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day 1

Situated right in the centre of town, the Bracken Court hotel is perfectly placed within walking distance of all public transport. The Bracken Court also has its own restaurant and function rooms for weddings or other events and ample car parking. The Hotel is a base for your stay. Balbriggan has a rich coastal heritage and a short walk along our shoreline from the harbour to the Martello tower is enough to showcase the town’s rich industrial history along with beautiful views.

day 2

Just outside of town and visible from the coast road is Balbriggan’s very own stately home, Ardgillan Castle.  A lovely location to visit, Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is situated on an elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, 20 miles north of Dublin City. The demesne is well signposted off the M1. The park consists of 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, overlooking the Irish Sea with views of Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay to the south-east. Ardgillan is a sanctuary for many species of animals, mammals and birds for which the wooded areas provide a safe retreat from surrounding agricultural land.

The gardens are in three main parts, the formal Rose Garden, which gives a lovely display during the summer, the Potentilla collection to the west of the castle, and the walled garden to the north-west which contains herb, vegetable, fruit, and ornamental sections.

Ardgillan has a state-of-the-art playground with over 30 pieces of play equipment to enjoy from cradle swings for the very young to a large climbing space net for older children (under 12).  There is a lovely cafe in the Castle and a dog-friendly cafe, Paws at Ardgillan, in the gardens. A visit to Ardgillan is a great day out for the entire family.

day 3

Balrothery village with its gorgeous old church and pretty cottages is a lovely location, and is simply bursting with history and stories from the past! St. Peter’s Church in Balrothery, now deconsecrated and restored as a heritage centre, offers fantastic photo opportunities with its Gothic arched windows and diamond pattern caments and Gothic arched door.  Balrothery is next to Balbriggan Golf Club and a short drive from Ardgillan Castle. It is located about 2 km south of Balbriggan on the old N1 Dublin-Belfast road.

The Balrothery Inn, which was originally a coach house, has since 1656 tended to the needs of the weary traveller, making their way from Dublin to Drogheda. It is a is a traditional family owned pub with so much to offer with its great history, strong local presence and great food, located in the heart of this quaint village.

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