Wicklow is a county with so much to offer our visitors. From it rugged coastline to its wonderful gardens and rich heritage and cultural – there truly is something for everyone. After a visit to Powerscourt, why not consider some of the other gems on our doorstep!
Wicklow’s landscape varies from the lush green fields to the deep purple and amber hues of its mountains. The scenic drive from Glendalough to Glencree or from Roundwood to Glencree via Lough Tay showcases Ireland’s natural and stunning beauty. It is home to some of Ireland’s indigenous inhabitants like the majestic Red Deer, Wild Goats, and Otters to name a few. Overlooking the beautiful lake of Lough Tay and glancing down into the valleys of Glenmacnass and Glendalough, it’s well worth the drive along its narrow and meandering roads.
Every corner of County Wicklow is steeped in History from the early Christian settlement of Glendalough to the magnificent historic houses and stately homes of Killruddery, Avondale and Russborough. Wicklow even has its own hillfort in Rathgall near Shillelagh in South Wicklow.
Glendalough has long been an area renowned for its natural beauty and history and it is one of the most visited places in Ireland. The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower (pictured to the right) to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. Find out more: www.glendalough.ie
Killruddery House is one of the most successful EIizabethan-Revival mansions in Ireland. In the 1820’s the 10th Earl engaged the fashionable architects of the day – Richard Morrison and his son William – to remodel Killruddery. In the 1950’s the house was greatly reduced to its present day proportions, but much of the Morrison’s design and architecture still remain. Find out more: www.killruddery.com
Russborough was built in 1741 by Joseph Leeson, the son of a wealthy brewer in Dublin. The architect was Richard Castle (Cassells), a great promoter of the Palladian style of architecture in 18th century Ireland. Find out more: www.russborough.ie
Avondale House, the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. Set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks. Find out more: http://www.heritageisland.com/attractions/avondale-house-forest-park/
Rathgall was a site of quite exceptional importance in the centuries spanning the birth of Christ, an importance that was clearly pan-European. The variety of structural information that the excavation yielded is unprecedented in the Bronze Age and the extraordinary concentration of artifactual evidence from the site has not been matched elsewhere in the country. Find out more: http://www.visitwicklow.ie/heritage/rathgall_hillfort.htm
Lakelands & Waterways
Blessington is the largest town in West Wicklow. The gateway to the National Park, an outdoor paradise of woods, mountains, rivers and lakes. Why not try your hand at fishing or be a little more adventurous and windsurf. Find out more: http://www.visitwicklow.ie/attractions/blessington_lakes.htm
Deep Blue Sea Kayaking
Deep Blue Sea Kayaking in Bray in North Wicklow. Not for the faint hearted! Find out more: http://www.visitwicklow.ie/activities/deepbluesea_kayaking.htm
Glendalough House Equestrian offers 28km of trekking and trail riding through a varying array of landscapes and over an assortment of terrains. Treks are planned to cater to the rider’s requirement and ability. Trails are maintained with nature at the fore and hacking through the Glendalough House grounds is designed to leave riders feeling refreshed having escaped the stress of modern daily life. Find out more: www.glendaloughhouse.ie
This is a holiday with a difference! Clissmann Horse Drawn Caravans offers you a holiday with a horse and a covered wagon, where up to 4 people can sleep and cook. Find out more: http://www.clissmannhorsecaravans.com/
For families now looking for staycations Wicklow has an abundance of activities for all ages.
The National Sea Life Centre Bray, takes you on a journey of the deep…without getting wet! Over 30+ spectacular displays including: Rivers of the World, Nemo's Kingdom and our breathtaking Tropical Shark Lagoon. Find out more: www.sealifecentre.com
Wicklow's Historic Jail
Introduces the early 18th century prison life and invites to meet live actors who re- enact key characters in the history of the gaol. wicklowshistoricgaol.com
So take some time to explore and discover all that Wicklow has to offer! For more visit the Wicklow Tourism website: http://www.visitwicklow.ie/