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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

Knockmore Garden - Enniskerry County Wicklow Ireland
Knockmore
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Below a small Palladian house looking out to Dublin Bay, lie steep stone terraces, built in the nineteenth century. Hundred year old trees give the three acre garden a romantic setting. Here are many unusual features: a ...
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Golf

The 3rd Hole
European Club, The
Brittas Bay, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Links
The European Club was formed and designed by renowned Irish designer Pat Ruddy. It swiftly became recognised for the level of quality that awaits on the course and has received countless votes of confidence from the international golfing press. R ...
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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).

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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

The Ritz Carlton Powerscourt - Wedding Venue County Wicklow Ireland
The Powerscourt Hotel
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Nestling in the beautiful Wicklow mountains a short drive from Dublin lies Powerscourt, one of Ireland's most famous estates. Surrounded by dense woodlands, this luxury hotel is one sweeping curve that sits into the hillside beneath the shadows o ...
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