Explore House of Waterford and Kilkenny City by train in Ireland's Ancient East. Enjoy a full-day tour through a big chunk of Ireland's Ancient East - in Ireland's sunny southeast. Visit the ancient city of Kilkenny or as it is known "The Marble City". Then continue on to explore the historic Viking City of Waterford where you visit the House of Waterford Factory & Brand Experience. The tour returns to Dublin via the lovely Suir Valley.
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time. Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where a Railtours check-in representative will be in their yellow jacket! Check-in for 07:25, as your train departs Dublin Heuston Station, travel in a south-westerly direction, through Dublin's western suburbs and through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare.
The journey takes you through the Curragh which is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby, and there are many stud farms in the vicinity, see the best of Irish bloodstock training as your train passes. Pass through Co. Carlow, birthplace of the father of Irish Railways - William Dargan.
At 09:00 arrive in Kilkenny, situated on the river Nore. Kilkenny is a beautiful small Irish city. Most buildings are built of black limestone thus the name the Marble City. Kilkenny is dominated by its castle. A guided tour of Kilkenny by Road Train is included from April to October. Admire Kilkenny Castle and its rose garden. Depart Kilkenny by train at 11:40.
Arrival into Waterford at 12:20, a Viking city on the banks of the River Suir by train and passes Jerpoint Abbey, dating from the 12th century en route. On arrival in Waterford Station, you are transferred to the House of Waterford for a guided tour, where you will see craftsmen engaged in the traditional tasks of blowing and cutting the world-famous crystal.
Your lunch stop is here at the House of Waterford (not included). You are welcome to have lunch at any of the many attractive local authentic pubs and cafes in Waterford. Departure from Waterford by train at 16:25 and travel west through the beautiful Suir Valley through Co. Tipperary. Pass Tipperary town and change trains at Limerick Junction for your Dublin-bound express. Don't worry about this change, your host who has been with you since the start of the tour in Dublin will still be there to escort you onto the train and your reserved seats.
20:00 Arrive, Dublin Heuston
- Return Rail Travel from Dublin
- Reserved Seats on the train
- Railtours Ireland Host throughout
- Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Kilkenny Road Train and House of Waterford