Group ID: 259706
I was born in northern England but at the age of 10 my parents moved to Spain and then to Belgium, and life was never quite the same again! A life-long love affair with languages and all things European followed, second only to a passion for performing. I studied English Literature and Drama at London University and went on to a postgraduate stage training at the Arts Education Schools in London. Since then I have worked nationally in theatre, film, voice-over and teaching in the U.K. and in Barcelona and Vienna. I have worked with ACIS since 2000 - something which helps me indulge my love of languages, history and European culture. I currently divide my time between Swansea in South Wales and strategically placed family members in Spain and France.
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|Ultimate Protection Plan:||$270|
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Full Payment Deadline: 12/1/17
It's no more than 200 yards long and about 20 feet wide, but brick-lined Grafton Street, open only to pedestrians, can claim to be the most humming street in the city, if not in all of Ireland.
The Blackrock Market
With over 50 shops specializing in clothing, gifts, art and curiousities, the Blackrock Market is one of the most popular shopping destinations amongst visitors and locals too. Housed in a 250 year old Georgian house and located in the elegant Blackrock village in South Dublin, one can go for simply for the sights, if not the shopping.
The main shopping street in downtown Edinburgh has impressive views of the Old Town and of Edinburgh Castle. Here you'll find all the main department stores such as Debenhams, Frasers, BHS, Marks & Spencers. If you're tired of shopping, why not relax in the shadowy garden next to the Castle.
St. Andrew's Square
Here you'll find Multrees Walk, which has quickly become the city's version of London's Bond Street, with big brand name stores like Armani, Louis Vitton and Mulberry.
This street is home to three indepedent music stores, the Avalanche, Underground Solu'shn and Fopp, which all offer an alternative to the crowded megastores.
Dublin is home to a thriving theater scene. Venues include the Gate Theatre, the Rupert Guinness Theatre, and the Abbey and Peacock Theatres, home of Ireland's National Theatre Society.
Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road
Restored in the 1960s, this building stood as a prison for 130 years and served as the holding place for many of the Nationalists that were executed after the Uprising of 1916. Tours include an audio-visual component. Open daily.
National Museum, Kildare Street
Built in the 1880s to the Victorian Palladianism design of Sir Thomas Deane, the museum houses priceless items such as Ireland’s Bronze Age gold, silver and glassware as well as unique items including 16th and 17th century wollen garments recovered from Irish bogs. Open daily, closed on Monday.
National Gallery, Merrion Square West
Houses a collection of more than 2,000 works from every major European school of painting, with particular emphasis on Irish landscape and portraits. Admission to the permanent collection is free. Open daily.
Dublinia, St. Michael's Hill, Christ Church
Presents a multimedia offering of Dublin’s medieval heritage from the arrival of the Anglo-Normans to the closures of the monasteries in 1540. Formerly the Synod Hall of the Church of Ireland, the impressive building was designed by G. E. Street. Open daily.
Chester Beatty Library
A connoisseur's delight, this "library" is considered by many to be the most impressive museum in Ireland. After Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), a Canadian mining millionaire and a collector with a flawless eye, assembled one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern art in the Western world, he donated it to Ireland.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street
Here you'll see famous Scots of long ago and the present. Portraits range from Mary Queen of Scots, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and even Sean Connery. The Gallery also houses the Scottish National Photography Collection. Open daily, free admission.
Museum of Childhood, 42 High Street, Royal Mile
Home to many toys, dolls, games, costumes, and more! Probably the world’s noisiest museum and the first in the world to specialize in the history of childhood. Open daily, free admission.
Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Opened in 1998 in Edinburgh's Old Town, this Museum traces all of Scotland’s history from geological times to the present. Open daily, free admission.
Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street
Museum housing large collections of African, American, Middle Eastern, and Pacific ethnography, jewelery, scientific instruments, costumes, and fossils. Located next to the Museum of Scotland, open daily, free admission.
