One Giant Leap to Northern Ireland’s Houses, Gardens & Causeway Coast
A Titanic Taste of Northern Ireland This tour is absolute foodie heaven! On the menu are samples of Shorthorn Beef and Organic Salmon at Glenarm Castle and a tasting and lunch including apple tart at Armagh Cider Company – what a treat! Another highlight is the recently reimagined Titanic Belfast exhibition with four new themed galleries. A visit to the brilliant Ulster Folk Museum and a beautiful Antrim coastal drive complete this great tour. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Titanic Belfast & Belfast This morning we visit the world-famous Titanic Belfast , which tells the Titanic story through a series of spectacular interactive galleries housed in its iconic building. We roam the shipyard and journey to the depths of the ocean while we immerse ourselves in all things Titanic. The attraction is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation in 2023 so we experience the newly introduced theme, ‘The Pursuit of Dreams’, designed to engage visitors with the dreams and stories of those linked to the luxury ship. There are four exciting new themed spaces to discover, including Never Again, Ballard’s Quest, The Ship of Dreams and The Lasting Legacy, as well as an illuminated, rotating 7.6m long scale model of RMS Titanic. We spend the rest of the day at leisure in Belfast, exploring some of the city’s most famous and historic sites and significant points of interest, including HMS Caroline, SS Nomadic, St George’s Market, St Anne’s Cathedral and City Hall. See more, hear more and feel more at the reimagined Titanic Belfast! Following a multi-million pound transformation in 2023, it’s time to revisit this world-famous experience. Day 3 Antrim Coast Drive & Glenarm Castle Farm & Tasting Tour Today we enjoy a scenic journey along the spectacular Antrim Coast en route to one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most beautiful estates, Glenarm Castle , where we enjoy a Farm & Tasting Tour . During our informative guided tour of the great deer park, we go behind the scenes with the Estate Manager, getting a unique insight into how the estate has innovated and diversified over the centuries to the modern day. We then enjoy a sample of the famous, award-winning Glenarm Shorthorn Beef and Glenarm Organic Salmon – delicious! Please note, if staying at the Maldron Hotel, Day 3 will be Day 4. Day 4 Armagh Cider & Ulster Folk Museum This morning we visit Armagh Cider Company for a tour and tasting at the family- run farm, which produces an artisan range of cider and pure apple juices. Taste buds tingling, we tuck into lunch during our visit, with soup and artisan breads on the menu as well as a delicious apple tart & cream with tea/coffee. This afternoon we make our way to the Ulster Folk Museum . As we wander through the pretty parkland, we step back in time to experience life in Ulster more than a century ago, encountering costumed locals demonstrating traditional crafts along the way. Please note, if staying at the Maldron Hotel, Day 4 will be Day 3. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
Step into some of Northern Ireland’s finest properties, brush up on your knowledge of the patron saint of Ireland and discover some of Belfast’s most significant sites on this mammoth tour. We stroll through magnificent mansions and the gorgeous grounds that house them, set foot on the tremendous Giant’s Causeway, and take a tour
of Saint Patrick’s country. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Saint Patrick Centre & Mount Stewart
We spend our morning exploring Saint Patrick’s country with a guided tour . Starting at the Saint Patrick Centre , an exhibition detailing the life of the patron saint of Ireland, we also take in Saul Church, the site of Saint Patrick’s earliest place of Christian worship in Ireland and where he died, as well as the medieval Down Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s grave and Down County Museum. In the afternoon we visit one of Northern Ireland’s finest properties, Mount Stewart . In addition to the majestic mansion with lavish interiors, we can wander around the world class landscaped gardens, which have been voted among the top 10 gardens in the world. Day 3 Hillsborough Castle & Belfast This morning we follow in the footsteps of royalty with a guided tour of Northern Ireland’s royal residence, Hillsborough Castle . As we move through the stunning State Rooms, we learn more about the history of this elegant Georgian home. Outside, we can stretch our legs in 100 acres of beautiful gardens. We then head to Belfast for lunch and finish our day exploring some of the city’s most famous and historic sites and significant points of interest during a 1 hour step-on guided tour of Belfast. Day 4 Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Coast & Glenarm Castle This morning, we visit the extraordinary natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway , a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national nature reserve. Against a splendid backdrop of dramatic cliffs and the crashing North Atlantic Ocean, we get to grips with the world-famous basalt columns before travelling through more scenic landscape with a drive along the spectacular Antrim Coast. In the afternoon, we enjoy entrance to The Walled Garden at Glenarm Castle . One of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens, we spend some time strolling through the fabulous flowers and pretty plants dotted around. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
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