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County Wicklow

Wicklow is a miracle. Although the booming presence of Dublin is right next door, this spectacularly lovely county is very much its own place, an away-from-it-all world of moorland and mountain, farmland and garden, forest and lake, seashore and river. It's all right there, just over the nearest hill, yet it all seems so gloriously different.

In times past, the official perception of Wicklow – as seen from the viewpoint of the authorities in Dublin Castle – was the complex story of mountain strongholds where rebels and hermits alike could keep their distance from the capital. But modern Wicklow has no need to be in a state of rebellion, for it is an invigorating and inspiring place which captivates everyone who lives there, so much so that while many of its citizens inevitably work in Dublin, they're Wicklow people first, and associate Dubs - if at all - an extremely long way down the line.

Their attitude is easily understood, for even with today's traffic, it is only a short drive on notably handsome roads to transform your world from the crowded city streets right into the heart of some of the most beautiful scenery in all Ireland. This building of roads into Wicklow was a Dublin thing. One of the most scenic in the country – the old Military Road along the top of the hills to the Sally Gap – was originally built for the enforcement of rule from Dublin Castle  Today, it is one of Wikclow’s assets, as is the elegant dual carriageway sweeping through the Glen of the Downs, a masterpiece in itself which improves life in the county, and augments the scenery.

Such scenery generates its own strong loyalties and sense of identity, and Wicklow folk are rightly and proudly a race apart. Drawing strength from their wonderful environment, they have a vigorous local life which keeps metropolitan blandness well at bay. Thus the hill town of Aughrim in southeast Wicklow has so much community spirit at it has topped the Tidy Towns awards.

While being in a place so beautiful is almost sufficient reason for existence in itself, they're busy people too, with sheep farming and forestry and all sorts of light industries, while down in the workaday harbour of Arklow in the south of the county - a port with a long and splendid maritime history - they've been so successful in organising their own seagoing fleet of freighters that there are now more cargo ships registered in Arklow than any other Irish port. 



Local Attractions and Information

Arklow Tourism Information +353 (0)402 32484

Ashford Mount Usher Gardens +353 (0)404 40116

Avoca Tourism Information +353 (0)402 35788

Blessington Russborough House & Gardens +353 (0)45 865 239

Bray Kilruddery House & Gardens +353 (0)1 286 3405

Bray National Sealife Centre +353 (0)1 286 6939

Derrynamuck Dwyer McAllister Traditional Cottage +353 (0)404 45325

Enniskerry Powerscourt House & Gardens +353 (0)1 204 6000

Glendalough Farm Market (second Suns) +353 (0)404 43885

Glendalough Tourism Information +353 (0)404 45688

Glendalough Visitor Centre +353 (0)404 45325

Kilmacanogue Avoca Handweavers Garden +353 (0)1 286 7466
The Avoca Handweavers mill was established in the heart of Avoca village in 1723 where the wool from shorn sheep was spun and woven to make the finest wool and tweed clothes. Today, Avoca Handweavers are exporting worldwide and use only natural fibres in their scarves, throws and fabrics.

Kilquade National Garden Exhibition Centre +353 (0)1 281 9890

Macreddin Organic Market (first Suns month) +353 (0)402 36444

Rathdrum Avondale House +353 (0)404 46111

Rathdrum Kilmacurragh Arboretum +353 (0)1 647 3000

Wicklow County Gardens Festival (May-July) +353 (0)404 20100

Wicklow Mountains National Park +353 (0)404 45425

Wicklow Town Wicklow Historic Gaol +353 (0)404 61599

Wicklow Town Tourism Information +353 (0)404 69117

Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens
Mount Usher Gardens
Ashford, Co. Wicklow
Mount Usher is particularly blessed in a number of ways. Originally created by the Walpole family, the garden owes its character to one of those happy confluences of history: The garden took shape over a period when the enthusiasm for new plant i ...
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Golf

The 16th Fairway
Powerscourt Golf Club
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Just half an hour south of Dublin, set in breath taking surroundings of one of the finest estates in Europe, in the county known as the Garden of Ireland, Powerscourt is one of Ireland’s premier golfing centres. Comprising of 36 extremely c ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Avon Ri Blessington Resort
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
For centuries, the hill where Avon Rí is now located looked out over a valley created by the Liffey and King's River. Avon Rí has taken its name from the latter and now looks out of the Blessington Lakes – a reservoir created ...
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What's On

BrookLodge Farmers Market - County Wicklow
Brooklodge Farmers Market

BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin village, County Wicklow

Organic food markets, held on the first Sunday of the month, noon-5pm (April - October).

M ...
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Tourist Attractions

Avondale House & Forest Park - Rathdrum County Wicklow Ireland
Avondale House & Forest Park
Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Avondale House was built in 1777 for Samuel Hayes and when he died in 1795 the house passed to the Parnell Family. It was at Avondale that Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history, was born in 1846. ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Powerscourt House
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Located in the picturesque Wicklow Mountains, just outside Enniskerry village, Powerscourt House is at the heart of an historical country estate, renowned world-wide for its spectacular formal gardens set against the backdrop of the Sugar Loaf Mo ...
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Local Recommendations

Hospitality

Special Offers

  • Sept & Oct Wild Foods Masterclass in BrookLodge Hotel

    Built on the site of a deserted village in a Wicklow valley, this extraordinary food, drink and leisure complex exists thanks to the vision of three brothers, Evan, Eoin and Bernard Doyle. Enjoy a Wild Foods Masterclass with a 2 course lunch and B&B for just €150 per person sharing

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