TRA 2024 Accompanying Persons Tours

As you prepare to embark on an enlightening journey at TRA conference in Dublin, we invite you to consider bringing along an accompanying person to share in the experience! Dublin, with its rich tapestry of history, culture, and innovation, offers a myriad of delights for both TRA delegates and their companions.

While you delve into the latest advancements and insights in the transport industry, your accompanying person can explore the charming streets of Dublin with an iconic walking tour, delve into foodie heaven on our fab food trail, or learn to cook like an Irish chef in Howth Castle.

So, extend an invitation to your partner, spouse, friend, or family member, and join us in Dublin to not only enrich your own experience but also create cherished memories to be treasured for years to come. Together, let’s uncover the magic of Dublin and make TRA an unforgettable adventure for all.

We have 3 great options for the 2 day accompanying persons tours which will take place on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th April.

Please note: We require minimum numbers for each of these tours and if they are not reached, we will do our best to accommodate you on alternatives, or provide a full refund. These tours are now available to book through the registration portal.

Cost: €298 pp (Guests can choose from one of the options below.)

Option 1: Castles and Cathedrals

Day 1: Iconic Dublin Walking Tour
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Ireland’s capital passing by the city’s most famous sights and visitor attractions accompanied by your enthusiastic, local tour guide. ​

Guests will enjoy their visit to Trinity College and Christchurch Cathedral, where they can ring the church bells – always a trip highlight! ​

Along the way, we will invite all guests to a Beer Tasting and Guinness Pint Pulling demonstration in an Irish pub in the vibrant Temple Bar area… Sláinte! ​

Time: 3 hour duration (half day)

Day 2: Howth Castle and Cookery School​

Howth Castle Cookery School is based in the original 18th Century Georgian kitchen in historic Howth Castle Dublin. The Castle boasts a large and beautifully proportioned kitchen with classes led by professional chefs who are keen to share their passion and knowledge about food. ​

The 2 hour hands – on cooking course incorporates locally sourced ingredients, reflecting the abundance of fresh fish and wild garlic, with a contemporary twist infused into these delicious recipes. Howth Castle Cookery School professional chefs will guide each guest through the recipes, as they prepare an outstanding meal, followed by dining in the beautiful Howth Castle Butler’s Room, before an open fire with wine and select beverages.​

Sample cookery meal is: Wholemeal Guinness and Treacle Bread with​ Pear, Cashel Blue Cheese, Candied Nuts and Rocket Salad.​

A day at Howth Castle will include a guided tour of the Castle and grounds with a knowledgeable and passionate local guide.​

Duration: 6 hour day (full day)

Option 2: Spirited Sojourn in Dublin

Day 1: Follow the Liquid Gold – Whiskey Trail

Discover the new whiskey neighbourhood of Dublin on this whiskey-sampling trail. ​

The Liberties area is home to Guinness Beer and was once the undisputed whiskey-making capital of the world. But then because of the misfortunes of Irish whiskey, all distilleries in this district disappeared in the 1900s, but, distilling is returning to the Liberties, and today you will visit two of these new distilleries. ​

You’re not doing the ‘how it’s made’ tour everywhere, so we avoid repetition. This tour is all about discovering the new wave of whiskey makers in Ireland while enjoying the new whiskeys of Dublin and meeting the many wonderful local guys and girls who are part of this Dublin whiskey renaissance! ​

Duration: 3hr (half day)

Day 2: A Day at the home of the Irish Baileys

The Orchard Farm is the perfect place to be if you want to enjoy a real countryside experience within a reasonable distance from the city centre. Brothers Joe and Michael Hayden bring 140 years of their family’s passion for farming tradition to life on their personally guided farm visits around their 120 hectare award winning farm.​

A warm welcome always awaits the groups at the Orchard Farm and Joe will make sure that everybody spends an unforgettable and unique moment at the farm.​

Take part in activities such as a Bailey’s Tasting, Meeting The Bailey Ladies, Sheepherding, and much more! The Orchard Farm have a fabulous lunch venue with BBQ, Buffet or plated lunch options.​

Duration: 7hr (full day)

Option 3: Féile for the Foodies​
Day 1: Fab Food Trail

Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will take you on a tour to discover food outlets and tasty surprises that you could never have known existed. ​

The group will leave with insider knowledge of the best of what is happening in Ireland’s food scene. The group will visit artisan bread shops, food halls, street markets, cheese and fishmongers, butchers, bakers and lots more. ​

Best of all you will meet artisans whose families have traded for generations producing great food as well as new arrivals to the food scene bringing new international tastes and food ideas to the Irish table. ​

This is a gentle 2.5 hour stroll that has lots of stops with frequent, generous tastings along the way.

Duration: 2.5hr (half day)

Day 2: Ballyknocken Farm and Cookery School

You will enjoy a day full of fun countryside activities whether it is in the cosy Farm House or outside on the estate of Ballyknocken. The farm is a great location for any outdoor activities as well as the famous Farm Cookery School which is the perfect location to perfect your scone making abilities. ​

Guests will be invited to join the wonderful TV Chef Catherine Fulvio as she invites the group into her home and cookery school. Groups will rotate between the cookery school as well as enjoying activities such as sheep herding.​

A sumptuous group lunch will be served in the Barn at Ballyknocken. Every ingredient is provided by local suppliers and good local fresh meat, vegetables and freshly baked breads from the kitchen present a wholesome and delicious dining experience.

Duration: 6hr (full day)