Wicklow Gaol is a museum and former prison. As a prison, it dates back to the 1700s, housing prisoners from the famine and the 1798 rebellion. It was reopened as a museum in 1998. It is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the world. The gaol is open until 3.30/4.30 (depending on time of year), and all tickets are less than ten euro, making it an affordable and educational day out for all.
Co. Wicklow has some of the finest golf courses in Ireland. In fact, there are several fantastic golf courses right on our doorstep.
So why not combine your stay with us and a round of golf? Please see our “Play & Stay” Golfing Packages page for more information and prices.
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Glendalough is one of Ireland’s favourite tourist destinations. The name translates to ‘Vally of two lakes’, and is home to a monastic settlement from the 6th century, founded by St Kevin. There are several ruins and monuments you can visit, such as The Round Tower, or The Priests House. There are also many walking trails within the valley and around the lake. It is an excellent free destination.
Black Castle was granted to Strongbow in 1169 by Henry II after the Norman invasion. It was burnt down and attacked by local Irish Chieftains, the O’Byrnes and the O’Tooles several times. The ruin overlooks the sea and is a beautiful vantage point for views of the coast and the town.
Arklow Maritime Museum
Arklow Maritime Museum is home to many different shipbuilder’s models and half models, plans, and paintings of Arklow sailing ships by Ruben Chappell. There are also photographs of the port dating back to the 1800s. It has been open for 30 years, and is always adding new exhibits and displays. They cater for group bookings, and admission is only €5.
Wicklow Boat Charters
Wicklow Boat Charters offers charters with a qualified skipper for angling, scenic tours, dives, and many other things. All charters have multiple safety provisions, toilet facilities and free tea and coffee. There are two fully licensed boats that can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew.
Powerscourt Gardens was recently voted no.3 in National Geographic’s World’s Top Ten Gardens. Dating back to 1731, there is over 47 acres of gardens, lakes, statues and walks, including the Japanese Gardens, Italian Gardens, and Pepperpot Tower. It is also home to Ireland’s highest waterfall, Powerscourt house, a golf course and an Avoca shop and cafe.
The first Avoca Handweavers was set up in 1723 in Avoca village. At first it was only a local resource where farmers could spin and weave their wool, however in the 1920s, it went international, with rugs and wool being sold throughout Europe and America. In 1990, the food and fashion departments were developed. There are three Avoca’s near us, the original in Avoca village, and another in Kilmacanoge and Ashford.
Distance: Avoca - 22km, Kilmacanoge - 26km
Kilmacurragh Gardens is a 52 acre Botanic garden dating back to 1712, surrounding the ruins of a Queen Anne style house. It has plants from around the world, including China, Chile and the Himalayas, and there are guided tours available through wildflower meadows. Admission is free, and they are open all year round.
Mount Usher is a 22 acre award winning garden. It has a tree trail guide to make sure you see the most popular sites, and is also home to an Avoca cafe and the Courtyard Shops. They cater for groups by appointment.
Avondale House was built in 1779, and is the home of Charles Sewart Parnell, one of Ireland’s greatest political leaders. There is over 500 acres of woodland (including Ireland’s tallest trees), and walking trails ranging from 1 to 5 hours long. The house is beautiful, with many original pieces of furniture, plasterwork, and the Charle Stewart Parnell museum.
Glenroe open farm is a family run farm, belonging to the Toner family for generations. It is named after Irish tv show, Glenroe, which ran for 18 years until 2001, and used the farm as one of it’s set locations. it opened to the public in 1994, with many people visiting to see the show filming, and is now a peaceful and fun place for families and school children to learn about farm animals.
Brittas Bay Surf School
Brittas Bay Surf School is the first surf school on Ireland’s east coast. There are daily lessons available for children and adults, kids surf camps during school’s easter and summer holidays, and they cater for groups and school tours. They cater for all ability levels, and have surf gear available to rent.