Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Rathdrum is an attractive village that is pitched high on the western side of the beautiful Avonmore valley in County Wicklow. Rathdrum is served by mainline train and bus from Dublin and Rosslare.

It offers the tourist majestic views of the River Avonmore, which flows through the Vale of Clara. The town has fine shops, crafts, restaurants and evening entertainment and is the film location of films like “Michael Collins”, “A Love Divided” and “Durango” shot here. Rathdrum is an ideal base for exploring Wicklow by car, bike, horse or best of all, on foot. Right in the heart of Wicklow’s mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes, the whole area is an activity paradise. 

Rathdrum was the birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history. Visitors are introduced to Avondale House by way of a video presentation of the life of Parnell, which is followed by a stroll around this historic house. The house is set amongst the Avondale Forest, which is excellent for both picnics and walking. In the town there is the Parnell National Memorial Park.

Rathdrum is an ideal location for hill walkling, cycling, canoeing and touring.

West of Rathdrum lies the scenic valley of Glenmalure, the longest glacier valley in either Ireland or Britain. Shadowed by the mighty Lugnaquilla (927m) its inhospitable terrain provided safe haven for rebels like Fiach McHugh O’Byrne who in 1580 defeated 800 English soldiers in the Battle of Glenmalure. Now a walkers paradise it is situated on the famous Wicklow Way Walk.

Gardens

June Blakes Garden - Blessington County Wicklow Ireland
June Blakes Garden & Nursery
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
June Blake’s Garden and Nursery is a plantaholic’s dream and the fact that it is just minutes away from her brother Jimi’s garden at Hunting Brook creates a double attraction. June’s three acres of young garden, set out ar ...

Golf

Coolattin Golf Club - Coollattin Shillelagh Arklow Co Wicklow Ireland
Coolattin Golf Club
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Coollattin Golf Club is a Peter McEvoy designed par 70 championship parkland golf course that is surrounded by scenic views of the Wicklow countryside. Coollattin is a challenging course that prides itself as an oasis of calm in a truly beaut ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
Wicklow Lighthouse
Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow Head Lighthouse has safeguarded and decorated the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781. It is a peace seeker’s haven with inspiring and refreshing views of the Irish Sea. The landscape and scenery surrounding the lighthouse provide a ...

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. ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
The BrookLodge Hotel & Wells Spa
Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow
Surrounded by the spectacular scenery of County Wicklow, yet only 50 minutes drive from South Dublin, this hotel is spacious and welcoming, with elegant country house furnishings, open fires and plenty of places for guests to mill around comforta ...
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