Dublin, Delights & Country Life
9 HoursModerateDining | Culture | Sightseeing | Essentials Collection
Travelling in from the surburbs of Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is Ireland’s oldest college. Located in its Library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Time will be permitted to view this magnificent manuscript. Continue passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam (photo stop here), National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St. Stephen’s Green. You will pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. The pulpit from which he preached can still be seen. You will arrive at the wonderful Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School and meet with the Head Chef / Proprietor Catherine Fulvio. Catherine has developed a fine reputation in her cooking school and has been featured on Discovery, The Food Network and in Saveur. Catherine will show you Ballyknocken’s wonderful herb and soft fruit garden and then it is time for you to roll up your sleeves, don your cooking attire and prepare to make their famous Irish brown soda bread scones, fruit scones and plain scones to enjoy with your 3-course lunch, under the guidance of Catherine of course! All too soon, following your excellent lunch, it is time to bid farewell to your charming hostess for the return drive to Dublin stopping en route for a little shopping at Avoca Handweavers.
Please note: Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. Order of sights visited may vary. Catherine may not always be available due to schedule demands. Her top chef will take the baking demonstration when she is not available. This can only be confirmed last minute.