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

Knockanree Garden -  Avoca County Wicklow Ireland
Knockanree
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
The garden at Kockanree reflects its creator Harold Clarke’s idea that one should never know what to expect around the next corner. And indeed it full of surprises, from the ‘Moonstone,’ a giant orb of granite like a miniature p ...
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Wicklow Golf Club - Wicklow County Wicklow Ireland
Wicklow Golf Club
Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Formed in 1904, Wicklow Golf Club has enjoyed redevelopment in recent years with nine holes added in 1994 and a new club house added in 2002. Playing 5,946 yards off the back markers to a par of 71 Wicklow Golf Club is amongst the most scenic ...
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Wicklow Lighthouse
Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
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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

Wicklow Mountains National Park - County Wicklow Ireland
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow Mountains National Park covers much of upland Wicklow and contains a variety of attractions and recreational activities that are popular with city dwellers, history enthusiasts and tourists alike. It is spread over an area of nearly 2 ...
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Druids Glen Resort
Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
In a stunning location between the sea and the mountains, and adjacent to Druids Glen Golf Club, this luxurious hotel just south of Dublin makes a fine venue for the larger wedding - and, for guests who can take a few days break, it has outstandi ...
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