The People's Story Museum, Canongate Tolbooth, Royal Mile
Housed in the sixteenth century Tolbooth, this museum tells the story of the life and work of Edinburgh's people for the past 200 years with life-like reconstructions. Open Monday through Saturday, free admission.
The Writers' Museum, Lady Stair’s Close
A museum dedicated to the lives of Scotland's great literary figures: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Open Monday through Saturday, free admission.
National Gallery of Scotland,The Mound
A wonderful collection of paintings, drawings, and prints by Renaissance, Romantic, and Impressionist artists. Open daily, free admission.
Created between 1762 and 1764, this tranquil square a few blocks east of St. Stephen's Green is lined on three sides by some of Dublin's best-preserved Georgian town houses, many of which have brightly painted front doors crowned by intricate fanlights.
St. Patrick's Cathedral
The largest cathedral in Dublin and also the national cathedral of the Church of Ireland, St. Patrick's is the second of the capital's two Protestant cathedrals.
St. Stephen's Green
Dubliners call it simply Stephen's Green, and green it is (year-round) -- a verdant, 27-acre Southside square that was used for the public punishment of criminals until 1664.
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I to "civilize" (Her Majesty's word) Dublin, Trinity is Ireland's oldest and most famous college.
Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place
Work on the present building at Christ Church began in 1169 under the direction of the Norman knight, Strongbow. The crypt below the cathedral is one of the largest in the British Isles and is thought to be Dublin’s oldest surviving building. Open daily. (During services, access is limited.)
For Those of Drinking Age
Literary Pub Crawl, The Duke Pub, 9 Duke street
Professional actors lead this tour, performing from the works of Ireland’s great writers while visiting Dublin’s best known literary haunts. Open daily in the summer, Thursday through Sunday in the winter.
Sir Walter Scott Monument, Princes Street
Impossible to miss, this Gothic spire was once called "a steeple without a church." By climbing the 287 steps not only is the view great, but you can see Scott and his dog. Hours vary by season; open daily.
Princes Street Gardens, Princes Street
A beautiful, lush park to rest in after walking the Mound or Princes Street. Be sure to check out the Flower Clock which is made from thousands of different dwarf plants.
Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park
An energetic hike to the top of these volcano-made cliffs located in Holyrood Park will give a most stunning view of Edinburgh and out across the Firth of Fourth as well.
Café Carlo, 63-64 O'Connell Street
Across from the famous Dublin Spire, Café Carlo is a wonderful eatery that offers a mix of Irish and Italian cuisine. This is a favorite spot amongst locals and visitors for its relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
The Green Bistro, Pearse Street
This bistro prides itself in the quality of its food, so it only uses the freshest of local ingredients. Known for its mouth-watering steaks and burgers, they only use prime Irish beef in their meals. The bistro is located in the Holiday Inn in Dublin Center and also has 24 hour room service. This makes it an excellent place to dine before going up to your room accomodation.
Trocadero, 3 St. Andrew Street
"The Troc," as it's called is over a half century old and is known for its excellent pre-theater menu. Because the Troc is within walking distance of the Olympia Theatre, The Gaiety and Andrew's Lane Theatre, it is a popular place to have a traditional Irish dinner before heading out to see a show.
The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge
The coffee shop where J.K. Rowling spent most of her time while writing the Harry Potter series.
Kalpna, 2-3 St Patrick Square
The unremarkable facade of this vegetarian Indian restaurant, amid an ordinary row of shops, and the low-key interior, enlivened by Indian prints and fabric pictures, belie the food -- unlike anything you are likely to encounter elsewhere in the city.
Witchery by the Castle, The Royal Mile
The hundreds of "witches" who were executed on Castlehill, just yards from where you will be seated, are the inspiration for this outstanding and atmospheric restaurant. The cavernous interior, complete with flickering candlelight, is festooned with cabalistic insignia and tarot-card characters.
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