Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Vintage Tea Tours

Experience the most unique afternoon tea in Ireland. Take in the sites of Dublin City while being served a sumptuous Afternoon Tea on the Vintage Tour Bus.

Afternoon Tea with a Difference
Enjoy afternoon tea delicacies, good conversation and 1950’s jazz soundtrack. This is Afternoon Tea with a difference, its an experience to savour. The Afternoon Tea consists of a gourmet menu of finger sandwiches, fruit scones with jam and cream and a selection of exquisite pastries and desserts. 

Sumptuous Afternoon Tea

Meet Pauline, the vintage bus that will be your home as you  take in the Phoenix Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch, Wood Quay, Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, and more. This unique tour lasts just over an hour.

Pauline - The Vintage Tea Tour Bus

The feedback from this experience has been phenomenal. Passengers are getting giddy on board, and people have been taking photos from the street.




This is the perfect present for all ages - but I know what I'm buying my Mam for Christmas! 

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Monday, 21 November 2016

WIN A Trip for 2 to the Prague Christmas Markets

There's just something about Christmas. The lights. the music, the atmosphere, and all the snow (fingers crossed) all add up to make it the most magical time of the year. And that's not even counting the presents under the tree.

Prague Christmas Markets
Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient of the festive magic in the Czech Republic, and the Prague Christmas markets are the most impressive. The markets light up the city, bringing locals and tourists together in a true 'winter wonderland' setting.

The main markets are at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from each other). Plus there are smaller markets at Republic Square, at Havel's Market, on Kampa Island, and on the square in front of St. George's Basilica at Prague Castle.

The Prague Christmas markets open every day from 26th November 2016 to 06th January 2017, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts selling traditional handicrafts: glassware, jewellery, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, and puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costumes. 



- Market Stall at the Christmas Marketplace in Oldtown square, Prague, Czech Republic

Just imagine strolling around the Old Town Square drinking mulled wine and munching on a toasty trdelnik (Czech pastry). Picking out some Christmas decorations at the stalls before stopping off to get a picture under one of the numerous giant Christmas trees...

- Christmas marketplace in Oldtown square, Prague, Czech Republic
It's like something straight out of a fairytale.

AllGifts.ie wants to send you to Prague's magical Christmas Markets!

The lucky winning duo will get return flights to Prague as well as two nights stay at a four-star hotel in the heart of the capital.



Win Trip for 2 to Prague Christmas Markets

ENTER HERE: http://34.gs/ow3m

Best of luck!

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Monday, 16 May 2016

5 Unique Experiences to try this Summer!

The feeling of summer is truly in the air and that means it's time to start planning your adventures! Here at AllGifts.ie we have listed 5 experiences to try in Ireland before the end of the summer. Weather the sun is splitting the stones or it's constant rain we have something perfect for you!

Scuba Diving
If you are the adventurous type then why not try scuba diving and explore the sea floor. Weather you are a beginner or a pro this is a water sport not to be missed! For those of you just starting off then a Aquaventures will cater for your every need. Enjoy a day out snorkelling with family and friends in Baltimore Co. Cork. For those more adventurous get beneath the water level with Oceandivers. You will be guided by trained expert scuba divers who will show you the best that the Dublin bay sea floor has to offer.

Barge Trip

This summer embrace beautiful Irish nature and countryside with a trip on a unique barge cruise. BargeTrip.ie offers fantastic day trips taking in views of Dublin and Kildare countryside along the Grand Canal. Your skipper will give you a unique insight into the life and history of the Grand Canal, on a MV Amo licensed passenger boat.




Surf'n'Yoga Weekend


If you're looking for something completely different then this is for you. Surf and yoga weekend retreats are run by Rani, an experienced yoga teacher and also a surfer herself based at Turf'n'Surf, Bundoran Co. Donegal. Our Yoga Surf Retreats have simple aims for you - learn yoga, learn to surf to improve your surfing, eat well, be aware of what you put into your body and how you use it.If that isn't good enough bed and breakfast along with a selection of meals are included in this package.



XIT

Without doubt rain is a feature of every Irish summer. Luckily we have numerous experiences to entertain both the young and old this on those rainy summer days. Located just of the M50 XIT offers a unique indoor experience. Imagine you are locked in a room with themed clues and props, and have just 60 minutes to figure your way out - would you escape? XIT offers you this real life escape adventure in a purpose built facility with multiple escape challenge.



Bouldering

This up and coming indoor activity has taken Ireland by storm! Similar to conventional rock climbing, the act of bouldering offers an extra challenge....climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. The team at Awesome Walls Dublin will guide you through all the steps to become an expert at bouldering.



