Wicklow Guide

Your Guide to Wicklow

Wicklow is known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ and boasts many fine examples at the grand houses of Kilruddery, Russborough, Avondale and Powerscourt.

Between them, they also offer stunning historical scenery, architecture, art, waterfalls and modern pamperings. Mount Usher Gardens are another highlight if you’ve got green fingers or simply like to travel with a picnic.

Walking and Hiking

As for those whose idea of relaxation is to stretch the legs and not rest them, Wicklow is a haven for walkers. Choose from short strolls to long days in the hills.

Or you could complete the multi-day Wicklow Way, the longest self-guided walking route in the country.

This is also an excellent jumping off point for Wicklow’s attractions.

Top Attractions

Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park is a star attraction. Its serene monastic site was founded in the 6th Century by St Kevin.

The villages of Avoca and Kilcoole are also worth visiting. Both provided locations for the popular television series Ballykissangel and Glenroe.

Kilcoole’s ancient ‘rock’ dates back to the Cambrian era and its beach is one of the few nesting places of the Little Tern.

Coastal Towns

Nearby Greystones and Bray are two popular seaside towns that vibrate with excitement.

Greystones offers beautiful cliff walks, boutique shopping and fine dining while Bray is a year-round resort with an amusement park, bowling, an arts centre and an aquarium.


And for the adventurous, there’s an unparalleled range of activities like horse riding, mountain biking, kayaking shooting, paintballing, quad bike riding and falconry.

On the subject of eagles, the county has an amazing catalogue of golf courses. You don’t have to have hawk eyes to spot the potential for fun in Wicklow.

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A couple of walkers

Walk the Wicklow Way

An old stone building in Glendalough


Powerscourt gardens and fountain

Powerscourt Gardens

Bray sea front

Bray coastline

Athy Castletown House Historical Athy Shopping
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