Kilkenny Castle and the Wicklow Mountains

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
We began the day with a tour of Kilkenny Castle. A Norman fortress built in the thirteenth century and renovated in the French chateau style in the seventeenth century by the Buttler family. After centuries of neglect it was renovated again in the nineteenth century and remained in use until the 1930's. It was sold to the government in a dilapidated state in 1969 for the sum of fifty pounds. The Office of Public Works has restored the castle and opened it to the public in all it's nineteenth century splendor. 
Off we went into the Wicklow Mountains for our trip back to Dublin. We stopped for lunch at the Hollywood Inn, a charming fourteenth century pub, before heading for Glendalough. Here we toured the ruins of a sixth century monastic village and the still in use cemetery.  
The scenery and views in Wicklow are not to be missed, and can truly take your breath away.
We arrived back in Dublin in time to enjoy a stroll before supper at an Italian restaurant called Fresca. We were both fairly tired so we called it an early night.
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