Carlow Travel Guide

  • The lion and I, Joe's Chinese Restaurant, Carlow
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  • Joe's Chinese Restaurant, Carlow
    Joe's Chinese Restaurant, Carlow
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  • Family dinner at Joe's Chinese Restaurant, Carlow
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Carlow Things to Do

  • Browne's Hill Dolmen

    Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic tomb that is rumoured to have the largest capstone in Europe...100 metric tons.The site was never excavated but is believed to be the burial place of a local king. Its a pretty impressive site and is located in the middle of a field just outside Carlow town. Picture on the way!

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  • Carlow Castle

    carlow castle is an interesting ruin located in central carlow. it was built by william de marshal and the lord of leinster between 1207 and 1213. this castle withstood an attack by cromwell in 1650. in 1814 the castle was bought by a wealthy carlow buinessman who wanted to turn it into an insane asylum. he tried to enlarge the door of the castle...

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  • carlow castle

    carlow castle is an interesting ruin located in central carlow. it was built by william de marshal and the lord of leinster between 1207 and 1213. this castle withstood an attack by cromwell in 1650. in 1814 the castle was bought by a wealthy carlow buinessman who wanted to turn it into an insane asylum. he tried to enlarge the door of the castle...

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  • Pretty big rock

    Brownshill Dolmen is a megalithic tomb that is rumoured to have the largest capstone in Europe...100 metric tons.The site was never excavated but is believed to be the burial place of a local king. Its a pretty impressive site and is located in the middle of a field just outside Carlow town. Picture on the way!

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  • The Brownshill Dolmen

    This dolmen dates back to around 4000-3000 BC and is probably the buriel place of an important person (a king or a prince). The dolmen takes its name from the ancient village of Brownshill (also known as Kernanstown) located here. This village was never excavated (so the remains are still there down below), therefore, little is known about it.There...

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  • Browne's Hill Dolmen

    Not far from Carlow (3km) you will find the Browne's Hill Dolmen. The capstone (weighing roughly 100 tonnes) is believed to be the largest in Europe. Most likely it marks the burial place of a local king of long ago.

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Carlow Restaurants

  • Real Italian Food by Real Italians

    As a local, I have to say that Pompei is by far the best restaurant in Carlow. Staff are friendly and attentive (without being pushy) and the atmosphere is light, airy and relaxed.There is a real sense of a "real Italian restaurant" here: a large number of the staff are the owner's own family, Italian music plays in the background, there are loads...

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  • Good Chinese Dinner in Carlow

    Our relatives from Carlow picked Joe's for a family dinner for three [hungry] generations: kids, parents, grandmother.The decor is slick and modern, with a Chinese touch. The center of each table is a turntable, with all the tasty dishes rotating and accessible to all. My beef Szechuan was delicious, and so were all the other dishes we ordered.The...

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  • Great Asian food with a nice view

    A very nice restaurant with a modern decor, serving great hand prepared Asian food at an affordable prices. The restaurant itself is below street level, with windows and a view straight out to the river.

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  • wear warm clothes

    The restaurant is a bit tatty to be honest with no central heating in the back area,to compensate the menu is delightful with loads of fish/meat dishes however the vegetables were extremely overcooked and could not be eaten, another big flaw was the lack of wine on the wine list,obviously not a place to go if you like yo're wine medallions of...

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  • Restaurant....in a Garden Centre!!!

    Mulberrys is the name of the restaurant in the very beautiful Arboretum Garden Centre. The garden centre has consistently been voted the No 1 centre in Ireland, but I will deal with that in another tip.Mulberrys is situated in a big warehouse-type of building, but that's where the comparison to warehouse ends. The restaurant is warm, bright, and...

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  • Dinn Ri

    Dinn Ri is a huge complex in the town centre consisting of bar, restaurant, disco bar, nightclub and live venue. The Dinn Ri pub itself is set on different levels and there are lots of comfy seats. Although the menu isn't huge you should find something you like, food is inexpensive and you get big portions. I recommend this place if you are in town...

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Carlow Nightlife

  • by Marla_D Updated Jan 9, 2005

    The Foundry is a huge niteclub that is part of the Dinn Ri complex. It is very popular with both locals and visitors alike. I'd say the average age there is early twenties. Drinks are fairly expensive but they havent reached Dublin prices yet! There is also a cocktail bar, I recommend the Slippy Duck. Friday and Sunday nights the music is a mixture of chart and classic. Saturday night is mainly dance music but on Saturdays you can also go next door to The Tower, this is a live music venue which usually has some good cover bands, my favourite is After Dark! In the Tower you will also find countless farmers in their check shirts and hen parties in their angel costumes dancing the night away!

    Dress Code: I'm going to say no trainers. Although the bouncers are fairly picky at times and mightn't let you in if you have too much hair/not enough hair/lots of facial hair! Just try not to look too pissed or young!

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Carlow Shopping

  • Shopping / Markets

    Sitauted on the high street this beautiful boutique is a mecca for fashion lovers.I would almost just go back to Ireland to visit it again! If it's possible to have a child-friendly shop this is definitely one! The staff here all have kids as far as I can remember and they were just great with mine.Apart from being great with my kids the girls were...

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  • Highend Fashion

    Sitauted on the high street this beautiful boutique is a mecca for fashion lovers.I would almost just go back to Ireland to visit it again! If it's possible to have a child-friendly shop this is definitely one! The staff here all have kids as far as I can remember and they were just great with mine.Apart from being great with my kids the girls were...

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Carlow Off The Beaten Path

  • Milford

    Milford is situated on the "Barrow Way" (picturesque route along the river Barrow) around 5 miles south of Carlow town, off the Kilkenny road. It is a really nice spot with three bridges, weir and canal and is very popular with local anglers. Im not sure what kind of fish you can catch though!

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  • Killeshin

    Killeshin is located just outside Carlow town on the Castlecomber Road. If you drive/cycle to the top there are lovely views of the surrounding coutryside. There is a picnic area and I believe there are dancing boards there on Sundays. At the foot of the hills you will find an impressive romanesque doorway and ruins of a monastery which date back...

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Carlow Sports & Outdoors

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    by ZacharyB Written Sep 28, 2004

    While in Ireland, do what you can to get to a hurling or gaelic football match. We had the treat of catching both at Dr. Cullen Park in Carlow. Hurling is an unbelivably fast and athletic sport, and very different from any sport I'd seen played before. Worth an hour of your time for sure.

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    A street in Carlow

    by Nobbe Written Jun 24, 2003

    Favorite thing: Carlow Town is the capital of County Carlow and this town has the name of being the Celtic Centre of Ireland. Carlow was a Gaelic stronghold, long before it was a Viking and Norman settlement.

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