Blessington Lakes, Russborough House and National Stud Tour.

Tour Runs Only on Saturdays, however if you are a group of seven or more we can run it upon request.

9:00am: Depart from Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.
9:30am-10:15am: Stunning drive through the Wicklow Mountains incorporating the beautiful Blessington Lakes.
10:30am: Arrival at Russborough House in Wicklow. Guided House Tour, tea rooms and gardens.
12:30pm: Depart for National Stud.
1:15pm: Arrival at National Stud in county Kildare. Guided tour and lunch (lunch not included in tour price) at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant.
Lunch menu and prices
4:15pm: Depart for Dublin
5:30pm: Arrive in Dublin city centre.
Adult €49 euro
Student/OAP €44 euro

This tour incorporates the most magnificent aspects of the lovely Irish counties of Wicklow and Kildare:
The famous Blessington Lakes, the stunningly beautiful Russborough Palladian House and the world renowned National Stud and Japanese Gardens.

The counties on Dublin’s doorstep offer many opportunities to experience some of Ireland’s fantastic natural and historic beauty. This tour offers you the opportunity to cover some of the most legendary Heritage and Cultural sights in Ireland.

The first stage of the tour will bring you to: The Blessington Lakes:

The Blessington Lakes are located in the garden county of Ireland known as Wicklow. Set in the stunning Wicklow Mountains, the Blessington Lakes cover over 500 acres of water. The Lakes were formed 60 years ago by the building of the Poulaphouca Dam and hydroelectric station and although they are in fact a man-made reservoir they are as much part of the landscape now as any of the natural lakes, lending themselves to an idyllic and unspoiled wild landscape of Wicklow. As well as the beautiful scenery and vistas to be enjoyed in the Lakes area, the tour will provide you with the history and folklore of the area and you will pass through the charming local market town of Blessington itself. Upon leaving Blessington you will be transported to: Russborough House.

Russborough House is a Palladian mansion steeped in wonderful Irish history, built in the 1740s by Joseph Leeson, a wealthy Dublin brewer, to designs by Richard Castle. Russborough House offers one of the finest guided tours in Ireland. From art lovers to historians to the curious passer by our tour will leave you feeling fulfilled and inspired. There are so many things to admire on our tour from the beauty of the Lafranchini ceilings to a wonderful collection of world class art and furnishings. Incorporated into the tour is a wonderful opportunity to visit the interactive 3D exhibition celebrates the Beits’ exquisite life in an extraordinary photographic collection.

For further enjoyment Russborough also presents not only the stunning internal tours, it has an abundance of other amenities to avail of. There is a beautiful woodland walk to enjoy and a landscaped designed beech maze for those who enjoy teasing out a good challenge. You can also savour the flavours of the tea rooms with its emphasis on wholesome and fresh food before viewing the wide range of gifts in the Russborough shop. In the yards adjoining the house, there are many craft outlets where you will see skilled and dedicated tradesmen creating beautiful designs in wood, metal and other materials. In short, there is no end of delights for everyone to enjoy on your visit. On the final stage of the tour you will be transported to county Kildare and the: National Stud and Japanese Gardens.

The National Stud and Japanese Gardens is a Thoroughbred horse breeding facility in Tully, County Kildare. It is more than just a centre of equine excellence. It is also the home of Ireland’s finest treasures, in particular the breathtakingly beautiful and highly acclaimed Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. Nowhere better symbolises all that is great about County Kildare, the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, than the stud, a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. From horses to horticulture, the Irish National Stud offers you a unique experience that can be enjoyed as part of a guided tour.
On this uniquely special tour, visiting the Blessington Lakes, Russborough House, the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, you will share with us the enchantment of Ireland's true treasures.

What’s Included:
- Luxury Coach & Driver Guide
- Entry fee and Guided Tour of Russborough House and Interactive 3D Exhibition
- Entry fee and Guided Tour of The National Stud, Japanese Gardens and the Horse Museum.
- Cost: Adults €49*
- Children/Students/OAP: €44*

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