel to  Wales and the port of Holyhead for evening crossing into Ireland.

Day 2

Morning: Arrival at the port of Rosslare in Ireland and travel to the outskirts of Dublin for a breakfast stop and chance to freshen up before arriving in Dublin. Start of walking tour of city and see sites such as the Liffey Bridge, Temple Bar, Trinity College, Guinness Brewery and much more.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon with your group visiting the sights of Dublin.

Evening: Check-in and overnight stay. Evening activities available upon request.

Day 3

Morning: After breakfast, travel to the Wicklow Mountains.

Afternoon: See the ancient Celtic Monastery at Glendolough, pretty village of Avoca, Powerscourt Gardens and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Evening:  Travel back to Dublin to enjoy some more traditional Irish hospitality.

Day 4

Morning: After breakfast, travel to Dublin Port for morning ferry back to North Wales.

Afternoon: Onward travel through Wales to school.

Evening: Return back to school.

Sights & places of interest in Dublin

Dublin Castle
Dublin & The Wicklow Mountains The former seat of British rule in Ireland till 1922 now serves as a major Irish government complex and a top visitor attraction in Dublin. The castle has played a prominent role in Ireland’s history and The State Apartments are among the most prestigious rooms in the country and are open for guided tours.

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Dublin & The Wicklow Mountains The Irish Museum of Modern art also known as IMMA, is Ireland’s leading national institution exhibiting and collecting modern and contemporary art. Located within the 17th- century Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The museum concentrates on acquiring art by living artists and buys only from studios and galleries.

National Museum of Ireland
Dublin & The Wicklow MountainsThe National Museum of Ireland has a strong emphasis on Irish art, culture, and natural history. It houses weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics, glassware, folk artefacts, coins and currency, costumes connected with Irish culture.

National Gallery of Ireland
Dublin & The Wicklow MountainsThe National Gallery of Ireland houses the Irish national collection of Irish and European art. The Gallery has an extensive, representative collection of Irish painting ans is also notable for its Italian Baroque and Dutch masters paintings.

National Photographic Archive
Dublin & The Wicklow MountainsLocated in the famous Temple Bar area of Dublin, this archive holds the photographic collections of the National Library of Ireland. Over 20,000 glass plate negatives from 1870 to 1954 have been digitized and can be viewed in their catalogue.

Temple bar Area
Dublin & The Wicklow MountainsThis area located on the south bank of the River Liffey has well preserved medieval architecture and street patterns with many narrow cobbled streets. It is considered to be Dublin’s cultural quarter and is well known for its nightlife and popular among tourists.

Guinness Brewery
Dublin & The Wicklow MountainsThis brewery, originally founded in 1759 by Arthur Guiness, is the traditional home of the famous stout which bears the founders name. Once the largest brewery in the world, it now opens its doors to visitors all year round who wish to see how this famous Irish beverage is produced.

Royal Hibernian Academy
Dublin & The Wicklow MountainsThe Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) is an artist based and artist orientated institution which was founded in 1823. The Academy curates frequent exhibitionsand frequently si responsible for major retropectives of the work of Irish artists. Despite having a large collection of Irish art, the Academy does not put many of them on display.

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
The Douglas Hyde Gallery is a contemporary art gallery which is publicly funded and located within the historical setting of Trinity College. It was originally opened in 1978 and was for many years the only public gallery in Ireland. It continues to hold exhibitions by some of the most established and well-regarded Irish and international artists working today.

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