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KILKENNY CASTLE & WATERFORD CRYSTAL DAY TOUR

Offered Friday August 9th 2024

6:50am

  • Load coaches – departure at 7:05am

9:00am

  • Arrive at Kilkenny Castle

Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years.  Kilkenny Castle is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle and is one of the very few buildings in Ireland that can boast a longer history of continuous occupation.
You will experience the grand country house and walk through its fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Among the amazing views to take in include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a manmade lake, which was added in the nineteenth century. 
The Castle’s history are associated with the fortune and decline of the Marshal  & Butler families.

9:15am

  • Group # 1 enters Kilkenny Castle for guided tour – no backpacks are allowed in the castle.

9:30am

  • Group # 2 enters Kilkenny Castle for guided tour – no backpacks are allowed in the castle.

After the tours, lunch is in Kilkenny with free time on your own.

12:20pm

  • Load coaches  -  departure at 12.30pm for Waterford City
  • Since 1783 generations of skilled craftsmen in the port city of Waterford have created the finest crystal that is now world famous. Waterford is the world's leading manufacturer of crystal. Since its foundation by the Penrose Brothers the sheer divinity of fine crystal, as well as the masterful techniques that create such opulent visions of beauty have become family heirlooms globally

1:30pm

  • Arrive at Waterford Crystal 

1:40pm

 

  • Start Guided tour of Waterford Crystal
  • Free time and shopping

 

 

3:20pm

  • Load coach – departure 3:30pm 

5:30pm

  • Arrive at University of Limerick

What to Bring:

Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes, layers work best. We suggest a sweater, rain jacket, jeans or pants and comfortable shoes.  Temperatures may vary with rain a possibility.

Disclaimer:

All persons participating in the tour and activities do so at the participant’s own sole risk. UWPIAA organisers of the tour are released from any claims, actions, damages, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses by participants in the tour and all persons accept full responsibility for their own selves during the tour.

Note:

This is to give an overview of the possible day’s itinerary. It is subject to change based on the seasonal times or vendors’ summer schedules being announced and will be confirmed to you in early summer.

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