In Dublin I took two ship's tours. I didn't want to miss anything! In the morning I went to Wicklow to see Powerscourt Hall. Wicklow is a truly beautiful part of Ireland with mountains, valleys, farms, sheep etc. Powerscourt is basically a trip to see the garden as the building was gutted by fire in the 1970's. The gardens are amazing. There is a huge Italian garden with water fountains and statues. There are also walled gardens and large fields and tree covered areas.
In the afternoon I went to Malahide Castle. This was close to Dublin. The castle is very old and the rooms are beautifully decorated in period styles. There was a recorded narration there, which I did not like. It meant we could not move through the rooms at the speed the group wanted, we had to stick to the narration. Also, there was no one to ask questions of any item in the room that was not covered by the recording. We did not have time to visit the garden, which is also an extra cost.