Dublin and the Irish East Midlands offer a number of attractions making this area an inspired place to take a luxury break.
A Day (or Night!) out in Dublin
Dublin is one of Europe’s busiest and most beautiful cities; especially known for its bars and pubs, these are an important part of the city’s living culture. The most popular area for a Dublin Pub Crawl is the beautiful Temple Bar, with its cobbled streets and lively nightlife. Dublin is also a fantastic city for high street and boutique shopping and great food.
County Kildare: the Emerald Isle
The Irish East Midlands are the parts of Ireland which are evoked by the affectionate name, ‘The Emerald Isle,’ with their lush green grassland. County Kildare is famous for its links with horseriding – home to the famous Curragh Racecourse and the Irish National Stud, a working stud farm with the magnificent Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra’s Gardens. Kildare is also recommended as a fantastic place to take a luxury golfing holiday, with numerous renowned courses.
The Green Green Grass of Wicklow
Wicklow, or ‘The Garden of Ireland,’ has lots of places for you to explore during your special holiday. As the name would suggest, this region is home to many of Ireland’s finest and most unique country houses and gardens. Festina Lente is one of the few remaining restored walled gardens in the country; Kilruddery House is widely believed to be Ireland’s best Elizabethan-Revival mansion, and the magnificent Powerscourt House & Gardens, which is set against the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain just 20km away from Dublin, is sensational no matter the time of year.
This area is not all greenery, however – it is also home to a number of long, sandy beaches which are perfect for a day’s sunbathing or a leisurely stroll; and rugged mountains which are suitable for more serious hikers, while its proximity to Dublin makes it perfect for a day in the city.
Unmissable attractions in the Midlands East:
• If you’re lucky enough to visit in May, don’t miss the All Ireland Drama Festival, Europe’s premier amateur drama festival.
• About a 30 minutes’ drive out of Dublin in Glencullen is Johnnie Fox’s pub, which has free live music every night of the week and is famed to be the highest pub in Ireland. They also have fantastic Hooley Shows but be sure to book in advance.
• Dublin’s beautiful Christ Church Cathedral was built almost a thousand years ago; definitely take a look inside.
When looking for a luxury holiday home in this area you’re likely to find fantastic luxury fishing lodges and cosy riverside cottages.