Keep Discovering in Ireland's Ancient East

Escape from the everyday... a visit to Ireland's Ancient East is a unique journey of discovery. Best of all, this is a journey with an endless itinerary and limitless possibilities. Look beyond the ordinary and you'll be amazed by the surprises in store.

We were all born ready to explore — we're driven by the natural desire to keep on discovering, find out more about our world and the things we love in it. Small or big, shared or personal we value the joy of discovery. But life has a habit of getting in the way — giving us less space and time to wander, experience and feed our inner adventurer.

A break away gives us a chance to pause, breathe, take things in. And a break away in Ireland offers the opportunity for discovery like nowhere else. Because this country of ours is filled with wonders: there is always something new to be discovered here. Ireland's Ancient East provides a unique selection of experiences just waiting to be searched out...

New ways to Keep Discovering

Have a Viking adventure in Wexford

Visit quaint towns, stroll endless beaches, and meet Viking friends in wonderful Wexford. Steal away as a couple for the weekend and make your way from Wexford Town to the banks of the Barrow; enjoy a family getaway where the past comes to life at the Irish National Heritage Park and Dunbrody Famine Ship; and head for the dramatic Hook Peninsula where an iconic lighthouse has been guiding ships to safety for an incredible 800 years. Wherever your exploration of Wexford leads, you'll find endless things to do.
The Irish National Heritage Park
The Knowth Passage Tomb in Meath
Left: Meeting a Viking at the National Heritage Park in Wexford | Right: The Knowth Passage Tomb in Meath

Uncover magical mysteries in Meath

Rich with history and ancient landscapes, the mysteries of Meath are ready to uncover. Get your fill of heritage, history and whiskey tasting; entertain the whole family as you visit a working farm, hop on a rollercoaster or head for the beach; enjoy unique experiences when you visit battlefields, check out castles, and run the rapids in a white-water raft; or make an unforgettable visit to passage tombs, places of ancient magic and enduring mystery. It's all waiting for you when you visit the Royal County.
The Treehouse at Birr Castle
Children at Birr Castle
Left: The Tree House at Birr Castle in Offaly | Right: Storming the Castle!

Explore ancient playgrounds in Offaly

Castle adventures, ancient cities, and stunning landscapes await in historic Offaly. Find out about the diverse range of things to do as you Keep Discovering in the Faithful County: from lush gardens in Birr Castle surrounding a Great Telescope (the largest in the world when it was completed!) to the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise with its Whispering Door; from the sculpture walk at Lough Boora Discovery Park to a whiskey distillery; and from to a long looped stroll to a visit to Clara Bog... there's so much to encounter in Offaly. 

Something different is waiting to be discovered in Ireland's Ancient East — a new taste, a new skill, a new sight, a new memory to share forever. And it’s only when we take a break in Ireland that we can discover these things on a deeper level. Because it is our history, our culture and our land we are discovering. 

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