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A Taste of Ireland - County Wexford

A Taste of Ireland - County Wexford

Taste the best in Irish food, drink & entertainment on this 5 day tour


Taste the best in Irish food, drink & entertainment on this 5 day tour


Described in James Joyce's book, Ulysses, as ‘’the finest place in the world’’, this designated Heritage Town dates back 1500 years.  Straddling the River Slaney, Enniscorthy played a key role in Ireland’s struggle for independence, especially during 1798 and 1916.  Two heritage trails link notable sites such as Vinegar Hill, the National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Enniscorthy Castle, the Athenaeum and Pugin’s Irish masterpiece, St Aidan’s Cathedral. 

Enniscorthy Castle is one of the few Irish Castles to offer access to its roof where a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside awaits. Or descend to the deeps of eerie dungeon and view Ireland’s rarest wall art which depicts a medieval soldier who was imprisoned in the dungeons over 400 years ago.



Kilkenny is a medieval town in southeast Ireland. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It's also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.


Dunbrody Famine Ship

The original Dunbrody was built in 1845 in Quebec. She was commissioned along with 7 sister ships by ‘William Graves & Son’, a merchant family from New Ross. In 1845, the very year of her launch, famine struck Ireland. With the potato crop failing and food prices soaring, widespread starvation would soon force more than a million people to flee the country. Entrepreneurial merchants, like the Graves’, took the opportunity to fit out their cargo vessels with bunks to meet the extra demand. Between 1845 and 1851 the Dunbrody carried thousands of emigrants to North America. Lax regulation allowed a ship the size of the Dunbrody to carry anywhere from 160 passengers to over 300. In 1847 she is recorded as carrying 313 passengers to Quebec. Only two classes of passengers were carried by the Dunbrody; cabin passengers, paying between £5 and £8; and steerage passengers, paying between £3 and £4. As the average farm labourer could expect to make little more than £1 per month, even a steerage ticket was beyond the means of many people. Cabin passengers had substantial food and services provided. Steerage passengers, though, largely had to fend for themselves. Her onboard mortality rate was very low. This was, without doubt due to her good and humane captains, Captain Baldwin and his successor Captain John W. Williams. On more than one occasion, emigrants writing back home praised their care and dedication to both crew and passengers. 


Waterford, a seaport in southeast Ireland, is the country’s oldest city. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D., and parts of its ancient walled core remain. Within Reginald’s Tower, a circa-1003 fortification, the Waterford Museum of Treasures displays local archaeological finds. Famed glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal began here in 1783. Today the company’s modern facility near the historic district offers factory tours.

Museum of Treasures

The Waterford Museum of Treasures is a museum for historical artifacts associated with the city of Waterford. There are three museums, the Viking museum, the Medieval museum & the Bishop's Palace Museum, collectively known as Waterford Museum of Treasures.

Waterford Crystal

Waterford Crystal is based in and named after the city of Waterford. In January 2009 its Waterford base was closed down due to the bankruptcy of the Wedgwood Group. After several difficulties and takeovers, it re-emerged later that year. In June 2010, Waterford Crystal relocated almost back to its original roots, on The Mall in Waterford City. This new location is now home to a manufacturing facility that melts over 750 tonnes of crystal a year. This new facility offers visitors the opportunity to take guided tours of the factory and also offers a retail store, showcasing the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal.



Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney. According to a local legend, the town got its Irish name, Loch Garman, from a young man named Garman Garbh who was drowned on the mudflats at the mouth of the River Slaney by flood waters released by an enchantress. The resulting loch or lough was thus named Loch Garman. The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD.


Day 1

An early morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Holyhead and the lunchtime sailing to Dublin. On arrival we travel south via Arklow and Gorey, to Enniscorthy, a lively market town in County Wexford, for a 4 night stay at the Treacys Hotel. Tonight’s Guinness themed dinner is followed by live entertainment.


Day 2

This morning we head to Kilkenny, Ireland’s best preserved Medieval City, explore the cobbled streets packed with interesting shops and traditional pubs or hop on the local tourist train that runs around the city. At the hotel we have a soda bread making demonstration and our 4 course menu has one course themed on Jamesons Irish Whiskey. Live entertainment will finish off the evening.

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Day 3

Today we head to New Ross, where the quayside is dominated by a full size replica of the Dunbrody Emigrant ship, experience the sights, sounds and smells of a tall ship crossing the Atlantic, we continue on to Waterford Ireland’s oldest city, visit the Museum of Treasures or perhaps the famous Waterford Crystal where you can watch the craftsmen at work. Explore the harbour area and the city’s Cathedral. A taste of Wexford dinner is followed by tonight’s live entertainment.

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Day 4

This morning we visit Wexford, a bustling harbour town with Viking and Norman heritage including its old town walls and gates. We return to Enniscorthy after lunch for some time at leisure - maybe explore the 13th century castle or the award winning 1798 Rebellion Centre. Final dinner in the hotel followed by entertainment.

B, D

Day 5

Today we leave our hosts and travel north via Dublin to Belfast and the afternoon sailing to Cairnryan. From here we continue home to Cumbria, arriving back late evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Treacey's Hotel

At Treacys Hotel Enniscorthy you will be treated to a very warm welcome, gracious hospitality and a superior standard of personal friendly service.

Treacys Hotel, one of the most luxurious Wexford Hotels, combines contemporary glamour with old world elegance, perfectly located in the bustling town of Enniscorthy generating a hub of activity. Treacys Hotel is one of the leading Wexford hotels. The hotel has its own Waterfront Leisure Centre with pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room.

The hotel offers 60 well-appointed bedrooms in exceptional comfort, ranging from standard bedrooms, larger deluxe rooms to family rooms         and interconnecting rooms. All rooms are furnished with Hypnosis beds, LCD television, free Wi-Fi, high speed hairdryers, safety deposit boxes, ironing facilities and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The hotel has a popular restaurant serving traditonal Irish and international dishes and in the Temple Bar, where traditional themes combine with subtle modern comforts, the emphasis is on the 'craic'. From the moment you enter the Temple Bar you'll enjoy one of the warmest of Irish welcomes. Relax and enjoy a drink, the Temple Bar provides great food and entertainment year round. Live Entertainmet is a regular feature and the mix of guests with local residents makes for a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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