Welcome To Wicklow!County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, is in the eastern Republic of Ireland, bounded on the north by county Dublin, on the east by the Irish Sea, on the south by county Wexford and on the west by county's Carlow and Kildare.
Wicklow IrelandTaking Dublin’s commuter train – the DART – south of Dublin brings you to Wicklow, and the first town in the north of that county and a seaside resort for Dubliners for many years. Bray is a satellite town of Dublin on Ireland’s east coast and the second most southern or sometimes the southernmost station on the DART line. The train journey from Dublin to Bray is worth the price of the ticket – the journey takes you along a clifftop overlooking the sea. Isambard Kingdom Brunel had a hand in the development of the line, but due to the expense of the maintenance that has to be performed on the track it is sometimes referred to as “Brunel’s folly”. There are other coastal towns south of Bray including Greystones, Arklow and Wicklow town. Brittas Bay is a sandy beach popular with the Irish when the weather is good. Arklow has a number of hotels, pubs and restaurants from which to choose should you require refreshments or accommodation. Further inland, there are also a number of towns and villages to be explored and enjoyed. The monastic site of Glendalough, meanwhile – founded around the sixth century – is located further inland too. This County Wicklow site still retains buildings dating from the tenth century and it has the distinction of having been plundered by both the Danes and the Normans, who must have appreciated the natural beauty of the valley while doing their pillaging. Glendalough’s upper and lower lakes are well worth a look, and between them, those of a mountaineering spirit will find the Wicklow Mountains National Park Information Point, where you will be provided with details of walks. The Wicklow Mountains, which begin just south of Dublin, can be enjoyed by hill walkers of any ability, but you should pay attention to the weather forecast. Although the mountains are small in comparison to other ranges, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security and make sure to bring the right gear. The Wicklow Way is signposted well for the purposes of climbers and hikers.
General information Wicklow
County Wicklow rests on Ireland’s Eest coast, overlooking the Irish Sea. The county was named after the town of Wicklow (which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingalág or Wykynlo). Along with the stunning coastline, the Wicklow Mountains afford the county some amazing land and seascapes. Towns such as Bray and Greytstones offer ample opportunity to enjoy both.
County Wicklow was the last of the original counties to be established in Ireland in 1606 from land previously part of County Dublin and County Carlow Establishment as a distinct county was aimed at controlling some of the local groups, such as the O'Byrnes. Wicklow offers both the tranquility of the countryside and the convenience of the city as it borders county Dublin. County Wicklow offers some of the finest walking trails in Ireland includine Wicklow Way, with 132 km of signed walking trailsAccommodation in Wicklow
Wicklow provides you with a host of accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Dublin.Hotels in Wicklow
Many of the hotels in Wicklow offer either views of the Irish countryside or fantastic vistas of the Irish Sea. Whether you are looking for a modern complex or a converted building, Wicklow has it all with hotels such as the Arklow Bay Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel, the BrookLodge & Wells Spa and the Esplanade Hotel.Bed & Breakfast in Wicklow
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Wicklow spoil you with a comfortable and affordable stay along with delicious home cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Wicklow includes names such as Old Rectory and Woodville B&B which are close to the town of Bray.Wicklow Restaurants
Wicklow restaurants serve international cuisine and traditional Irish favourites, with many specialising in fresh fish caught in the Irish Sea. Popular restaurants in Wicklow include the Hungry Monk in Greystones and Bates Restaurant in Rathdrum.Shopping in Wicklow
Wicklow provides shopping sprees with an enjoyable experience with the Bridgewater Shopping Centre just one option providing a range of fashionable outlets. Wicklow is also connected to Dublin City via the N11. Here shoppers can enjoy the exclusive delights of Grafton Street and Henry Street.Wicklow Car Rental
Car rentals in Wicklow facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. There are many options such as Ashford Car Hire, Newcastle Car Hire, Enniskerry Car Hire, Wicklow Car Hire and Bray Car Hire.Wicklow Golf
Wicklow has many championship links and parkland golf courses, including Druids Glen, Woodenbridge, Tulfarris and Rathsallagh Golf Clubs
Attractions Wicklow Ireland
Avoca Hand Weavers - Avoca
Located in Avoca Village, Avoca Hand Weavers is the oldest working mill in Ireland today and dates from 1723. Visitors are welcome to watch the whole weaving process and to examine the yarns. The adjacent mill shop houses the complete Avoca range of clothing and a wide variety of the fine Irish crafts.
Avondale House and Forest Park - Avondale
Built in 1779 by Samuel Hayes, based on a design by James Wyatt, Avondale House is set in the spectacular surroundings of Avondale Forest Park at Rathdrum. Now a museum to the memory of one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history, Charles Stewart Parnell, who was born in Avondale on 27th June, 1846. Parnell spent much of his time at Avondale until his death on 6 October 1891. The House has been refurbished to the decor of 1850 and a specially commissioned video has been produced to introduce visitors to Parnell and Avondale.
Dwyer McAllister Cottage - Derrynamuck
The cottage nestles in the shade of Kaedeen mountain at the top of a grassy lane off the Donard to Rathdangan road in Co. Wicklow. It is a fine example of a traditional thatched cottage built with local stone and whitewashed inside and out. It was from this cottage, in the Winter of 1799, that the famed rebel, Michael Dwyer, fought the encircling British groups and finally made good his escape over the snow covered mountains. The cottage was later destroyed by fire and lay in ruins for almost 150 years. It was restored to its original form as a monument in the late 1940's and again extensively repaired and re-roofed in 1992.
Glendalough Visitor Centre - Bray
Glendalough Visitor Centre, close to Bray, stands at the entrance to Glendalough Valley, just beside the main part of the monastic settlement. The monastery was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin and survived up until the sixteenth century. The buildings which survive date from between the eighth and the twelfth centuries and include a well preserved round tower, a number of fine stone churches and various crosses.
Glenroe Farm - Kilcoole
Located at Kilcoole, as both a real and fictional rural community Glenroe Open Farm appeals to young and old alike. In addition to being one of the principal filming locations of popular TV series 'Glenroe', the Farm offers close and easy access to a terrific selection of farm animals and pets.