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From Royal Thrones to Game of Thrones

From Royal Thrones to Game of Thrones

A thrilling tour which includes Royal Hillsborough Castle, stunning National Trust properties, distillery, the medieval town of Downpatrick & Castle Ward, used as the location of Winterfell for the TV series Games of Thrones and of course no visit to Ireland would be complete without visiting the city of Belfast.

FROM ROYAL THRONES TO GAME OF THRONES

 

20 – 24 May 2019

Monday - Friday

5 Days

£525 NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

 

A thrilling tour which includes Royal Hillsborough Castle, stunning National Trust properties, distillery, the medieval town of Downpatrick & Castle Ward, used as the location of Winterfell for the TV series Games of Thrones and of course no visit to Ireland would be complete without visiting the city of Belfast.

 

Highlights

 

Hillsborough Castle   |   Mount Stewart House & Gardens   |   Echlinville Distillery   |   Castle Ward   |   Downpatrick

 

 

Day One

We depart early morning from your home with our exclusive door to door pick-up service, join your coach and head north to Cairnryan (Scotland) for our 11:30am ferry crossing to Belfast, arriving around 1:45pm we disembark and continue to our hotel in Carrickfergus. Welcome tea/coffee/soft drink awaits you on your arrival whilst your luggage is taken to your rooms, time to relax before dinner.

 

Day Two

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State.  We will see the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room.  In the afternoon we travel into Belfast and have free time for lunch prior to our afternoon guided tour (by coach) of this fascinating city.

 

Day Three

Today we visit Mount Stewart House & Gardens, a 18th century mansion with lavish interiors and beautiful landscaped grounds.  We enjoy free time for lunch in the tearoom before making our way to Echlinville Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour and tasting.

 

Day Four

For our excursion today we travel south to Castle Ward, the fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century, in its stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough.  The farmyard at Castle Ward is now famous for being the location of ‘Winterfell’ in the hugely popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and the ‘Whispering Wood’ can also be found here.  We enjoy lunch at leisure in the tearoom before visiting the medieval town of Downpatrick, reputed to be the final resting place of St. Patrick and home of St Patrick’s Centre which we explore before free time in the town.

 

Day Five

This morning we bid farewell to Ireland and travel to Dublin for our 2:50pm crossing back to Holyhead for our journey home.

 

Price Includes:

·          Luxury coach travel

·          Home pick up

·          4 nights’ accommodation, dinner & breakfast

·          Return ferry crossings Cairnryan-Belfast

·          Welcome tea/coffee

·          3 drinks vouchers per night during 6:30pm – 8pm (beer – full pints, wine & soft drinks)

·          Live entertainment 1 night & Quiz on 1 night

·          Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle

·          Half day step-on guided tour of Belfast

·          Admission Mount Stewart House & Gardens

·          Echlinville Distillery tour & tasting

·          Admission Castle Ward

·          Admission St Patrick’s Centre.

 

BELFAST LOUGHSHORE HOTEL, Carrickfergus

Our hotel is located in Carrickfergus on the Antrim Coast and just a 15-minute drive from Belfast city centre.  68 bedrooms each tastefully decorated complete with all the facilities you would expect for a hotel of this standard, welcoming bar/lobby area with comfortable seating as well as a mezzanine lounge and an informal restaurant.

DAY ONE

Early morning departure beginning with your home pick-up, join your coach and head north to Cairnryan (Scotland) for our 1130 am ferry crossing to Belfast, arriving around 1345 hrs we disembark and continue to our hotel in Carrickfergus. Welcome tea/coffee/soft drink await you on your arrival whilst your luggage is taken to your rooms, time to relax before dinner.

D

DAY TWO

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle, the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State. We will see the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room. In the afternoon we travel into Belfast and have free time for lunch prior to our afternoon guided tour (by coach) of this fascinating city.

B, D

DAY THREE

Today we visit Mount Stewart House & Gardens, an 18th century mansion with lavish interiors and beautiful landscaped grounds. We enjoy free time for lunch in the tearoom before making our way to Echlinville Distillery where we enjoy a guided tour and tasting.

B, D

DAY FOUR

For our excursion today we travel south to Castle Ward, the fascinating home of the Ward family since the 16th century, in its stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. The farmyard at Castle Ward is now famous for being the location of 'Winterfell' in the hugely popular TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the 'Whispering Wood' can also be found here. We enjoy lunch at leisure in the tearoom before visiting the medieval town of Downpatrick, reputed to be the final resting place of St. Patrick and home of St Patrick's Centre which we explore before free time in the town.

B, D

DAY FIVE

This morning we bid farewell to Ireland and travel back to Dublin for our 1450 am crossing back to Holyhead and continue our journey home.

B

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

BELFAST LOUGHSHORE HOTEL, Carrickfergus

Our hotel is located in Carrickfergus on the Antrim Coast and just a 15-minute drive from Belfast city centre.  68 bedrooms each tastefully decorated complete with all the facilities you would expect for a hotel of this standard, welcoming bar/lobby area with comfortable seating as well as a mezzanine lounge and an informal restaurant.

 

 

INCLUDED:

Door to door pick-up

4 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast

Return ferry crossings Cairnryan-Belfast

Welcome tea/coffee

3 drinks vouchers per night during 1830-2000 hrs (beer – full pints, wine & soft drinks)

Live entertainment 1 night & Quiz on 1 night

Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle

Half day step-on guided tour of Belfast

Admission Mount Stewart House & Gardens

Echlinville Distillery tour & tasting

Admission Castle Ward

Admission St Patrick’s Centre

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Abergele Water Street Abergele, Water Street
Opposite Bowling Green
Bangor, Tesco Bus Stop Bangor, Tesco Bus Stop
Bodelwyddan Marble Church
Chester Holiday Inn South Chester, Holiday Inn South
Layby Outside
Chester Services Chester, Services on M56
Colwyn Bay Station Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Dobshill Dobshill Layby
Ewloe St Davids Park Ewloe, MainRoad Outside St Davids Park Hotel
Garden City Amontola Restaurant, Garden City
Holywell, Bus Station Holywell, Bus Station
Llandudno Jct Station Llandudno Junction Station Car Park
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