Ireland’s sunny southeast enjoys more sunshine than anywhere else on the island of Ireland so is well worth a trip during your visit. Not alone this but there are some notable historical landmarks along the way.
Kilkenny is a vibrant and picturesque county to explore. Visit the medieval city at the heart of Ireland’s ancient east. Once a Norman stronghold, the city is steeped in history. Kilkenny Castle is a great place to visit if you’re interested in learning more. Though the original castle was built in the 12th century, it is still in use for conferences and events throughout the year.
Another landmark in Kilkenny would have to be St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower. Built in the early 13th century, it is in fantastic condition. It features some outstanding stained glass windows as well as numerous ancient artifacts.
Remaining in county Kilkenny, Jerpoint Park is a truly unique experience. A deserted 12th-century town, the guided tour through the ruins offers an insight into life in medieval Ireland. An interesting addition to the tour, why not stay for the sheepdog demonstration? It’s a must for any dog-lovers! Located at the heart of the park is Jerpoint Abbey which exhibits a wonderful example of a 12th-century cloister arcade.
In the nearby county Wexford, another historical landmark worth visiting is Dunbrody famine ship. This accurate representation of a 1840s famine ship, take the guided tour, complete with performers and exhibitions, to gain some insight into the hardship of the millions of Irish people who took to these ships to try to start a new life overseas.
Heading south towards the coast, the small fishing village of Ardmore is worth a stop for a look at the monastery founded there by St Declan. The round tower remains there in great condition. The village itself is a haven for art with small galleries and craft shops dotting the streets.
Another great stop along the county Waterford coast would be Dunmore East. A picturesque fishing town dotted with thatched cottages and leafy gardens, it’s a great sample of Ireland’s copper coast. There are half a dozen secluded coves facing onto the milder Irish Sea, making it the perfect place for a quick swim while you’re there. Our personal favourite is Ladies Cove which is accessible by an almost hidden laneway behind the castle tower.
Of course, while you’re in county Waterford, how could you not visit the home of Waterford Crystal? Take the guided factory tour and see every step of the process of creating the world-renowned crystal included the glass blowing, the moulding, cutting and engraving. There’s a gift store on site too should you wish to bring home some souvenirs from the source itself.
To start planning your private driver, chauffeur tour of Ireland’s Southeast, contact Tom and Laura from VIP Chauffeur today. Ireland’s Southeast is a wonderful addition to any itinerary. The hub of Ireland’s rich medieval history as well as home to some fantastic coastline and landscape, it is really worth the trip.
Tom: +353 87 2612131
Laura: +353 87 989 8585