Arthur Guinness Trail
This Guinness-inspired short break explores the rise of the world dominating stout which had become almost emblematic in our vision of Ireland. Tracing the footsteps of its founder Arthur Guinness, whose story often surprises, embark on a journey of Dublin and its surrounds over 250 years ago. Visit Ireland’s first Palladian estate, take a journey on an ancient canal barge, step out on a rural walking trail and of course enjoy a drop of the "black stuff" at an obligatory stop at the Guinness Storehouse.
• 3 nights Half Board in 3* accommodation
• Return ferry crossing UK to Ireland
• Guided tour of Dublin (hop on guide - 2 hours)
• Ride on 1922 Guinness Barge Replica with Afternoon Tea
• Tour & Tasting at the Guinness Storehouse
• Guided tour of Castletown House
3* Court Yard Hotel,Kildare (or similar)
• Lift • Bar
• Tea/Coffee facilities
Upgraded option from £359pp
4* Clayton Liffey Valley - Leixlip
Day 1: Ferry crossing from the UK. Arrive and settle into your hotel base.
Day 2: Take a guided tour of Dublin with a Guinness tilt of course! Hear of how the Guinness corporation was well loved by the city folks and how the company looked after its workers, even to the extent that there is still a Guinness ambulance in operation on the city streets to this day. To Grand Canal next for a Guinness Barge replica experience (2 hours) under cutting stone bridges and passing ancient locks, operated in the same manner today as back in 1798 when the canal was used to transport Guinness around the country. Onboard enjoy afternoon tea (chocolate Guinness cupcakes included), as well as short commentaries and the opportunity to get up on deck and see first-hand the barge navigate the locks. Finish the day at the Guinness Storehouse to see and taste the ‘black stuff’ itself.
Day 3: Arriving at Castletown House enjoy the inescapable parkland and River Liffey views, this was the earliest and largest Palladian-style estate in Ireland, which the Guinness family helped rescue from demolition. On the guided tour you will see the only fully intact print room left in Ireland and walk underneath decadent Murano Glass chandeliers. The Arthur Guinness walking trail extends both directions from here, you can give your customers time to explore a section of the walk (maps can be inserted into travel pack before travel, if required) or make the most of the Liffey Valley parkland on the doorstep of astletown House as you spend a last leisurely afternoon.
Day 4: Depart hotel after breakfast. Ferry crossing back to UK