Links to our adventure partners | Aquaventures | Oceandivers | BargeTrip.ie | TurfnSurf | XIT | Awesome walls Dublin

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Irish Whiskey Museum - experience unlike any other in Dublin!

An interactive, ultra-modern tour offering an experience unlike any other in Dublin! Journey back through time and discover the intriguing tale of Irish whiskey, its unique origins, its rise to glory, dramatic fall and current revival in this fantastic museum.

Located just across from Trinity College on Dublin's College Green, the Irish Whiskey Museum is one of the city's newest tourist attractions. With the recent revival of Irish Whiskey worldwide this type of museum couldn't be more relevant.


We are delighted to announce that we now have three unique packages for the Irish Whiskey Museum available on AllGifts.ie.
The Classic Tour includes a fully guided tour and 3 whiskey tastings. You can upgrade to the Premium Tour and along with a fully guided tour and 3 whiskey tastings, enjoy a fourth beautifully aged Irish whiskey, which is matured for a minimum of 10 years. Both these tours take place 7 days a week, every half hour, beginning at 10am each morning.

Beginning this April the Irish Whiskey Museum has launched a new package called the Blending Experience. While experiencing everything that the classic and premium tours have to offer, you will get the opportunity to blend your own whiskey. You will be guided by the in house Master blender and will take home a miniature bottle of your own personalized Irish whiskey as a keepsake.

View full range of packages for the Irish Whiskey Museum below:

Thursday, 14 January 2016

The AllGifts.ie Buckets List | As seen on Setanta Sports


Last Autumn AllGifts.ie and Setanta Sports teamed up to create a television series to show the best adventure experiences available in Ireland. Our mission was to showcase the fantastic adventure experiences available on AllGifts.ie that you must add to your bucket list!

We travelled the length and breath of the country visiting some of our favourite adventure partners, wanting to try out the fantastic experiences on offer.

On a crisp Autumn morning we arrived at Abbeyfield Farm, an equestrian and activity centre located 15 minutes from Maynooth Co. Kildare. Abbeyfield Farm offers a wide range of activities ranging from Horse Riding in the Kildare countryside, to archery, riffle shooting and clay pigeon shooting.


Not far from Abbeyfield Farm, we visited National Flight Centre based at Weston Airport. NFC is Ireland's longest established and largest Flight Training Organisation. We were particularly excited to visit here as it would be our first time flying a plane. After a quick safety briefing, we geared up and set out to see all the different planes available at NFC. Within minutes we were up in the air, and with the guidance of pilot we began to take control of the plane. This was truly a memorable experience, with amazing views all over Maynooth, Leixlip and Celbridge.


Next on our Bucket List was to visit OffRoadDriving.ie, Ireland's specifically designed 4 X 4 off road driving course. Located in the beautiful grounds of Palmerstown House Co. Kildare, OffRoadDriving.ie is the ultimate location to challenge your driving skills!
We set out in a fleet of 4 X 4 Jeeps, firstly touring around the course and offered tips about the challenges the course has to offer. Everyone in the AllGifts.ie Team got the chance to drive a 4 X 4 of their own and completed challenges like the see-saw, slopped embankments and the stairs. See how we got on in the video below.


We got the lucky opportunity to visit Mondello Park, Ireland's only Motor Racing Circuit. Mondello Park is one of our most popular adventure partners on AllGifts.ie and offer packages including the Porsche 911, Porsche Boxter and professional racing cars. This was truly a adrenaline packed experience as we got to try out all the different cars available at Mondello Park.

 

Snuggled in the Cavan countryside is ODD, short for Out Doors and Dirty. ODD offers a a very unique adventure experience - hovercrafting. Never been tried before by any of our team everyone, we kitted up and enjoyed the experience surrounded by the beautiful landscape at Brackley Lake. Soon after everyone's competitive edge came out as we raced around the specially designed Buggy Racing Track, constructed with sloping corners and challenging bends. 

 

Undoubtedly the most daunting and equally rewarding experience was on our visit to Irish Parachute Centre, one of the longest running parachute clubs in the world. Located not far from Edenderry Co. Offaly the IPC offers the opportunity to skydive from 13,000 feet! Stepping up to the challenge was Gary who decided to take the leap for the AllGifts.ie team. Despite being a bundle of nerves, Gary kitted up and prepared for the journey to 13,000 feet. Within minutes Gary was sitting on the edge of the plane with his tandem master and jumped into the clouded sky. From the ground the sight was amazing as they spiraled through the sky to the ground.



Our mission when creating The AllGifts.ie Bucket List was to showcase the best adventure experiences available in Ireland, and thus inspire people to add these to their own bucket list. Life is too short and sometimes we let time past by without challenging ourselves. We challenge you to try at least one of these experiences in 2016, however daunting they may seem, you will remember the experience for the rest of your life!

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