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Irelands Ancient East
Ireland's Ancient East stretches from Newgrange and the Boyne Valley in the north east of Ireland and ranges through the midlands all the way down via Kilkenny’s Medieval mile to Waterford’s Viking Quarter and Cork’s many cultural attractions.
Starting in Waterford City, Ireland’s oldest centre of continuous urban settlement and consequently Ireland’s oldest City. Founded by the Vikings between 856 and 914, the city is over 1,000 years old. You can visit the home of Waterford Crystal and Waterford's Viking Triangle - a complex of 3 local history museums housing artifacts from Viking to modern via medieval ages.
Enjoy an early lunch in Waterford, and depart for the medieval city of Kilkenny. You will hear tales of invasions and rebellion that will let your imagination take flight amongst the walls of Ireland’s greatest castles. Built in 1195, Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height and dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City.
You can then visit The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, a historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary. A spectacular group of Medieval buildings, including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
An Ireland's Ancient East Day Tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience 5000 years of history in a compact area. Take the time to discover it all, the Stone Age art, the monasteries, the castles and fortresses.