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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

An Exclusive Tour Of Northern Ireland’S Finest Houses

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9031

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

6 days

HH 2022

PRICE FROM ? £969 per person
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Description

Northern Ireland is not only renowned for the beauty of its countryside and coastline but also for the number of stunning country houses and magnificent castles that pepper the landscape. We learn more about the country’s rich heritage as we visit these intriguing places. A particular highlight is an exclusive guided tour with the owners of Ballywalter Park, offering an intimate insight into the generations who have lived in this historic home. We also visit the family-owned Mount Stewart House with its world-renowned gardens as well as explore the vibrant capital of Belfast including a fascinating look into the story of the famous Titanic in the city where it all began.

Itinerary

Sunday: Arrival

We fly to Belfast and transfer to La Mon Hotel & Country Club. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Belfast & Titanic Belfast

We start the day with a guided city tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital. Belfast is now a thriving, modern city with a fascinating and sometimes turbulent history. It was also a key player in the Industrial Revolution, being the centre for the Irish linen and tobacco industries.

Afterwards we visit Titanic Belfast, a fantastic interactive exhibition located on the site of the original shipyard where the famous liner was built. Hear heart-breaking tales about the vessel's passengers, discover the detail behind the mammoth task of building the ill-fated ship and dive into the depths with an immersive video exploring the wreckage on the ocean floor. 

 

Tuesday: Hillsborough Castle & free time in Belfast

Hillsborough Castle is a beautiful late Georgian mansioncreated in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire. Surrounded by 100 acres of glorious gardens, Hillsborough boasts elegant State Rooms filled with wonderful paintings, furnishings and curiosities and we discover more on our guided tour. Generations of the Hill family lived at Hillsborough until the early 20th century when the castle began to develop the political and royal associations for which it is famous today. The Queen, The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret spent many holidays at Hillsborough and since the 1970s, it has been the official residence of both the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and The Queen.

Later we return to Belfast where we have a few hours to explore the city at our leisure. Our Tour Manager is on hand to give recommendations of places to see.

 


Wednesday: Causeway Coastal Route scenic drive & Glenarm Castle

We head out on a scenic drive along the north coast, known as the Causeway Coastal Route, winding between picturesque villages and drinking in the striking sea and cliff views. We arrive at one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful estates, Glenarm Castle, which has been the private residence of the Earls of Antrim for 400 years. After lunch here, we enjoy a guided tour to learn more of the castle’s history. Throughout the castle are superb examples of Irish furniture as well as portraits of family members from the early 17th century onwards. The castle’s walled garden is one of Ireland’s oldest, originally created to supply the house with fruit and vegetables and now filled with lovely flowers and specimen plants.

 

Thursday: Mount Stewart & Ballywalter Park

This morning we visit the magnificent Neo-classical Mount Stewart House and Garden, located on the shores of Strangford Lough. Home of the Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry, for over 250 years, this recently restored and much-loved family home offers a wealth of treasures and we learn more on our guided tour. The wonderfully atmospheric garden, with its series of formal themed garden compartments full of rare and tender plants from across the globe, has been voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world.

From here we make our way to one of Ireland’s most important Historic Houses, Ballywalter Park, where we enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the house and gardens conducted by the owners, followed by refreshments. Home of Lord and Lady Dunleath, the house was built in the Italianate Palazzo style for the present owner’s great, great, great grandfather between 1846 and 1850 to the designs of the eminent architect, Sir Charles Lanyon. A conservatory and billiard room wing, also by Lanyon, was added around 1870. The house has been afforded Grade A* listing as being of exceptional architectural importance and is situated within a walled demesne of some 270 acres containing pleasure grounds plus a fine collection of specimen trees and rhododendrons.

 

Friday: Departure

We check out of our hotel and transfer to Belfast airport for our return flight home.

 

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change and guided tours are subject to availability. 

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  • Return flights to Belfast
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Ireland
  • 5 nights at the 4-star La Mon Hotel & Country Club, near Belfast with dinner & breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After-dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Belfast, Titanic Belfast, Hillsborough Castle,Glenarm Castle, Mount Stewart & Ballywalter Park
  • Guided city tour of Belfast
  • Guided tour of Hillsborough Castle
  • Guided tour and lunch* at Glenarm Castle
  • Guided tour of Mount Stewart
  • Exclusive guided tour by the owners and refreshments at Ballywalter Park
  • Scenic drive along the Causeway Coastal Route
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager in Ireland

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements.

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  • 5 nights at the 4-star La Mon Hotel & Country Club, near Belfast with dinner & breakfast
  • Visits to Benvarden Garden, Lissanoure Castle, Belfast, Titanic Belfast, Glenarm Castle & Ballywalter Park
  • Guided tour of Lissanoure Castle
  • Guided city tour of Belfast
  • Guided tour and lunch* at Glenarm Castle
  • Exclusive guided tour by the owners and refreshments at Ballywalter Park
  • Scenic drive along the Causeway Coastal Route
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager in Ireland

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Accommodation

4-star La Mon Hotel & Country Club

The 4-star La Mon Hotel & Country Club is situated just outside Belfast, nestled in peaceful countryside. The hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms, a restaurant, bistro and lounge, plus extensive leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym.

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