Ireland's Ancient East

Explore 5000 years of Irish history in this diverse area which runs from the golden pasture lands of Co Meath to the wild Atlantic coast of Co Cork covering the story of Ancient Ireland, the art and culture of the early Christian period and the formation of the modern state as it evolved under the Medieval and Anglo influences.

Marvel at the architecture of Ireland’s pre-historic past like the World Heritage site at Newgrange in Co Meath and Brownshill Dolmen, Co Carlow, explore the fusion of pagan, Celtic and Christian beliefs at Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly and Glendalough, Co Wicklow. Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile and the Viking Triangle in Waterford showcase Medieval times in Ireland while the Great Houses and Gardens of Ireland such as Castletown House in Celbridge, Co Kildare give fine examples of the Palladian style popularised in the Anglo period and many house national collections of art and porcelain.

Some of the sites mentioned above are members of the Office of Public Works in Ireland (OPW) and charge admission fees. An annual Heritage Card is available which covers admission to all fee-paying sites (except Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney) and can be bought in advance or at the first fee-paying site you visit.

Click here for a sample of our Motoring Holiday planned around an Ireland’s Ancient East Tour