The Bridge Tavern Located in the Heart of Wicklow, Ireland
The Bridge Tavern is located in the heart of Wicklow Town, sitting alongside the Vartry River as it enters Wicklow Harbour. The building dates back to the early 1700s and has been tastefully restored by The Byrne Family, taking again its position as the centre of hospitality in Wicklow.
The Bridge Tavern is located in Wicklow Town, less than an hour from Dublin, take Exit 17 off the M11.
Renowned for Food and Music in Wicklow
Management and staff are delighted to welcome you to enjoy our quality home cooked food in our Riverside Bistro or Open Courtyard, enjoy a beverage in our stove warmed Lounge or Snug Bar and Live music can be enjoyed nightly in the Lounge.
Accommodation in Wicklow
Are you travelling around Ireland? Then our comfortable en-suite accommodation is ideally located to allow you to enjoy the Garden of Ireland. The Bridge Tavern has been providing accommodation in Wicklow for over 200 years. We are close to popular many Wicklow tourist attractions including Wicklow Gaol, Brittas Bay, Mount Usher Gardens, Glendalough, and Powerscourt to name but a few.
There are also numerous golf courses nearby including Wicklow, Blainroe, Druids Glen & Druids Heath, The European Club, Woodenbridge and Arklow Golf Links.
The Bridge Tavern was run as an Inn by the Halpin family in the 1800s providing accommodation and it was in this historic building that the pioneering Captain Robert Halpin was born in 1836.
The Bridge Tavern is built where the Vartry River runs into the Irish sea at Wicklow Harbour. This was an important sea-trading point in olden times, where coal, spices and other luxuries reached Ireland. To this day, Wicklow Harbour is a picturesque port with view of both the Wicklow mountains and the Black Castle which overlook the bay.
Robert Halpin spent most of his early childhood days watching the sailing ships moored in the port only yards away and listening to the merchants’ tales exchanged over food and a beverage at the Tavern.
Great advances were being made in Marine Technology in the 1840s and sailors’ ambitions and tales were growing. Many had high hopes to conquer the Atlantic crossing. At the tender age of 11 years, Robert Halpin joined the crew of The Briton, a ship engaged in the Canadian timber trade.
In 1858, he became involved in the new sea route from Galway to Newfoundland, a shorter Atlantic crossing.
Robert was most famous for the key role he played in linking Europe and North America by telegraphic cable. As Commander of the largest ship involved, The Great Eastern, he laid approx 26,000 miles of cable between the two continents.
In 1875, he returned to Wicklow where he built Tinakilly House as a family home.
He died in 1894 and is buried in the Church of Ireland cemetery in Wicklow Town. A granite monument stands in the centre of the town commemorating his great life and career.
For more information on visiting Wicklow please see www.visitwicklow.ie
Trip advisor comment
“Located in Wicklow alongside the river. Large very impressive building with excellent outside spaces, a walled partly covered courtyard and a riverside terrace. Stopped for lunch. Great bar menu which is of a restaurant standard. The service is quick and friendly and the bar has a real homely, Irish feel to it.”
“We are veterans of the battle to try to find genuine quality in and around Wicklow. The Bridge has set a standard that other establishments in Wicklow need to emulate. Very well designed, warm and friendly, excellent honest food and lovely staff.”