Experience the essence of Irish culture in Ennis, County Clare, where you’ll view Ireland through the eyes of its people. This exciting new stay program showcases Ireland’s renowned cultural traditions as well as its dramatic landscapes. 

Starting at: $4,690 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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County Clare: A One-Week Stay in Western Ireland

9 days from $4,690

Experience the essence of Irish culture in Ennis, County Clare, where you’ll view Ireland through the eyes of its people. This exciting new stay program showcases Ireland’s renowned cultural traditions as well as its dramatic landscapes. 

or Call 855-330-1542


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Old Ground Hotel

Ennis, Ireland

Starting life as an 18th-century manor house, the Old Ground Hotel is centrally located, right in the heart of Ennis. This attractive, vine-covered property has a notable history with connections to past political intrigue.

Owned by a private art collector, the Old Ground Hotel has a rich collection of both modern and classical art. This is displayed throughout the corridors, lounges, as well as the contemporary Town Hall bistro and the stately Brendan O'Regan restaurant. Traditional music features regularly in the Poet's Corner Bar where an excellent a la carte menu available daily.

The elegant guest rooms, adorned with a palette of pleasant blues, cream and gold, are spacious and contemporary in style with dark wood furniture and rich fabrics. Complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV, direct dial telephone, iron, ironing board, and tea/coffee making facilities are standard ameneties.

Number of nights: 7

Activity Levels

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one town and region—and one hotel. Full-day excursions outside the town with some longer, extensive walking tours of villages, museums, and outdoor historic sites. Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. outdoor sites, cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators). Hotel centrally located for easy access to sites and restaurants during time at leisure.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 60 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers featuring assistance and luggage handling between your destination airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking based on availability and airline policy.
Reading List

Highly Recommended

For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers
Luck of the Irish: Our Life in County Clare
By: Williams, Niall, Breen, Christine
DK Eyewitness Ireland (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
A Traveller's History of Ireland
By: Neville, Peter

Also Recommended

Ireland: A Luminous Beauty
The Time of the Tans: An Oral History of the War of Independence in County Clare
By: Mac Conmara, Dr. Tomas
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)
By: Cahill, Thomas
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
By: Cunliffe, Barry
Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996
By: Heaney, Seamus
Truth About Irish P
By: Eagleton, Terry
In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English
By: Carmel McCaffrey, Leo Eaton
Connemara Mollie: An Irish Journey On Horseback
By: Bradt, Hilary
Kilmoon: A County Clare Mystery
By: Alber, Lisa
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales
By: Yeats, William Butler
Ireland: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)
Ireland Unhinged: Encounters With a Wildly Changing Country
By: Monagan, David
The Celtic World
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Laminated)
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.