ASA – Retired Members Tour

We are delighted to announce details of the ASA retired member’s tour 2017. This year the tour will take place on Monday, 17th July and all retired members and their partners are welcome. We will visit a number of well-known attractions in the heart of historic Dublin including:

Date: Monday, 17th July
Location: Dublin City Centre
Time: 9.30am – 5pm (approx)
Tour Cost: €30 per person approx (including lunch)
Register: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.To register for the waitlist please phone Valerie on (01) 460 3682 or email:
Chester Beatty Library
The group will meet at 09:15am in The Parliament Hotel, 16 – 18 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2.
where we will have a cup of tea/coffee on arrival. This is located across the road from Dublin Castle ( We will depart the cafe at 09.50am for a guided tour of the castle starting at 10.10am taking in the State Apartments, the Medieval section and Chapel Royal. Built in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed   over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction.
After the tour of Dublin Castle we will walk the short distance to The Chester Beatty Library which is located within the walls of Dublin Castle. Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see. As the only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’, the library’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.
Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection – all the result of the collecting activities of one man – Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display.
We will return to The Terrace Cafe, Dublin Castle for a light lunch following which we will walk across the road to Christchurch Cathedral which was founded c.1028. Step inside and enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt. Learn about the rich history of Christchurch and climb up to The Belfry, where you can try your hand at ringing the famous bells. (NOTE: Climbing up to the Belfry involves 187 steps so it not suitable for everybody. This element of the tour will take approx 15 mins and if you do not wish to climb you are free to explore).
Getting To Dublin Castle
The entrance to Dublin Castle is on Dame Street, Dublin 2. If you are travelling by train there are a number of options for transfer to Dublin Castle.

  • Taxi – approx 10 minutes approx from both stations.
  • Walking – approx 30 minutes approx from both stations.
  • Luas – Take the Red Luas to The Four Courts Stop. Dublin Castle is approx a ten-minute walk.
  • Bus – The public bus Airlink 747 will collect and drop at Heuston Station, Connolly Station, Dublin Castle and Christchurch. The bus runs every 10 minutes. The cost is €12 return per person.