Ireland’s Ancient East - Wander through Time in your own immersive journey of 5,000 years of European History.

Ireland’s Ancient East is a unique touring region taking in an amazing 5,000 years of history in the East and South of Ireland.  From passage tombs like Newgrange (older than the Egyptian pyramids) to Palladian Mansions like Powerscourt and Castletown; from Celtic and monastic sites to medieval castles and high crosses harking back to Early Christian Ireland, nowhere in Europe offers such a wealth of heritage in such an intimate geographical space. 

Connecting the past and present, this is the perfect opportunity to have a personal journey of discovery in this relaxing, off the beaten track, lush, green, beautiful landscape that has attracted warring settlers for millennia.  Meet the locals and get ready to have a memorable experience, they enthral you with stories of a time of contrasts, of empire, rebellion, innovation and industry, as well as local legends.

Walk around incredible monastic sites where Early Christians established flourishing communities.  Stand inside castles battered by brutal sieges and bloody battles, and wander the gracious manor houses and delightful gardens of the aristocracy.  You can do everything from board a replica Famine ship to follow in the footsteps of Vikings and Normans.  Explore a land of living culture which is celebrated in its craft, food, music and festivals.  With some of the best storytellers in the world, the intrigue, romance and incredible tales of Ireland’s Ancient East are yours to discover.

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